Peter J. Atwood fiction

I like words, and more, words that are used well. This is where I collect them. Most I come across in the works of other authors, but on occasion I find some in the wild myself.


“Shall nothing more be asked of us than that we be honest? For the present, good friends, nothing. It seems that in our aspirations to be more than that, we have to some extent lost sight of the propriety of being so much as that.”

—John Ruskin, Unto This Last

I have read and reread Ruskin’s ”Unto This Last“ throughout my life, and I am surprised that in these times when capitalism is more and more under serious scrutiny, I see so few references to these essays, which he wrote as a contemporary rebuttal to Adam Smith’s ”The Wealth of Nations.“