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On Wed, 22 Oct 2008 03:07:37 UTC Brad (17) answered the Proust Questionnaire:

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
To be deprived of a personal choice in my misery
Where would you like to live?
Paris or Prague, for the adventurer in me, and Minnesota for memories and family
What is your idea of earthly happiness?
I wouldn't begin to define it, as that might crumble it - definitions constrain some creativity
To what faults do you feel most indulgent?
My love of solitude, though most find it unnatural
Who are your favorite heroes of fiction?
The characters from all levels of society in Anton Chekhov's short stories
Who are your favorite characters in history?
Mozart, Beethoven, Chekhov, Proust, Thoreau
Who are your favorite heroines in real life?
My mother, the idealized women of my hopes
Who are your favorite heroines of fiction?
Emma Bovary, Elizabeth Bennett
Your favorite painter?
Vincent van Gogh
Your favorite musician?
Mozart, Beethoven
The quality you most admire in a man?
Gentleness, Determination, Loyalty, Humility
The quality you most admire in a woman?
Intelligence, Confidance, Integrity, Kindness
Your favorite virtue?
Unconditional love, Self-Knowledge
Your favorite occupation?
Reading, Thinking, Going over memories
Who would you have liked to be?
Chekhov, the most humane of all writers in real life and on the page
Your most marked characteristic?
A desire to be optimistic in all
What do you most value in your friends?
What is your principle defect?
Lack of self-determination
What to your mind would be the greatest of misfortunes?
Never having tried to understand those closest to me, including myself
What would you like to be?
A writer, and my epithet would be "He was humane in his writing" - that is the greatest praise
What is your favorite color?
Blue, or its exact opposite, the color and atmosphere of a lightly snowing day
What is your favorite flower?
Rather than a flower, I prefer the sturdiness and shade of trees - they have the feel of centuries on them
What is your favorite bird?
The skylark
Who are your favorite prose writers?
Proust, Chekhov, Hugo, Nabokov
Who are your favorite poets?
Keats, Shelley, Shakespeare
Who are your heroes in real life?
My father at times, but primarilly my heroes exist as spirits now - also the producer of Barrie's "Peter Pan," who refused a lifeboat on the Titanic quoting Peter, "Death would be a marvellous adventure"
Who are your favorite heroines of history?
Audrey Hepburn
What are your favorite names?
A name is only a way of trying to own something, but I am quite partial to my own
What is it you most dislike?
A person's utter disregard of the culture and arts of the past; my own wishy-washyness - I find opposing viewpoints on everything, so I am very open, but also too overanalytical
What historical figures do you most despise?
Ultimately, the history books put in only the worst - so many have been neglected that I cannot pick; besides, to hate dead figures is a waste of time
What event in military history do you most admire?
Any justified revolution
What natural gift would you most like to possess?
The ability to play the piano and feel the most living of the arts coursing through my fingers
How would you like to die?
At the moment of my greatest happiness and ecstasy
What is your present state of mind?
Reflective due to the questions (especially this one, which calls for such a snotty response) and relaxed - I'm listening to Beethoven's Cavatina from String Quartet No. 13 after finishing all of my homework
What is your motto?
"Do not regret having built castles in the air; that is where they should be, now build the foundations under them." - Thoreau, & "Nothing is good or bad until thinking makes it so." - Shakespeare

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