The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

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In The Importance of Being Earnest, what does the following quote mean?   "The truth is rarely pure and never simple."

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The Importance of Being Earnest is Oscar Wilde's most famous play, and a modern comedy of manners.

Since Wilde was both a satirist and a master writer, although not a linguist; he was known for puns and epigrams (short, memorable statements). The full context for the quote is as follows:

JACK: My dear Algy, I don't know whether you will be able to understand my real motives. ...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...

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