Oscar Wilde quote about truth from The Importance of Being Earnest - The truth is rarely pure and never simple.
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The truth is rarely pure and never simple.
 Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest (1895). copy citation

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Author Oscar Wilde
Source The Importance of Being Earnest
Topic truth dirtiness complexity
Date 1895
Language English
Reference The Importance of Being Earnest, Act I
Note Algernon line
Weblink http://www.gutenberg.org/files/844/844-h/844-h.htm

Meaning and analysis

Kwize Master Jack has just confessed to his best friend Algernon that he is leading a double life by posing as a very serious man with his ward Cecily. He explains that his position as a tutor forces him to adopt a very virtuous attitude and that only this deception allows him to lead his life as he wishes, adding that all this is the pure and simple truth. Algernon reacts on this point by stating that the truth is never pure or simple, and adds that it is a good thing, otherwise life would be very boring and modern literature quite impossible.
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