The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.
Benjamin Franklin (also attributed to Albert Einstein)
For the life of me, I don't think I'll ever understand how anyone can exhibit the same self-destructive behavior time and time again, and not learn anything from it. Wouldn't a reasonable, rational person start to see that there is a pattern in their life, and take steps to rectify the problem? Instead of improving, growing wiser as they grow older, they willfully ignore what is staring them in the face: the bad things that happen to them are a direct result of their own poor judgment and bad decisions. Anyone who goes through life this way must be a truly miserable person. Instead of bringing a positive atmosphere and environment into situations or relationships, they bring chaos and disorder. Bitterness and rancor are a way of life for them. For the scientist in me, it is highly illogical, and it's understandable that I get why Ben and/or Albert made such a comment.
For people who make a poor decision once or twice, I can feel compassion or pity. For those who do the same bonehead things again and again, I feel contempt.