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golden rule

a rule of ethical conduct, usually phrased “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you,” or, as in the Sermon on the Mount, “Whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so unto them.” Matt. 7:12; Luke 6:31.
any philosophy, guiding principle, or ideal of behavior, as in a discipline, pursuit, or business: The protesters agreed that their golden rule would be “no violence.”.
Origin of golden rule
1800-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • He believed in the golden rule and he practiced it--not only in church, but in business.

    George Washington: Farmer Paul Leland Haworth
  • Emancipation--Ruin--golden rule, in your meaning, carried out.

    Slavery Ordained of God Rev. Fred A. Ross, D.D.
  • We bore in mind the golden rule: "Never agree with a man who abuses his own country," and got on well enough.

    From Sea to Sea Rudyard Kipling
  • Lao taught the golden rule: "Recompense injury," he said, "with kindness."

    History of Religion Allan Menzies
  • We borrowed the golden rule from Confucius, after it had seen service for centuries, and copyrighted it without a blush.

British Dictionary definitions for golden rule

golden rule

any of a number of rules of fair conduct, such as Whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them (Matthew 7:12) or thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself (Leviticus 19:28)
any important principle: a golden rule of sailing is to wear a life jacket
(Brit) the principle advocated by Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown (in office 1997–2007) that a government should only borrow to invest
another name for rule of three
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Idioms and Phrases with golden rule

golden rule

see under do unto others
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