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On Thu, 22 Jul 10 17:29:24 UTC Alex answered the Proust Questionnaire (click on a question to read other answers):

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
To give up my principles.
Where would you like to live?
Paradise (that would be a place with a lot of peace and quiet, prefferably not very populated).
What is your idea of earthly happiness?
To be able to understand myself and other people.
To what faults do you feel most indulgent?
To naivity.
Who are your favorite heroes of fiction?
Recently my favorite hero of fiction is Jesus from Jose Saramago's novel (not the one in the Bible).
Who are your favorite characters in history?
Perhaps General Mannerheim.
Who are your favorite heroines in real life?
Women who don't claim to be men, yet outsmart them.
Who are your favorite heroines of fiction?
Blanche and Marie, in Per Olov Enquist's novel.
Your favorite painter?
At the moment, let's say Edvard Munch.
Your favorite musician?
At the moment, let's say Spiritual Front.
The quality you most admire in a man?
Humbleness and intelligence.
The quality you most admire in a woman?
Humbleness and intelligence.
Your favorite virtue?
Your favorite occupation?
Reading, writing.
Who would you have liked to be?
Grigori Perelman.
Your most marked characteristic?
Lack of self-confidence.
What do you most value in your friends?
If I'd have any, I'd value their unconditional acceptance.
What is your principle defect?
What to your mind would be the greatest of misfortunes?
To kill myself.
What would you like to be?
A ghost (but only sometimes).
What is your favorite color?
What is your favorite flower?
Lilies and lilac.
What is your favorite bird?
Who are your favorite prose writers?
At the moment, Jose Saramago is on top.
Who are your favorite poets?
Too many... But let's say Georg Heim and Paul Eluard.
Who are your heroes in real life?
I have none.
Who are your favorite heroines of history?
Marie Curie.
What are your favorite names?
What is it you most dislike?
What historical figures do you most despise?
Constantine the Great.
What event in military history do you most admire?
Pyrrhus's victory? None, actually.
What natural gift would you most like to possess?
How would you like to die?
Knowing everything I was able to find out during my short, human life.
What is your present state of mind?
What is your motto?
I have many. One of them is Nietzsche's "Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. "

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