Then I turned my thoughts to consider wisdom, and also madness and folly.1 What more can the king's successor do than what has already been done?213
I saw that wisdom3 is better than folly,4 just as light is better than darkness.
The wise man has eyes in his head, while the fool walks in the darkness; but I came to realize that the same fate overtakes them both.515
Then I thought in my heart, "The fate of the fool will overtake me also. What then do I gain by being wise?"6 I said in my heart, "This too is meaningless."
For the wise man, like the fool, will not be long remembered;7 in days to come both will be forgotten.8 Like the fool, the wise man too must die!9