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Treating others as you would like to be treated by others

Quotations about the Golden Rule,
a.k.a. the Ethic of Reciprocity.

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The Golden Rule:

The Golden Rule is found in many forms in the religions and philosophical traditions of the world, from in ancient times up to the present. Two wordings are found in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke in the teachings of Jesus, as translated from the original Greek into early 17th century English:

  • Matthew 7:12: "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."

  • Luke 6:31: "And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise."

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Quotations about the Golden Rule:

Some notable quotations about, or related to, the Golden Rule:

  • Maya Angelou (author, poet, civil rights activist): "... equal rights, fair play, justice, are all like the air: we all have it, or none of us has it. That is the truth of it."

  • Anon: "You can't deny women their basic rights and pretend it's about your "religious freedom". If you don't like birth control, don't use it. Religious freedom doesn't mean you can force others to live by your beliefs." 1

  • Anon: The Law of One: "We are all one. When one is harmed, all are harmed. When one is helped, all are healed."

  • Dana Arcuri (author): "Our job on earth isn't to criticize, reject, or judge. Our purpose is to offer a helping hand, compassion, and mercy. We are to do unto others as we hope they would do unto us."

  • Karen Armstrong (author): "The first person to promulgate the Golden Rule, which was the bedrock of this empathic spirituality, was Confucius 500 years before Christ."

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  • Aspen Baker (Author): "Instead of seeing how much pain I can dish out towards those I disagree with, or who I believe have done me wrong, I seek to follow the golden rule and use my words and behavior to create more of what the world needs – love, compassion, and connection."

  • Kumar Mangalam Birla (Businessman): "I think the golden rule I can think of is the fact that you must follow your passion and do something that's close to your heart. And I think that that's very important, well, to be successful and to be happy."

  • David Josiah Brewer (Judge & author): "The better life rests less on the prohibitions of the Ten Commandments and more on the parable of the Good Samaritan and the Golden Rule."

  • Hillary Clinton (Politician, presidential candidate 2016): "In nearly every religion I am aware of, there is a variation of the golden rule. And even for the non-religious, it is a tenet of people who believe in humanistic principles."

  • Ellen DeGeneres (TV personality): "Faith is part of who I am, yes. I was raised Christian Scientist. The most important thing I saw every single week on the wall at Sunday school was the Golden Rule."

  • Charles Dickens (Author): "“Remember!--It is Christianity to do good always--even to those who do evil to us. It is Christianity to love our neighbors as ourself, and to do to all men [sic] as we would have them do to us. It is Christianity to be gentle, merciful and forgiving, and to keep those qualities quiet in our own hearts, and never make a boast of them or of our prayers or of our love of God, but always to show that we love Him by humbly trying to do right in everything."

  • Barry Eisler: (Author - novelist): "The most important guideline when it comes to argument is the golden rule. If someone were addressing your point, what tone, what overall approach would you find persuasive and want her to use? Whatever that is, do it yourself."

  • Harry Emerson Fosdick (Pastor): "To keep the Golden Rule we must put ourselves in other people's places, but to do that consists in and depends upon picturing ourselves in their places."

  • Louise Hart (Psychologist, educator, seminar speaker): "The Golden Rule of Parenting is [to] do unto your children as you wish your parents had done unto you!"

  • Monte Irvin (Athlete): "My mother and father would say, 'If people would only live by the Golden Rule, there wouldn't be the problems that there are.' In other words, 'treat people the way you want to be treated.' If somebody mistreats you, two wrongs won't make a right.

  • Alexandra Katehakis (Therapist): "If your actions were to boomerang back on you instantly, would you still act the same? Doing to others an act you’d rather not have done to you reveals a powerful internal conflict."

  • Dalai Lama (The current Tibetan Buddhist leader of Tibetans):
    • "... I gave a talk called 'Common Ground Spirituality.' This is an approach that honors differences — Hinduism is not Buddhism is not Islam is not Christianity is not Judaism is not Atheism…” Yet Common Ground Spirituality recognizes that we live in a pluralistic world and we share some very important similarities regardless of our tradition and heritage.

      Compassion, love, empathy, kindness, and respect are just a few. Together we thrive. When we battle over esoteric metaphysics we forget and neglect the practice of the most basic element of any spiritual approach: Treat others as you would want them to treat you.

      Common Ground Spirituality is found in the practice of the Golden Rule. Karen Armstrong and her Charter for Compassion eloquently reminds us that the Golden Rule belongs to every major spiritual tradition. have faith in the truth of loving one another. This is agapeology."

    • "Every religion emphasizes human improvement, love, respect for others, sharing other people's suffering. On these lines every religion had more or less the same viewpoint and the same goal."

    • "If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion."

  • Mat LeBlanc (actor): "I was raised to follow the Golden Rule, you know, treat people the way you wish to be treated. That's kind of the way I live my life. Maybe someone up there likes me for that."

  • Art Linkletter (Radio & TV entertainer. Born Gordon Arthur Kelly in Canada): "My philosophy is to do the best you can for somebody. Help. It's not just what do you for yourself. It's how you treat people decently. The golden rule. There isn't big anything better than the golden rule. It's in every major religion in one language or another."

  • Brennan Manning (author): "How I treat a brother or sister from day to day, how I react to the sin-scarred wino on the street, how I respond to interruptions from people I dislike, how I deal with normal people in their normal confusion on a normal day may be a better indication of my reverence for life than the antiabortion sticker on the bumper of my car."

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  • Ron Paul (author, physician, federal politician): "Maybe we ought to consider a Golden Rule in foreign policy: Don't do to other nations what we don't want happening to us. We endlessly bomb these countries and then we wonder why they get upset with us."

  • Rob Reiner (actor, writer, director, producer, activist): "The most important thing is that you be a good person and you live by the golden rule of do unto others. If you live by that, that's all I care about."

  • George Bernard Shaw (playwright, critic and polemicist): "The golden rule is that there are no golden rules."

  • Socrates (philosopher): "Do not do to others what angers you if done to you by others."

  • Steve Shallenberger (author): "Replacing rudeness and impatience with the Golden Rule may not change the world, but it will change your world and your relationships."

  • George Takei (actor): "If you have to make laws to hurt a group of people just to prove your morals and faith, then you have no true morals or faith to prove."

  • William Wilberforce (British politician and abolitionist: "Let everyone regulate his conduct by the golden rule of doing to others as in similar circumstances we would have them do to us, and the path of duty will be clear before him."

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Copyright © 2016 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Original posting: 2016-NOV-06
Latest update : 2016-NOV-06
Compiler: B.A. Robinson

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