"Many words are poverty."
This saying indicates that we should speak
clearly and to the point, to not ramble on and on in are speech
pointlessly. It can also be used in a setting where a person speaks
endlessly about what they are "going to do", instead of
"doing it" and then "speaking about it", "Actions
speak louder then words" is similar in this context.
This saying is said to have its' roots in
ancient Sparta. The Spartans were taught to speak with little words,
to have humility, to be wise, to respect the elders, and the laws of their
nation. These values formed the basis of this ancient Greek super
The Ancient Spartans were said to be
specific in what they said. Their is a story about how an individual
told Lycurgus that Sparta should become a democracy, only to get a stern
response of "Create a democracy first in your own
household." In this regard the Spartans were considered wise in
the way they spoke. They were said to speak only when needed to speak,
and then directly and to the point.