In her book, "Stepping Out of Line" Nell answers the Proust questionnaire with her own answers as a way of discovering insights into her personality. I am reprinted here the Proust questionnaire with Proust’s answers. (To see Nell’s answer you will have to look into her book.)
This is a questionnaire that allows us to look deep into ourselves and see what resonates with us and what makes us tick. Take a minute to answer the Proust questions, your answers may surprise you and offer some insights into your nest steps, overcoming obstacles, understaning what makes you tick, or just be a reflective exercise helping you get in touch with the inner you.
The Proust Questionnaire
- 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?
- Your favorite musician?
- 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