I’d rather see a sermon than hear one any day.
I’d rather one should walk with me than
merely show the way.
The eye’s a better pupil and more wiling
than the ear.
Fine counsel is confusing, but example’s
And the best of all the preachers are the
men who live their creeds.
For to see the good in action is what
I can soon learn how to do it if you’ll let me
see it done.
I can watch your hands in action, but
your tongue too fast may run.
And the lectures you deliver may be very
wise and true;
But I’d rather get my lesson by observing
what you do.
For I may misunderstand you and the high advice
But there’s no misunderstanding how you
act and how you live.
Edgar A. Guest
1881 – 1959