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On Fri, 03 Feb 17 05:08:46 UTC Grayson Ender (28) answered the Proust Questionnaire (click on a question to read other answers):

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
Constantly having to lie or dodge questions about my identity
Where would you like to live?
In a place where I don't have to worry about how parents will react to me.
What is your idea of earthly happiness?
To have spent each day making a real, tangible, and positive impact on my students
To what faults do you feel most indulgent?
Putting the needs of others before my own at the expense of my own happiness.
Who are your favorite heroes of fiction?
My favorite fictional hero is Captain Jean-Luc Picard, because of his steadfast idealism.
Who are your favorite characters in history?
My favorite character from history is Charlemagne, because of his commitment to the advancement of education during his reign.
Who are your favorite heroines in real life?
My favorite heroines in real life are the women who extraordinary work in the face of adversity.
Who are your favorite heroines of fiction?
The women who manage to survive till the end of a horror film because they're savvy and can kick ass.
Your favorite painter?
Your favorite musician?
Elton John
The quality you most admire in a man?
Compassion, intelligence, and ambition
The quality you most admire in a woman?
Compassion, intelligence and ambition. I have no cause to view women any differently.
Your favorite virtue?
I would consider all virtues to be of equal importance and can't choose just one. We should each try to be as virtuous as possible.
Your favorite occupation?
Getting lost in a story and its universe.
Who would you have liked to be?
I would like to be myself again when I was 20.
Your most marked characteristic?
The outward charisma I display when lecturing and visiting with students.
What do you most value in your friends?
Trust. I do not trust people easily, and to confide in someone something personal is often challenging.
What is your principle defect?
I am often too eager to please, and also struggle with telling someone "no".
What to your mind would be the greatest of misfortunes?
To be trapped in this town for forever.
What would you like to be?
I would like to be free. Free to live as I used to live.
What is your favorite color?
My favorite color is gray; not just because of my name, but because of the power and symbolism of gray. It is neither white nor black, dark nor light, but something and somewhere in between.
What is your favorite flower?
Yellow lillies
What is your favorite bird?
My favorite bird is the hawk.
Who are your favorite prose writers?
Gore Vidal, Jonathan Knowles, Stephen King, Allen Bennett
Who are your favorite poets?
Samuel Coleridge Taylor, Edgar Allen Poe, Walt Whitman, and Elizabeth Bishop, though it is so hard to choose.
Who are your heroes in real life?
My mentor and former teacher, who inspired me to teach.
Who are your favorite heroines of history?
Then women who kept our country running while the men fought in the World Wars, Queen Elizabeth I, Irena Sendler, and for a more recent pick, the Notorious RBG (Ruth Bader Ginsberg)
What are your favorite names?
I can think of one or two, but don't dare share them.
What is it you most dislike?
Ignorance, or worse yet, people who are content with their ignorance.
What historical figures do you most despise?
The SS, Gestapo, and the Klan
What event in military history do you most admire?
Both of the World Wars. They are incredibly fascinating to me.
What natural gift would you most like to possess?
I should like to possess more confidence in myself, that the confidence I project in the classroom extended to all aspects of my life.
How would you like to die?
I fear dying, though I'd prefer to pass comfortably in my sleep.
What is your present state of mind?
Uneasy about my new appointment. It's always tough to start over in a new town, but I'm especially unhappy about Westphallia.
What is your motto?
When something is done, and there's no more to be done about it -- "Well there it is."

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