Dr. Jordan B. Peterson is a professor of psychology at the University of Toronto, a clinical psychologist, and the author of the bestsellers Beyond Order: 12 More Rules for Life & 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos, #1 for nonfiction in 2018 in the US, Canada, the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Sweden, the Netherlands, Brazil and Norway, and slated for translation into 50 languages. This Jordan Peterson quotes will motivate you.
Best Jordan Peterson Quotes
- Don’t compare yourself with other people; compare yourself with who you were yesterday.
- The truth is something that burns. It burns off deadwood. And people don’t like having the deadwood burnt off, often because they’re 95 percent deadwood.
- Accept the terrible responsibility of life with eyes wide open. , Jordan Peterson quotes on responsibility
- I don’t tell people, ‘You’re okay the way that you are.’ That’s not the right story. The right story is, ‘You’re way less than you could be.’
- Don’t lie about anything, ever. Lying leads to Hell.
It is more difficult to rule yourself than to rule a city.
- There’s a personality trait known as agreeableness. Agreeable people are compassionate and polite. And agreeable people get paid less than disagreeable people for the same job. Women are more agreeable than men.
- Free speech is not just another value. It’s the foundation of Western civilization.
- If you don’t stand your ground, then all that happens is people push you backwards.
- Adopt responsibility for your own well-being, try to put your family together, try to serve your community, try to seek for eternal truth… That’s the sort of thing that can ground you in your life, enough so that you can withstand the difficulty of life. , Jordan Peterson quotes on life
- It’s in responsibility that most people find the meaning that sustains them through life. It’s not in happiness. It’s not in impulsive pleasure.
No one gets away with anything, ever, so take responsibility for your own life.
- Part of the core information that I’ve been purveying is that identity politics is a sick game. You don’t play racial, ethnic, and gender identity games. The Left plays them on behalf of the oppressed, let’s say, and the Right tends to play them on behalf of nationalism and ethnic pride. I think they’re equally dangerous.
- It’s very hard to find your own words – and you don’t actually exist until you have your own words.
- The people who hold that our culture is an oppressive patriarchy, they don’t want to admit that the current hierarchy might be predicated on competence.
- You may say, ‘Well, dragons don’t exist.’ It’s, like, yes they do – the category ‘predator’ and the category ‘dragon’ are the same category. It absolutely exists. It’s a superordinate category. It exists absolutely more than anything else. In fact, it really exists.
Don’t be dependent. At all. Ever. Period.
- When you start to realise how much of what you’ve constructed of yourself is based on deception and lies, that is a horrifying realisation.
- The connection between psychology, mythology, and literature is as important as the connection between psychology and biology and the hard sciences.
- The idea that women were oppressed throughout history is an appalling theory.
- Women deeply want men who are competent and powerful. And I don’t mean power in that they can exert tyrannical control over others. That’s not power. That’s just corruption.
Power is competence.
- I’ve studied authoritarianism for a very long time – for 40 years – and they’re started by people’s attempts to control the ideological and linguistic territory.
- Life is tragic. You are tiny and flawed and ignorant and weak, and everything else is huge, complex, and overwhelming.
- To me, ideology is corrupt; it’s a parasite on religious structures. To be an ideologue is to have all of the terrible things that are associated with religious certainty and none of the utility. If you’re an ideologue, you believe everything that you think. If you’re religious, there’s a mystery left there.
- Become aware of your own insufficiency.
‘Happiness‘ is a pointless goal.
- Music has an intrinsic meaning, which has always been mysterious to me.
- It makes sense that a witch lives in a swamp.
- Self-love is the only antidote to the chaos of existence. And if you don’t love and care for yourself and your own needs, you will cause unnecessary suffering both for yourself and others. , Jordan Peterson quotes on love
- Once someone has spent enough time cultivating bad habits and biding their time, they are much diminished. Much of what they could have been has dissipated.
You can’t go backward in life.
- As pessimistic as I am about the nature of human beings and our capacity for atrocity and malevolence and betrayal and laziness and inertia, and all those things, I think we can transcend all that and set things straight.
- Men and women aren’t the same. And they won’t be the same. That doesn’t mean that they can’t be treated fairly.
- Part of the reason there’s an injunction to the truth, for example, is that if you’re in a circumstance of extreme uncertainty, your best weapon, let’s say, or your best tool or your best defense is the truth, because it keeps things simpler.
We have to rediscover the eternal values and then live them out.
- There were some great clinicians in the 20th century – great men. Freud was a genius; Jung was a genius, Carl Rogers was a genius – there’s a half-dozen psychologists of the 1950s and humanists of the 1960s.
- If you’re going to be successful you need to be smart, conscientious, and tough. , Jordan Peterson quotes on success
- If you’re talking to a man who wouldn’t fight with you under any circumstances whatsoever, then you’re talking to someone for whom you have absolutely no respect.
To master a new technology, you have to play with it.
- If you’re a social scientist worth your salt, you never do a univariate analysis.
- There’s no doubt that inequality destabilizes societies. I think the social science evidence on that front is crystal clear.
- It’s a small percentage of people who do the 80-hour-a-week high-powered career thing, and they’re almost all men. Why? Well, men are driven by socio-economic status more than women.
I am not going to be a mouthpiece for language that I detest.
- I have a hard time figuring out what kind of box to put me in, too, because I don’t know exactly what’s going on around me or why. But I need to stay outside of boxes because then I can look at what’s inside of them without being part of them.
- One of the things I’ve told men over and over and over and over is if you’re being rejected by all the women that you approach, it’s not the women!
If you learn a martial art, you learn to be dangerous, but simultaneously, you learn to control it.
- I’m always surprised when people respond positively to what I am saying, given its seriousness and strange nature.
- You can say, ‘Well, isn’t it unfortunate that chaos is represented by the feminine’ – well, it might be unfortunate, but it doesn’t matter, because that is how it’s represented. It’s been represented like that forever. And there are reasons for it. You can’t change it. It’s not possible. This is underneath everything.
- We’re so immaturely cynical as a culture. We’re not wise enough to look at an institution like marriage and to really things about what it means and what it signifies. It signifies a place where people can tie the ropes of their lives together so that they’re stronger. It signifies a place where people can tell the truth to one another.
The masculine spirit is under assault. It’s obvious.
- The answer to the problem of inequality is for the people who are fortunate enough to either have been gifted or deserved more to do everything they can to make the communities around them as strong as they possibly can.
- We deserve some respect. You deserve some respect. You are important to other people, as much as to yourself. , Jordan Peterson quotes on relationship
- It’s not proper for the government to intrude too thoroughly into the domain of the family. It’s inappropriate.
- A properly balanced story provides an equal representation of the negative and positive attributes of, I could say the world, but it’s actually a being. ‘Harry Potter”s a good example. So Harry’s the hero, right. But he’s tainted with evil. There’s a dark and a light in every bit of that narrative. It’s well balanced.
You have to listen very carefully and tell the truth if you are going to get a paranoid person to open up to you.
- It’s in the best interest of the radical left types – best psychological and strategic interest – to refuse to admit to the possibility that reasonable people can object to their ideological staff. Because if reasonable people objected, that would imply that their ideological stance is not reasonable.
- You can’t just slander someone, defame them, lie about them. You can’t incite people to crime. There’s all sorts of reasonable restrictions on free speech that are already codified in the British common-law system.
- If you’re not going to be rewarded for your virtues, and instead you’re going to be punished for them, then what’s your motivation to continue?
People have this capacity within them to set the world straight.
- It’s very difficult to regulate yourself, and if you learn to do that, well, it starts to spill over.
- In the West, we have been withdrawing from our tradition-, religion-, and even nation-centred cultures.
- People have been fed this diet of pabulum, rights, and impulsive freedom. There’s just an absolute starvation for the other side of the story.
I happen to be a big fan of Western civilization; I think it beats the hell out of tyranny and starvation.
- That’s another hallmark of truth, is that it snaps things together. People write to me all the time and say it’s as if things were coming together in my mind. It’s like the Platonic idea that all learning was remembering. You have a nature, and when you feel that nature articulated, it’s it’s like the act of snapping the puzzle pieces together.
- You can’t have a value structure without a hierarchy. They’re the same thing because a value structure means one thing takes precedence over another.
- If you want to occupy the C-suite or the top one-tenth of 1% in any organization, you have to be obsessively devoted to your career at the expense of everything else. And women look at that, and they think, ‘No.’