A good reputation is better than expensive pleasures. The day someone dies is better than the day they were born. It is better to go to a funeral than to a party, because everyone must die, and the living need to remember this. Sorrow is even better than laughter, because when our face is sad, our heart becomes good. A wise person thinks about death, but a fool thinks only about having a good time. It is better to be criticized by the wise than praised by the foolish. The laughter of fools is such a waste. It is like thorns burning under a pot. The thorns burn so quickly that the pot does not get hot. Even the wise will forget their wisdom, if someone pays them enough. That money destroys their understanding. It is better to finish something than to start it. It is better to be gentle and patient than to be proud and impatient. Don’t become angry quickly, because anger is foolish. Don’t say, “Life was better in the ‘good old days.’ What happened?” Wisdom does not lead us to ask that question. Wisdom is better if you also have property. Wise people will get more than enough wealth. Wisdom and money can protect you. But knowledge gained through wisdom is even better—it can save your life. Look at what God has made. You cannot change a thing, even if you think it is wrong. When life is good, enjoy it. But when life is hard, remember that God gives us good times and hard times. And no one knows what will happen in the future.