Heidegger's first letter to Hannah, dated 10 February 1925, bears the formal salutation "Dear Miss Arendt". Keeping a courteous distance he declared his respect for her, praised the qualities of her mind and soul, and asked only that she let him help her to remain faithful to herself.
The sea is golden, speckled with white points of light lapping with a sort of mechanical self-satisfaction under a pale green sky. How huge it is, how empty, this great space for which I have been longing all my life.
O you who I often and silently come where you are that I may be with you, As I walk by your side or sit near, or remain in the same room with you, Little you know the subtle electric fire that for your sake is playing with me.
O You Whom I Often and Silently Come, Walt Whitman