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Actions speak louder than words

  • Actions speak louder than words is a proverb with origins that goes back hundreds of years. A proverb is a short, common saying or phrase that may be a famous quote, an inspirational quote, an epigram or the topic of a parable. These common sayings are language tools that particularly give advice or share a universal truth, or impart wisdom. Synonyms for proverb include adage, aphorism, sayings, and byword, which can also be someone or something that is the best example of a group. Often, a proverb is so familiar that a speaker will only quote half of it, relying on the listener to supply the ending of the written or spoken proverb himself. Speakers of English as a second language are sometimes confused by these pithy sayings as translations from English to other languages do not carry the impact that the English phrases carry. Some common proverbs are the wise sayings better late than never, early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise, an apple a day keeps the doctor away, haste makes waste, don’t look a gift horse in the mouth, and a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. One of the books of the Bible is the Book of Proverbs, which contains words and phrases that are still often quoted in the English language because they are wise. Many current proverbs are quotations taken from literature, particularly Shakespeare, as well as the Bible and other sacred writings. 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.”

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    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)


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