A good name is better than fine perfume,1 and the day of death better than the day of birth.22
It is better to go to a house of mourning than to go to a house of feasting, for death3 is the destiny4 of every man; the living should take this to heart.
Sorrow is better than laughter,5 because a sad face is good for the heart.
The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning, but the heart of fools is in the house of pleasure.65
It is better to heed a wise man's rebuke7 than to listen to the song of fools.
Like the crackling of thorns8 under the pot, so is the laughter9 of fools. This too is meaningless.
Extortion turns a wise man into a fool, and a bribe10 corrupts the heart.
The end of a matter is better than its beginning, and patience11 is better than pride.
Do not be quickly provoked12 in your spirit, for anger resides in the lap of fools.1310
Do not say, "Why were the old days14 better than these?" For it is not wise to ask such questions.