Thinking about this blog, I wondered about the words of wisdom I grew up with and other than the usual platitudes "do unto others", and "cleanliness is next to Godliness", and "take time to smell the roses", I couldn't remember any that stood out especially other than "actions speak louder than words".
It was not the spoken words as much as it was the actions that embodied the words. We learned respect and love by seeing the love and respect with which our parents treated each of us as well as their parents and siblings.
Citizenship, service to others, and love of education were all taught, not by words, but by example. Actions DO speak louder than words.