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On Wed, 14 Jan 15 18:57:01 UTC Eric (19) answered the Proust Questionnaire (click on a question to read other answers):

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
To be aware of the world's misery and lack any will to change it.
Where would you like to live?
A small, clean apartment.
What is your idea of earthly happiness?
Living with my wife and child while being able to practice medicine, accompanied by lots of books and a cool climate.
To what faults do you feel most indulgent?
Coldness, narcissism, self-pity, melancholy.
Who are your favorite heroes of fiction?
Ivan Karamazov, Prometheus, Faust, Satan.
Who are your favorite characters in history?
Sigmund Freud, Friedrich Nietzsche, Arthur Schopenhauer, Baruch Spinoza, Niccolo Machiavelli, Thucydides, Karl Marx, Irvin Yalom, Theodor Adorno, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Primo Levi, George Orwell, Noam Chomsky, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Christopher Hitchens.
Who are your favorite heroines in real life?
Lou-Andreas Salome, Hannah Arendt, Susan Sontag, Samantha Power, Ayaan Hirsi Ali.
Who are your favorite heroines of fiction?
Clarissa Dalloway, Emma Bovary.
Your favorite painter?
Mark Rothko.
Your favorite musician?
Brian Eno.
The quality you most admire in a man?
Independence, courage, intelligence, womanliness.
The quality you most admire in a woman?
Independence, courage, intelligence, manliness.
Your favorite virtue?
Your favorite occupation?
Feeling love for another, thinking, listening to music, reading.
Who would you have liked to be?
I cannot imagine being anyone else.
Your most marked characteristic?
An unrelenting lust for logical, emotional, and material 'wholeness' in my life.
What do you most value in your friends?
A strange sense of humor.
What is your principle defect?
What to your mind would be the greatest of misfortunes?
To have never experienced passionate feeling.
What would you like to be?
Completely devoted.
What is your favorite color?
Any neutrals.
What is your favorite flower?
Madonna lilies.
What is your favorite bird?
Who are your favorite prose writers?
Beckett, Carver, McCarthy, Nietzsche.
Who are your favorite poets?
Shakespeare, Goethe, Stevens, Dickinson, Celan.
Who are your heroes in real life?
See above.
Who are your favorite heroines of history?
See above.
What are your favorite names?
Gabrielle, Elizabeth, Cooper.
What is it you most dislike?
What historical figures do you most despise?
Lenin, Stalin, Trotsky, Hitler, Himmler, Pol Pot, Mao, Kim Il Sung, Kim Jong Il, Caesar, Napoleon, Nixon, J. Edgar Hoover, Reagan, Thatcher, Ayn Rand.
What event in military history do you most admire?
I don't admire any.
What natural gift would you most like to possess?
Indomitable willpower.
How would you like to die?
Content that I have made the world better to the best of my ability.
What is your present state of mind?
At peace, slightly bored, ready for a new challenge.
What is your motto?
"Will thyself."

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