Thus spoke the Spice Trader's mentor/bartender earlier this week: 'The Moving Finger writes; and having writ, Moves on.' You have to admit, the man has a way with words. Below, for your edification or otherwise, are 44 morsels of wisdom that have appeared on this site during the past couple of years. 1. When arguing with a triad, never use the phrase 'over my dead body'. 2. If at first you don't succeed, do unto others. 3. Never get in a queue at the bank behind a guy wearing a full-face ski-helmet. 4. You can never be lost if you don't care where you are. (Dennis the Menace) 5. The child with one plastic watch knows what time it is. The man with two gold Rolexes is never quite sure. 6. The length of a minute depends on which side of the bathroom door you are standing. 7. Hong Kong is the only place in the world where the ultimate status symbol is a lawnmower. 8. You cannot acquire a big enough fortune. But a big enough fortune can acquire you. 9. Fertility is hereditary. If your parents did not have any children, neither will you. 10. Be kind to unkind people. They need it the most. 11. The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up. (Paul Valery) 12. You will never be one of the big guns until you've been fired a few times. 13. Children are poor men's riches. (Thomas Fuller) 14. Anyone can count the seeds in an apple. But no one can count the apples in a seed. 15. Make love, not war. Or do both, by getting married. 16. Never measure the height of a mountain, until you have reached the top. Then you will see how low it was. (Dag Hammarskjold) 17. The only difference between a rut and a grave is the depth. 18. Whenever you fall, pick up something. (Oswald Theodore Avery) 19. Some people follow trails. Others blaze them. 20. The only way to make a doctor make a house call these days is to marry one. 21. A person who trades stocks is called a broker, because after you see him, that's what you are. 22. Star fish have no brains, rather like other sorts of stars. 23. Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell. (Edward Abbey) 24. If a man believes he can climb a mountain, he's right. If he thinks he'll fail, he's right. 25. To spot a colleague who has secretly handed in his notice, see who yawns when the boss makes a joke. 26. Silence is the voice of complicity. 27. The trouble with doing something right the first time is that nobody appreciates how difficult it was. 28. The victor belongs to the spoils. (F Scott Fitzgerald) 29. Time's fun when you're having flies. (Kermit the Frog) 30. Fools worship mules that carry gold. 31. Modern industry has given society two items made of lightweight metal: soft drink cans that last forever, and cars, which rust away after five years. 32. A secret is either not worth keeping or too good to keep. 33. If you know you don't know much, you are smarter than most people. 34. Only rarely is it worth what it costs to tell someone what you think of them. 35. Save a little money each month, and at the end of the year, you'll be surprised at how little money you have. (Ernest Haskins) 36. If you have to stay in a private hospital in Hong Kong, they'll fix your body but your savings account will die horribly. 37. Television is nature's way of telling us we should have gone out and done something enjoyable this evening. 38. A person may be worth $100 million and still be worthless. 39. You can't destroy an enemy with a gun. The only way to destroy an enemy is to make him your friend. (United Nations) 40. It is said that an infinite number of monkeys with typewriters could produce the complete works of Shakespeare. Thanks to the Internet, we now know that this is not true. (Graham Ford) 41. Always borrow money from pessimists. They don't expect to be paid back. 42. Forgive your enemies. Nothing annoys them so much. (Oscar Wilde) 43. Nothing is said that has not been said before. (Spice Trader, 1997) 44. Nothing is said that has not been said before. (Terence of Greece, 159 BC) Governorship of this page and the mantle of Lai See will be donned by Nick Tabakoff from Monday. The Spice Trader bids au revoir, and looks forward to meeting you in another spot.