Doublets: Actions Speak Louder Than Words

atkins-bookshelf-quotations“What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say”

From the collection of essays titled Letters and Social Aims (1876) by Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), American essayist, poet and leader of the transcendentalist and American romantic movements. The quotation is a condensed version of the original longer quotation: “What you are stands over you the while, and thunders so that I cannot hear what you say to the contrary.”

“Actions speak louder than words”

Although the roots of this idiom date back to the 1400 BC (the writing of the Bible), it was Abraham Lincoln who popularized it in 1856: “‘Actions speak louder than words’ is the maxim; and, if true, the South now distinctly says to the North, ‘Give us the measures, you take the men.'” (From The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, Volume II).

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