Vanity of vanities; all is vanity. What profit hath a man of all his labor which he taketh under the sun? One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh: but the earth abideth for ever. I the Preacher was king over Israel in Jerusalem. And I gave my heart to seek and search out by wisdom concerning all things that are done under heaven: this sore travail hath God given to the sons of man to be exercised therewith. I made me great works; I builded [me houses]1 ; I planted me vineyards: I made me gardens and orchards, and I planted trees in them of all kind of fruits: I made me pools of water I gathered me also silver and gold, and the peculiar treasure of kings And whatsoever mine eyes desired I kept not from them So I returned, and considered all the oppressions that are done under the sun: and behold the tears of such as were oppressed, and they had no comforter; and on the side of their oppressors there was power; but they had no comforter.
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Source: Ecclesiastes 1 (2-4,12-13), Ecclesiastes 2 (4-6,8,10), Ecclesiastes 4:1.1 Bacon: "vast temples"
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