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  • extremism fed by unquestioned belief in the righteousness of their cause
  • Patriotism consists not in waving the flag, but in striving that our country shall be righteous as well as strong.
    James Bryce
  • Clean living keeps me in shape. Righteous thoughts are my secret. And New Orleans home cooking.
    Fats Domino
  • Bravery and righteousness—those are two things that cannot go unrewarded in the sight of the Lord.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible

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  • with righteous resentment at what could have been his cowardice, or stupidity or bad luck
    Toni Morrison  --  Beloved
  • All I ask for is a little of your time, and you want to get all righteous on me.
    Sharon M. Draper  --  Tears of a Tiger
  • My goodness, you didn’t think you could live the righteousness of God on your own, did you?
    William P. Young  --  The Shack
  • Has Alfred strayed from the path of righteousness?
    Robert Lipsyte  --  The Contender
  • Get thee behind the face of Righteousness as we Glorify His Holy Name!
    August Wilson  --  The Piano Lesson
  • was said three thousand years ago, so still it must be said "the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether."
    Abraham Lincoln  --  Abraham Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address

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  • The righteous is not innocent of the deeds of the wicked,
    Kahlil Gibran  --  The Prophet
  • No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until "justice rolls down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty stream."
    Martin Luther King, Jr.  --  I Have a Dream
  • Jesus had righteous indignation when he turned over the tables in the temple and drove out the thieving moneychangers.
    Sue Monk Kidd  --  The Secret Life of Bees
  • who righteously claimed he had been bum rapped
    Stephen King  --  Carrie
  • Her righteousness is getting damn irritating.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • And don’t think we’ve gone all righteous.
    James Dashner  --  The Scorch Trials
  • She climbed over the top of the bed herself, suddenly full of righteous indignation on the baby’s behalf.
    Margaret Peterson Haddix  --  Uprising
  • My righteousness deflated, I gulped down my giant Styrofoam cup of coffee and drove to my assigned area.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • He heard her gasp but pressed on, growing more righteous with every word.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • Let me wield it in righteousness.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • Park wished it was only righteous anger that he felt.
    Rainbow Rowell  --  Eleanor & Park
  • And who knew what might come of it—righteous disruption or transformational redemption?
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • Then the fire settled on their foreheads like silver stars and they became at once righteous and wise and terrible to behold.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • And I do not live in broad infamy, nor hide from righteous pursuers or seekers of the truth.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • The life force of each tree seemed to bear down on me with righteous hatred, accusing me of so many crimes….
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • The father of the right-righteous shall greatly rejoice; and he that begetteth a wish child shall have joy of him.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • Rigid and righteously severe.
    Ellen Raskin  --  The Westing Game
  • …described for Werner a rally at Nuremberg: an ocean of banners and flags, he said, masses of boys teeming in the lights, and the fuhrer himself on an altar a half mile away, spotlights illuminating pillars behind him, the atmosphere oversaturated with meaning and anger and righteousness, Hans Schilzer crazy for it, Herribert Pomsel crazy for it, every boy at Schulpforta crazy for it, and the only person in Werner’s life who could see through all that stagecraft was his younger sister.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • "And so after years of tribulation and pain, she walked in righteousness and peace until the end of her days" (Book of Lamentations, Mary 13:1).
    Lauren Oliver  --  Delirium
  • "There is nothing pleasant" about soldiering, wrote a corporal from Ohio, but "I can endure its privations …. for there is a big Idea which is at stake …. the principles of Liberty, of Justice, and of the Righteousness which exalteth a Nation."
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • Tante Jans seized the pot and glared into it with righteous zeal.
    Corrie Ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • Yet it is easy to see why the Jews have inspired such hatred in Christians as well as in people like yourself—Gottgldubiger, as you said to me just this morning—righteous and idealistic people who are only striving for a new order in a new world.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • It’s the word at the Smeath dinner table, stronghold of righteousness.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • Get back here in the name of justice and righteousness!
    Lemony Snicket  --  The Wide Window
  • Aye, ye’ve allowed yerselves to be seduced from the paths o’ righteousness!
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Alfred T Slipper becomes a righteous pillar of light so painfully bright that the most heinous villain trembles before him and confesses!
    Kate DiCamillo  --  Flora & Ulysses
  • Gonna be a righteous scar, though.
    John Corey Whaley  --  Nogin
  • And I—My husband is a good and righteous man.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • And despite my show of righteousness, for all my talk of propriety and discretion, I stayed within earshot.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • An elderly man stood looking at her with an expression of righteous shock.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • My father believed in a righteous God.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • Got on some dark blue pants and a white silk shirt that look righteous.
    Alice Walker  --  The Color Purple
  • A blessing on the righteous colony of the Massachusetts, where iniquity is dragged out into the sunshine!
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • Its rigid back and high armrests immediately forced me into a righteous posture.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • On the way upstairs to his room he had felt isolated, but righteous.
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon
  • I said in my heart, God shall judge the righteous and the wicked; for there is a time for every purpose and every work.
    James McBride  --  The Color of Water
  • He felt that he must have progressed far upon the path of righteousness if he had been able to teach a point of virtue to his teacher.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • When I was so upset, burning with righteous anger that he was about to take my child, guess who was holding my child?
    Todd Burpo  --  Heaven Is for Real
  • Enveloped in an aura of righteousness and unyielding principles, Miss Brent sat in her crowded third-class carriage and triumphed over its discomfort and its heat.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • Arms, take your last embrace! and, lips, O you The doors of breath, seal with a righteous kiss A dateless bargain to engrossing death!
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
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