Absolutely incredible...life in a book. When I read his letters either I feel like everything makes sense, I can live a fulfilled life or "why couldn't have I been as eloquent as him?" He was a feminist:"And perhaps the sexes are more related than we think..." (or more of an equalist) before it was popular or contemplated. His letters are bound to challenge the reader if taken seriously...I have been recommending it to everyone. "If you will cling to Nature, to the simple in Nature, to the little things that hardly anyone sees, and that can so unexpectedly become big and beyond measuring; if you have this love of inconsiderable things and seek quite simply, as one who serves, to win the confidence of what seems poor: then everything will become easier, more coherent and somehow more concilatory for you, not in your intellect, perhaps, which lags marveling behind, but in your inmost consciousness, waking and cognizance...O that man might take this secret, of which the world is full even to its littlest thing, more humbly to himself and bear it, endure it, more seriously and feel how terribly difficuult it is, instead of taking it lightly."