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. Now a Popeye's fast food restaurant on Google Maps.

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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, but it’s (just) not a 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.

“My superiority complex is better than yours” is a related saying.


Wikipedia: Inferiority complex
An inferiority complex consists of feelings of not measuring up to standards, a doubt and uncertainty about oneself, and a lack of self-esteem. It is often subconscious and is thought to drive afflicted individuals to overcompensate, resulting either in spectacular achievement or extremely asocial behavior. In modern literature, the preferred terminology is “lack of covert self-esteem”.

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)

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Jeff Ingraham
3/25/95
(...)
I have an inferiority complex but it is not a very good one!

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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