No matter how nice of a thing you have, no matter how hard you may try, someone will always find a way to fuck it up.
Josh: Hey bro can I borrow your phone?
Me: I dunno man, I just bought this. I don't even have a case on it yet!
Josh: Chill dude, I ain't gonna break it. It'll just take a second..
Me: Okay...
Josh:*Immediately drops it on the ground, denting the corner*
Me: God damn it Josh, this is why we can't have nice things.
by re3ja January 15, 2016
1.) The inability to possess quality goods or services.

2.) Shit we can't have.
3.) Used to describe the consequences of an asshole.
1.) "God dammit Schmidt, this is why we can't have nice things."
2.) "He pissed on my desk, this is why we can't have nice things."
3.) "You grabbed her ass, this is why you can't have a nice thing."
by Humping midget January 14, 2011
want an example of This is why we can't have nice things? urban dictionary would have been an better place if HORNY PEOPLE NEVER EXISTED
by someone else thats not u March 3, 2021
It's a statement a mom or dad would make, while exasperated with their child for having broken some household item. For instance, a mother buys a new small appliance for her kitchen, let's say its a stand mixer. The kids start playing with it and jam something in the blades and burn out the motor. Mom walks in and sees the mess and yells, "See! That's why we can't have nice things!"

It's a comment that is actually an irrational thing to say, but it's funny for that reason. A very "mom/dad" thing they would say in the heat of the moment.
"See! That's why we can't have nice things! Dad just bought this VCR, and you kids put a sandwich in it! Now it's broken!"
by RN-real-nerd. June 25, 2014
Why we can't have nice things (Also known as this is the reason why we can't have nice things) is an expression used to show anger or disappointment over an object or action.
Person 1: *posts long, extremely sexual post about Children's show on internet.
Person 2: *reads over shoulder as Person 1 types post.
Person 2: This is why we can't have nice things!
by boomhare January 2, 2016
Track 13 of Taylor Swift's sixth album, Reputation. Also shortened to TIWWCHNT.
And here's to you, 'cause forgiveness is a nice thing to do...

HAHAHAHA!!! I can't even say it with a straight face!
This is why we can't have nice things, darling...
by b_awkward92 January 18, 2018