This is probably a very simple question for some, but it has me stumped. Can you use variables within python’s triple-quotes?

In the following example, how do use variables in the text:

wash_clothes="tuesdays"
clean_dishes="never"

mystring =""" I like to wash clothes on %wash_clothes
I like to clean dishes %clean_dishes
"""

print(mystring)

I would like it to result in:

 I like to wash clothes on tuesdays
     I like to clean dishes never

If not what is the best way to handle large chunks of text where you need a couple variables, and there is a ton of text and special characters?

The preferred way of doing this is using str.format() rather than the method using %:

This method of string formatting is the new standard in Python 3.0, and should be preferred to the % formatting described in String Formatting Operations in new code.

Example:

wash_clothes="tuesdays"
clean_dishes="never"

mystring =""" I like to wash clothes on {0}
I like to clean dishes {1}
"""

print mystring.format(wash_clothes, clean_dishes)

One of the ways in Python 2 :

>>> mystring =""" I like to wash clothes on %s
... I like to clean dishes %s
... """
>>> wash_clothes="tuesdays"
>>> clean_dishes="never"
>>> 
>>> print mystring % (wash_clothes, clean_dishes)
 I like to wash clothes on tuesdays
I like to clean dishes never

Also look at string formatting

Yes! Starting from Python 3.6 you can use the f strings for this: They’re interpolated in place, so mystring would have the desired value after the mystring = ... line:

wash_clothes="tuesdays"
clean_dishes="never"

mystring = f"""I like to wash clothes on {wash_clothes}
I like to clean dishes {clean_dishes}
"""

print(mystring)

Should you need to add a literal { or } in the string, you would just double it:

if use_squiggly:
    kind = 'squiggly'
else:
    kind = 'curly'

print(f"""The {kind} brackets are:
  - '{{', or the left {kind} bracket
  - '}}', or the right {kind} bracket
""")

would print, depending on the value of use_squiggly, either

The squiggly brackets are:
  - '{', or the left squiggly bracket
  - '}', or the right squiggly bracket

or

The curly brackets are:
  - '{', or the left curly bracket
  - '}', or the right curly bracket

I think the simplest way is str.format() as others have said.

However, I thought I’d mention that Python has a string.Template class starting in Python2.4.

Here’s an example from the docs.

>>> from string import Template
>>> s = Template('$who likes $what')
>>> s.substitute(who='tim', what="kung pao")
'tim likes kung pao'

One of the reasons I like this is the use of a mapping instead of positional arguments.

Yes. I believe this will work.

do_stuff = "Tuesday"

mystring = """I like to do stuff on %(tue)s""" % {'tue': do_stuff}

EDIT: forgot an ‘s’ in the format specifier.

Also note that you don’t need the intermediate variable:

name = "Alain"
print """
Hello %s
""" % (name)

Pass multiple args in simple way

wash_clothes="tuesdays"
clean_dishes="never"
a=""" I like to wash clothes on %s I like to clean dishes %s"""%(wash_clothes,clean_dishes)
print(a)