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The sentiment behind the Golden Rule of moral reciprocity is an ancient idea:
"Do not impose on others what you do not wish for yourself."
-Confucius, circa 500 BCE


The Golden Rule "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you" is also a paraphrase of a line from Matthew 7:12 in the New Testament.


The Sage Hillel, an elder contemporary of Jesus of Nazareth, formulated a negative form of the golden rule. When asked to sum up the entire Torah concisely, he answered:
"That which is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow. That is the whole Torah; the rest is the explanation; go and learn."
-Talmud, Shabbat 31a, the "Great Principle"

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Nearly every religion or ethic system has a form of the 'Golden Rule.' Consider this biblical verse issued to Moses for the children of Israel circa 1446 BC:


Leviticus 19:18 New International Version (NIV) 18 "'Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone among your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord.
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