IR Folks from Times Past

IR Folks from Times Past

Monday, March 11, 2013

Golden Rules

What you do not want others to do to you, do not do to others. Confucius, Doctrine of the Mean, XIII, c. 500 B.C.

What thou thyself hatest, do to no man. Tobit IV, 14 c. 180 B.C.

This is the sum of all true righteousness: deal with others as though wouldst thyself be dealt by. Do nothing to thy neighbor which though wouldst not have him do to thee hereafter. The Mahabharata, c. 150 B.C.

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 VII, 12, c.75

Aheb li akheek ma tuhibu li nafsik'. This can be translated as "Wish for your brother, what you wish for yourself" or "Love your brother as you love yourself". Sayings of Muhammad (Wikipedia)

Whatsoever you require that others should do to you, that do ye to them. Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan, I, 1651

My duty towards my neighbor is to love him as myself, and to do all men as I would they should do unto me. The Book of Common Prayer, 1662

Desire nothing for yourself which you do not desire for others. Baruch Spinoza, Ethics, 1677

Should that most unshaken rule of morality, and foundation of all social virtue, “that one should do as he would be done unto,” be proposed to one who never heard of it before, but yet is of capacity to understand its meaning, might he not without any absurdity ask a reason why.” John Locke, Essay Concerning Human Understanding, 1690

To do as you would be done by, is the plain, sure, and undisputed rule of morality and justice. Lord Chesterfield, Letter to his son, Ot 16, 1747.

I must always act in such a way that I can at the same time will that the maxim by which I act should become a universal law. Immanuel Kant, Grundlegung zur Metaphysik der Sitten, 1785

To do as one would be done by, and to love one’s neighbor as one’s self, constitute the ideal perfection of utilitarian morality. J.S. Mill, Utilitarianism, 1863
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Source: Mencken, Dictionary of Quotations; Wikipedia