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On Wed, 09 May 12 19:10:46 UTC Christopher M. (31) answered the Proust Questionnaire (click on a question to read other answers):

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
Being in constant, agonizing pain
Where would you like to live?
Switzerland or the American Southwest
What is your idea of earthly happiness?
Waking up every morning in a place that constantly inspires me.
To what faults do you feel most indulgent?
Frivolous purchases
Who are your favorite heroes of fiction?
Those of antiquity.
Who are your favorite characters in history?
Alexander the Great, Tutankhamen, Martin Luther and Jesus.
Who are your favorite heroines in real life?
Women who are not well behaved and end up changing the course of history.
Who are your favorite heroines of fiction?
Women who transcend space and time and thus, become so much more womanly
Your favorite painter?
Your favorite musician?
The quality you most admire in a man?
Intelligence, humility
The quality you most admire in a woman?
Confidence and gentility
Your favorite virtue?
Your favorite occupation?
Reading, relaxed conversation
Who would you have liked to be?
I would have liked to have been Mozart.
Your most marked characteristic?
Brutal honesty
What do you most value in your friends?
What is your principle defect?
My sometimes volatile temper
What to your mind would be the greatest of misfortunes?
Never to have known my grandfather
What would you like to be?
Finally successful and globally aware.
What is your favorite color?
What is your favorite flower?
What is your favorite bird?
the Red-tailed hawk. Because it reminds me of my childhood.
Who are your favorite prose writers?
You can never go wrong with a well-written travel novel
Who are your favorite poets?
Wordsworth and Robert Frost
Who are your heroes in real life?
They need not be mentioned. They know who they are.
Who are your favorite heroines of history?
I'm a big fan of Harriet Tubman and Sojourner Truth
What are your favorite names?
For boys, I like Mathieu and Lukas. For girls, Cecile and Amelia
What is it you most dislike?
Ignorance and intolerance
What historical figures do you most despise?
Those who sat idly by while the world burned around them.
What event in military history do you most admire?
the Second World War
What natural gift would you most like to possess?
To be able to compound interest in my head
How would you like to die?
Quietly and without fanfare
What is your present state of mind?
A convergence of the things that I wish that I had said.
What is your motto?
Leave your corner of the world a little brighter than you left it.

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