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2006-07-9 @ 12:50

Already knew versions of it going around, the Proust questionnaire, and this time I thought I’d have a go at it. Feeling a bit introspective!

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
To love and be loved in return. Without holding back.
What is your greatest fear?
That my life will be a collection of missed opportunities..
Which historical figure do you most identify with?
Though one. I’m actually tempted to say Machiavelli (which, by the way, was not machiavelan): he saw it (and described it) like it was, but still hope it could be otherwise.
Which living person do you most admire?
My mother. My closest friends.
What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
Self-doubt, and arrogance in always wanting to be right.
What is your greatest extravagance?
My growing collection of prescription glasses.
What is your favorite journey?
The one I haven’t yet taken; next up: Corsica.
What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
On what occasion do you lie?
To get out of a thight spot.
Which living person do you most despise?
I was going to go with Bush. But to be honest, I’d have to say my best friend’s ex for the way he treats their kid, and her.
What do you dislike most about your appearance?
The way extra volume doesn’t seem to be in the right place; my nose.
Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
What is your greatest regret?
Lying to loved ones. Letting precious moments slip by.
What or who is the greatest love of your life?
I’ll have to go with TG here: My friends. Knowledge. My dreams.
When and where were you happiest?
In Provence in 1992; in my fiancee’s eyes; in my best friend’s arms on new year’s eve’s eve.
Which talent would you most like to have?
What is your current state of mind?
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
My tendency to not finish things. My fears.
If you could change one thing about your family, what would it be?
I would have sisters (already got 3 brothers!).
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
My friendships. Sometimes my PhD.
If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be?
I’m tempted to say “A butterfly: nobody suspects the butterfly”. Cat would be nice.
What is your most treasured possession?
My mind.
What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
The loss of a loved one, and all the things you never said, never did. Especially by one’s own fault.
Where would you like to live?
Near mountains, water and trees.
What is your most marked characteristic?
High sensitivity.
What is the quality you most like in a man?
Feminity. Not as in being effiminate, but being open to the “anima”.
What is the quality you most like in a woman?
Kindness, sweetness.
What do you value most in your friends?
Forgiveness, openness, and the guts to give me crap when I deserve it.
Who are your favorite writers?
Shakespeare, Barricco, Austen (second time around).
Who is your favorite hero of fiction?
Richard III (not that I identify with him, he’s just the epitomy of evil).
Who are your heroes in real life?
My friend Christina (for quiting a good paying job to become a glass blower, and sticking with it). All those who stand up for humanity, or for their passion.
What is it that you most dislike?
Obliviousness. Hatred. Intolerance. Being wrong.
How would you like to die?
Old, content, peacefully. With loved ones.
What is your motto?
“Why do today what you can put off till tomorrow” (I didn’t say it was a good one).

4 comments to “Questionnaire”

  1. I like your list Marc Andre. :)

  2. Thanks. I like yours too ;-)

  3. I like that line “nobody suspects the butterfly”. If that isn’t already the title of a book or poem, I think I may have to steal it.

  4. That’s actually from The Simpsons (it’s what Bart wants to be reincarnated as). Would make for a good title.

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