a man is judged by his deeds, not by his words
/ɐ mˈæn ɪz dʒˈʌdʒd baɪ hɪz dˈiːdz nˌɑːt baɪ hɪz wˈɜːdz/
used to imply that a person's true character is revealed through their actions, rather than their words or promises
better to have less thunder in the mouth, and more lightning in the hand
/bˈɛɾɚ tə hæv lˈɛs θˈʌndɚɹ ɪnðə mˈaʊθ ænd mˈoːɹ lˈaɪtnɪŋ ɪnðə hˈænd/
used to suggest that it is more effective and valuable to have tangible actions and accomplishments rather than merely impressive words or empty promises
deeds are fruits, words are but leaves
/dˈiːdz ɑːɹ fɹˈuːts wˈɜːdz ɑːɹ bˌʌt lˈiːvz/
used to imply that the value of a person's actions is more significant than their words, which are merely superficial
fair words fill not the belly
/fˈɛɹ wˈɜːdz fˈɪl nˌɑːt ðə bˈɛli/
used to suggest that although kind or flattering words may be pleasing, they do not provide practical benefits or solve real problems
the proof of the pudding is in the eating
/ðə pɹˈuːf ʌvðə pˈʊdɪŋ ɪz ɪnðɪ ˈiːɾɪŋ/
used to imply that the true value or quality of something can only be judged by experiencing it or putting it into practice
talk is cheap
/tˈɔːk ɪz tʃˈiːp/
used to imply that words are easy to say, but they may not always be backed up by action or substance, and therefore, they may lack value or credibility
a tree is known by its fruit
/ɐ tɹˈiː ɪz nˈoʊn baɪ ɪts fɹˈuːt/
used to suggest that a person's true character or worth can be judged by the results of their actions or behavior
well done is (much) better than well said
/wˈɛl dˈʌn ɪz mˈʌtʃ ɔːɹ bˈɛɾɚ ðɐn wˈɛl sˈɛd/
used to imply that actions are more valuable than mere words, and that it is better to demonstrate one's abilities or intentions through deeds or accomplishments rather than just talking about them
words are but wind (, but blows unkind)
/wˈɜːdz ɑːɹ bˌʌt wˈɪnd bˌʌt blˈoʊz ʌnkˈaɪnd ɔːɹ/
used to emphasize that talk or promises alone do not hold much value without accompanying actions or follow-through
if ifs and ands were pots and pans (there'd be no work for tinkers' hands)
/ɪf ˈɪfs ænd ˈændz wɜː pˈɑːts ænd pˈænz ðɛɹd biː nˈoʊ wˈɜːk fɔːɹ tˈɪŋkɚz hˈændz ɔːɹ/
used to dismiss speculation and hypothetical thinking as useless, emphasizing the importance of focusing on practical and realistic solutions to problems
take the will for the deed
/tˈeɪk ðə wɪl fɚðə dˈiːd/
used to suggests that the thought or intention of doing something is as valuable as actually carrying it out
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