1: 2-3 "Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity. What profit hath a man of all his labour which he taketh under the sun?"
1:12-14 "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 have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and, behold, all is vanity and vexation of spirit."
2: 1-11 "I said in mine heart, Go to now, I will prove thee with mirth, therefore enjoy pleasure: and, behold, this also is vanity.
"I said of laughter, It is mad: and of mirth, What doeth it?
"I sought in mine heart to give myself unto wine, yet acquainting mine heart with wisdom; and to lay hold on folly, till I might see what was that good for the sons of men, which they should do under the heaven all the days of their life.
"I made me great works; I builded me houses; 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, to water therewith the wood that bringeth forth trees:
"I got me servants and maidens, and had servants born in my house; also I had great possessions of great and small cattle above all that were in Jerusalem before me:
"I gathered me also silver and gold, and the peculiar treasure of kings and of the provinces: I gat me men singers and women singers, and the delights of the sons of men, as musical instruments, and that of all sorts.
"So I was great, and increased more than all that were before me in Jerusalem: also my wisdom remained with me.
"And whatsoever mine eyes desired I kept not from them, I withheld not my heart from any joy; for my heart rejoiced in all my labour: and this was my portion of all my labour.
"Then I looked on all the works that my hands had wrought, and on the labour that I had laboured to do: and, behold, all was vanity and vexation of spirit, and there was no profit under the sun."
2: 17 "Therefore I hated life; because the work that is wrought under the sun is grievous unto me: for all is vanity and vexation of spirit."
4: 6-8 "Better is an handful with quietness, than both the hands full with travail and vexation of spirit.
"Then I returned, and I saw vanity under the sun.
"There is one alone, and there is not a second; yea, he hath neither child nor brother: yet is there no end of all his labour; neither is his eye satisfied with riches; neither saith he, For whom do I labour, and bereave my soul of good? This is also vanity, yea, it is a sore travail."
5: 9-11 "Moreover the profit of the earth is for all: the king himself is served by the field.
"He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he that loveth abundance with increase: this is also vanity.
"When goods increase, they are increased that eat them: and what good is there to the owners thereof, saving the beholding of them with their eyes?"
12: 8 "Vanity of vanities, saith the preacher; all is vanity."
" … American society has at hand most of the factors that could bring about collective transformation: relative freedom, relative tolerance, affluence enough to be disillusioned with affluence, achievements enough to know that something different is needed … "
—Aquarian Conspiracy Page 142
"If thou seest the oppression of the poor, and violent perverting of judgment and justice in a province, marvel not at the matter: for he that is higher than the highest regardeth; and there be higher than they."
"The preacher sought to find out acceptable words: and that which was written was upright, even words of truth.
"The words of the wise are as goads, and as nails fastened by the masters of assemblies, which are given from one shepherd.
"And further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh.
"Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.
"For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil."