Ecclesiastes 4:4; Ecclesiastes 4:6; Ecclesiastes 4:16

4 Then I observed all the work and ambition motivated by envy. What a waste! Smoke. And spitting into the wind.
6 One handful of peaceful repose Is better than two fistfuls of worried work - More spitting into the wind.
16 Even so, the excitement died quickly, the throngs of people soon lost interest. Can't you see it's only smoke? And spitting into the wind?