— Oliver Goldsmith Irish physician and writer 1728 - 1774
„So when you [Hillary Clinton] tried to act holier than thou, it really doesn't work. It really doesn't.“
— Donald J. Trump 45th President of the United States of America 1946
— Charles Kingsley English clergyman, historian and novelist 1819 - 1875
On the Death of a certain Journal, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919). Compare: "Ring in the nobler modes of life / with sweeter manners, purer laws", Alfred Tennyson, In Memoriam, cvi, Stanza 4.
— William Morris author, designer, and craftsman 1834 - 1896
— Henri Nouwen Dutch priest and writer 1932 - 1996
Context: To pray means to open your hands before God. It means slowly relaxing the tension which squeezes your hands together and accepting your existence with an increasing readiness, not as a possession to defend, but as a gift to receive. Above all, prayer is a way of life which allows you to find a stillness in the midst of the world where you open your hands to God’s promises and find hope for yourself, your neighbor and your world. In prayer, you encounter God not only in the small voice and the soft breeze, but also in the midst of the turmoil of the world, in the distress and joy of your neighbor and in the loneliness of your own heart.
„I enjoyed being in The Ten Commandments. That was a great experience—to suddenly become one of those holy people. I was holier than thou.“
— Yvonne De Carlo Canadian-American actress, dancer, and singer 1922 - 2007
„Robert Ingersoll preferred to every political and social honor the privilege of freeing humanity from the shackles of bondage and fear. He knew no holier thing than truth.“
— Alice Moore Hubbard American activist 1861 - 1915
Context: Robert Ingersoll preferred to every political and social honor the privilege of freeing humanity from the shackles of bondage and fear. He knew no holier thing than truth. He preferred using his own reason to receiving popular applause or approbation. His keen wit, clear brain and merciless sarcasm uncrowned the King of Superstition and made him a puppet in the court of reason. Introduction.
— Ronald Firbank British novelist 1886 - 1926
The Flower Beneath the Foot (1923), cited from The Complete Ronald Firbank (London: Duckworth, 1961) p. 516.
„I got a imam, I got a rabbi, I got a priest, I got a reverend — I got 'em all. But I don't want to be holier-than-thou. I want to help everybody and still get some (sex).“
— Mike Tyson American boxer 1966
„Most of authors seek fame, but I seek for justice — a holier impulse than ever entered into the ambitious struggles of the votaries of that fickle, flirting goddess.“
— Davy Crockett American politician 1786 - 1836
Preface (1 February 1834)
„It is not because Angels are Holier than Men or Devils that makes them Angels but because they do not Expect Holiness from one another but from God only“
— William Blake English Romantic poet and artist 1757 - 1827
A Vision of the Last Judgment