A common simile in Greek colophons likens the scribe at the end of the copying work to a sailor reaching harbor, and Greek colophons also sometimes include lines contrasting the abiding power of written texts and the short-lived hands that wrote them. Formulas of both of these kinds also appear in Syriac and Arabic manuscripts. They have been studied before, but few of the texts themselves have been published in full. This paper presents many relevant examples from Syriac and Arabic colophons, with English translation, along with a few remarks on these themes in other literature. The Syriac and Arabic examples are prefaced by several in Greek, which have been published before, but generally without any English translation.