Wilde, Oscar Oscar Wilde once said, "The truth is rarely pure and never simple." This has been attributed to many other people over time.
There are three ways of misquoting others: honestly mistaken, deliberately misleading, and with malicious intent to harm. All three methods are used by people who want to put words in others' mouths. In all cases, it's a bad idea because you end up sounding like yourself.
People have taken phrases from other people's speeches and published them as their own. This is called "attributing to others". It's an easy way to give credit to someone while avoiding responsibility for your own views or ideas.
Some people distort others' statements to make them seem more extreme than they actually are. This is called "trivializing others'. It can be done to anyone from political figures to movie stars to sports heroes. When you trivialize others, you show that you consider them important but not important enough to listen to what they have to say.
Finally, some people create false quotes to add weight to their arguments. This is called "fake-niting" others. It can be used against anyone, including politicians, artists, and activists.
"Truth is rarely pure and never straightforward." Much of his wit is based on puns and twisted clichés. Wilde's finest comedy, The Importance of Being Earnest, is a reworking of French originals with stock characters and circumstances, but it is saved from obscurity by its language of affectation and foolishness, relieved by flashes of incisive intelligence.
Wilde enjoyed mocking other writers as well as society at large. He often began poems with the line "God is in His Heaven..." Then proceeded to describe something blasphemous or immoral that would offend most Christians today. For example, in one poem he describes God as "The God who takes pleasure in police spies" and "The God who gives hurricanes". Another poem begins "The truth about God is that He is cruel..." After this opening, which implies that God is innocent of all evil, Wilde proceeds to accuse Him of murder.
In addition to poetry, prose, and plays, Wilde wrote several books including The Decay of Lying, Social Statics, and De Profundis. In these works, he tackles such subjects as morality, religion, and society with a great deal of insight and humor.
Wilde was born on May 2, 1854 in London, England and died on April 16, 1900 in Paris, France. He is best known for his contributions to English literature as a poet, playwright, and essayist. Even today, his work is regarded as important and influential.
"Honesty entails more than just not lying. It is stating the truth, speaking the truth, living the truth, and loving the truth." "No legacy is more valuable than honesty." "It takes bravery and strength to accept the truth."
To be honest means to tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth. To be honest also means to acknowledge our mistakes and correct them immediately. Honesty is important in relationships too - we need to be honest with each other.
Quotes about honesty: "Honesty is the best policy" "A man who tells the truth, never has to worry about anybody else's opinion of him" "Happiness depends on the quality of our friends, they can be wonderful or awful. We cannot always see the good qualities in people unless we are truly honest with ourselves. If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all." "Sometimes being honest means admitting we were wrong."
Honesty is vital - without it, there is no trust, and without trust, there is no friendship, and without these things, life is very difficult.
Wilde, Oscar. "The truth." The Complete Works of Oscar Wilde. Ed. Brian Nelson and John O'Connell. New York: Harper Perennial, 2004. 740-741.
Truth is often stranger than fiction. From Ovid's Metamorphoses, book IX, poem 15, we are told that "the truth must be adapted to the audience." In other words, what seems true to one person may not be so for others. Even among friends, the truth can be difficult to admit. Wildly exaggerated tales of adventure or romance are common among young people when trying to impress each other. As you get older, you will learn not to lie, but it will be more difficult to tell the difference between fact and fiction. That is why historians are careful not to judge past events by our standards; they were not familiar with such things as air conditioning or microwave ovens back then.
People love stories about real lives because they want to believe that they could have been capable of such greatness. We look up to celebrities, athletes, and artists and hope that they are really not as perfect as they seem.
Allison, Dorothy Not revealing the truth is the easiest way to become a stranger. Perrett, Mark W. You can hurt me with the truth, but you can never console me with a lie. Unknown Be a jerk, but don't be a liar. Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy The truth hurts, but falsehoods hurt far more. Unknown The most dangerous form of lie is one you tell yourself.