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The truth is rarely pure and never simple.
 Oscar WildeThe Importance of Being Earnest (1895). copy citation

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1895
Language
English
Reference
The Importance of Being Earnest, Act I
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Algernon line
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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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