Ecclesiastes 7:1-6; Ecclesiastes 7:11-12; Ecclesiastes 7:19
A good reputation is better than expensive perfume; and the day you die is better than the day you are born.
It is better to go to a home where there is mourning than to one where there is a party, because the living should always remind themselves that death is waiting for us all.
Sorrow is better than laughter; it may sadden your face, but it sharpens your understanding.
Someone who is always thinking about happiness is a fool. A wise person thinks about death.
It is better to have wise people reprimand you than to have stupid people sing your praises.
When a fool laughs, it is like thorns crackling in a fire. It doesn't mean a thing.
Everyone who lives ought to be wise; it is as good as receiving an inheritance
and will give you as much security as money can. Wisdom keeps you safe - this is the advantage of knowledge.
Wisdom does more for a person than ten rulers can do for a city.