Works meaning are loves, and not good reasons
What is Works are loves, and not good reasons:
The popular saying "Works are loves, and not good reasons" or "Works are loves, not good reasons" means that true love is expressed with actions and not just with words, however well founded they may be.
Faced with the discourse loaded with promises, as well as flattering and flattering words, this saying proposes to observe the clarity and veracity of concrete, supportive, timely and disinterested actions (works) as proof of love. Thus, the saying also denounces hypocrisy.
The saying can be used as an exhortation for consistency between words and actions. It can also be used to expose the hypocrisy of those who speak, but do not commit.
Only concrete works are capable of giving reliable testimony of love, whether this love is expressed verbally or not. For this reason, the saying invites us to look beyond speech to direct attention to people's actions, which often go unnoticed.
In this sense, the saying is similar to the phrase in the New Testament that reads "By the fruits you will know them." This phrase, attributed to Jesus, has as its context a metaphor between spiritual life and the plant world. It is the fruits that allow us to recognize the tree.
In the same way, it is the "fruits" that result from human actions, not simply words, that allow us to distinguish between a true and a false prophet.
Some equivalent sayings are: “To the test, good love”, “Love and faith, in works are seen”, “There is no preacher like Friar Example” and “If you love me well, Juan, your works will tell me ”.
Works are loves, and not good reasons by Lope de Vega
Works are loves, and not good reasons is a comedy by the Spanish Golden Age writer, Lope de Vega Carpio. You can read a snippet here: