It’s a funny thing about girls. Every time you mention some guy that’s strictly a bastard – very mean, or conceited and all – and when you mention it to the girl, she’ll tell you he has an inferiority complex. Maybe he has, but that still doesn’t keep him from being a bastard, in my opinion.

J. D. Salinger

The Catcher in the Rye. Chapter 18. Holden is talking about his mysterious friend Jane Gallagher, who dated a show-off.