It is better to be a poor but wise youth than an old and foolish king who refuses all advice.
Such a youth could rise from poverty and succeed. He might even become king, though he has been in prison.
But then everyone rushes to the side of yet another youth who replaces him.
References for Ecclesiastes 4:15
Endless crowds stand around him, but then another generation grows up and rejects him, too. So it is all meaningless—like chasing the wind.
References for Ecclesiastes 4:16