righteous anger

A proportionate emotional response to injustice or other threats to what you properly value.

Complementary virtues

Contrasting vices

  • being a pushover
  • rage
  • being unmoved
  • vindictiveness

Virtues possibly in tension

How to acquire or strengthen it


Notes and links

Mentioned elsewhere


Inspirational quotes

  • “There is an anger that is always right, such as one feels at the sight of cruelty, injustice, and oppression, a moral recoil of sentiment from evil… Resentment then is a Virtue, and a man who feels no resentment at the sight of injustice is destitute of a true sense of sin. There is almost as great a deficiency of resentment in the world as there is an excess of vindictiveness.” (Bible Lessons, Edwin Abbott)
  • Hamlet: “Rightly to be great / is not to stir without great argument / but greatly to find quarrel in a straw / when honour’s at the stake.”
  • Seneca thought anger didn’t have a place in justice: “It is not for the dignity of a judge, when he comes to pronounce the fatal sentence, to express any emotions of anger… for he condemns the vice, not the man… nor is there any need of an angry magistrate for the punishment of foolish and wicked men.” And: “Democritus laughed, and Heraclitus wept, at the folly and wickedness of the world, but we never read of an angry philosopher.”