What you do carries more weight than what you say.
I believe there are records of this expression back as far as 1628, although I cannot find the particular reference. It was first used in its current form in the USA by Abraham Lincoln 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.'
Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, Volume II
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