The truth is rarely pure and never simple

venus fly trap

A little life, a little death

…go on. Why are you Ernest in town and Jack in the country?

My dear Algy, I don’t know whether you will be able to understand my real motives. You are hardly serious enough. When one is placed in the position of guardian, one has to adopt a very high moral tone on all subjects. It’s one’s duty to do so. And as a high moral tone can hardly be said to conduce very much to either one’s health or one’s happiness, in order to get up to town I have always pretended to have a younger brother of the name of Ernest, who lives in the Albany, and gets into the most dreadful scrapes. That, my dear Algy, is the whole truth pure and simple.

The truth is rarely pure and never simple. Modern life would be very tedious if it were either, and modern literature a complete impossibility!

That wouldn’t be at all a bad thing.

by Oscar Wilde (16 October 1854 – 30 November 1900)
from from The Importance of Being Earnest; A Trivial Comedy for Serious People (14 February 1895)
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One Response to “The truth is rarely pure and never simple”

  1. Abimbola Akanwo Says:

    “The truth is rarely pure and never simple” …

    “…rarely pure…” – perhaps; “…never simple” ? – I beg to differ…