To follow the thread of the question- Are there other portals to one’s life?-I will answer- Other writers other than philosophers? Tolstoy,Goethe, and Dostoyevsky are often quoted authors. I will not mention the 4 evangelists.
I’m still not finished with David Copperfield and have read 519 pages only of its 716 pages. I found Charles Dickens inspiring when I read “My whole manner of thinking of our late misfortune was changed. What I had to do, was, to show my aunt that her past goodness to me had not been thrown away on an insensible, ungrateful object. What I had to do, was, to turn the painful discipline of my younger days to account, by going to work with a resolute and steady heart. What I had to do, was, to take my woodman's axe in my hand, and clear my own way through the forest of difficulty, by cutting down the trees until I came to Dora. And I went on at a mighty rate, as if it could be done by walking.
“When I found myself on the familiar Highgate road, pursuing such a different errand from that old one of pleasure, with which it was associated, it seemed as if a complete change had come on my whole life. But that did not discourage me. With the new life, came new purpose, new intention. Great was the labour; priceless the reward. Dora was the reward, and Dora must be won.” (The italics are mine.)
How does one value, put on the scale, the writer and what was written?