The Golden Rule

The Golden Rule truly knows no boundaries and is a proven tenet upon which peace can be built.

The Sow Peace International golden rule is “Give only what you are willing to receive in life.”

Many thanks to Dave at for sharing this comprehensive illustrated copy below with us – so we can also share it with you.

Baha'i Baha’i
Lay not on any soul a load that you would not wish to be laid upon you, and desire not for anyone the things you would not desire for yourself.
Bahauullah, Gleanings
Buddhism Buddhism
Treat not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful. 

The Buddha, Udana-Varga 5.18


Christianity Christianity
In everything, do to others as you would have them do to you; for this is the law and the prophets. 

Jesus, Matthew 7:12


Confucianism Confucianism
One word which sums up the basis of all good conduct… loving-kindness. Do not do to others what you do not want done to yourself. 

Confucius, Analects 15.23


Hinduism Hinduism
This is the sum of duty; do not do to others what would cause pain if done to you. 

Mahabharata 5:1517


Islam Islam
Not one of you truly beleives until you wish for others what you wish for yourself. 

The Prophet Muhammad, Hadith


Jainism Jainism
One should treat all creatures in the world as one would like to be treated. 

Mahavira, Sutrakritanga


Judaism Judaism
What is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbour. This is the whole Torha; all the rest is commentary. Go and learn it. 

Hillel, Talmud, Shabbath 31a


Native Spirituality Native Spirituality
We are as much alive as we keep the earth alive. 

Chief Dan George


Sikhism Sikhism
I am a stranger to no one; and no one is a stranger to me. Indeed, I am a friend to all. 

Guru Granth Sahib, p. 1299


Taoism Taoism
Regard your neighbour’s gain as your own gain and your neighbour’s loss as your own loss. 

Lao Tzu, T’ai Shang Kan Ying P’ien, 213-218


Unitarianism Unitarianism
We affirm and promote respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part. 

Unitarian principle


Zoroastrianism Zoroastrianism
Do not do unto others whatever is injurious to yourself. 

Shayast-na-Shayast 13.29


Shinto Shinto
The heart of the person before you is a mirror. See there your own form 

Shinto Saying


Humanism Humanism
Don’t do things you wouldn’t want to have done to you. 

British Humanist Society


Plato Plato
May I do to others as I would that they should do unto me. 

Greek Philosopher


Socrates Socrates
Do not do to others that which would anger you if others did it to you. 

Greek Philosopher


Kant Kant
Act as if the maxim of thy action were to become by thy will a universal law of nature. 

Immanual Kant, Categorical Imperative