Extra special thanks from me to all of you enduring this. And I apologize for my absence; alternate day/alternate weekend custody of my boy finds me playing enough 6-year old games that I can only spend half of my life searching through Stephen King novels.
Quick reset: The quote we are looking for is not "The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results". It is a brilliant variation of the quote, comprised of perhaps 10 words, and does not share a single word with "The definition of insanity is ...". In particular, the word insanity/insane does not appear in the quote we are looking for.
The Ethan King, Herald's Game, Fessie story I wrote on the first page is just out of my lousy imagination and is only an example of how the quote could appear in the actual novel, EXCEPT, I got is wrong because Stephen King actually references the author of the quote in the novel. I just remembered this and it is huge because when we find the quote we can verify if it is actually a reference or entirely out of Stephen King's imagination. Furthermore, my guess is that the reference is real and that the quote predates the simple Definition of Insanity variation and was in fact the inspiration for the simpler version. But I am off track, and in fact, I am wrong. Argh, you very good enduring folks are in trouble. I did remember it and actually got it right in my example story. Sheesh, would I know if my brain cells are flaking off, brain-dandruff?
The quote is definitely not lyrics from Reba McEntire's Fancy, al least not the 6 minute and 8 second version I just listened to. Thanks though : ) .
The quote is definitely not in Danse Macabre or From a Buick 8 or Bag of Bones, the former two because I have not yet read them, the latter because I flipped through every single page, carefully rubbing them between thumb and forefinger to ensure none were skipped, and I didn't find it. The Long Walk is not it because I've not heard of it yet. Everything's Eventual is not it because I started, but did no finish, it outside the the time period in which I read the quote; I will though go read the time-loop woman story. Thanks.
So, the following is my best guess at the list of books the quote could be from, I may have to add a few as my memory jogs on. My gut put this list in order of most likely to the the one to least likely.
Dolores Claiborne (The quote is sophisticated and would appeal to Vera. Lost/gave away my copy.)
Gerald's Game (Gut said so.)
Duma Key (Gut thinks big hardback and I read this in hardback. Lost/gave away my copy.)
IT (Gut said so and it's so big every phrase ever written could be in there.)
Misery (The quote would appear to poor writer Paul.)
11/22/63 (Quote fits the book well with all the Groundhog days. Lost/gave away my copy.)
Under the Dome (I read this in big hardback.)
Black House (Gut had no opinion, brain knows I read it during the right period of time.)
Cell (Gut and brain doubt it, but it was read.)
I am prying br brain with all my strength MadamMack and I just cannot remember any more that is relevant. If I don't succeed, and reasonably soon, a hypnotist will be in order, a psychiatrist after that. And yes! I will write it down when we find it, most likely in tattoo ink.
I was up 'til 3am last night looking for it... we're goin' to crack this, dammit!
~ There'll be Chocolate, if God wills it. ~
I think it was also in the Drawing of the Three with Eddy talking about Henry.
You generous people are beautifully tolerant. I'd getting tired of myself and I love me, we're kin!
I am almost ready to scratch Gerald's Game off the list. I've been through it carefully, only once though. It could easily have been it with the alcoholic daddy and the connection of the simpler version of the quote to AA, as pointed out. I just don't think it is in there.
Looking through SK's quotes has made me realize how really good with words the man is.
Can you go someplace quiet and empty your mind and imagine what may have prompted the character's (or narrator's) words or thought?
I love a good mystery lol
I just looked through Mark Twain quotes on the chance SK could have referenced him but I didn't find any quotes with the same cadence as "The definition etc etc".