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Actions Speak Louder Than Words
February 7, 2007, 8:14 pm
Filed under: School Papers

“Actions speak louder than words.” The author of this proverb should be praised for his knowledge and understanding of man’s nature to not support his words with his actions.

This proverb means that a person’s actions communicate more clearly than his words. If a person wants others to believe his words, he should “speak” with his actions.

If a person talks with his actions, he is more convincing than if he were just speaking, and if his actions are consistent with his words, people will think him more trustworthy.

Consider this analogy: Two candidates are in a political race, and each one wants to impress the voters. One man speaks of how good he is, in an effort to win over the voters, whereas the other goes out and actually works and accomplishes things. The people will trust the one who let his actions speak, instead of just talking.

Judas Iscariot said that he was a loyal follower of Christ; if a person just heard his words, and not his actions, he would think of him as a good disciple. But his actions spoke louder than his words, as he betrayed Jesus for 30 pieces of silver.

John Locke, an influential English philosopher, once said, “I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of their thoughts.” In the words of St. Francis of Assisi, “Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words.”

In an effort to be trustworthy and not hypocritical, we should let our actions speak louder than our words.


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