A human being is a part of a whole, called by us a universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest . . . a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.
– Albert Einstein
Love thy neighbor as thyself.
– The Bible
Allah created nations and tribes that we might know one another, not that we might despise one another.
– The Koran
. . . never to turn aside the stranger, for it is like turning aside the most high God.
– The Torah
Full of love for all things in the world; practicing virtue in order to benefit others, this man alone is happy.
– The Buddha
The sage has no interest of his own, but takes the interests of the people as his own. He is kind to the kind; he is also kind to the unkind: for Virtue is kind. He is faithful to the faithful; he is also faithful to the unfaithful: for Virtue is faithful.
– Tao Te Ching
Seek to be in harmony with all your neighbors; live in amity with your brethren.
Let us walk softly on the Earth with all living beings great and small, remembering as we go, that one God kind and wise created all.
– Native American Psalm
Do not do to others that which would anger you if others did it to you.
A man obtains a proper rule of action by looking on his neighbor as himself.
- Hindu Psalm
Regard Heaven as your father, Earth as your mother, And all things as your brothers and sisters.
- Shintoism, Oracle of the Kami of Atsuta
And if thine eyes be turned towards justice, choose thou for thy neighbour that which thou choosest for thyself.
- Bahá'í World Faith
This is the sum of Dharma [duty]: Do naught unto others which would cause you pain if done to you.