Proust Questionnaire


What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Artistic expression.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Being alive.

What is your greatest fear?
Failure (and cockroaches). One stronger than the other.

What historical figure do you most identify with?
Emma Goldman.

Which living person do you most admire?
The artist.

Who are your heroes in real life?
The outcasts.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
Long live the mask.

What is the trait you most deplore in others?
Politicians. The worst kind (of politicians).

What is your favorite journey?
The road to awe.

What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
Being outgoing.

Which word or phrases do you most overuse?

What is your greatest regret?
I stopped.

What is your current state of mind?
Into creating mode (and more).

If you could change one thing about your family, what would it be?
Place of birth.

What is your most treasured possession?
Language. And a book.

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
Staying in that low depth of misery.

Where would you like to live?
In space.

What is your favorite occupation?
Breaking into song in the middle of the day.

What are the qualities you most like in a man?
Cleverness and kindness.

What are the qualities you most like in a woman?
Cleverness and kindness.

How would you like to die?
Enthralled by the joy of having lived.

What is your motto?
Question(naire) everything.

The Proust Questionnaire has its origins in a parlor game popularized (though not devised) by Marcel Proust, the French essayist and novelist, who believed that, in answering these questions, an individual reveals his or her true nature. Vanity Fair 


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