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14-02-2005
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Proust Questionnaire
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The Infamous Proust Questionnaire

In the back pages of Vanity Fair each month, readers find The Proust Questionnaire, a series of questions posed to famous subjects about their lives, thoughts, values and experience.

ex. by marcel proust

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
To be separated from Mama
  • Where would you like to live?
    • In the country of the Ideal, or, rather, of my ideal
  • What is your idea of earthly happiness?
    • To live in contact with those I love, with the beauties of nature, with a quantity of books and music, and to have, within easy distance, a French theater
  • To what faults do you feel most indulgent?
    • To a life deprived of the works of genius
  • Who are your favorite heroes of fiction?
    • Those of romance and poetry, those who are the expression of an ideal rather than an imitation of the real
  • Who are your favorite characters in history?
    • A mixture of Socrates, Pericles, Mahomet, Pliny the Younger and Augustin Thierry
  • Who are your favorite heroines in real life?
    • A woman of genius leading an ordinary life
  • Who are your favorite heroines of fiction?
    • Those who are more than women without ceasing to be womanly; everything that is tender, poetic, pure and in every way beautiful
  • Your favorite painter?
    • Meissonier
  • Your favorite musician?
    • Mozart
  • The quality you most admire in a man?
    • Intelligence, moral sense
  • The quality you most admire in a woman?
    • Gentleness, naturalness, intelligence
  • Your favorite virtue?
    • All virtues that are not limited to a sect: the universal virtues
  • Your favorite occupation?
    • Reading, dreaming, and writing verse
  • Who would you have liked to be?
    • Since the question does not arise, I prefer not to answer it. All the same, I should very much have liked to be Pliny the Younger.

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14-02-2005
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What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
being blind, deaf and lonely.
Where would you like to live?
in Spain maybe..or iceland.
What is your idea of earthly happiness?
I think that's a state of mind:p
what faults do you feel most indulgent?
hmm?
Who are your favorite heroes of fiction?
I dont know..
Who are your favorite characters in history?
Fouche i think..
Who are your favorite heroines in real life?
my mom and she recently died but..hum, I want to be susan sontag..or someone better than her
Who are your favorite heroines of fiction?
i dont know!
Your favorite painter?
i couldnt tell, I feel like i dont know enough about painting to have a favorite painter.
Your favorite musician?
Jonny greenwood, oh yes.
The quality you most admire in a man?
honesty.
The quality you most admire in a woman?
honesty.
Your favorite virtue?
i dont know.
Your favorite occupation?
listening to music and reading.
Who would you have liked to be?
at the risk of sounding arrogant, i'm okay being me.

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14-02-2005
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What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
To truely love someone with all your heart and soul yet marry another...
Where would you like to live?
London, Paris and California
What is your idea of earthly happiness?
Being at one with the water... in the ocean..
what faults do you feel most indulgent?

Who are your favorite heroes of fiction?
Superman
Who are your favorite characters in history?
Cleopatra... all her gold jewels
Who are your favorite heroines in real life?
Christina Aguilera... if you knew the real her and the strength she has shown in life you would too
Who are your favorite heroines of fiction?
Barbie
Your favorite painter?
Princess Gina from Days
Your favorite musician?
Me
The quality you most admire in a man?
Trust
The quality you most admire in a woman?
Fun
Your favorite virtue?
Be careful playing with fire... you may get burnt...
Your favorite occupation?
shopping
Who would you have liked to be?
I have wanted to be everyone except me

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16-02-2005
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What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
to miss some part of my body; left with no money to go shopping for the new collection.

Where would you like to live?
In some European country that has warm climate. Or in some warm American state.

What is your idea of earthly happiness?
To have a lot of money and live in luxury conditions.

To what faults do you feel most indulgent?


Who are your favorite heroes of fiction?
Santa!

Who are your favorite characters in history?
Queen Elisabeth I

Who are your favorite heroines in real life?
Madonna

Who are your favorite heroines of fiction?
Cinderella

Your favorite painter?
Monet, but my taste chenges fast.

Your favorite musician?
Passed...

The quality you most admire in a man?
His body, his mind.

The quality you most admire in a woman?
Why should I admire a woman?..

Your favorite virtue?
Don`t argue with stupid people

Your favorite occupation?
Shopping, eating, dreaming

Who would you have liked to be?
I have wanted to be successful, and I still want it.


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16-02-2005
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What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?

To be alone...no, not just alone.. left by everyone... I think...

Where would you like to live?

A beautiful place in the country (but not too far from everything). Oh and here in Europe...

What is your idea of earthly happiness?

To be satisfied

To what faults do you feel most indulgent?



Who are your favorite heroes of fiction?

Peter Wimsey (Dorothy L. Sayers' creation)

Who are your favorite characters in history?

Beau Brummell

Who are your favorite heroines in real life?

Women with strenght, humour and intelligence.

Who are your favorite heroines of fiction?

Women with strenght, humour and intelligence.

Your favorite painter?

The pre-raphaelites

Your favorite musician?

Ravel - for the moment..

The quality you most admire in a man?
Humour, intelligence, moral sense

The quality you most admire in a woman?



Pretty much the same

Your favorite virtue?

That's a damned tough question!

Your favorite occupation?

Reading, writing stories, laughing at silly things

Who would you have liked to be?


mostly myself, but just occasionally a Georgette Heyer heroine

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17-02-2005
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What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
Being alone without contact from the people you earnestly love.
Where would you like to live?
In a place where there is always the possible adventure and when being tired of your ventures, coming home to blissful serenity.
What is your idea of earthly happiness?
Seeing the people you care for smile.
To what faults do you feel most indulgent?
Perhaps just being overindulgent in involving fashion and couture...and even wanting to have complete attention of certain individuals.
Who are your favorite heroes of fiction?
Holden Caulfield and the majority of Vonnegut's protagonists, mainly Billy Pilgrim. Heroes in the sense that they maintained believable actions feasible by common man.
Who are your favorite characters in history?
Lady Chatterley, Aslan, Katherine (The Taming of the Shrew)...lovely woman really!
Who are your favorite heroines in real life?
Lucille Ball, Susan B. Anthony and Eleanor Roosevelt.
Who are your favorite heroines of fiction?
Anna Karenina and Madame Bovary.
Your favorite painter?
Georgia O'Keefe (her exibit is at the Albright-Knox right now)
Your favorite musician?
Lennon and McCartney-not classical musicians, but they have eternally altered music with their ingenius talents!
The quality you most admire in a man?
Passion, power and strength.
The quality you most admire in a woman?
Wit, charm and elegance.
Your favorite virtue?
Generosity.
Your favorite occupation?
Journalism.
Who would you have liked to be?
I'm extremely content to be myself, but Queen Elizabeth, the Virgin Queen although she certainly was not.
My reasoning being that she was independent, intelligent, graceful and immensely powerful. She ruled in a time in which males dominated the world...she altered common standards of authoratative figures.

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17-02-2005
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What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
being old and frail and weak and hopeless
Where would you like to live?
paris
What is your idea of earthly happiness?
being at one with my self
what faults do you feel most indulgent?
dont know what it means
Who are your favorite heroes of fiction?
Scarlet Pimpernel
Who are your favorite characters in history?
Martin Luther King
Who are your favorite heroines in real life?
my mum
Who are your favorite heroines of fiction?
Elisa Dolittle in my fair lady (played by audrey hepburn)
Your favorite painter?
Claude Monet
Your favorite musician?
kanye west (if he counts)
The quality you most admire in a man?
sense of humour
The quality you most admire in a woman?
well as a friends loyalty
Your favorite virtue?
The years teach what the days never know.
Your favorite occupation?
shopping and talking (im a chatterbox)
Who would you have liked to be?
me, because there is always some one worse of then yourself, so im thankfull for what ive got

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18-02-2005
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What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
Believing there is nothing after death, and no meaning to life. Being emotionless.
Where would you like to live?
I like to travel, but somewhere between new york and Cannes, so the Atlantic
What is your idea of earthly happiness?
Having hope, belief and love for all.
what faults do you feel most indulgent?
Selfishness.
Who are your favorite heroes of fiction?
DonQuixote
Who are your favorite characters in history?
Ghandi, Einstein, my friend Bryan.
Who are your favorite heroines in real life?
My mum , Harriet Tubman.
Who are your favorite heroines of fiction?
Nancy drew (HA!), Janie Crawford (their eyes were watching god).
Your favorite painter?
Paula Rego
Your favorite musician?
Michael Jackson, Robert Palmer, Brahms
The quality you most admire in a man?
Strength of character, a good heart.
The quality you most admire in a woman?
Same as above
Your favorite virtue?
Justics and charity are tied for me
Your favorite occupation?
Dancing
Who would you have liked to be?
I would have liked to have taken the opportunities given to me that I rejected. But now I am looking forward to being a doctor

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18-02-2005
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What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
live without family, friends,
Where would you like to live?
Brazil, New Zaland, UK. But i like place where I live.
What is your idea of earthly happiness?
love for everyone, peace everywhere,
To what faults do you feel most indulgent?
complaint
Who are your favorite heroes of fiction?
Mufasa
Who are your favorite characters in history?
i don't know...
Who are your favorite heroines in real life?
my mum
Who are your favorite heroines of fiction?
i don't know
Your favorite painter?
Picasso
Your favorite musician?
i can't choose one person...
The quality you most admire in a man?
good heart,sense of humour,sincerity
The quality you most admire in a woman?
the same:good heart,sense of humour,sincerity
Your favorite virtue?
i don't know
Your favorite occupation?
listening to music, watching pics form fashion shows, dreaming, talking with people
Who would you have liked to be?
good person

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18-02-2005
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What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
To be without hope

Where would you like to live?
Honestly, as Proust said " the country... of my ideal"

What is your idea of earthly happiness?
To live and love without restraint

To what faults do you feel most indulgent?
Procrastination

Who are your favorite heroes of fiction?
Those who make peace with their flaws

Who are your favorite characters in history?
Oscar Wilde, Audrey Hepburn, Nelson Mandela (though I suppose he doesn't actually count as a character in history)

Who are your favorite heroines in real life?
All the strong wonderful women I know

Who are your favorite heroines of fiction?
Those who ignore what is expected of them

Your favorite painter?
Today it's a tie between Van Goch, Waterhouse and Michael Sowa

Your favorite musician?
Currently, MJK

The quality you most admire in a man?
Compassion

The quality you most admire in a woman?
Same thing, compassion

Your favorite virtue?
Humanity

Your favorite occupation?
Dreaming, learning, helping others (or at least trying to)

Who would you have liked to be?
Someone kinder and more able

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18-02-2005
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What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
hmmm...I really don't know. I think I'd be amazed at how low one can actually get
  • Where would you like to live?
  • In France
  • What is your idea of earthly happiness?

    just being completly silly with friends and having a blast

  • To what faults do you feel most indulgent?

    don't know

  • Who are your favorite heroes of fiction?

    ohhh....though question...let me think....all the heroines from Paulo Coehlo....

  • Who are your favorite characters in history?

    all these who risked their life for a better world

  • Who are your favorite heroines in real life?

    my sister and my friends and of course my mum

  • Who are your favorite heroines of fiction?

    see above

  • Your favorite painter?

    Fernand Khnopff

  • Your favorite musician?

    I can't answer that one

  • The quality you most admire in a man?

    Intelligence, open-minded, has to make me laugh

  • The quality you most admire in a woman?

    when a woman knows what she wants to do with her life

  • Your favorite virtue?

    all

  • Your favorite occupation?

    sleeping....reading, watching tv, shopping

  • Who would you have liked to be?
  • Oh I don't know....I guess I'm happy just being myself

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18-02-2005
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What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
Hating everything around you, not receiving any enjoyment from anything you do or anyone you know. And being poor on top of it all.
Where would you like to live?
Moscow or Paris, or anywhere in Europe or NYC maybe.
What is your idea of earthly happiness?
Loving what you do every day, facing new challenges and adventures frequently and being financially secure.
what faults do you feel most indulgent?
Laziness
Who are your favorite heroes of fiction?
Holden Caulfield and Hamlet
Who are your favorite characters in history?
Napoleon, Alexander the Great, Cleopatra, Leonardo da Vinci
Who are your favorite heroines in real life?
Mother Theresa
Who are your favorite heroines of fiction?
Scarlett O'Hara, Elizabeth from Pride and Prejudice, Lily Wharton
Your favorite painter?
Dali
Your favorite musician?
James Galway, Rachmaninoff, Beethoven
The quality you most admire in a man?
A nice smile, passion, intelligence
The quality you most admire in a woman?
Beauty, personality, strength of character
Your favorite virtue?
Acceptance
Your favorite occupation?
Reading, shopping, riding, eating, listening to music
Who would you have liked to be?
Some type of royalty, not a queen or anything too well-known or powerful, or born to rich and famous parents. But I'm happy where I am anyway.

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20-02-2005
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What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
To be abandoned by everyone

Where would you like to live?
Manhattan

What is your idea of earthly happiness?
To be content with yourself and have self esteem

To what faults do you feel most indulgent?
being lazy and doing nothing all day

Who are your favorite heroes of fiction?
The Lady of Shallott

Who are your favorite characters in history?
Jesus, Audrey Hepuburn, Virginia Woolf

Who are your favorite heroines in real life?
Female doctors, my big sister

Who are your favorite heroines of fiction?
the same as the heroes question

Your favorite painter?
Matisse

Your favorite musician?
it changes all the time, currently Gwen Stefani

The quality you most admire in a man?
Humour and respect for everyone

The quality you most admire in a woman?
respect

Your favorite virtue?
tolerance

Your favorite occupation?
medecine

Who would you have liked to be?
I don't know

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14-05-2006
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What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
Living without hope.
Where would you like to live?
New York or Boston.
What is your idea of earthly happiness?
Being in love with someone, loving your life.
what faults do you feel most indulgent?
Laziness, depression
Who are your favorite heroes of fiction?
Not sure
Who are your favorite characters in history?
Cleopatra
Who are your favorite heroines in real life?
Angelina Jolie, Hilary Clinton, SARK
Who are your favorite heroines of fiction?
Scarlett O'Hara
Your favorite painter?
Van Gogh and Monet
Your favorite musician?
Mozart
The quality you most admire in a man?
Humor and compassion
The quality you most admire in a woman?
Humor and compassion
Your favorite virtue?
Kindness
Your favorite occupation?
Reading, Shopping
Who would you have liked to be?
Cleopatra

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What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
Obscurity
Where would you like to live?
Western Europe, preferrably Paris
What is your idea of earthly happiness?
Being with my one true love
To what faults do you feel most indulgent?
Laziness, pessimism, elitism, pretentiousness
Who are your favorite heroes of fiction?
Darl Bundren
Who are your favorite characters in history?
Mary, Queen of Scots
Who are your favorite heroines in real life?
None.
Who are your favorite heroines of fiction?
Catherin Merteuil from "Cruel Intentions" (anti heroine, but whatev)
Your favorite painter?
For now, Winterhalter
Your favorite musician?
Maria Callas
The quality you most admire in a man?
Muscular structure, fashion sense, charm
The quality you most admire in a woman?
Grace, facial beauty
Your favorite virtue?
Do not take no for an answer
Your favorite occupation?
writing, appreciating art
Who would you have liked to be?
Someone reknown for his achievements

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