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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.
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be a law unto (oneself)

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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a law unto (oneself)

One who does whatever they desire 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

A phrase used to describe someone who acts independently of what is normal or expected. Julie has always marched to the beat of her own drum. She's a law unto herself.
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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.
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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.
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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 yourself

COMMON If you describe a person or organization as a law unto themselves, you mean that they do what they want, ignoring laws, rules, or usual ways of doing things. He does his work well but in an unconventional way. He is truly a law unto himself. Most athletic departments are pretty much a law unto themselves — unaccountable in terms of where this money goes.
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be a law unto yourself

behave in a manner that is not conventional or predictable.
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a law unto himˈself, herˈself, etc.

a person who does what they want, even when this is against the rules and customs of a group or society in general: That man is a law unto himself. He comes to work when he likes, and when he’s here he doesn’t do what he’s supposed to do.
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a law unto (oneself)

A totally independent operator: An executive who is a law unto herself.
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References in classic literature ?
The hour in which even your happiness becometh loathsome unto you, and so also your reason and virtue.
It is not your sin--it is your self-satisfaction that crieth unto heaven; your very sparingness in sin crieth unto heaven!
I will speak unto them of the most contemptible thing: that, however, is THE LAST MAN
Too long, perhaps, have I lived in the mountains; too much have I hearkened unto the brooks and trees: now do I speak unto them as unto the goatherds.
But still am I far from them, and my sense speaketh not unto their sense.
An old man appeared, who carried a light, and asked: "Who cometh unto me and my bad sleep?
Twixt rosy dawn and rosy dawn there came unto me a new truth.
Not any more will I discourse unto the people; for the last time have I spoken unto the dead.
To the lone-dwellers will I sing my song, and to the twain-dwellers; and unto him who hath still ears for the unheard, will I make the heart heavy with my happiness.
Do unto others: A simple solution to solve many problems in our society today.
So, our fathers, disregard any little thing that we might have been holding unto these past years.
Then We sent unto her Our Spirit and it assumed for her the likeness of a perfect man.
For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder.
Summary: Darjeeling (West Bengal) [India], July 14 (ANI): The Gorkhaland Movement Coordination Committee (GMCC), which is spearheading the movement for separate Gorkhaland region, on Thursday decided to suspend their fast unto death call.
Andrew Gant; O SING UNTO THE LORD; The University of Chicago Press (Nonfiction: History) 35.