[Answer the Proust Questionnaire]
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On Sun, 06 Dec 15 00:09:21 UTC Hira Yousuf (18) answered the Proust Questionnaire (click on a question to read other answers):
- What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
- Being lonely without being alone.
- Where would you like to live?
- What is your idea of earthly happiness?
- Books, the company of intelligent and kind people, and good food.
- To what faults do you feel most indulgent?
- To mediocrity
- Who are your favorite heroes of fiction?
- Those who invented fantasy as a means of escape from the frightening routine of daily life.
- Who are your favorite characters in history?
- Muhammad, Cleopatra, Keats.
- Who are your favorite heroines in real life?
- A woman who is a leader. Someone who knows how to make people listen to her without having to be liked, and someone who gets things done on time in her own way.
- Who are your favorite heroines of fiction?
- Strong, smart, sensitive women.
- Your favorite painter?
- Edvard Munch and Van Gogh
- Your favorite musician?
- White Lies, Arcade Fire.
- The quality you most admire in a man?
- The quality of listening.
- The quality you most admire in a woman?
- The quality of speaking up.
- Your favorite virtue?
- Honesty, intelligence, wit, loyalty.
- Your favorite occupation?
- Reading, writing, listening to and participating in intelligent discussion, activism.
- Who would you have liked to be?
- Someone who didn't care as much.
- Your most marked characteristic?
- A tendency towards the melancholic.
- What do you most value in your friends?
- Kindness, intelligence, humor.
- What is your principle defect?
- Anger, despair.
- What to your mind would be the greatest of misfortunes?
- Never to have lived up to my potential.
- What would you like to be?
- Stronger. Someone who changes the course of the world.
- What is your favorite color?
- The coral the sky turns into just before sundown.
- What is your favorite flower?
- Anything that smells soft and feels fragrant.
- What is your favorite bird?
- The nightingale - courtesy of Keats - and the raven - courtesy of Edgar Allan Poe.
- Who are your favorite prose writers?
- Zadie Smith, Tolkien, Rowling, Neil Gaiman, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
- Who are your favorite poets?
- Keats, Poe
- Who are your heroes in real life?
- My aunt, my sisters.
- Who are your favorite heroines of history?
- Cleopatra, Kahlo, Asiya, Aisha, Khadija, Mariam, Plath, Woolf
- What are your favorite names?
- My own.
- What is it you most dislike?
- Myself, even when I love myself.
- What historical figures do you most despise?
- Mahmud of Ghazni, Hitler, Mussolini
- What event in military history do you most admire?
- Russia letting entire armies freeze during their winters.
- What natural gift would you most like to possess?
- Willpower, strength, happiness, magnetism
- How would you like to die?
- Content, knowing that I have done the best I could with the life I had.
- What is your present state of mind?
- Sadness and anger alternating, each fighting to stay on top.
- What is your motto?
- Tomorrow will come.
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