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On Thu, 11 Feb 2010 13:53:24 UTC hoffsta answered the Proust Questionnaire (click on a question to read other answers):

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
Being brought to the idea of suicide, but failing or not being allowed to do so.
Where would you like to live?
In my and my fellow man's dreams.
What is your idea of earthly happiness?
To live in contact with those I love, with the beauties of nature, with a large quantity of books and music, and to have, within easy distance, a movie theater or tv.
To what faults do you feel most indulgent?
Not doing things fast enough.
Who are your favorite heroes of fiction?
Heroes? I'd rather take the imperfect man or woman who has a sense of humour and try to do what they think is right.
Who are your favorite characters in history?
Ashoka the Great.
Who are your favorite heroines in real life?
A woman of genius, employing her talents for some good.
Who are your favorite heroines of fiction?
Women of genius, employing their talents for some good. Or Susan Sto Helit.
Your favorite painter?
Howard Pyle.
Your favorite musician?
Anyone who sings a good story well.
The quality you most admire in a man?
Intelligence, fitness, humour.
The quality you most admire in a woman?
Intelligence, fitness, humour.
Your favorite virtue?
Respecting, loving and taking care of your fellow man?
Your favorite occupation?
Reading, dreaming, joking.
Who would you have liked to be?
Why would I want to assume the characteristics of another person? If I were to be transported and take over the life and form of another man, would that not lead to ME not existing?
Your most marked characteristic?
Let's quote Proust here: "A craving to be loved, or, to be more precise, to be caressed and spoiled rather than to be admired"
What do you most value in your friends?
Humour. Intelligence.
What is your principle defect?
What to your mind would be the greatest of misfortunes?
Having the fortune to be immortal, yet the misfortune of not being able to die until the entire universe is done and dead.
What would you like to be?
An intelligent yet humble man? Or a bear. Bears have awesome lives.
What is your favorite color?
What is your favorite flower?
Oak trees.
What is your favorite bird?
Eurasian Eagle Owl
Who are your favorite prose writers?
Terry Pratchett
Who are your favorite poets?
Edgar Allan Poe
Who are your heroes in real life?
Who are your favorite heroines of history?
James Barry.
What are your favorite names?
Magnus, when said in English.
What is it you most dislike?
What historical figures do you most despise?
I could say Hitler, but that would be corny, woudn't it?
What event in military history do you most admire?
I don't admire any militaristic even.
What natural gift would you most like to possess?
Intelligence and irresistible charm would be pretty damn good.
How would you like to die?
Knowing that history will not alltogether forget about my existance.
What is your present state of mind?
Annoyed about how much time I'm actually putting into this.
What is your motto?
I do not stick to one motto.

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