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Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

Treat other people the way you would like to be treated yourself. Based on the words of Jesus at his Sermon on the Mount (and known widely as The Golden Rule), variations of the phrase have been a core doctrine of societal ethics throughout modern human history. I told my son the only way to get along with people is to do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
See also: have, other, unto

be a law unto (one)self

To do whatever one desires and/or ignore rules and regulations. If you need to delegate, I wouldn't ask Gina—she is a law unto herself, and it's hard to persuade her to do anything she's not interested in. How many times has Jason been arrested now? Geez, he sure is a law unto himself!
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*law unto oneself

Fig. one who ignores laws or rules; one who sets one's own standards of behavior. (*Typically: be ~; become ~.) You can't get Bill to follow the rules. He's a law unto himself. Jane is a law unto herself. She's totally unwilling to cooperate.
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Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

Prov. You should not worry about things that might happen in the future.; It is enough to worry about things that are happening today. (Biblical.) Jane: I can't get to sleep; I keep thinking about the interview I have to do tomorrow. Alan: If the interview is tomorrow, worry about it tomorrow. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.
See also: evil, sufficient, unto

a law unto yourself

a person who does things differently and ignores the usual rules The male characters in her novels are usually attractive, powerful, and dangerous – a law unto themselves.
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be a law unto yourself

if you are a law unto yourself, you do things differently to other people and ignore the usual rules Charles certainly doesn't stick to the standard company procedures, but then, he's a law unto himself.
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do unto others as you would have them do unto you

Behave toward others as you would like to have them behave toward you, as in Of course I'll help him out; it's a case of do unto others, and I may be in the same boat one day . This so-called golden rule is stated in just about every ancient writing about behavioral precepts (including the New Testament, Talmud, Koran, and the Analects of Confucius). Among the earliest appearances in English is Earl Rivers' translation of a saying of Socrates ( Dictes and Sayenges of the Philosophirs, 1477): "Do to other as thou wouldst they should do to thee, and do to none other but as thou wouldst be done to." It is so well known that it is often shortened.
See also: have, other, unto

law unto oneself

A person who is totally independent, especially one who ignores established rules. For example, You can't tell Marge how to punctuate; she's a law unto herself. [Second half of 1800s]
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a law unto (oneself)

A totally independent operator: An executive who is a law unto herself.
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Unto a life which I call natural I would gladly follow even a will-o'-the-wisp through bogs and sloughs unimaginable, but no moon nor firefly has shown me the causeway to it.
And then they all three cried, Sir Knight, we yield us unto you as man of might matchless.
And as nothing is ever lost in the King's Dominion, so these thoughts and wishes and hopes, being full of love and gratitude, had no power to die, but took unto themselves other shapes and lived on forever.
Though mind you, Pip," said Joe, with a judicial touch or two of the poker on the top bar, "rendering unto all their doo, and maintaining equal justice betwixt man and man, my father were that good in his hart, don't you see?
Pumblechook, who formally received me as if he were the Sheriff, and who let off upon me the speech that I knew he had been dying to make all along: "Boy, be for ever grateful to all friends, but especially unto them which brought you up by hand
Likewise beautiful women have always been a law unto themselves.
Because thou hast heark'nd to the voice of thy Wife, And eaten of the Tree concerning which I charg'd thee, saying: Thou shalt not eate thereof, Curs'd is the ground for thy sake, thou in sorrow Shalt eate thereof all the days of thy Life; Thornes also and Thistles it shall bring thee forth Unbid, and thou shalt eate th' Herb of th' Field, In the sweat of thy Face shalt thou eate Bread, Till thou return unto the ground, for thou Out of the ground wast taken, know thy Birth, For dust thou art, and shalt to dust returne.
I, Gurth, the son of Beowulph, swineherd unto the said Cedric, with the assistance of our allies and confederates, who make common cause with us in this our feud, namely, the good knight, called for the present Le Noir Faineant, and the stout yeoman, Robert Locksley, called Cleave-the-wand, Do you, Reginald Front de-B
By the crook of St Dunstan,'' said that worthy ecclesiastic, ``which hath brought more sheep within the sheepfold than the crook of e'er another saint in Paradise, I swear that I cannot expound unto you this jargon, which, whether it be French or Arabic, is beyond my guess.
She was to "be faithful unto death"--those were the terms.
do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will
But the gentlemen persuaded Caxton until at last he undertook to "imprint a book of the noble histories of the said King Arthur and of certaine of his knights, after a copy unto me delivered, which copy Sir Thomas Malory tooke out of certaine bookes in the Frenche, and reduced it into English.
Doe after the good and leave the ill, and it shall bring you unto good fame and renowne.
But at last his heart changed,--and rising one morning with the rosy dawn, he went before the sun, and spake thus unto it:
For ten years hast thou climbed hither unto my cave: thou wouldst have wearied of thy light and of the journey, had it not been for me, mine eagle, and my serpent.