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On Fri, 11 Sep 2009 02:46:13 UTC Guy Van Driessche (44) answered the Proust Questionnaire (click on a question to read other answers):

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
being totally alone, not loved or not missed by anybody
Where would you like to live?
Greece or Italy
What is your idea of earthly happiness?
being together with the woman of my dreams (who is utterly unavailable)
To what faults do you feel most indulgent?
to lazyness
Who are your favorite heroes of fiction?
Ischmael (Moby Dick), Stephen Dedalos, Gregor Samsa
Who are your favorite characters in history?
Alexander, Newton, Darwin, Einstein
Who are your favorite heroines in real life?
nurses, teachers, mothers
Who are your favorite heroines of fiction?
Anna Karenina, Claudia Chauchat, Marion Bloom
Your favorite painter?
Van Gogh
Your favorite musician?
The quality you most admire in a man?
honesty, courage
The quality you most admire in a woman?
empathy, passion
Your favorite virtue?
to be able to forgive, or even better: to be able not to judge others
Your favorite occupation?
listening to music, reading, and yes: sleeping
Who would you have liked to be?
the husband of Norma Jean Baker
Your most marked characteristic?
my loneliness
What do you most value in your friends?
patience, understanding
What is your principle defect?
not able to cope with life, being completely out of balance
What to your mind would be the greatest of misfortunes?
to live without ever knowing music
What would you like to be?
somebody who is loved by those who don't know me
What is your favorite color?
purple red orange
What is your favorite flower?
What is your favorite bird?
the raven
Who are your favorite prose writers?
Kafka, Joyce, Mann, and yes: Proust
Who are your favorite poets?
Pushkin, Shakespeare, Baudelaire
Who are your heroes in real life?
those one cannot see, that get everything done while we sleep
Who are your favorite heroines of history?
all the women behind the great men, the true "creatrixes" of the world as we know it
What are your favorite names?
Thomas, Zorah, Judex
What is it you most dislike?
the impulse of most men to compete, all the time, under all circumstances
What historical figures do you most despise?
Adolf Hitler
What event in military history do you most admire?
the expeditions of Alexander
What natural gift would you most like to possess?
to have wings like a bird and be able to fly
How would you like to die?
without knowing it
What is your present state of mind?
40% calm and 45% depressed and 15% glad
What is your motto?
change and improve as long as you live

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