African Traditional Religions One going to take a pointed stick to pinch a baby bird should first try it on himself to feel how it hurts. - Yoruba Proverb (Nigeria)
Bah'ai Lay not on any soul a load which ye would not wish to be laid upon you and desire not for anyone the things you would not desire for yourself.- Baha'u'llah, Nineteenth Century A.D.
Buddhism Hurt not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful. - Udana-Varga, 5:18, Sixth Century B.C.
Christianity Whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them. - Jesus Christ, First Century A.D. (Matthew 7:12; see also Luke 6:31)
You shall love your neighbor as yourself. - Jesus Christ (Matthew 22:39)
Classical Paganism May I do to others as I would they should do unto me. - Plato, Fourth Century B.C.
Confucianism 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 unto others what you would not have them do to you". - Analects, 15:23, Sixth Century B.C.
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 benevolence. - Mencius VII.A.4.
Hinduism Do naught unto others which would cause you pain if done to you. - Mahabharata 5:1517, Third Century B.C.
One should not behave toward others in a way which is disagreeable to oneself. This is the essence of morality. All other activities are due to selfish desire. - Mahabharata, Anusasana Parva 113.8
Islam No one of you is a believer until he desires for his brother what he desires for himself. - Muhammad, Sixth Century A.D., Sunnab
Jainism In happiness and suffering, in joy and grief, we should regard all creatures as we regard our own self, and should therefore refrain from inflicting upon others such injury as would appear undesirable to us if inflicted upon ourselves. - Lord Mahavir, Fifth Century, B.C., 24th Tirthankara
A man should wander around treating all creatures as he himself would be treated. - Sutrakritanga 1.11.33
Judaism You shall love your neighbor as yourself. - The Torah (Leviticus 19:18)
What is hateful to you, do not to your fellow man; that is the whole Torah; all the rest of it is commentary; go and learn. - Rabbi Hillel, First Century A.D. citing Talmud, Shabbat 31a
Native American Do not condemn your brother until you have walked a mile in his moccasins. - [Source, date?]
Sikhism Treat others as thou wouldst be treated thyself. - [Guru Nanak?], Sixteenth Century A.D. Don't create enmity with anyone as God is within everyone. - Guru Arjan Devji 259, Guru Granth Sahib
Taoism Regard your neighbor's gain as your own gain and regard your neighbor's loss as your own loss. -Lao Tze, Third Century, B.C., T'ai-Shang Kan-Ying P'ien.
Wiccan Do what you like as long as you harm no one. Zoroastrianism Do not do unto others all that which is not well for oneself. - Dadistan-i-Dinik, 94:5, Fifth Century B.C.
Arapaho Proverb When we show our respect for other living things, they respond with respect for us.
He that does good to another does good also to himself, not only in the consequence but in the very act. For the consciousness of well-doing is in itself ample reward. - Seneca [First Century A.D.]
The duty of man is plain and simple, and consists of but two points-his duty to God, which every man must feel; and, with respect to his neighbor, to do as he would be done by. - Thomas Paine
It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
The infinite value of each human soul is not a Christian doctrine. God did not die for man because of some value He preceived in him. The value of each human soul considered simply in itself, out of relation to God, is zero. As St. Paul writes, to have died for valueable men would have been not divine but merely heroic; but God died for sinners. He loved us not because we were lovable, but because He is LOVE.