The Golden Rule Quotes

General Remarks Regarding

  • “Do not do unto others as you expect they should do unto you. Their tastes may not be the same.” -George Bernard Shaw
  • “(no one should) find the Golden Rule surprising in any way because at its base lies the foundation of most human interactions and exchanges and it can be found in countless texts throughout recorded history and from around the world–a testimony to its universality.” -Michael Shermer, The Science of Good & Evil
  • “Hillel HA-Babli, in the thirty-first book of The Sabbath in 30 B.C., raised the Golden Rule to the ultimate moral principle: ‘Whatsoever thou wouldst that men should not do unto thee, do not do unto them. This is the whole Law. The rest is explanation.'” –Michael Shermer, The Science of Good & Evil
  • “The golden rule is that there are no golden rules.” -George Bernard Shaw
  • “What has become of the Golden Rule? It exists, it continues to sparkle, and is well taken care of. It is Exhibit A in the Church’s assets, and we pull it out every Sunday and give it an airing…It is strictly religious furniture, like an acolyte, or a contribution-plate, or any of those things. It is never intruded into business; and Jewish persecution is not a religious passion, it is a business passion.” -Mark Twain, “Concerning the Jews”

    Historical and Universal Expression

  • “Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but though shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.”-Leviticus 19:18, c. 1000 B.C.
  • “What you do not want others to do to you, do not do unto others.” -Confucius, The Doctrine of the Mean, 13, c. 500 B.C.
  • “Do not do to others what would anger you if done to you by others.”-Isocrates, c. 375 B.C.
  • “What thou thyself hatest, do to no man.” -Tobias 4:15, c. 180 B.C.
  • “The question was once put to Aristotle how we ought to behave to our friends; and his answer was, ‘As we should wish them to behave to us.'” -Diogenes Laertus, Lives of the Philosophers, c. 150 B.C.
  • “This is the sum of all true righteousness: deal with others as thou wouldst thyself be dealt by. Do nothing to thy neighbor which thou wouldst not have him do to thee hereafter.” -The Mahabharata, c. 150 B.C.
  • “All things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.” -Matthew 7:12, c. first century B.C.
  • “As you would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.” -Luke 6:31, c. first century B.C.
  • “What thou avoidest suffering thyself seek not to impose on others.” -Epictetus, Encheiridion, c. 100
  • “All things whatsoever that thou wouldst not wish to be done to thee, do thou also not to another.” -The Didache, or Teaching og the Twelve Apostles, c. 135
  • “As ye will that men do to you, and do ye to them in like manner.” -John Wycliffe, translation of Luke 7:31, 1389
  • “Do as ye wald be done to.” David Ferguson, Scottish Proverbs, 1641:
  • “This is that law of the Gospel; whatsoever you require that others should do to you, that do ye to them.” Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan, 1651
  • “Do not that to another, which thou wouldest not have done to thyself” Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan, 1651
  • “My duty towards my neighbor is to love him as myself, and to do to all men as I would they should do unto me.” The Book of Common Prayer (catechism), 1662
  • “The evil which you do not wish done to you, you ought to refrain from doing to another, so far as may be done without injury to some third person.” -Henry More, Enchiridion ethicum, 4, 1667
  • “Desire nothing for yourself which you do not desire for others.” -Baruch Spinoza, Ethica, 4, 1667
  • “If a man any ways doubt whether what he is going to do to another man be agreeable to the law of nature, then let him suppose himself to be in that other man’s room.” -John Wise, A Vindication of the Government of New England Churches, 1717
  • “To do, as one would be done by, and to love one’s neighbor as one’s self, constitute the ideal perfection of utilitarian morality.” -John Stuart Mill, Utilitarianism, 1863
  • “Reason shows me that if my happiness is desirable and a good, the equal happiness of any other person must be equally desirable.” -Henry Sidgwick, The Methods of Ethics, 1874
  • “Do unto others as you would have others do unto you in like case.” -Peter Kropotkin, La Morale Anarchiste, 1891
  • “Tzu-kung asked, ‘Is there a single word which can be a guide to conduct throughout one’s life?’ The Master said, ‘It is perhaps the word ‘shu.’ Do not impose on others what you yourself do not desire.” -Confucius 6th century bc Chinese sage and founder of Confucianism from The Analects
  • “When you treat others as you want them to treat you, you liberate yourself.” -Silo, Silo’s Message, The Book, Chapter XIII Principles, Principle 10th
  • “We make a growing commitment to follow the rule that reminds us to treat others as we want to be treated. -Silo, Silo’s Message, The Experience, Recognition Ceremony
  • “Learn to treat others in the way that you want to be treated. -Silo, Silo’s Message, The Path
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