David Goodis was not religious, we began the ceremony with
a Biblical reading which touched on noir themes. Aaron
7 (New International Version)
A good name is better than fine perfume, and the day of
death better than the day of birth.
It is better to go to a house of mourning than to go to a
house of feasting, for death is the destiny of every man;
the living should take this to heart.
Sorrow is better than laughter, because a sad face is good
for the heart.
4 The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning, but
the heart of fools is in the house of pleasure.
5 It is better to heed a wise man's rebuke than to listen
to the song of fools.
6 Like the crackling of thorns under the pot, so is the
laughter of fools. This too is meaningless.
7 Extortion turns a wise man into a fool, and a bribe
corrupts the heart.
8 The end of a matter is better than its
beginning, and patience is better than pride.
9 Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit, for anger
resides in the lap of fools.
10 Do not say, "Why were the old days better than these?"
For it is not wise to ask such questions.
11 Wisdom, like an inheritance, is a good thing and
benefits those who see the sun.
Wisdom is a shelter as money is a shelter,
advantage of knowledge is this: that wisdom preserves the
life of its possessor.
13 Consider what God has done: Who can straighten what he
has made crooked?
14 When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad,
consider: God has made the one as well as the other.
Therefore, a man cannot discover anything about his