At the end of the nineteenth century, a teenage Marcel Proust answered a series of questions in a confession album that belong to his friend Antoinette, daughter of future French President Félix Faure. The original manuscript of his answers, titled “by Marcel Proust himself” was discovered in 1924 and auctioned for €102,000 on May 27, 2003.

The format of the questionnaire has since become a popular reference when wanting to find out more about the personality of an interviewee. The questions have been used by French television host Bernard PivotJames Lipton from the Actor’s Studio, and the magazine Vanity Fair.

We often think of nature with the outdoors, with wilderness and conservation. But nature is so much more. It is a set of values and principles that teaches us about life and what it is to be human.

Adapted and inspired by the Marcel Proust Questionnaire, these questions seek to find out how nature has influenced and shaped the lives of successful and inspiring people, from all different backgrounds.

Published every week, the Questionnaire is a project created by Daniel Fox.