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On Sun, 16 Sep 12 21:47:58 UTC Akbar Shahzad (20) answered the Proust Questionnaire (click on a question to read other answers):

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
To make oneself emotionally vulnerable, and be rejected.
Where would you like to live?
On the edge of a great wilderness.
What is your idea of earthly happiness?
A wilderness, a woman, a number of animals, and access to art and science.
To what faults do you feel most indulgent?
Fictionalization of the self.
Who are your favorite heroes of fiction?
Hamlet, Falstaff, Quixote, Sancho Panza, Yossarian, Daffy Duck and Wile E. Coyote.
Who are your favorite characters in history?
Shakespeare, Cervantes, Mohammad, and Darwin.
Who are your favorite heroines in real life?
Jane Goodall, Tilda Swinton, and Virginia Woolf.
Who are your favorite heroines of fiction?
The objects of worship that are more than mere idols: Estella Havisham was the first and chief among them.
Your favorite painter?
Your favorite musician?
John Lennon
The quality you most admire in a man?
Intelligence and vision
The quality you most admire in a woman?
Intelligence, ferocity and gentleness.
Your favorite virtue?
Your favorite occupation?
Who would you have liked to be?
Your most marked characteristic?
A craving to be recognized as extraordinary.
What do you most value in your friends?
The willingness to talk about anything without fear of rebuke.
What is your principle defect?
Grandiosity; a tendency to be pathetic.
What to your mind would be the greatest of misfortunes?
To be illiterate.
What would you like to be?
A man of impossible prowess in all pursuits.
What is your favorite color?
What Proust said.
What is your favorite flower?
The orchid.
What is your favorite bird?
The crow.
Who are your favorite prose writers?
P.G. Wodehouse and James Joyce.
Who are your favorite poets?
Yeats and the anonymous author of "Tom O' Bedlam"
Who are your heroes in real life?
David Attenborough, George Schaller, Werner Herzog
Who are your favorite heroines of history?
Women that inspired great writing.
What are your favorite names?
Resonant ones.
What is it you most dislike?
Misplaced conviction.
What historical figures do you most despise?
The clergy.
What event in military history do you most admire?
I do not like the military.
What natural gift would you most like to possess?
Genius and irresistible charm.
How would you like to die?
In an aesthetically pleasing manner; failing that, old and quiet and in my sleep
What is your present state of mind?
What is your motto?
If nothing else: bear witness. If possible: laugh. For bonus points: say something.

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