The Golden Rule across Religious Traditions

“You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
Leviticus 19:18 (Judaism)

“Do you love your Creator? Love your fellow beings first.”
The Qur’an (Islam )

“Whatever you wish that men would do to you, do so to them.”
Matthew 7:12 (Christianity)

“Not one of you is a believer until he loves for his brother what he loves for himself.”
Forty Hadith of an-Nawawi (Islam)

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

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

“Tsekung 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 do to others what you do not want them to do to you.”
Analects 15.23 (Confucianism)

“Comparing oneself to others in such terms as ‘Just as I am so are they, just as they are so am I, ’ he should neither kill nor cause others to kill.”
Sutta Nipata 705 (Buddhism)

“One going to take a pointed stick to pinch a baby bird should first try it on himself to see how it hurts.”
(Yoruba Proverb )

“What is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbor: that is the whole Torah; all the rest is commentary; go and learn.”
Teaching of Rabbi Hillel, Talmud, Shabbat 331a (Judaism)

“Jesus was asked, ‘Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?’ He replied, ‘You shall love the God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and first commandment. And the second is like it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and all the teachings of the prophets rest on these two commandments.’”
Matthew 22:36-40 (Christianity)

“One who you think should be hit is none else but you. One who you think should be governed is none else but you. One who you think should be tortured is none else but you. One who you think should be enslaved is none else but you. One who you think should be killed is none else but you. A sage is ingenuous and leads his life after comprehending the parity of the killed and the killer. Therefore, neither does he cause violence to others nor does he make others do so.”
Acarangasutra 5.101.2 (Jainism)

“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 goodness.”
Mencius VIIA.4 (Confucianism)

“That nature is good which refrains from doing unto another whatsoever is not good for itself.”
Zoroastrian Teaching (Zoroastrianism)

“We have committed the Golden Rule to memory; let us now commit it to life.”
--Edwin Markham

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