55 Best Self Righteous Quotes About Self-Righteous People

A self-righteous person is someone who believes strongly in their own moral superiority and infallibility.

They often feel that they are always correct and that their expertise is superior to that of people around them.

This unwavering faith in their own righteousness can sometimes lead to a disregard for other people’s points of view or opinions.

Such people often exhibit excessive faith in their judgements and decisions, which may lead to a lack of receptivity to new ideas or constructive criticism.


While confidence is important, excessive self-righteousness can stifle personal development and strain relationships.

However, it is critical to remember that everyone can improve and no one person has all the answers.

Accepting humility, being open-minded and respecting the opinions of others are all important parts of personal growth and good communication.

Best Self Righteous Quotes

More than half described Christians as literalistic, anti-intellectual, judgmental, self-righteous, and bigoted. ~ Marcus J. Borg.

Self righteousness belongs to narrow-minded. ~ Toba Beta.


Those who are self-righteous are not prominent. ~ Laozi.


Self-righteousness in retrospect is easy – also cheap. ~ Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr.


Am I self-righteous? Why not? It’s not like I can count on you to be righteous for me. ~ Henry Rollins.

The Bible makes it clear that self-righteousness is the premier enemy of the Gospel. ~ Tullian Tchividjian.

There’s no one so self-righteous as someone policing someone else’s morality. ~ Laurell K. Hamilton.


We are all naturally self-righteous. It is the family disease of all the children of Adam. ~ J. C. Ryle.

The greatest enemy to human souls is the self-righteous spirit which makes men look to themselves for salvation. ~ Charles Spurgeon.


Why do early risers always take that self-righteous tone? ~ Caroline Llewellyn.

To love a man enough to help him, you have to forfeit the warm, self-righteous glow that comes from judging. ~ Ron Hall.

I wish I could say that when I didn’t agree with a director I defer to him, but I think sometimes I’m a little self-righteous. ~ Billy Crudup.


The self-righteous rule out the possibility that they are what has gone wrong. ~ Mason Cooley.

I don’t like righteousness, I don’t. To my ears, righteousness sounds like the chatter made by birds in cages when the birds of the skies fly by. ~ C. JoyBell C.

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Famous Self Righteous Quotes

The self-sufficient does not pray, the self-satisfied will not pray, the self-righteous cannot pray. No man is greater than his prayer life. ~ Leonard Ravenhill.

Beware of self-righteousness in every possible shape and form. Some people get as much harm from their “virtues” as others do from their sins. ~ J. C. Ryle.

Beware the self-righteous man, for he will destroy the world many times over before he sees his folly. ~ Stewart Stafford.


It needs some intelligence to be truly selfish. The unintelligent can only be self-righteous. ~ Eric Hoffer.

Honesty is the cruelest game of all, because not only can you hurt someone – and hurt them to the bone – you can feel self-righteous about it at the same time. ~ Dave Van Ronk.

Top Self Righteous Quotes

If we think we are usually good, then God is usually irrelevant… Such thinking ignores the depths of sin in my own heart, and, in essence, it elevates me so that I am just a mildly flawed imitation of God rather than someone completely dependent on Him. ~ Edward T Welch.


Young people like to feel self-righteous, like they’re on the right side of things. ~ John Darnielle.

Thankfully, while our self-righteousness reaches far, God’s grace reaches farther. ~ Tullian Tchividjian.

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.

I was a very self-righteous 15-25 year old. Anyway, I wake up every morning and thank God I’m not a kid anymore. ~ Annie Baker.

The hardest people to reach with the love of God are not the bad people. They know they are bad. They have no defense. The hardest ones to win for God are the self-righteous people. ~ Charles L. Allen.


Try your best to be a saint and see how far you’ll fall. ~ Sai Marie Johnson.

Self-righteous people can talk themselves into forgetting they are part of a civilization. They can then feed on that culture, bringing it down. It’s happened many times in the past. It could happen to us. ~ David Brin.

Those who know their unworthiness seize grace as a hungry man seizes bread: the self-righteous resent grace. ~ Randy Alcorn.

Social engaged intellectuals must accept reality as they found it and shape it toward positive social goals, not stand aside in self-righteous isolation. ~ John Dewey.

There is fascism, leading only into the blackness which it has chosen as its symbol, into smartness and yapping out of orders, and self-righteous brutality, into social as well as international war. It means change without hope. Our immediate duty – in that tinkering which is the only useful form of action in our leaky old tub-our immediate duty is to stop it. ~ E. M. Forster.


Though there is no evil in righteousness, there is in self-righteousness. ~ David Pietrusza.

Self-righteousness, when you think about it, is a contra-indicator of self-esteem. It’s what sets in when genuine righteousness eludes us. ~ Meghan Daum.

To the self-righteous, being judged according to deeds does not seem too alarming but to the man who knows himself the thought is terrifying. ~ Paul Washer.

For the believer, humility is honesty about one’s greatest flaws to a degree in which he is fearless about truly appearing less righteous than another. ~ Criss Jami.

Not for the first time in my life, and certainly not for the last, a self-righteous gloom had edged out all semblance of logic. ~ Nick Hornby.


The law is for the self-righteous, to humble their pride: the gospel is for the lost, to remove their despair. ~ Charles Spurgeon.

I can’t think of anything I hate more than a former punk – they are the most self-righteous people in the world. ~ Caitlin Moran.

I celebrate everyone’s religious holidays. if it’s good enough for the righteous, it’s good enough for the self-righteous, I always say. ~ Bette Midler.

The self-righteous have their fig leaves so tightly bound that they have forgotten the seeping wounds beneath the foliage. ~ Mark Lowry.

Those who condemn the self-righteous for the sake of self-discovery do so with ironic self-righteousness. ~ Timothy Keller.


Self-righteous victims invite extra nails. ~ Mason Cooley.

The self-righteous never apologize. ~ Leonard Ravenhill.

Whereas all liberals are thought to erupt self-righteously whenever they feel like it, conservatives believe that they themselves are never permitted to say what they really think. ~ Thomas Frank.

God has nothing to say to the self-righteous. ~ Dwight L. Moody.

Wise Self Righteous Quotes

There’s no one more obnoxious and self-righteous than the self-made man. And no one more admirable. ~ Joe R. Lansdale.


Most of us have to be self-righteous before we can be righteous. ~ Vera Brittain.

I am grateful that I am not as judgmental as all those censorious, self-righteous people around me. In each of us there is a little of all of us. ~ Georg C. Lichtenberg.

Self-righteousness has killed more people than smoking. ~ John McCarthy.


Grace is inviting to the unrighteous and threatening to the self-righteous. ~ Andy Stanley.

We have a God-given commission, but it is not a commission to be self-righteous know-it-alls- quite the contrary. Our work in God’s world begins with the acknowledgment that we are not God, and that our most bitter rivals are made in God’s image. ~ John C. Danforth.

I don’t want to sound self-righteous, and I don’t want to act like I have it all put together. ~ Ainsley Earhardt.


Heaven has no room for the self-righteous. ~ C. Robert Cargill.

I think things changed as a result of a certain perception of our politics. When we went through our zealous, self-righteous period it didn’t exactly win us any friends. ~ Fred Frith.

We are never more self-righteous than when giving up what we should have shunned all along. ~ Mignon McLaughlin.

The self-righteous feel no need to be charming, and thus double their offensiveness. ~ Mason Cooley.

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