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Righteousness (also called rectitude) is an important theological concept in many traditions including Zoroastrianism, Hinduism, 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.

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The holy spirit means the invisible power of Jehovah, holy because he is holy. This power of Jehovah operated upon the minds of honest men who loved and who were devoted to righteousness, directing them in the writing of the Bible. The spirit of God, i. e., his invisible power, moved upon the waters and thereby he created. ~ Joseph Franklin Rutherford
  • But seek till ye find, and, whatever ye find for the present, let your last act be to lay and leave yourselves on the righteousness of His Son, expecting life through His name, according to the promise of the Father.
  • There are two sorts of hypocrites: ones that are deceived with their outward morality and external religion; and the others are those that are deceived with false discoveries and elevation; which often cry down works, and men's own righteousness, and talk much of free grace; but at the same time make righteousness of their discoveries, and of their humiliation, and exalt themselves to heaven with them.
  • When all is said and done, the greatest satisfaction you'll have in this life as you grow old will be seeing your children grow in righteousness and faith and goodness as citizens of the society of which they are a part.
  • Listen to me, you who are pursuing righteousness, You who are seeking Jehovah. Look to the rock from which you were hewn And to the quarry from which you were dug.
  • You have to expect spiritual warfare whenever you stand up for righteousness or call attention to basic values. It's just a matter of light battling the darkness. But the light wins every time. You can't throw enough darkness on light to put it out.
  • A lot of the time, I write a lot of angry stuff, but then I don't want to be a finger-pointer - I'd rather be a cheerleader than a judge. I don't want to preach as if I'm in some position of righteousness, but I do want to speak my mind and scream at the clouds and shout out of the pit of hopelessness that I sometimes think the human race is in.
  • People don't ever seem to realise that doing what's right's no guarantee against misfortune.
    • William McFee, 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, Tibetan Buddhism from the Ground up, Wisdom (1993).
  • ...we are persuaded that good Christians will always be good citizens, and that where righteousness prevails among individuals the Nation will be great and happy. Thus while just government protects all in their religious rights, true religion affords to government its surest support.

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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