What you do speaks so loud that I cannot hear what you say. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson ~
What this possibly means is that actions speak louder than words. This usually happens when someone says they will do something one way, when actually what they do is much different than what they said they would do. It is often used when someone makes a promise but then doesn’t keep it. We are judged by our actions, and we should have the highest standard of integrity in all of our actions. Why not be the best you can be.
“One of the great tragedies of life is that men seldom bridge the gulf between practice and profession, between doing and saying. A persistent schizophrenia leaves so many of us tragically divided against ourselves. On the one hand, we proudly profess certain sublime and noble principles, but on the other hand, we sadly practice the very antithesis of these principles. How often are our lives characterized by a high blood pressure of creeds and an anemia of deeds! We talk eloquently about our commitment to the principles of Christianity, and yet our lives are saturated with the practices of paganism. We proclaim our devotion to democracy, but we sadly practice the very opposite of the democratic creed. We talk passionately about peace, and at the same time we assiduously prepare for war. We make our fervent pleas for the high road of justice, and then we tread unflinchingly the low road of injustice. This strange dichotomy, this agonizing gulf between the ought and the is, represents the tragic theme of man’s earthly pilgrimage.” ~ Martin Luther King Jr., Strength to Love ~
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