A good name is better than fine perfume, and the day of one's death than the day of one's birth.
It is better to go to a house of mourning than to go to a house of feasting, since that is the end of all mankind, and the living should take it to heart.
Grief is better than laughter, for when a face is sad, a heart may be glad.
The heart of the wise is in a house of mourning, but the heart of fools is in a house of pleasure.
It is better to listen to rebuke from a wise person than to listen to the song of fools.
For like the crackling of [burning] thorns under the pot, so is the laughter of the fool. This too is futile.