Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.
William James (18421910)
A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.
Attributed to WILLIAM JAMES.Clifton Fadiman, American Treasury, 14551955, p. 719 (1955). Unverified.
A similar thought was expressed by Josh Billings (Henry Wheeler Shaw): Education is a good thing generally, but most folks educate their prejudices.Everybodys Friend, or Josh Billings [sic] Encyclopedia and Proverbial Philosophy of Wit and Humor, p. 592 (1874). Spelling corrected.