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Albert Einstein never said: “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.”

Albert Einstein never said: "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results."

“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results” is a phrase that has been attributed to the physicist for many years Albert Einstein (1879–1955), not only in various publications on the Internet but also in various newspapers that compile famous quotes from the German scientist.

However, there is no evidence that Einstein made such a statement and the quote does not appear in any of his works. Experts attribute authorship to a fiction writer.

book “The Ultimate Quotable Einstein” (“Albert Einstein: The Definitive Book of Quotes”, in Spanish) contains more than 1,600 citations of the scientist and is presented on the official page of Princeton University in the United States as “the new definitive edition of the Highest”. A popular collection of Einstein’s quotes that have sold thousands of copies worldwide and been translated into 25 languages. Notable in the latest edition of the book above, it includes quotes from others about Einstein, as well as quotes attributed to him.

Quotes were collected and edited alice calapriceGerman scientist and specialist in the work of the Einstein translation project administrator until 1997 at Princeton University.

The phrase is from a novel published in 1983

In the chapter on phrases “attributed to Einstein” is the quote: “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” There it is explained that the text corresponds to the novel. rita mae brown1983, from “Sudden Death” (Sudden Death in Spanish), which points out in an excerpt from it: “Unfortunately, Susan did not remember what Jane Fulton once said. ‘Madness is doing the same thing over and over again- times, but expecting different results’.

Calapris thanks in his book a source of information that contradicts Einstein’s alleged quote Barbara WolfeResearchers from the Albert Einstein Archives at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.

According to the Citation Investigator website, the citation may also have originated in a Narcotics Anonymous pamphlet 2 years before the book. This 1981 booklet offers a slightly different version of the saying: “Madness is repeating the same mistakes and expecting different results.” Finally, Albert Einstein did not say that “insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results”. There is no evidence that the German physicist made such a statement and the quote does not appear in any of his works.

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