Quotes / The Golden Rule

There are many sources for the Golden Rule:

Ancient Greek and Roman Philosophy

"What I condemn in another I will, if I may, avoid myself."
Herodotus, writing in the 400s BCE

"Avoid doing what you would blame others for doing."
Thales of Miletus

" What you wish your neighbors to be to you, such be also to them."
Sextus the Pythagorean

"Do not do to others what would anger you if done to you by others."

"What thou avoidest suffering thyself seek not to impose on others."


"And if thine eyes be turned towards justice, choose thou for thy neighbour that which thou choosest for thyself"
Baha'u'llah, Epistle to the Son of the Wolf

Hinduism / Brahmanism

"This is the sum of Dharma [duty]: Do naught unto others which would cause you pain if done to you".
Mahabharata, 5:1517


"...a state that is not pleasing or delightful to me, how could I inflict that upon another?"
Samyutta Nikaya, v. 353

"Hurt not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful."
Udanavarga, 5:18

Christianity: The Gospels

"Therefore 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

"Love thy neighbor as thyself."
Matthew 22:39

"Do unto others as you would have done unto you."
Luke 6:31

Christianity: Other parts of The Bible

"For the whole law can be summed up in this one command: "Love your neighbor as yourself.""
Galatians 5:14


"Never impose on others what you would not choose for yourself."
Confucius, Analects, XV.24

"Tse-kung asked, 'Is there one word that can serve as a principle of conduct for life?' Confucius replied, 'It is the word 'shu' — reciprocity. Do not impose on others what you yourself do not desire.'"
Doctrine of the Mean, 13.3


"That which you want for yourself, seek for mankind."
Hadith Sukhanan-i-Muhammad

"Fear God wherever you tread, erase bad deeds with good ones, and be kind to mankind."
The Prophet Muhammad, Hadith Sunan al-Tirmidhi

"...if anyone slays a human being-unless it be [in punishment] for murder or for spreading corruption on earth-it shall be as though he had slain all mankind; whereas, if anyone saves a life, it shall be as though he had saved the lives of all mankind..."
The Qur'an, 5:32


"Love thy neighbor as thyself."
Leviticus 19:18.note 

"What is hateful to thee, do not unto thy fellow; this is the whole law. All the rest is a commentary to this law."
The Talmud, Tractate Shabat, 30a

Moral Philosophy

"Act in such a way that you treat humanity, whether in your own person or in the person of any other, never merely as a means to an end, but always at the same time as an end."
Immanuel Kant, second formulation of the categorical imperative

"Act only according to that maxim whereby you can at the same time will that it should become a universal law."
Immanuel Kant, first formulation of the categorical imperative - according to Kant, this quote has the same meaning as the quotes above.


"Whatever belief you belong to,
there's still always a reason to doubt
And there's always another opinion,
as to what life is all about [...]
There's only one thing to remember,
there is only one thing you can do:
And that is to do unto others,
as you'd have others do unto you"
—> Clawfinger, Two Sides (of every story) (ca 2000 AD)