Actions speak louder than words

Actions speak louder than words is a proverb with origins that goes back hundreds of years. We will examine the meaning of the proverb actions speak louder than words, where the expression came from, and some examples of its use in sentences.

Actions speak louder than words is a proverb that tells us to judge people by what they do, not by what they say. A person may profess to care about animals, but if he kicks a dog, we may conclude that he does not truly care about animals; he simply wants people to believe that he cares about animals. Actions speak louder than words means that a person will show his true personality, intention, and abilities through his actions. The proverb actions speak louder than words has been traced to a sermon delivered by St. Anthony of Padua in the 1200s: “Actions speak louder than words; let your words teach and your actions speak.”

Examples

‘Actions speak louder than words’: LSU Greek Life responds to Black Lives Matter movement (The Reveille)

The wife of the British policeman who almost died after investigating the 2018 Salisbury poisonings gave a tart response to Boris Johnson’s denunciation: “Actions speak louder than words.” (The Guardian)

Very welcome sentiments, but a double look was necessary because actions speak louder than words, Mr. Ross, and I took a wee peek at your voting record on this topic in the past. (The National)