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On Wed, 03 Feb 16 21:34:39 UTC Henry_Z (25) answered the Proust Questionnaire (click on a question to read other answers):

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
To be irredeemably mediocre
Where would you like to live?
What is your idea of earthly happiness?
In imperturbable comfort and satisfaction of the mind, body, and spirit
To what faults do you feel most indulgent?
To live an unamused and unexamined life
Who are your favorite heroes of fiction?
Those who fail amidst seeking apotheosis (e.g. Lucifer of Paradise Lost)
Who are your favorite characters in history?
Those who fight and succeed in altering the inexorable tide of history (e.g. Napoleon)
Who are your favorite heroines in real life?
A woman who fights for her place as a man would
Who are your favorite heroines of fiction?
A woman who dares to believe in a world that can't allow it
Your favorite painter?
Your favorite musician?
The quality you most admire in a man?
Humble competence
The quality you most admire in a woman?
Humble competence
Your favorite virtue?
Insatiable curiosity regarding the human condition
Your favorite occupation?
Exposing myself to unfamiliar ideas
Who would you have liked to be?
Lord Byron
Your most marked characteristic?
Worldliness and erudition in the exalted and mundane
What do you most value in your friends?
Honest empathy and a willingness to intelligently challenge me
What is your principle defect?
Existential dread at being mediocre and paralysis in the face of challenges
What to your mind would be the greatest of misfortunes?
To meekly accept mediocrity and enjoy it
What would you like to be?
Loved, admired, successful, happy
What is your favorite color?
What is your favorite flower?
An orchid or a lily
What is your favorite bird?
The raven
Who are your favorite prose writers?
Leo Tolstoy, Herman Melville
Who are your favorite poets?
Emily Dickinson, W.B. Yeats
Who are your heroes in real life?
I seek inspiration from the divine, and thus sadly I have yet to know a living hero
Who are your favorite heroines of history?
Joan of Arc
What are your favorite names?
Those of Roman patricians that you only find on prep school prigs nowadays
What is it you most dislike?
Ugliness, both physical and spiritual
What historical figures do you most despise?
Those that do not seize the horns of their power and accede to the demands of the masses (e.g. Sardanapalus)
What event in military history do you most admire?
Napoleon's victory at Austerlitz
What natural gift would you most like to possess?
Beauty and talent - everything else I can learn
How would you like to die?
Knowing that I could not have juiced more from the fruit of life
What is your present state of mind?
Fear and disgust at becoming what I think as the worst kind of person
What is your motto?
And the Zen master said, "We'll see."

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