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 Post subject: OSCAR WILDE
PostPosted: Wed Aug 21, 2002 8:36 am 
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While scanning some Oscar WIlde quotes on your page i noticed (besides the fact that I myself misquoted him on an earlier posting) i think one of your quotes is wrong.
(i could be out of my gild so someone just let me know)

This is what appears on your page..
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The truth is rarely pure and never simple




But i think it's actually,

Quote:
The pure and simple truth is rarely pure and never simple.

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Actually, the quote is correct as is, although the version you mention is all over the Internet as well.

Algernon says the line in response to Jack in Act 1 of The Importance of Being Earnest...

"The truth is rarely pure and never simple"
(Importance of Being Earnest, Act I).
http://www.nybooks.com/articles/13019

The exchange goes like this:

JACK: 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.
ALGERNON: The truth is rarely pure and never simple. Modern life would be very tedious if it were either, and modern literature a complete impossibility!
~from The Importance of Being Earnest, Act 1, by Oscar Wilde

Check out this link to a description of a MUST SEE movie about Wilde called "Wilde"
http://www.oscarwilde.com/wilde.html


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 21, 2002 8:22 pm 
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thanks for the reply.. I hate it when I missquote the greats, i feel like im doing them an injustice..but its good to know.
i will check out the movie too!!

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This is one of a bunch I corrected a month or so ago after searching through Wilde's works. I actually like the widely-quoted version better, but I do like to quote accurately.

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