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Sentence Sermons (Christian Inspiration) #15 --- Golden Rule

Updated on March 8, 2011

Quotations on the Golden Rule

"Whatsoever ye would that men should do unto you, even so do unto them." [This is] the essence, the substance, the spirit, the life, the glory of God's revelation of the law and the prophets. This is the royal rule of life and action, or the services of the living, and suggests to us the thought that rules and regulations are essential in all the relationships of life. ... Rules and regulations are absolutely essential to the health and happiness of every individual body. The body and the mind and the soul and the powers of man must be brought into subjection, or the man is of necessity a failure.

—T.B. Larimore, Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas, Dec. 1, 1890.

Man's progress toward real happiness is measured by the Golden Rule.

—W.A. MacKenzie, Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville, Fla., Jan. 20, 1923.

The golden rule is the criterion of character. By it we can test ourselves as to our right relation with God and by it our fellowmen can judge of our relations to God. ... When we are lacking in brotherly feeling and conduct, it is a positive evidence that we are lacking in the spirit of sonship toward God.

—F.R. Boston , Christian Index, Atlanta, Ga., May 30, 1895.

The golden rule, of doing good unto others what we would that they should do unto us, is not the negative goodness of Confucius' teaching, "Do not unto others what ye would not they should do to you." It is not negative harmlessness, but aggressive and positive helpfulness.

—William Jennings Bryan, Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas, Nov. 21, 1910.

One of the essentials of a sound religion is to lay upon the hearts of its adherents the obligation to deal justly with all men. This helps one to be a good father, a kind husband, a loyal citizen. It means to live within one’s income, to take no undue advantages, to bear one’s burdens, to honor one’s work; in short, to do what is right. The world is greatly in need of this. This is the phase of religion taught in the Ten Commandments and elevated and reinforced in the Golden Rule.

—Bryant S. Hinckley, Millennial Star, London, England, March 4, 1937.

The Golden Rule is a summary of Jesus Christ's ethical teaching as it concerns man's conduct towards man. When we stop to analyze its content, it will be found to be a very sensible rule for our guidance. Surely it is not asking too much of anyone to be guided in his dealings with his fellow by the same principles of conduct he would prescribe for another's dealings with him. If our social ills ever find a remedy, it is going to be in a practical application of the principle therein announced.

—F.M. Boyles, Houston Daily Post, Houston, Texas, Aug. 2, 1915.

The Golden Rule is founded on the law of universal love, and no one can keep this rule unless he has this love. ... Without going into a thorough discussion of "love your neighbor as yourselves," observe the relation between the individual and society. Society is made up of separate individuals, and each person has sacred rights, which ought to be held sacred by himself and by others. ... God has made us moral beings and has made us for the society of the good. We are to treat ourselves as moral beings and we are to estimate others as moral beings. We must show others respect and do for them as we should expect from them.

—S.L. Boyers, Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas, Sept. 4, 1905.

The Golden Rule is the great Christian rule of life. ... It is the first rule of Christian conduct because it was the law of the Lord's life, because He alone shows us how it can be carried out in practice, making it real and living. In applying the old law that we are to love our neighbors as ourselves, it sets before us an excellent test, one by which we may measure ourselves. The rule has action. It carries us beyond the love of sentiment to the love of action. It is useless to feel kindly toward others if we do not treat them fairly. The rule has breadth. All things which ye would have men do unto you, do unto them--this includes all men, not merely brethren, friends, men of one nation, but to strangers, to disagreeable men, to foreign nations, to the heathen savage races. The rule is lucid. Here is a clear guiding light. We can well perceive what we like ourselves. Accordingly, we readily see how others will like to be treated. Thus, instead of letting self interest blind us to our duties to others, we may use the voice of self interest as the very indication of what we should do.

—Robert Carrol, Houston Post-Dispatch, Houston, Texas, Jan. 18, 1915.

The best antidote for an enemy, if you have one, is the golden rule.

—J.B. Cranfill, Baptist Standard, Waco, Texas, March 29, 1894.

The Golden Rule is the greatest principle of sound business ethics that has ever been propounded.

—Phil Conley, The Clarion-Ledger, Jackson, Miss., Aug. 8, 1950.

“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” (Matthew 7:12.) The Golden Rule is golden indeed. It is not the whole gospel of Christ, but our devotion to the gospel is mere pretense unless we practice the Golden Rule. The Golden Rule itself needs a criterion–such as standards of right and wrong that are valid in the sight of God rather than what custom, or the status quo, or our own ignorance, says is right. ... If the Golden Rule were practiced, heaven would begin on earth. Try it for one day and see what a difference it makes.

—James V. De Foe, Religious Herald, Richmond, Va., Jan. 25, 1945.

The outstanding idea in the Golden Rule is that of reciprocity.

—J.M. Gurley, The Western Messenger, Kansas City, Mo., Feb. 20, 1920.

The Golden Rule as a law of life will make each deed a Golden Deed, each day a Golden Day, each life a Golden Life, at one with God, at peace with mankind.

—Walter G. Harbin, Houston Daily Post, Houston, Texas, Aug. 30, 1915.

We must get the habit of applying the Golden Rule in our daily affairs before we can ever expect to look permanently and gratefully upon the magnificent spectacle of human happiness. ... All questions must be settled in God's way. Man thinks he knows much, but the fact that he is continually unhappy because of his own folly proves he does not. There is no law that can redound to man's happiness permanently unless it is based on the only real law, the law of love.... There is no law but the law of love. There is no substitute for the Ten Commandments. There is nothing just as good as the Sermon on the Mount. There is nothing to replace the Golden Rule. There is no science, but the science of right and justice. There is no astronomy that does not include the Star of Bethlehem. There is no botany that does not include the Rose of Sharon and the Lily of the Valley. There is no business but that of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

—DeWitt McMurray, Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas, Feb. 16, 1920.

The Golden Rule is love's royal way for all service. It throbs with the spirit of brotherhood as it reaches out the hand to help. It is the simplest solution of all questions of conduct and relationship. ... Such love for others springs from a heart that is right with God and hence with men. While it is personal and individual it looks to the time of universal sway.

—F.E. Fincher, Houston Daily Post, Houston, Texas, April 15, 1915.

“Whatsoever ye would that others should do unto you, do ye even unto them.” That is not a hard and difficult prescription to take. No one should draw back from an obligation of that kind, for it aims to make everyone better capable of enjoying life abundantly.

—Frank Francis, Ogden Standard-Examiner, Ogden, Utah, Dec. 3, 1934.

In observing the Golden Rule three things are necessary. First, there must be DESIRE to give our fellows equitable treatment. Thus we are reminded of a companion requirement, "Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself." Second, we must have the ABILITY to execute this desire; and here let us remember the source of power, "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart. . . ." Third, in putting the rule into effect, we should possess the good quality of CONSIDERATENESS, always seeking to understand the other man's position, viewpoint, traits and environment; and, withal, we should deal mercifully with him in his deficiencies and failures, remembering always our own imperfections, and the example of Him who is a friend to us in spite of our errors.

—G.E. Burton, Houston Daily Post, Houston, Texas, June 21, 1915.

The Golden Rule [is] the throbbing heart and center around which revolve all the duties every man toward every one of his fellowmen. It contains two vital truths--to think of all others in the realm of their needs as one an equality with ourselves, and then to treat them from the standpoint of the unselfish love with which we would be treated. As we think of others from the standpoint of our own needs, our hearts will be more tender toward their frailties and we will be ready to go with them the other mile. Such a spirit could not oppress or make war upon another, but would of necessity go out of its way to minister. When men open their hearts to beat in unison with this living truth, coming from the throbbing heart of Christ, then will the hurt of the world be healed, and not till then.

—Joseph L. Gross, Houston Daily Post, Houston, Texas, March 1, 1915.

Nothing has done or is doing more harm in the world than the misinterpretation of the Golden Rule. It is impossible for an infant to take the second step before it takes the first: so it is impossible for man to live the Golden Rule before he is able to love the Lord his God with all his heart and soul and mind and strength. A gospel of love for men, with no antecedent love for God, is a gospel without life. Both are essential. As love for man counts for nothing if there be not first love for God, so love for God, if there be no love for man, is not genuine.

—W.R. Hill, Houston Daily Post, Houston, Texas, March 6, 1916.

In the statement, “Whatsoever you would that men do unto you, do ye even so to them,” Jesus laid down the principle of equal opportunity for all men as an indispensable condition for peace among men. He least we can say about the Golden Rule is that it demands that there be social, economical and political machinery that gives equal opportunity to all. Surely it means that no one can rightly demand of society more for himself than society is able to give every other worthy citizen.

—John B. Isom, Religious Herald, Richmond, Va., Aug. 30, 1945.

The Golden Rule is of no use to you unless you realize that it is your move.

—Wesley S. Izzard, Amarillo Daily News, Amarillo, Texas, Sept. 5, 1958.

The Golden Rule is the great spiritual law and no man dares invoke it who has not an honesty of purpose, an unselfishness that will stand the severest test. Most people can worship most piously at the bargain counter where they are hoping to get something for less than it is worth, and their piety fairly shines when they are being ministered to. But it is difficult for the average man to see an advantage in a fair exchange, values. We are all prone to hold what we have until we can get the best of the trade and this is rank heresy by the test of the Golden Rule. Selfishness is absolutely unchurched, laughed out of court, held in contempt by that conscience that administers according to the Golden Rule.

—William States Jacobs, Houston Daily Post, Houston, Texas, Jan. 4, 1915.

You may dismiss everything else and let the Golden Rule stand, living and vibrant--and the world is safe. It is the shortest, the biggest, the most comprehensive constitution ever written, and it is the only salvation for the world and the only solution for its aching problems. The fact that Christ is within us is not only the hope of glory, but the hope of democracy, here and now. Because His Spirit is in the world, danger is taken out of our threatening abysses. With a world like Jesus, we would overcome evil with good, and threatening armaments would rust into oblivion. And so with all conflict situations--in industry, economics, commerce, crime, and the rest. We cannot be saved until this type of Christian character persuades and controls our common life. Just and only just as we come to love like Jesus, who is the Way, Truth, and Life, will this be true. When we have found and accepted an ideal like this we have only made it an object of desire, pursuit, and achievement. An ideal is only an insight and an incentive to action. What a different world we would have if those who called themselves Christians lived like Jesus!

—J.L. Kesler, Southern Baptist College News and Views, Waco, Texas, October 1941.

Christ's golden rule is the only basis of perfect society or ideal social order. It claims the homage and respect of mankind. It is simple. A child can understand it. It is reasonable. It is founded on the original equality of all men with one another. It is easy of application by the individual. Put yourself in the other's place and it is done. We are to be what he is; he is to be what we are. We are to give just so much as we would like to take. The golden rule is kind and beneficent. "Love thy neighbor as thyself," and it is fulfilled. Love, social love, civic amity is to the moral universe what gravitation is to the physical. 'The attraction of matter,' one has finely said, "is gravitation;" the attraction of soul to soul is love. As gravity binds all the heavenly bodies in families, communities, states and nations, so love is the attracting and harmonizing principle of the moral universe. Love links the head and the foot of society; love makes unity in endless divinity. Selfishness makes discord, strife, hell, and, alas! human nature, untenanted by the spirit of God, is always and everywhere selfish.

—William Warren Landrum, The Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, Ga., Nov. 18, 1901.

The Golden Rule is not a theological axiom, but rather the expression for social relationships. It is practical and looks to the realization of the spirit of brotherhood. Realized it will usher in the era of Democracy. It is the spirit regulator of the world.

—W.S. Lockhart, Houston Daily Post, Houston, Texas, Feb. 22, 1915.


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