The Proust Questionnaire

The Proust Questionnaire

The Proust Questionnaire is a list of questions compiled by Marcel Proust.
Its answers reveal more about someone than any shared confidence.

 Dani, what is your idea of true happiness?
To watch a beautiful sunset with people I love

What is your greatest fear?
To suffer unbearable physical or mental pain

Which living person or people do you most admire?
People who try to be true to themselves

Which living person or people do you most despise?

Which trait do you most deplore in others?
Lack of empathy

What would you change about yourself?
I’d like to be able to stop thinking for a while

What’s your greatest extravagance?
Laughing whenever and wherever I feel like laughing

Favourite journey?

When would you lie?
To save my life or the life of someone dear to me.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Overcoming the fear of being alone – freeing myself from co-dependency

What’s your greatest regret?
Not being mature enough when my son was small

The current state of mind?

Most treasured possession?
My health

Where would you like to live?
Anywhere sunny and quiet by the sea, where the people are friendly,
cook spicy food and make good music

What’s your favourite occupation?
Looking after my granddaughter

What’s your most marked characteristic?

Which quality do you most like in a man?
The nobleness of heart

In a woman?
Independence of mind

Favourite writers?
Flaubert, Sartre, Cabrera Infante, V.S. Naipaul, Samuel Beckett, L.P. Hartley, Joseph Conrad...

Fictional hero?
I don’t have one

What do you most dislike?
Having trouble breathing (I’m asthmatic).

Personal motto?
Get to know and like yourself

If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be?
I don't even want to think about a second round! No reincarnation for me, please...

What if you could choose what to come back as – what would it be?
A mountain