Ecclesiastes 1:16

16 I said to myself, "I know more and I'm wiser than anyone before me in Jerusalem. I've stockpiled wisdom and knowledge."

Ecclesiastes 1:16 In-Context

14 I've seen it all and it's nothing but smoke - smoke, and spitting into the wind.
15 Life's a corkscrew that can't be straightened, A minus that won't add up.
16 I said to myself, "I know more and I'm wiser than anyone before me in Jerusalem. I've stockpiled wisdom and knowledge."
17 What I've finally concluded is that so-called wisdom and knowledge are mindless and witless - nothing but spitting into the wind.
18 Much learning earns you much trouble. The more you know, the more you hurt.
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