Joaquin Phoenix Tells People to Stop Defining the Word “Insanity”


In recent years, there has been a trend among authors, speakers, and notable personalities to define the word “insanity” when discussing something important. They aren’t pulling it from Webster’s. Rather, they are using Albert Einstein’s definition, which is, “Doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting a different result.”

Joaquin Phoenix has had enough. In an appearance on the Tonight Show this Monday evening, Mr. Phoenix recounted all the times he’s heard the definition over the past few months.

A few months ago, I was watching these two political dudes go back and forth. The Republican guy was talking about taxes, and before making his point, he said, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting a different result.”

A couple months later, I was reading this book about the 5 Tibetan Rites and in the second chapter, they just randomly threw out the same definition. Which, I must tell you, I found kind of odd. Then just last week, I went to one of those house-flipping seminars and guess what the first slide was? Einstein’s definition of insanity! 

“It’s like, if you cite Einstein’s definition of insanity, it makes you look smart or something.” Phoenix seemed genuinely angry about the pattern. So angry, in fact, that observers thought that he was acting insane.


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