actions speak louder than words

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Actions speak louder than words definition


People are more impressed with our sincerity if we act on our beliefs than if we merely talk about them.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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actions speak louder than words

What one does is more important than what one says, as in Politicians need to be reminded that actions speak louder than words. This statement, a proverb found in many languages, including ancient Greek, was first worded in precisely this way in English in Colonial Currency (1736). Also see all talk; do as I say, not as I do.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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