"Are not the days of my life few? Let me alone, that I may find a little comfort before I go, never to return, to the land of gloomand deep darkness, the land of gloom and chaos, where light is like darkness."
"There the wicked cease from troubling, and there the weary are at rest. There the prisoners are at ease together; they do not hearthe voice of the taskmaster. The small and the great are there, and the slaves are free from their masters."
"...there is hope for a tree, if it is cut down, that it will sprout again, and that its shoots will not cease. Though its root grows old in the earth, and its stump dies in the ground, yet at the scent of water it will bud and put forth branches like a young plant. But mortals die, and are laid low; humans expire, and where are they?"
"And I thought the dead, who have already died, more fortunate than the living, who are still alive; but better than both is the one who has not yet been, and has not seen the evil deeds that are done under the sun."
"Listen, I will tell you a mystery! We will not all die, but we will all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For this perishable body must put on imperishability, and this mortal body must put on immortality."
"And he thought to himself...., 'Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.' But God said to him, 'You fool! This very night your life is being demanded of you. And the things you have prepared, whose will they be?'"