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Righteousness (also called rectitude) is an important theological concept in many traditions including Zoroastrianism, Hinduism (dharma), Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam. It is an attribute that implies that a person's actions are justified, and can have the connotation that the person has been "judged" or "reckoned" as leading a life that in fullest accord with the imperatives of God.


  • People don't ever seem to realise that doing what's right's no guarantee against misfortune.
    • William McFee, in Casuals of the Sea : The Voyage of a Soul (1916), Book II: The City, Ch. VI
  • 'Righteous hatred' is in the same category as 'righteous cancer' or 'righteous tuberculosis'. All of them are absurd concepts.
    • Alan Wallace, in Tibetan Buddhism from the Ground up, Wisdom (1993)

Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations[edit]

Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 675.
  • Be not righteous overmuch.
    • Ecclesiastes. VII. 16.
  • Every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.
    • Hebrews. V. 13.
  • A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast; but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.
    • Proverbs. XII. 10.
  • Righteousness exalteth a nation.
    • Proverbs. XIV. 34.
  • I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.
    • Psalms. XXXVII. 25.
  • The righteous shall flourish like the palm-tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon.
    • Psalms. XCII. 12.

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