Proust by Pinterest

Marcel Proust once said, “The voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes”.

As a young boy, Marcel once wrote out answers in a confession album he borrowed from a friend, titled “An Album to Record Thoughts, Feelings, Etc.”, which was the sort of thing very en vogue in England at the time; a way to unveil the tastes and innermost aspirations of the author. Due to Proust’s later fame, an adapted form of the questionnaire  swept literary audiences across the world. One will find the Proust Questionnaire in the back of every issue of Vanity Fair, each time answered by different celebrities and people of interest.

 “Vanity” is too far of an opposite of what she is, though “fair” may be quite accurate, my dear friend Katy filled out the questionnaire on her blog not long ago……….tempting me to give it a go. Katy is more than mildly hilarious and you MUST read her blog: here.

I once had a book my mother gave me, bound with several copies of the famous quiz, as filled out by notable people of history. There were several empty forms in the back, for you and your family or friends to fill out. The implication was to be able to go back and see how your thoughts and tastes had changed, and hopefully to fill it out again and again over the years. I hope to make this a standing post for my blog, re-visted every half year or so, strictly using images from my Pinterest account (in the interest of brevity). Hopefully it inspires a bit of introspection for you as well as revealing a smidge more about me.

So, here it goes…Proust’s provocation of the inner me, according to his Questionnaire, in images from Pinterest.


What is your idea of perfect happiness?

What is your greatest fear?

What do you dislike most about your appearance?

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

What or who is the greatest love of your life?

OK, so obviously my family isn’t on Pinterest, so this question may be exempt from my theme…

When and where were you happiest?

Which talent would you most like to have?

What is your current state of mind?

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be?

If you could choose what to come back as, what would it be?

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

Where would you like to live?

What is your most treasured possession?

What is your favorite occupation?

What is your most marked characteristic?

What is the quality you most like in a man?

What is the quality you most like in a woman?

What do you most value in your friends?

Who are your favorite writers?

What is it that you most dislike?

How would you like to die?

What is your motto?



  1. yaaaay this is awesome and i am cracking up! it makes me want to tweak mine! i’ll just take your suggestion and update mine in several months or so. also, thanks for the kind words and link! i think that while some of the differences between you and me are nearly opposites, there are a handful of as-nearly identical qualities that we share.

  2. “Help me I’m poor” is basically how I live my life these days.

    Also, follow-up/clarification question: “What talent would you most like to have?” is the photo of the talent to fit into tiny clothing or to play a tambourine without looking like a goober?

  3. What a fantastic post. I hadn’t come across this questionnaire before. What a brilliant idea to revisit and look at the changes along the way. Look forward to the next one!!

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