I had read Ecclesiastes before and had the incination to check it out again this morning. I was not disappointed. It is a book that covers the broad aspects of life and provides a number of timelessly relatable examples and references. Wisdom, foolishness, wealth, povery, health, happiness, pleasure, pain, death, relationships, government and ambition are all included.
The translation I just read was the New Living Translation (metal edition). It seems to use more modern phrasology and consequently interprets more easily. All 12 chapters are more than worth the time to read and effort to look into. I would say it is best read from start to finish in order to really get the full perspective and get a good idea of how the author's mind seems to be working.
Going into specifics is something I'll leave for another time and perhaps another medium. Just have a look, there is much truth and wisdom in those words. There were certainly numerous thought-provoking assertions about life and manner of living, some of which seem quite contrary to what western culture preaches, some of it suprisingly close.
Ecclesiaste 1:9-11 (New Living Translation)
"9 History merely repeats itself. It has all been done before. Nothing under the sun is truly new. 10 What can you point to that is new? How do you know it didn't already exist long ago? 11 We don't remember what happened in those former times. And in future generations, no one will remember what we are doing now."