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Ralph. Fucking. Fiennes.


Happy Birthday, Marcel Proust!

It’s Marcel Proust’s birthday! Celebrate with a read of Vanity Fair’s Proust Questionnaire interviews. One of my favorites below:

Ralph Fiennes

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Swimming naked in the sea.

What is your greatest fear?
Being eaten by a shark.

Which historical figure do you most identify with?
T. E. Lawrence.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
Being too controlling and a bit obsessive-compulsive.

What is the trait you most deplore in others?
The above.

What is your greatest extravagance?
Eating out.

What is your favorite journey?
From the dressing room to the stage and back again.

What do you dislike most about your appearance?
That I can’t disappear more often.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
“Great,” “Really?,” “No, I’m fine.”

What is your greatest regret?
Not spending more time with my parents when they were alive.

What or who is the greatest love of your life?
Having a transforming encounter with a Work of Art, either as a listener, viewer, reader, spectator, or participant.

When and where were you happiest?
Swimming in Voidokilia Bay in the southern Peloponnese.

Which talent would you most like to have?
To be able to play a musical instrument—the violin.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Being employable.

If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be?
I don’t want to come back as anything or anyone.

What is your most treasured possession?
I try not to have one, but I would be upset if I lost a pair of cuff links given to me by my mother.

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?

Where would you like to live?
Near the sea—on a coastline.

What is your favorite occupation?
Reading and watching movies very early in the morning when I can’t sleep.

What is your most marked characteristic?
Staring too hard and too long at people, but then zoning out midway through a conversation.

What is the quality you most like in a man?
Same as in a woman: open-mindedness and a sense of humor.

What do you most value in your friends?
Their loyalty and patience.

Who are your favorite writers?
Shakespeare, Dostoyevsky, Homer, Ibsen, Chekhov, T. S. Eliot, Beckett.

Who is your favorite hero of fiction?

Who are your heroes in real life?
All the men and women who dedicate their lives to the well-being, education, and safety of others.

What are your favorite names?
Abraham, Miranda, Thomas, Natasha.

What is it that you most dislike?
Being late, being unprepared, junk food, Facebook, and Twitter.

How would you like to die?
Instantly, with my boots on.

What is your motto?
“The readiness is all.”


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The people I consider successful are so because of how they handle their responsibilities to other people, how they approach the future, people who have a full sense of the value of their life and what they want to do with it. I call people successful not because they have money or their business is doing well but because, as human beings, they have a fully developed sense of being alive and engaged in a lifetime task of collaboration with other human beings – their mothers and fathers, their family, their friends, their loved ones, the friends who are dying, the friends who are being born. Success.. is all about being able to extend love to people… not in a big, capital letter sense but in the everyday. Little by little, task by task, gesture by gesture, word by word.
—  Ralph Fiennes