[Ads-l] Quote: Insanity is doing the same thing over and over, expecting different results (UNCLASSIFIED)

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Thu Aug 1 01:44:52 UTC 2019

Fantastic citation, Bill. The dated newspaper citation you found is
more solid than the date on the scanned pamphlet of uncertain
provenance. The QI article has now been updated and you are


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Many thanks to Bill Mullins who located the important October 11, 1981 citation.
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On Tue, Jul 30, 2019 at 1:48 PM MULLINS, WILLIAM D (Bill) CIV USARMY
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> Garson investigated this in 2011
> http://listserv.linguistlist.org/pipermail/ads-l/2011-October/113145.html
> http://listserv.linguistlist.org/pipermail/ads-l/2011-October/113165.html
> His QI page
> https://quoteinvestigator.com/2017/03/23/same/
> has Nov 1981 as an earliest date.
> _Knoxville [TN] News-Sentinel_ 11 Oct 1981 p F-17 col 2  genealogybank.com
> "But another remarks, 'Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.' "
> The article is about Al-Anon, and quotes a woman at an Al-Anon meeting.  I'd suspect the woman had seen this in some earlier 12-step literature.
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> The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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