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What's the meaning of this quote:

"I would never join a club who would have me as a member"

I've been thinking about what the exact meaning is.
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it's self-deprecation
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meaning?
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meaning you resent yourself

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Perhaps the individual doesn't feel worthy enough to be apart of a club.

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woody allen quoted this once, it's basically what guys like woody allen feel about themselves every agonizing minute of their disgusting days

edit: basically it means you can't stand yourself, so you wouldn't want to ever be part of a club that would include someone as shitty as yourself (because it means they must be a shitty club)
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oh i see. the first meaning that came to my mind was that the person doesn't want to join a club that just readily accepts anyone or wants anyone to join as he could be a useful asset. I thought he was wanting to join a club where he isn't wanted and where he would work hard to get into it.. hmm..
so it's just self-deprecation after all
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it is a groucho marx quote actually
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yes nobody said otherwise.
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it's hard to get a table for 1 at chuck-e-cheese when you look like i do
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Actually, I'm fairly sure it means that you are so full of yourself, that you'd refuse to join any club unless it was specifically too good for the likes of someone like yourself.

Although if you look at the man who said it, I'm pretty sure you can draw a correlation that distinctly distinguishes the act of hating oneself from the sensation of not ever wanting to be part of a group similar enough to yourself to want someone like you to actually join.

The former is too general and can be wrongly applied, anyone can feel that way at any time. It's the latter I can always relate to, regardless of how much I happen to like or hate myself at the moment.
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nope, doesn't mean that. it's definitely self-deprecating, every time i've heard that quote or similar quotes its in a deprecating manner.
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coincidentally i just finished reading his autobiography and the tale that birthed the quote; it's not a particularly interesting story
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yeah there is no doubt that it's self-deprecating, if you think otherwise you misunderstood it buster
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just gonna quote it:

"Some years ago, after considerable urging, I consented to join a prominent theatrical organization. By an odd coincidence, it was called the *Delaney Club. Here, I thought, within these hallowed walls of Thespis, we would sit of an evening with our Napoleon brandies and long-stemmed pipes and discuss Chaucer, Charles Lamb, Ruskin, Voltaire, Booth, the Barrymores, Duse, Shakespeare, Bernhardt and all the other legendary figures of the theatre and literature. The first night I went there, I found thirty-two fellows playing gin rummy with marked cards, five members shooting loaded dice on a suspiciously bumpy carpet and four members in separate phone booths calling women who were other members' wives.

A few nights later the club had a banquet. I don't clearly remember what the occasion was. I think it was to honor one of the members who had successfully managed to evade the police for over a year. The dining tables were long and narrow, and unless you arrived around three in the afternoon you had no control over who your dinner companion was going to be. That particular night I was sitting next to a barber who had cut me many times, both socially and with a razor. At one point he looked slowly around the room, then turned to me and said, 'Groucho, we're certainly getting a lousy batch of new members!'

I chose to ignore this remark and tried talking to him about Chaucer, Ruskin and Shakespeare, but he had switched to denouncing electric razors as a death blow to the tonsorial arts, so I dried up and resumed drinking. The following morning I sent the club a wire stating, PLEASE ACCEPT MY RESIGNATION. I DON'T WANT TO BELONG TO ANY CLUB THAT WILL ACCEPT ME AS A MEMBER."

*"Delaney," was an in-joke throughout the book, using it as a pseudonym for anything he didn't want/care to name

so you can see initially he just used it as an excuse, but otherwise it's self-deprecating
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it is a groucho marx quote actually
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woody allen quoted this once, it's basically what guys like woody allen feel about themselves every agonizing minute of their disgusting days

edit: basically it means you can't stand yourself, so you wouldn't want to ever be part of a club that would include someone as shitty as yourself (because it means they must be a shitty club)
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