Ecclesiastes 7:1-6; Ecclesiastes 7:11-12; Ecclesiastes 7:19
A good reputation is more valuable than the most expensive perfume. In the same way, the day you die is better than the day you are born.
It is better to spend your time at funerals than at festivals. For you are going to die, and you should think about it while there is still time.
Sorrow is better than laughter, for sadness has a refining influence on us.
A wise person thinks much about death, while the fool thinks only about having a good time now.
It is better to be criticized by a wise person than to be praised by a fool!
Indeed, a fool's laughter is quickly gone, like thorns crackling in a fire. This also is meaningless.
Being wise is as good as being rich; in fact, it is better.
Wisdom or money can get you almost anything, but it's important to know that only wisdom can save your life.
A wise person is stronger than the ten leading citizens of a town!