A Proud Taste for Scarlet & Miniver: Explain the quote "Self-righteous people never look beyond themselves for the reasons that things happen."

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Karen P.L. Hardison eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The definition of "self-righteous" is having confidence in goodness and rightness and morality which leads to being "smugly moralistic and intolerant of the opinions and behavior of others" (Random House Dictionary at Dictionary.com). By this definition, finding the meaning of the quote, "Self-righteous people never look beyond themselves for the reasons that things happen," precludes, or eliminates, any consideration of negative or unfortunate things happening. Therefore, the first step is to frame the quote in terms of good things happening, successes and victories. Thus the meaning of it that those who arrogantly believe unwaveringly in their own moral goodness and implacable virtue never recognize anyone or anything other than themselves and their own superior virtue as being responsible for and the instigator all good, successful and victorious things that happen.

coolstuff13 | Student

People who believe that they are the best never see anybody else as better than them.

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