A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from September 04, 2017
“I have an inferiority complex, but it’s just not a very good one”

"i have an inferiority complex” “very good one” is a jocular saying that has been printed on many images. “I have an inferiority complex, but it is not a very good one” has been cited in print since at least 1994.

American stand-up comedian Steven Wright is frequently credited with the saying, but there’s no evidence from the earliest citations that he coined it.


Google Groups: sci.physics.fusion
ICCF4 Proceedings
Peter Roessingh
8/27/94
(...)
Peter Roessingh
Zoology, Oxford

** I have an inferiority complex, but it is not a very good one.  **
(stolen from somebody else his sig)

Google Groups: comp.sys.apple2.marketplace
FS IIGS Mem brd+
Jeff Ingraham
3/25/95
(...)
I have an inferiority complex but it is not a very good one!

Google Groups: misc.forsale.computers.mac-specific.misc
wanted: external modem
Jeff Ingraham
4/2/95
(...)
I have an inferiority complex but it is not a very good one!

27 November 1997, The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN), “C.A. Eye,” pg. C1:
I have an inferiority complex, but it’s just not a very good one.

Twitter
Jamie Nelson‏
@planetnelson
“I have an inferiority complex, it’s just not a very good one.” - Steven Wright
11:14 PM - 9 Sep 2008

Google Books
Breakthrough Power:
A Daily Guide to an Extraordinary Life

By David Young
Round Rock, TX: Wind Runner Press
2010
Pg. 261:
I have an inferiority complex. But it’s not a very good one. — Steven Wright

Google Books
Reflections on Leadership and Career Development:
On the Couch with Manfred Kets de Vries

By Manfred F. R. Kets de Vries
Chichester, West Sussex: Jossey-Bass
2010
Pg. 100:
I have an inferiority complex, but not a very good one! — Anonymous

Reddit—Oneliners
I have an inferiority complex, but it’s not a very good one. (self.oneliners)
submitted February 20, 2013 by BoyManGuy

Reddit—Jokes
I’ve got an inferiority complex.
submitted September 4, 2017 by Madbeef7
But it’s not a very good one.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityWork/Businesses • Monday, September 04, 2017 • Permalink