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On Tue, 25 Oct 16 05:49:06 UTC Brandon Nobles (31) answered the Proust Questionnaire (click on a question to read other answers):

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
The inability to see the end of present troubles, to lose someone, to be miserable as to think one deserving of it
Where would you like to live?
Somewhere quiet, by water, or Venice
What is your idea of earthly happiness?
Satisfaction with what you have and contented to wait for what you want
To what faults do you feel most indulgent?
To think highly of myself when I do the bare minimum to earn it, or to feel the need to earn and attain validation or approval
Who are your favorite heroes of fiction?
Antigone, hero of Sophocles play (the one without the mother fucker Oedipus), Alyosha Karamazov (Brothers Karamazov)
Who are your favorite characters in history?
A mixture of Epicurus, Catherine the Great, Vermeer, Virginia Woolf, Marcel Proust, Caesar Augustus, Sun Tsu, Spinoza, Hypatia
Who are your favorite heroines in real life?
My mother, and everyone in my family that bore my bullshit for one second without beating me
Who are your favorite heroines of fiction?
Explicitly: Albertine (In Search of Lost Time), Madame Bovary (Flaubert's novel of the same name), Brienne of Tarth, Arya Stark, Hermione Granger
Your favorite painter?
Vermeer or Rembrandt. I shall not choose.
Your favorite musician?
The quality you most admire in a man?
kindness, honesty, intelligence
The quality you most admire in a woman?
kindness, honesty, intelligence
Your favorite virtue?
Patience, for it is the one that is unattainable by more hard work
Your favorite occupation?
Reading of great destruction and war, writing about peace
Who would you have liked to be?
A pacifist Emperor, to have all the strength on Earth, and the strength not to use it
Your most marked characteristic?
What do you most value in your friends?
trust when I don't deserve it; love when I don't want it; understanding when I am unintelligible
What is your principle defect?
Accepting the fact that one has defects on one hand an omnipotent creator on the other hand who acknowledges no blame in this imperfection
What to your mind would be the greatest of misfortunes?
Never to have known my mother, father, brothers, or sisters.
What would you like to be?
Myself, as I would want those I love to see me
What is your favorite color?
if to select by the suggestion of a color's character, red, otherwise a color is defined as pleasing by its harmony or disharmony with others, in concert alone do they achieve their great effects
What is your favorite flower?
All, any
What is your favorite bird?
the white cockatoo, or blue macaw.
Who are your favorite prose writers?
Robert Graves, Marcel Proust, Virginia Woolf, Issac Asimov, George R. R. Martin, Arthur C. Clarke, JK Rowling,
Who are your favorite poets?
Oscar Wilde, Omar Khayyam (as translated by Edward Fitzgerald in The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam)
Who are your heroes in real life?
My mother, my brothers, hundreds of writers, artists, comedians, people that are just great that I know, professors, teachers, educators, actors, playwrights, satirists
Who are your favorite heroines of history?
Elizabeth I (of England), Elizabeth I (of Russia), Catherine the Great, Big Head Yang, legendary Chinese pirate who controlled the rivers of Nanjing during the 19th century
What are your favorite names?
i like plenty of sounds and combinations: 'ah' and 'oh' are good. 'er' is a bit rough in a name, but I can abide a Robert, or Edgar, or Roger, Khalil, Khan Noonien Soong
What is it you most dislike?
Being defective
What historical figures do you most despise?
Historians who knowingly disfigure the truth to beautify themselves or the criminals who support them.
What event in military history do you most admire?
Hannibal's victory at Cannae, the Liberation of Vichy France, Napoleon at Austerlitz, the forces of Caesar Augustus defeating Marc Antony at Actium
What natural gift would you most like to possess?
the ability to bear with ease what I struggle to deal with now
How would you like to die?
A better man than I am
What is your present state of mind?
Work eveeryday without excuse, and no excuse is necessary; progress at all costs, physical, emotional, psychological, to secure emotional, psychology, and physical comforts (at an hypothetical later date)
What is your motto?
Don't make a statue to mark a victory yet to be achieved. (There is no statue for the person whose grand scheme failed. - Russian proverb)

asked to fill out a questionaire, I chose one I knew by reputation of the author whose name has become attached to a question given to the young writer Marcel Proust.

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