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Righteousness

  • There is no robbery so terrible as the robbery committed by those who think they are doing right.

  • He's at the age when a man knows everything on earth an' generally knows it wrong.

  • Her strength lay in the fact that never in her life had she admitted even to herself, that she had been in the wrong.

  • Conventionality is not morality. Self-righteousness is not religion. To attack the first is not to assail the last. To pluck the mask from the face of the Pharisee, is not to lift an impious hand to the Crown of Thorns.

  • To be always right — was there a more enraging faculty in the world? Was it a faculty, or a virtue? If it was a virtue, it was certainly the most disagreeable of all the virtues — a tyrannical prig of a virtue, the sort of virtue which makes you want to go and wallow in vice.

  • Beware of people whose halos are on too tight.

  • ... most of us have to be self-righteous before we can be righteous.

  • I was so obsessed and consumed with my grievances that I could not get away from myself and think things out in the light. I was in the grip of that blinding, destructive, terrible thing — righteous indignation.

  • When the need to be right is a driving force instead of just a preference, it is very heavy baggage.

  • Do people get moral when they don't get ahead?

  • The loudest psalm singer in the congregation always is a reformed sinner.

  • There's evidence that the more misinformed we are, the more strongly we insist that we're correct.

    • Brooks Jackson,
    • in Brooks Jackson and Kathleen Hall Jamieson, UnSpun: Finding Facts in a World of Disinformation ()
  • Righteousness is a fuel that, when it has some pitch in it of ambitious rivalry and the damper's left open to envy's draught, makes a hot enough fire to cook somebody's goose in quite a hurry.