All that my eyes desired, I did not refuse them. I did not restrain my heart from any pleasure, for my heart was pleased because of all my labor; and this was my reward for all my labor.
So I considered all my activities which my hands had done and the labor which I had exerted, and behold, all was futility and striving after wind, and there was no benefit under the sun.
So I turned to consider wisdom, insanity, and foolishness; for what will
the man do
who will come after the king, except
what has already been done?
Then I saw that wisdom surpasses foolishness as light surpasses darkness.
The wise person’s eyes are in his head, but the fool walks in darkness. And yet I know that one and the same
fate happens to both of them.
Then I said to myself, 'As is the fate of the fool, it will also happen to me. Why then have I been extremely wise?' So I said to myself, 'This too is futility.'
For there is no lasting remembrance of the wise, along with the fool, since in
the coming days everything will soon be forgotten. And how the wise and the fool alike die!