A good reputation is more valuable than the most expensive perfume. In the same way, the day you die is better than the day you are born.
It is better to spend your time at funerals than at festivals. For you are going to die, and you should think about it while there is still time.
Sorrow is better than laughter, for sadness has a refining influence on us.
A wise person thinks much about death, while the fool thinks only about having a good time now.
It is better to be criticized by a wise person than to be praised by a fool!
Indeed, a fool's laughter is quickly gone, like thorns crackling in a fire. This also is meaningless.
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)