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 June 09, 2018
“I used to think I was indecisive, but now I’m not so sure”

"I used to think I was indecisive, but now I’m not so sure” (or “I used to be indecisive, but now I’m not so sure") is a saying that has been printed on many images. The saying became popular in the 1970s, but authorship is unknown.

The book Mark My Words: Great Quotations and the Stories Behind Them (1997, 2002) by Nigel Rees suggests that the saying was inspired by a line in the play The Philanthropist (1970) by Christopher Hampton.


25 October 1980, Pittsburgh (PA) Post-Gazette, “Book Choices” by James E. Alexander, Saturday Magazine, pg. 15, col. 1:
(Quote...Unquote by Nigel Rees.—ed.)
A British wit in the 1700s: I used to be indecisive, but now I’m not so sure.

26 December 1980, Jerusalem (Israel) Post, Magazine, pg. 19, col. 4 ad:
When it came to discussing the Middle East, I used to be indecisive, but now I’m not so sure!
(An advertisement for the newspaper.—ed.)

Google Books
Understanding Understanding
By Douglas R. Hofstadter
New York, NY: Scientific American
1981
Pg. 12:
John Healy wrote, “I used to think I was indecisive, but now I’m not so sure.

Google Books
Mark My Words:
Great Quotations and the Stories Behind Them

By Nigel Rees
New York, NY: Barnes & Noble, Inc.
2002, ©1997
Pg. 279:
HAMPTON, Christopher
(English playwright, 1946 - )
The Philanthropist
(1970)
Philip (bewildered): I’m sorry. (Pause.) I suppose I am indecisive. {Pause.) My trouble is, I’m a man of no convictions. (Longish pause.) At least, I think I am.
Ib This re-emerged later as a graffito: ‘I used to be indecisive - but now I’m not so sure’ - contributed by Brian Johnston to BBC Radio Quote ... Unquote (21 August 1979), but see also PERTWEE 429:4

Google Books
Dick Francis’s Bloodline
By Felix Francis
New York, NY: G. P. Putnam’s Sons
2012
Pg. ?:
The old joke—I used to be indecisive, but now I ‘m not so sure—seemed to have been written for me.

coburgbanks
50 Funny Motivational Quotes to Put a Smile on Your Face
By James Ball | May 25, 2016 | Friday Funnies
(...)
17. “I used to think I was indecisive, but now I’m not so sure.” Unknown

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