98 Righteous Indignation Quotes To Inspire You

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The Most Famous Righteous Indignation Quotes (Best in 2024)

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It is not righteousness to outrage — Sophocles

Moral indignation is one of the most harmful forces in the modern world, the more so as it can always be diverted to sinister uses by those who control propaganda. — Bertrand Russell

No man lies so boldly as the man who is indignant. — Friedrich Nietzsche

Watch the too indignantly righteous. Before long you will find them committing or condoning the very offence which they have so fiercely censured. — Sri Aurobindo

A puritan is a person who pours righteous indignation into the wrong things. — G. K. Chesterton

We can have justice whenever those who have not been injured by injustice are as outraged by it as those who have been. — Solon

Indignation is a submission of our thoughts, but not of our desires. — Bertrand Russell

If we are deprived of our just due, we naturally experience emotions of anger. — Smiley Blanton

If you have the capacity to tremble with indignation every time that an injustice is committed in the world, then we are comrades. — Che Guevara

Those who are not angry at the things they should be angry at are thought to be fools, and so are those who are not angry in the right way, at the right time, or with the right persons. — Aristotle

Short Righteous Indignation Quotes

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  • Don't let the sun go down on me. — Elton John
  • I am always suspicious of righteous indignation. Nothing is more cruel than righteous indignation. — Clarence Darrow
  • Moral indignation is jealousy with a halo. — H. G. Wells
  • Righteous indignation: your own wrath as opposed to the shocking bad temper of others — Elbert Hubbard
  • An orgy looks particularly alluring seen through the mists of righteous indignation. — Malcolm Muggeridge
Righteous indignation quote If we only discuss issues with people who agree with us, we stop learning and be
If we only discuss issues with people who agree with us, we stop learning and become self-righteous.

Righteous Anger Quotes

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You can’t make yourself closer to God by hating someone else, whether you believe it’s righteous anger or not. The relationship between Soul—which is you—and God is one of love. And where there’s pure love, there is no room for anger of any kind. — Harold Klemp

A trustworthy marriage has weathered temptation and anger and jealousy, resentment, self-righteousness and a little bit of selfishness. When you get over and get through that, then maybe you can see the light to love. — Ruby Dee

It's hard not to empathize with the mayor's anger, given the injustices he'd suffered, but righteous anger rarely leads to wise policy. — Edward Glaeser

Righteous indignation quote If we only discuss issues with people who agree with us, we stop learning and be
If we only discuss issues with people who agree with us, we stop learning and become self-righteous.

Maharajji told me, 'Give up anger and I'll help you.' I found that love freed me back into the ocean of love and my righteous anger didn't do that. And I would rather be free than right. — Ram Dass

Anger, and the self-righteousness that is both the cause and consequence of anger, tends to be easier on the psyche than personal responsibility. — Barry Eisler

My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man's anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires. — Beverly Sills

Is all anger sin? No, but some of it is. Even God Himself has righteous anger against sin, injustice, rebellion and pettiness. — Joyce Meyer

There is no such thing as "righteous" anger or justifiable killing. — Swami Vivekananda

I won't be indulging in anger anymore, vehemently and self-righteously singing protest songs, and expecting them to bring peace to me or anyone else. — Susan Schneider

All anger feels like righteous anger; sorrow does not care whether it is righteous or not. — Mason Cooley

Indignation Quotes

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If you tremble with indignation at every injustice then you are a comrade of mine. — Ernesto Guevara

If you tremble with indignation at every injustice then you are a comrade of mine. — Che Guevara

One's life has value so long as one attributes value to the life of others, by means of love, friendship, indignation and compassion. — Simone de Beauvoir

Is that vodka?" Margarita asked weakly. The cat jumped up in his seat with indignation. "I beg pardon, my queen," he rasped, "Would I ever allow myself to offer vodka to a lady? This is pure alcohol! — Mikhail Bulgakov

I've got my indignation but I'm pure in all my thoughts. — Eddie Vedder

If you can learn to live with indignities in life, you can go far. — Michael J. Massimino

Sometimes people's spiritual ideas become fixed and they use them against those who don't share their beliefs - in effect, becoming fundamentalist. It's very dangerous - the finger of righteous indignation pointing at someone who is identified as bad or wrong. — Pema Chodron

I remember nothing of this, no ambulance rides, nothing. Nothing between switching out the bedside lamp and the sudden indignity of rebirth: the slaps, the brightness, the tubing, the speed, the urgent insistence that I be choked back into breathing life. I have felt so sorry for babies ever since. — Stephen Fry

Where is the indignation about the fact that the US and USSR have thirty thousand pounds of destructive force for every human being in the world? — Norman Cousins

I am the product of the sustained indignation of a branded grandfather, the militant protest of my grandmother, the disciplined resentment of my father and mother, and the power of the mass action of the church. — Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.

Moral Indignation Quotes

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Moral indignation in most cases is, 2% moral, 48% indignation, and 50% envy. — Vittorio De Sica

Envy has always hidden behind moral indignation. — Doris Lessing

Moral indignation is jealousy with a halo. — H. G. [Herbert George] Wells

Moral contempt is a far greater indignity and insult than any kind of crime. — Friedrich Nietzsche

In its sentimental mode, compassion is an exercise in moral indignation, in feeling good rather than doing good ... In its unsentimental mode, compassion seeks above all to do good. — Gertrude Himmelfarb

Moral indignation is a technique used to endow the idiot with dignity. — Marshall McLuhan

There is perhaps no phenomenon which contains so much destructive feeling as moral indignation, which permits envy or hate to be acted out under the guise of virtue. — Erich Fromm

The Statist veils his pursuits in moral indignation, intoning in high dudgeon the injustices and inequities of liberty and life itself, for which only he can provide justice and bring a righteous resolution. — Mark Levin

Anger can be a bitterness that devours your soul while righteous indignation is morally driven, it's ethically driven. — Cornel West

What I admire most in any man is a serene spirit, a steady freedom from moral indignation, and all-embracing tolerance--in brief,what is commonly called sportsmanship. — H. L. Mencken

Indignant Quotes

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These are bagpipes. I understand the inventor of the bagpipes was inspired when he saw a man carrying an indignant, asthmatic pig under his arm. Unfortunately, the man-made sound never equalled the purity of the sound achieved by the pig. — Alfred Hitchcock

A man's sentiments are generally just and right, while it is second selfish thought which makes him trim and adopt some other view. The best reforms are worked out when sentiment operates, as it does in women, with the indignation of righteousness. — Leland Stanford

I did get upset once, when we were hiking between pitches 15 and 16. Two women and a dog were trying to find their way down through the maze of trails below the First Summit and they asked us: 'Are you on the trail?' I let my indignity show: 'NO, we're on a CLIMB!' — Andy Cairns

I cannot understand why the poets of our day wax indignant at the vulgarity of their age and complain of having come into the world too early or too late. I believe that every man of intellect can create his own beautiful fable of life. — Gabriele d'Annunzio

To me, it seems a dreadful indignity to have a soul controlled by geography. — George Santayana

Do not weep; do not wax indignant. Understand. — Baruch Spinoza

Revolution is engendered by an indignation with tyranny, yet is itself pregnant with tyranny. — William Godwin

Misery, anger, indignation, discomfort-those conditions produce literature. Contentment-never. So there you are. — T. E. Lawrence

The idea that you can merchandise candidates for high office like breakfast cereal -- that you can gather votes like box tops -- is, I think, the ultimate indignity to the democratic process. — Adlai Stevenson

The idea that you can merchandise candidates for high office like breakfast cereal - that you can gather votes like box tops - is, I think, the ultimate indignity to the democratic process. — Adlai E. Stevenson

Righteous Quotes

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Lord Jesus, You are my righteousness, I am your sin. You took on you what was mine; yet set on me what was yours. You became what you were not, that I might become what I was not. — Martin Luther

We shall never be clothed with the righteousness of Christ except we first know assuredly that we have no righteousness of our own. — John Calvin

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Righteousness exalts a nation. Hate just makes people miserable. — Fannie Lou Hamer

For this purpose was I born, let all virtuous people understand. I was born to advance righteousness, to emancipate the good, and to destroy all evil-doers root and branch. — Guru Gobind Singh

To hunger and thirst after righteousness is when nothing in the world can fascinate us so much as being near God. — Smith Wigglesworth

When the saint ceases to seek after holiness, purity, righteousness, truth; when he ceases to pray, stops reading the Word and gives way to carnal appetites, then it is that Satan comes. — Smith Wigglesworth

Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits flame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power. America is great because America is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great. — Alexis de Tocqueville

Our confidence in Christ does not make us lazy, negligent, or careless, but on the contrary it awakens us, urges us on, and makes us active in living righteous lives and doing good. There is no self-confidence to compare with this. — Huldrych Zwingli

May you grow up to be righteous, may you grow up to be true. May you always know the truth and see the lights surrounding you. May you always be courageous, stand upright and be strong. May you stay forever young. — Bob Dylan

Do not feel lonely on the road of righteousness Because of the fewness of the walkers on it. — Ali ibn Abi Talib

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More Righteous Indignation Quotes

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The surest way to work up a crusade in favor of some good cause is to promise people they will have a chance of maltreating someone. To be able to destroy with good conscience, to be able to behave badly and call your bad behavior 'righteous indignation' — this is the height of psychological luxury, the most delicious of moral treats. — Aldous Huxley

A true revolution of values will soon cause us to question the fairness and justice of many of our present policies... True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar. A true revolution of values will soon look on uneasily upon the glaring contrast of poverty and wealth with righteous indignation. — Martin Luther King, Jr.

An attitude of permanent indignation signifies great mental poverty. Politics compels it votaries to take that line and you can see their minds growing more impoverished every day, from one burst of righteous indignation to the next. — Paul Valery

I am tired of the superficial smiles that adorn the many ghouls among us. I am tired of the righteous indignation that hides beneath those visages that feign our best interest and deign to think we cannot and will not stand for ourselves. — Corey Taylor

I was a gangster when I was young. I had a Robin Hood mentality and tended to always want to support the weak against the strong, but sometimes it was cohesive and I really needed to fall in love with the power of education to find the right venue to express my rage. I still have a righteous indignation at injustice, no matter what form it takes. — Cornel West

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. — Anzia Yezierska

I am righteous and righteously indignant, the Tea Party is righteously indignant, and our goal is to not just save the country, but quite frankly, if America goes, so goes the world, so in our desire to save the country, we are trying to save the world. — Andrew Breitbart

I still have a righteous indignation at injustice, no matter what form it takes. It could be homophobia, it could be white supremacy, male supremacy, imperial arrogance, class subordination or whatever. — Cornel West

A true revolution of values will soon cause us to question the fairness and justice of many of our present policies. — Martin Luther King, Jr.

The problem with righteous indignation is that even when you're right, you're still left feeling indignant. — Bill Crawford

Evan Handler is not only a fine actor, he’s a damn good writer. It’s Only Temporary is wise and funny and as righteously indignant as it is endearingly self-effacing. In what may be a literary first, the book actually left me wanting more. — Meghan Daum

The great tabloids were always driven by a sense of outrage, a sense of righteous indignation...and had this sensibility of, like, there are people out there that are trying to screw you - and we're going expose them for it. — Lydia Polgreen

I find that when I am gossiping about my friends, as well as my enemies, I am deeply conscious of performing a social duty. But when I hear they are gossiping about me, I am rightfully filled with righteous indignation. — Max Gluckman

I realized that my righteous indignation was a form of entertainment for me. I loved getting pissed off at injustice. I didn't do anything about it, I just liked the feeling of being pissed off. — Harold Ramis

Science has learned recently that contempt and indignation are addictive mental states. I mean physically and chemically addictive. Literally! People who are self-righteous a lot are apparently doping themselves rhythmically with auto-secreted surges of dopamine, endorphins and enkephalins. Didn't you ever ask yourself why indignation feels so good? — David Brin

Such is the breathtaking speciesism of our Christian-inspired attitudes, the abortion of a single human zygote can arouse more moral solicitude and righteous indignation than the vivasection of any number of intelligent adult chimpanzees! The only reason we can be comfortable with such a double standard is that the intermediates between humans and chimps are all dead. — Richard Dawkins

The world isn't fair, but as long as it's tilting in my direction, I find that there's a natural cap to my righteous indignation. — Scott Adams

What's disgusting about the Dirty Harry movies is that Eastwood plays this angry tension as righteous indignation. — Pauline Kael

Just because you're an adult doesn't mean you're grown up. Growing up means being patient, holding your temper, cutting out the self-pity, and quitting with the righteous indignation.' 'Why do so many people seem to love righteous indignation?' 'Because if you can prove you're a victim, all rules are off. You can lash out at people. You don't have to be accountable for anything. — Brandon Stanton

Righteous Indignation is a manual and a call to action for awakened patriots who are too intelligent to believe the leftist media lies and distortions... Breitbart reminds us why we must fight for our country's future by staying true to core values and never retreating. — Sarah Palin

When my heart is cold and I cannot pray as I should I scourge myself with the thought of the impiety and ingratitude of my enemies, the Pope and his accomplices and vermin, and Zwingli, so that my heart swells with the righteous indignation and hatred and I can say with warmth and vehemence: 'Holy be Thy Name, Thy Kingdom come, Thy Will be done!' And the hotter I grow the more ardent do my prayers become. — Martin Luther

My god! people say. You have so much self-control! And later: My god. You're so, so sick. When people say this, they turn their heads, you've won your little game. You have proven your thesis that no-body-loves-me-every-body-hates-me, guess-I'll-just-eat-worms. You get to sink back into your hospital bed, shrieking with righteous indignation. See? you get to say. I knew you'd give up on me. I knew you'd leave. — Marya Hornbacher

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