This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things - Origin, Quote
Adam Rifkin stashed this in Memes!
This is why we can't have nice things.
What's the origin of the phrase? KYM explains:
While the origins of the phrase itself predates history of the Internet, the image macros began gaining momentum on 4chan sometime in 2008.
According to online discussions on its roots in popular culture, one of the earliest notable mentions came from Paula Poundstone, an American stand-up comedian who used the phrase in her HBO stand-up special, Cats, Cops and Stuff (1990). In the skit, Paula tells her childhood story about dropping a Flinstones jelly-jar glass in the kitchen, to which her mother complained: “Oh, so we can’t have nice things.”
In the 1998 movie Mafia! starring Jane Austen, the phrase is also used:
Also in Everybody Loves Raymond: