Proust answered always with enthusiasm. The original manuscript of his answers of 1890, at the time of his volunteer internship or some little time afterwards, titled "by Marcel Proust himself," was found in 1924. It was auctioned on May 27, 2003 for the sum of €102,000."
Assouline Publishing has a faaabuuulous book obviously entitled The Proust Questionnaire. There is the smaller version for $45 that comes in a great array of colors. But, if you’re feeling rather rich, you should buy the $350 version. Both of the books share Proust’s famous answers, answers of other famous people, and blank pages for oneself. Not to be a total nerd, but it’s really fun to have your friends fill out their own answers at a party. It’s also fun to see if your friends are idiots.
In the country of the Ideal, or, rather, of my ideal
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 a life deprived of the works of genius
Those of romance and poetry, those who are the expression of an ideal rather than an imitation of the real
A mixture of Socrates, Pericles, Mahomet, Pliny the Younger and Augustin Thierry
A woman of genius leading an ordinary life
Those who are more than women without ceasing to be womanly; everything that is tender, poetic, pure and in every way beautiful
Intelligence, moral sense
Gentleness, naturalness, intelligence
All virtues that are not limited to a sect: the universal virtues
Reading, dreaming, and writing verse
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.
- A craving to be loved, or, to be more precise, to be caressed and spoiled rather than to be admired
- Feminine charm
- A man's virtues, and frankness in friendship
- Tenderness - provided they possess a physical charm which makes their tenderness worth having
- Lack of understanding; weakness of will
- Not, I fear, a very elevated one. I really haven't the courage to say what it is, and if I did I should probably destroy it by the mere fact of putting it into words.
- Never to have known my mother or my grandmother
- Myself - as those whom I admire would like me to be
- One where certain things that I want would be realized - and where feelings of tenderness would always be reciprocated. [Proust's underlining]
- Beauty lies not in colors but in thier harmony
- Hers - but apart from that, all
- The swallow
- At the moment, Anatole France and Pierre Loti
- Baudelaire and Alfred de Vigny
- Phedre (crossed out) Berenice
- Beethoven, Wagner, Shuhmann
- Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt
- Monsieur Darlu, Monsieur Boutroux (professors)
- I only have one at a time
- My own worst qualities
- I am not sufficiently educated to say
- My own enlistment as a volunteer!
- (no response)
- Will power and irresistible charm
- A better man than I am, and much beloved
- Annoyance at having to think about myself in order to answer these questions
- Those that I understand
- I prefer not to say, for fear it might bring me bad luck.
So, in conclusion, I thought it would be fun to present the questionnaire to some of my friends for the blog. Stay tuned.