Like the crackling of thorns1 under the pot, so is the laughter2 of fools. This too is meaningless.
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Extortion turns a wise man into a fool, and a bribe3 corrupts the heart.
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The end of a matter is better than its beginning, and patience4 is better than pride.
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Do not be quickly provoked5 in your spirit, for anger resides in the lap of fools.6
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Do not say, "Why were the old days7 better than these?" For it is not wise to ask such questions.
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Wisdom, like an inheritance, is a good thing8 and benefits those who see the sun.9
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Wisdom is a shelter as money is a shelter, but the advantage of knowledge is this: that wisdom preserves the life of its possessor.
Consider what God has done:10 Who can straighten what he has made crooked?11
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When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider: God has made the one as well as the other.12 Therefore, a man cannot discover anything about his future.
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In this meaningless life13 of mine I have seen both of these: a righteous man perishing in his righteousness, and a wicked man living long in his wickedness.14
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Do not be overrighteous, neither be overwise-- why destroy yourself ?