do as I say, not as I do

Cf. MATTHEW xxiii. 3 (AV) Do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not.

a 1100 in N. R. Ker Anglo-Saxons (1959) 277 Ac theah ic wyrs do thonne ic the lœre ne do thu na swa swa ic do, ac do swa ic the lœre gyf ic the wel lœre [Although I do worse than I teach you, do not do as I do, but do as I teach you if I teach you well].

1546 J. HEYWOOD Dialogue of Proverbs II. V. H4v It is as folke dooe, and not as folke say.

1689 J. SELDON Table-Talk 45 Preachers say, Do as I say, not as I do.

1911 Spectator 24 June 957 It has always been considered allowable to children, ‘Do as I say, rather than as I do.’

1979 D. CLARK Heberden’s Seat v. I saw you spooning sugar into coffee... Do as I say, not as I do.

2001 Spectator 4 Aug. 28 Do as I say, not as I do. The government’s White Paper on competition is a bad example in itself, for why should there only be one of it?

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