Actions speak louder than words

It is what we do that really matters, not just what we say. In Longfellow’s The Song of Hiawatha, Hiawatha answers the mighty and bragging Megissogwen:

‘Big words do not smite like war-clubs,
Boastful breath is not a bow-string,
Taunts are not as sharp as arrows,
Deeds are better things than words are,
Actions mightier than than boasting!’

See also: