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On Sat, 29 Oct 11 08:09:35 UTC Hal (18) answered the Proust Questionnaire (click on a question to read other answers):

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
To live without purpose or reason, and to die without leaving an imprint of yourself.
Where would you like to live?
A place with enough people that one can disappear easily.
What is your idea of earthly happiness?
To be fulfilled, both in intellectual pursuits and in physical needs.
To what faults do you feel most indulgent?
The want to document life, rather than to live.
Who are your favorite heroes of fiction?
Realistic, intelligent heroes, who have flaws and are not perfect.
Who are your favorite characters in history?
Isaac Newton, Nikola Tesla, Niccolo Machiavelli, and Leonardo da Vinci.
Who are your favorite heroines in real life?
Nellie Bly.
Who are your favorite heroines of fiction?
The women who's lives do not completely revolve around men.
Your favorite painter?
Van Gogh or Rembrandt.
Your favorite musician?
Mozart or Shostakovich.
The quality you most admire in a man?
Intelligence and thoughtfulness.
The quality you most admire in a woman?
The same qualities I admire in men.
Your favorite virtue?
Creativity and enthusiasm.
Your favorite occupation?
Who would you have liked to be?
I prize my thoughts and ideas most - characteristics I would lose were I somebody else.
Your most marked characteristic?
A need to learn everything about my interests, and enthusiasm about my pursuits.
What do you most value in your friends?
Honesty and a thoughtfulness about life.
What is your principle defect?
Tactlessness and callousness, particularly to those more sensitive than myself.
What to your mind would be the greatest of misfortunes?
To die before living.
What would you like to be?
More knowledgeable than I am at present.
What is your favorite color?
Turquoise or grey.
What is your favorite flower?
Flowers annoy me.
What is your favorite bird?
I don't have one.
Who are your favorite prose writers?
Douglas Adams, Philip Pullman and Walter Moers.
Who are your favorite poets?
Robert Frost, T.S. Eliot, and Walter de la Mare.
Who are your heroes in real life?
Modest intellectuals.
Who are your favorite heroines of history?
I'm not sure.
What are your favorite names?
My favourite names are associated with people I like. The name 'Bruce' is despicable, though.
What is it you most dislike?
My answer is the same as Proust's here.
What historical figures do you most despise?
I'm sure there are many despicable historical figures who I have never heard of.
What event in military history do you most admire?
Revolution as a whole fascinates me.
What natural gift would you most like to possess?
The ability to correctly read others.
How would you like to die?
Swiftly, without knowledge of it.
What is your present state of mind?
Amused by Proust's response to this question.
What is your motto?
I don't have one; if I made up one for the occasion it would sound contrived, and I'd promptly forget it.

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