Proust Questionnaire

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    ~Your most marked characteristic?

    Swinging between laziness and drive, private and social. 

    ~What do you most value in your friends?

    Passion, integrity, sincerity, flexibility, sense of humor, curiosity.

    ~What is your principal defect?

    Selfishness, moodiness, impatience, among many others.

    ~What is your favorite occupation?

    Focussing on something. 

    ~What to your mind would be the greatest of misfortunes?

    To regret past a past deed.

    ~What would you like to be?


    ~What is your favorite color?

    Chartreuse, or in plain english, a pretty shade of yellow-green. 

    ~What are your favorite flowers?

    Gerbera, Mimosa.  

    ~Who are your favorite writers?

    Emerson, James, Shakespeare.

   ~ Who are your favorite heroes of fiction?

    Bishop Myriel, Sherlock Holmes, Edward Rochester, Lear and his Fool, Iago.

    ~Who is your favorite heroine of fiction?

    Isabel Archer, Jane Eyre. 

    ~Who are your favorite composers?

    On the permanent list: Beethoven, Schubert, Liszt.

    ~Who are your favorite painters?

    Rembrandt, Ingres (click here for my favorite portrait!), El Greco.

    ~Who are your favorite heroes of history?

    Beethoven, Albert Schweitzer, Shakespeare. Beethoven.

   ~ What is it you most dislike?

    Ignorance borne out of laziness.

    ~What natural gift would you most like to possess?


    ~How would you like to die?

    Regretless, debtless, loved and loving.  

    ~To what faults do you feel most indulgent?

    Those I can’t feel guilty about. 

    ~What is your motto?

    “Stop talking/thinking and just do it.”

The questions in the Proust Questionnaire are based on questions asked of Marcel Proust when he was 13 and 20.   Here are some of my own answers.