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On Wed, 13 Aug 2008 18:20:26 UTC Hoelder1in (51) answered the Proust Questionnaire:

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
Seeing a loved one suffer and not being able to help
Where would you like to live?
In a country of like-minded people
What is your idea of earthly happiness?
I go with Proust there: to live in contact with those I love, with the beauties of nature, with a quantity of books and music, though, instead of a French Theater, I might add easy access to the Internet.
To what faults do you feel most indulgent?
Those that I find in myself
Who are your favorite heroes of fiction?
Those of the last couple of books I read; I don't have any specific heroes beyond that.
Who are your favorite characters in history?
The scientists, thinkers, artists who advanced humankind, who contributed to our world-view and culture
Who are your favorite heroines in real life?
I don't have any heroines in real life.
Who are your favorite heroines of fiction?
Christa Wolf's Kassandra... I can't think of many convincing female fictional characters, perhaps I need to read more female writers.
Your favorite painter?
Edvard Munch, Max Beckmann, Jackson Pollock, Andrew Wyeth
Your favorite musician?
Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Schumann, Rachmaninov
The quality you most admire in a man?
Empathy, the ability to listen, an independent and creative mind, the same qualities I value in a woman
The quality you most admire in a woman?
Empathy, the ability to listen, an independent and creative mind, the same qualities I value in a man
Your favorite virtue?
Honesty with oneself
Your favorite occupation?
Sharing my thoughts with a friend
Who would you have liked to be?
A scientist who significantly contributed to our view of the world
Your most marked characteristic?
What do you most value in your friends?
Empathy, the ability to listen
What is your principle defect?
I need to think about that some more; once I have made up my mind, I probably won't tell... ;)
What to your mind would be the greatest of misfortunes?
To lose those I love
What would you like to be?
A mind the size of a star
What is your favorite color?
Something bright, cheerful, and optimistic
What is your favorite flower?
I find Proust's answer, "Hers", wonderful.
What is your favorite bird?
The Wandering Albatross
Who are your favorite prose writers?
I don't have any longterm favorites, I used to love Bettina von Arnim and Christoph-Martin Wieland, in the field of scifi, Stanislaw Lem and Greg Egen, most often the author I currently read, right now Marcel Proust.
Who are your favorite poets?
My namesake, Friedrich Hölderlin, Karoline von Günderode, a number of others from whom I just like individual poems
Who are your heroes in real life?
I don't have any heroes in real life.
Who are your favorite heroines of history?
Hypatia of Alexandria and her courageous sisters who, through the ages, stood up for their ideas in a male-dominated environment
What are your favorite names?
Rastaban and Aspidiske, the names of two stars; I think of them as lovers or perhaps brother and sister...
What is it you most dislike?
What historical figures do you most despise?
The obvious ones, whose names I don't want to do the honor of writing them here
What event in military history do you most admire?
My discharge as unfit for military service (in the spirit of Felix Krull)
What natural gift would you most like to possess?
Superhuman intelligence
How would you like to die?
At a time of my own choosing
What is your present state of mind?
I like Proust's answer, annoyance at having to think about myself in order to answer these questions.
What is your motto?
I don't have a motto.

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