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Other Golden Rules
As researched by Shea Thomas
"Golden Rules" aren't anything new. Three thousand years ago the Hindu Brahmanists were saying
"Do naught unto others which would cause you pain done unto you." Listed here are just a few of
the ways this idea has been expressed through the ages.
- First, do no harm.
- Hippocrates (Ancient Greek)
- Love, and do what you like.
- St. Augustine of Hippo (Christian)
Do unto another what you would have him do unto you, and do not do unto another what
you would not have him do unto you. Thou needest this law alone. It is the foundation of all the rest.
- The Analects of Confucius (Confusciusism)
- Hurt not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful.
- The Udana-Varga 5:18 (Buddist)
- So whatever you wish that men would do to you, do so to them, for this is the law and the prophets.
- The Bible Matthew 7:12 Revised Standard Version (Christian)
- And as you wish that men would do to you, do so to them.
- The Bible Luke 6.31 Revised Standard Version (Christian)
- We should conduct ourselves toward others as we would have them act toward us.
- Aristotle (Ancient Greek)
- For it has become apparent to us that it is never just to harm anyone.
- Plato's Republic Book I, 335e (Ancient Greek)
- To be of help to all and to harm no one.
- Motto of Saint Peter Fourier (Christian)
- Anything done for another is done for oneself.
- Pope Boniface VIII (Christian)
- If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am not for others, who am I for? And if not now, when?
- The Talmud (Hebraic)
- Do not do to others what you would not like others to do to you.
- Hillel (Hebraic)