It drives me crazy when people say the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over but expecting a different result. Pun intended.
The miss-use of a quote along those lines is not just wrong, it reveals ignorance of what a colon does. (The two-vertical-dots kind of colon, not the lower intestine kind.)
Here is the quote — which Einstein said he never said: “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”
Here is how that quote is garbled: “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over…”
Let’s be clear on something. The definition of insanity is the condition of being insane. The colon in Einstein’s non-quote is presenting a statement, not a definition. If you want to re-word his non-quote without a colon that should be, “Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results is insane.”
Rant over. Thank you for reading.