Aldous Huxley Essay On Comfort
‘But I like the inconveniences.’
‘We don’t,’ said the Controller. ‘We prefer to do things comfortably.’
‘But I don’t want comfort. I want God, I want poetry, I want real danger, I want freedom, I want goodness. I want sin.’
‘In fact,’ said Mustapha Mond, ‘you’re claiming the right to be unhappy.’
‘All right then,’ said the Savage defiantly, ‘I’m claiming the right to be unhappy.’ –Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World
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Published: Mar 12, 2011
Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), a graduate of Oxford, was an English writer and philosopher. Nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature seven times, Mr. Huxley is most known for Brave New World.
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