do unto others as you would they should do unto you

See do as you would be done by above. With allusion to LUKE vi. 31 (AV) As ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.

a 901 Laws of Alfred in F. Liebermann Gesetze Angelsachsen (1903) I. 44 Thœt ge willen, thœt othre men eow ne don, ne doth ge thœt othrum monnum [What you do not wish others to do to you, do not to other men].

1477 A. WYDEVILLE Dicts. of Philosophers 62 Do to other as thou woldest they should do to the, and do to noon other but as thou woldest be doon to.

1790 W. HAZLITT Letter 9 July (1979) 48 He wished to have him out, merely because ‘he would do to others as he would be done to’.

1880 TROLLOPE Life of Cicero II. xii. The lesson which had governed his [Cicero’s] life: ‘I will do unto others as I would they should do unto me.’

1903 G. B. SHAW Man & Superman 227 Do not do unto others as you would that they should do unto you. Their tastes may not be the same.

2000 Washington Post 27 Nov. A21 Maybe all I’m doing is overcomplicating a lesson first taught two millennia ago: Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.

2002 Times 22 June 23 But the secret of service is the same as it was in medieval court or Gosford Park. It is the Golden Rule: treat others as you would like to be treated yourself.


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