"Vanity of vanities, all is vanity"
'All is Vanity' by C. Allan Gilbert
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A quotation from the first chapter of the Old Testament's Book of Ecclesiastes where the second verse reads,

Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity.

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The verse is generally taken to mean that man's activities on earth are largely futile.

We are reminded here of the title of Book 1 of Brideshead Revisited: the words Et in Arcadia Ego carry essentially the same message.