This is a common observation that through long and frequent usage has become an established proverb.

Words are often deceptive, hypocritical, false, flattering, and insincere. They are therefore not to be taken as evidence of the truth. Actions may be, and sometimes are, deceptive, but not as much so as words; and are therefore more satisfactory proof of the real disposition and character of a person. Hence there is just ground, as universally acknowledged, to adopt the proverb that stands at the head of this article.

Examples:

  • Someone flatters you with words of love and friendship, but acts unfriendly in public;
  • They speak to you of their courage, but prove themselves cowards when it comes time to act;
  • They use flattery, pretending to think highly of us when we are present, yet talk differently when absent;
  • They profess to be of a strong religious faith, yet practice differently; indulging in sin and the neglect of duty.

In all of these cases, a person’s actions speak louder than words.

We also learn that when words and actions align, when they agree in expressing the same thoughts, in good faith and sincerity, they should be acknowledged as a sign of truth; and thus you should strive for all of your words, actions and thoughts to agree, so that you may maintain the credit and character of an honest and good person.

Historic old map of Hinsdale, New Hampshire from 1886

Detailed bird’s eye view of Hinsdale, New Hampshire in 1886

El Morro’s Castle wall after being struck by a 13-inch shell in 1899

El Morro’s castle wall after being struck by a 13-inch shell during the bombardment of San Juan

Napoleon Hill’s Story of Opportunity

A little old woman walked into one of Pittsburgh’s department stores…

Barack Obama on Freedom of Speech

“I accept that people are going to call me awful things every day, and I will always defend their right to do so.”

Bird’s eye view of Middletown, Connecticut in 1877

This beautiful vintage map shows Middletown, Connecticut as it looked in 1877. At the time approximately 7,000 people lived in Middletown and manufacturing was the mainstay of the city's economy. The map highlights Middletown landmarks such as Wesleyan University,...

Thomas Edison explains why many men never amount to anything

Thomas A. Edison, the great inventor, answered this question in an interview…

Brooklyn’s Shore Parkway as it looked in 1945

The Shore Parkway is one of three parkways that make up the Belt Parkway, a series of…

Mammoth Statues Lining the Approach to the Ming Tombs, Beijing, China

The Ming tombs are a collection of mausoleums built by the emperors of the Ming dynasty of China. This picture shows the mammoth statues that line the approach to the Ming Tombs, as it looked in 1860. A four mile road named the "Spirit Way" leads into the complex,...