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Actions Speak Louder than Words

Actions Speak Louder than Words Definition

Actions speak louder than words.

  • What a person does is often a better indicator of who they are than what they say.
  • What you do reveals your attitude more than just what you say

Actions Speak Louder than Words Examples

  • They asked me how I could build a treehouse in one night. I told them to come back tomorrow and ask me again. When they did they saw it already waiting up on the tree. All I said was “actions speak louder than words”.
  • I spent my entire career building a community to be proud of. In my campaign for governor I’ll simply show the people my actions speak louder than my words.


Actions speak louder than words but not nearly as often

Mark Twain

Actions speak louder than words, and it’s no more true than with your kids.

Brad Pitt

Actions Speak Louder than Words Origin

Literary Origin

Thus the twenty-one acted; and, as actions speak louder than words, so actions, under such responsibility, speak still louder.

Abraham Lincoln

The phrase as we use it today probably originated in Abraham Lincoln’s Cooper Union address. The address is a speech made before Lincoln was even a presidential candidate. But historians Believe it was Key to his later successful nomination.

Spiritual Origin

A word spoken in season is like an Apple of Gold set in Pictures of Silver,’ and actions are more precious than words.

John Pym 1628

The spiritual origin of this phrase may be from an excerpt by the English politician John Pym to parliament in 1628.

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Abraham Lincoln