A good name is better than fine perfume,1 and the day of death better than the day of birth.22
It is better to go to a house of mourning than to go to a house of feasting, for death3 is the destiny4 of everyone; the living should take this to heart.
Frustration is better than laughter,5 because a sad face is good for the heart.
The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning, but the heart of fools is in the house of pleasure.65
It is better to heed the rebuke7 of a wise person than to listen to the song of fools.
Like the crackling of thorns8 under the pot, so is the laughter9 of fools. This too is meaningless.