The Golden Rule


The World’s Religions disagree about a great many things

But there is one universal principle.

It is often referred to as the Golden Rule…

“He sought for others the good he desired for himself. Let him pass.”
Egyptian Book of the Dead (1580-1350 B.C.)

“One should seek for others the happiness one desires for himself”
Buddha (Siddhartha Gautama, c. 563 – c. 483 B.C.)

“Hurt not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful.”
Udana-Varga 5,1

“Never do to other persons what would pain thyself.”

“Do not do to others what you would not like yourself.
Then there will be no resentment against you,
either in the family or in the state.”
Analects 12:2

“Try your best to treat others as you would wish to be treated yourself,
and you will find that this is the shortest way to benevolence.”
Mencius VII.A.4

“One should not behave towards others in a way which is disagreeable to oneself.
This is the essence of morality.
All other activities are due to selfish desire.”
Mahabharata, Anusasana Parva 113.8

“This is the sum of duty;
do naught onto others what you would not have them do unto you.”
Mahabharata 5,1517

“In happiness and suffering,
in joy and grief,
we should regard all creatures as we regard our own self.”

“A man should wander about treating all creatures
as he himself would be treated.”
Sutrakritanga 1.11.33

“Regard your neighbor’s gain as your gain, and your neighbor’s loss as your own loss.”
Tai Shang Kan Yin P’ien

“That nature alone is good
which refrains from doing another whatsoever is not good for itself.”
Dadisten-I-dinik, 94,5

“Whatever is disagreeable to yourself do not do unto others.”
Shayast-na-Shayast 13:29

“Do not do unto others what angers you if done to you by others.”
Socrates 436-338 BCE

“We should behave toward friends as we would wish friends to behave toward us.”
Aristotle (384-322 B.C.)

“That which is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow.
That is the whole Torah;
the rest is the explanation;
go and learn.  ”

— Talmud, Shabbat 31a, the “Great Principle”

“You shall love your neighbour as yourself.”

– Jesus of Nazareth

“Do not kill or injure your neighbor,
for it is not him that you injure, you injure yourself.
But do good to him, therefore add to his days of happiness
as you add to your own.
Do not wrong or hate your neighbor,
for it is not him that you wrong, you wrong yourself.
But love him, for the Great Spirit loves him also as he loves you.”

from the Native American Shawnee


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