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February 10th, 2008 Leave a comment Go to comments

Dug this one up in a book called “Late Marx and the Russian Road,” edited by Teodor Shanin.

Apparently Marx’s daughters at some point made him fill this out as part of the game “Confessions” which was popular at the time.

Your favorite virtue – Simplicity
Your favorite virtue in a man – Strength
Your favorite virtue in a woman – Weakness
Your own chief characteristic – Singleness of Purpose
Your idea of happiness – To fight
Your idea of misery – Submission
The vice you excuse most – Gullibility
The vice you detest most – Servility
Your pet aversion – Martin Tupper*
Favorite occupation – Bookworming
Poet – Shakespeare, Aeschylus, Goethe
Prose Writer – Diderot
Hero – Spartacus, Kepler
Heroine – Gretchen
Flower – Daphne
Color – Red
Name – Laura, Jenny**
Dish – Fish
Favorite Maxim – Nihil humanum a me alienum puto***
Favorite motto – De omnibus dubitandum****

*Victorian poet of fame, since forgotten, who was best known to his generation for trivial dialectic moralizing in blank verse
**Marx’s daughters were named Laura and Jenny
***Nothing human is alien to me
****Doubt everything

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