Moby Salahuddin

About Moby Salahuddin

Machu Picchu

My Favorite Quotations

Oh, give us pleasure in the flowers today;
And give us not to think so far away
As the uncertain harvest; keep us here
All simply in the springing of the year.

Robert Frost (1874 -1963)

Bad times, hard times- this is what people
keep saying; but let us live well, and times
shall be good. We are the times: such as
we are, such are the times.

St. Augustine (354-430)

Truly on the day of judgment we shall not
be examined as to what we have read, but
as to what we have done; not as to how
well we have spoken, but as to how
religiously we have lived.

Thomas à Kempis (1380-1471)

I am a writer in West Columbia, South Carolina, specializing in writing about healthcare issues. I have followed the U.S. healthcare industry for more than 25 years and co-edited the handbook Sharps Injury Prevention Program: A Step-By-Step Guide published by the American Hospital Association.

I was a Richardson Fellow at Davidson College, North Carolina and graduated with a master's degree in international studies from the University of South Carolina, where I also did graduate work in journalism.

A slow hiker, a so-so racquetball player, I am accomplished at wasting time reading old books by forgotten authors. Two of my heroes are John Stuart Mill and Charles Darwin: two geniuses beloved by all who knew them. I became acquainted with Mill as an undergraduate and from there it was but a small step to Darwin and other Victorian greats.

Both stirred in me a yearning for learning, and I took to heart Mill's admonition "next to selfishness, the principal cause which makes life unsatisfactory is want of mental cultivation."

Another saint I worship is the Roman author Seneca. If I had to pick one guide for life on earth I would choose Seneca: judicious, patient, kind, and perhaps as omniscient about human nature as Tolstoy. Seneca expresses the sagacity of the ages when he says to a wise man every day is like a new life. Use it well; let bygones be bygones.

Readers may find it quaint of me to dredge up these ancient names. I do so to do my part in reviving their memories. It is but another form of lighting candles and burning incense.