90 Best Jordan Peterson Quotes (Author of 12 Rules for Life)

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Jordan Bernt Peterson (born 12 June 1962) is a Canadian professor of psychology at the University of Toronto, a clinical psychologist, and YouTube personality.

He began to receive widespread attention in the late 2010s for his views on cultural and political issues, often described as conservative. Jordan B. Peterson is the Author of the famous book 12 Rules for Life on success which will  inspire you to take action so that you may live your dreams.

Jordan Peterson Quotes

  1. “Life is suffering.” – Jordan Peterson                                                                                                           
    Jordan Peterson Quotes
    Jordan Peterson Quotes

  2. “Take aim even badly.” – Jordan Peterson

  3. “Power is competence.” – Jordan Peterson

  4. “Sort yourself out, Bucko.” – Jordan Peterson

  5. “Don’t be a slave to stupid rules.” – Jordan Peterson                                                                           
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    Jordan B Peterson Quotes

  6. “Dialogue is the pathway to truth.” – Jordan Peterson

  7. “Truth is the handmaiden of love.” – Jordan Peterson

  8. “Start somewhere, clean your room.” – Jordan Peterson

  9. “Be grateful in spite of your suffering.” – Jordan Peterson

  10. “You have to be a monster to stay alive.” – Jordan Peterson

  11. “Be the hero your mom wanted you to be.” – Jordan Peterson                                                         
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    Jordan Peterson Quotes Wallpaper

  12. “What you aim at determines what you see.” – Jordan Peterson

  13. “In order to think you have to risk being offensive.” – Jordan Peterson

  14. “The left is the archetype of the devouring mother.” – Jordan Peterson

  15. “He whose life has a why can bear almost any how.” – Jordan Peterson                                         
    Best Jordan Peterson Quotes
    Best Jordan Peterson Quotes

  16. “Do not allow yourself to be arrogant and resentful.” – Jordan Peterson

  17. “Pursue what is meaningful (not what is expedient).” – Jordan Peterson

  18. “Make friends with people who want the best for you.” – Jordan Peterson

  19. “You’re not everything you could be, and you know it.” – Jordan Peterson

  20. “It’s better to do something badly than to not do it at all.” – Jordan Peterson

  21. “Don’t avoid something frightening if it stands in your way.” – Jordan Peterson

  22. “Love is the desire to see unnecessary suffering ameliorated.” – Jordan Peterson                                         
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    Jordan B Peterson Quotes On Love

  23. “Treat yourself like someone you are responsible for helping.” – Jordan Peterson

  24. “Walk tall and gaze forthrightly ahead. Dare to be dangerous.” – Jordan Peterson

  25. “If you are not willing to be a fool, you can’t become a master.” – Jordan Peterson

  26. “Set your house in perfect order before you criticize the world.” – Jordan Peterson

  27. “Men don’t struggle for power. They elect the most competent.” – Jordan Peterson

  28. “If you don’t say what you think then you kill your unborn self.” – Jordan Peterson

  29. “You should never sacrifice what you could be for what you are.” – Jordan Peterson

  30. “These little things that are right in front of us, they’re not little.” – Jordan Peterson                                                                                                                                             
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    Jordan Peterson Quotes Images

  31. “A leader gives articulation of the imagination of the population.” – Jordan Peterson

  32. “To suffer terribly and to know yourself as the cause: that is Hell.” – Jordan Peterson

  33. “Rising to the top of the lobster hierarchy one damn room at a time.” – Jordan Peterson

  34. “The creative person, by contrast, is always open to new possibilities.” – Jordan Peterson

  35. “Notice that opportunity lurks where responsibility has been abdicated.” – Jordan Peterson

  36. “The successful among us delay gratification and bargain with the future.” – Jordan Peterson

  37. “To learn is to die voluntarily and be born again, in great ways and small.” – Jordan Peterson

  38. “The truth is a terrible thing, but not when you compare it with falsehood.” – Jordan Peterson

  39. “If you cannot bring peace to your household, how dare you try to rule a city.” – Jordan Peterson

  40. “There is no faith and no courage and no sacrifice in doing what is expedient.” – Jordan Peterson

  41. “Humility is recognition of personal insufficiency and the willingness to learn.” – Jordan Peterson

  42. “Work as hard as you possibly can on at least one thing and see what happens.” – Jordan Peterson                                                                                                                                                             
    Jordan Peterson Motivational Quotes
    Jordan Peterson Motivational Quotes

  43. “If you’re going to be successful you need to be smart, conscientious, and tough.” – Jordan Peterson

  44. “If you start with little, you start with more possibility.” – Jordan Peterson, (Bible Series Quotes)

  45. “Anything that you let will grows. Don’t practice what you don’t want to become.” – Jordan Peterson

  46. “Compare yourself to who you were yesterday, not to who someone else is today.” – Jordan Peterson                                                                                                                       
    Jordan Peterson Quotes On Success
    Jordan Peterson Quotes On Success

  47. “If you fulfill your obligations every day you don’t need to worry about the future.” – Jordan Peterson

  48. “The purpose of life is finding the largest burden that you can bear and bearing it.” – Jordan Peterson

  49. “Perhaps you are overvaluing what you don’t have and undervaluing what you do.” – Jordan Peterson                                                                                                                           
    Famous Jordan Peterson Quotes
    Famous Jordan Peterson Quotes

  50. “There’s some real utility in gratitude.” – Jordan Peterson, 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos

  51. “The Trump phenomenon probably worries me less than most people think it should.” – Jordan Peterson

  52. “You don’t get to choose not to pay a price, you only get to choose which price you pay.” – Jordan Peterson

  53. “You can do an awful lot by writing down what happened to you and thinking it through.” – Jordan Peterson

  54. “Weak and miserable as I am, I can still stand up to the terrible tragedy of life and prevail.” – Jordan Peterson

  55. “Trust is an unbelievably powerful economic force maybe the most powerful economic force.” – Jordan Peterson

  56. “If you can think and speak and write, you are absolutely deadly, nothing can get in your way.” – Jordan Peterson

  57. “If you betray yourself, if you say untrue things, if you act out a lie, you weaken your character.” – Jordan Peterson

  58. “Whether the Gods are inside or outside makes very little difference to whether there are Gods.” – Jordan Peterson

  59. “When you have something to say, silence is a lie.” – Jordan Peterson, 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos

  60. “Face the demands of life voluntarily. Respond to a challenge, instead of bracing for catastrophe.” – Jordan Peterson                                                                                                                 
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    Quotes By Jordan Peterson

  61. “Put the things you can control in order. Repair what is in disorder, and make what is already good better.” – Jordan Peterson

  62. “You might be winning but you’re not growing, and growing might be the most important form of winning.” – Jordan Peterson                                                               
    Jordan Peterson Inspirational Quotes
    Jordan Peterson Inspirational Quotes

  63. “Beauty shames the ugly. Strength shames the weak. Death shames the living – and the ideal shames us all.” – Jordan Peterson

  64. “If you live properly, fully, you can discover meaning so profound that it protects you even from fear of death.” – Jordan Peterson

  65. “If you tell enough lies, often enough, the truth will become entirely hidden from you, and then you are in hell.” – Jordan Peterson

  66. “Why do dragons hoard gold? Because the things you most need is always to be found where you least want to look.” – Jordan Peterson

  67. “A harmless man is not a good man. A good man is a very, very dangerous man who has it under voluntary control.” – Jordan Peterson

  68. “It is my firm belief that the best way to fix the world – A handyman’s dream, if ever there was one – is to fix yourself.” – Jordan Peterson

  69. “Dress like the person you want to be. Sometimes you have to act out the person you want to be before you become it.” – Jordan Peterson

  70. “If you over-coddle people, if you protect them from everything that’s sharp, you make them dull and narcissistic.” – Jordan Peterson

  71. “If you dare to do the most difficult thing you can conceptualize your life will work out better than it will if you do anything.” – Jordan Peterson

  72. “Not everyone who is failing is a victim, and not everyone at the bottom wishes to rise, although many do, and many manage it.” – Jordan Peterson

  73. “The normal person classifies an object, and then forgets about it. The creative person, by contrast, is always open to new possibilities.” – Jordan Peterson

  74. “The purpose of life, as far as I can tell… is to find a mode of being that’s so meaningful that the fact that life is suffering is no longer relevant.” – Jordan Peterson

  75. “The secret to your existence is right in front of you, and it manifests itself as all those things you know you should do but you’re avoiding.” – Jordan Peterson

  76. “The way that you make people resilient is by voluntarily exposing them to things that they are afraid of and that makes them uncomfortable.” – Jordan Peterson

  77. “And if you think tough men are dangerous, wait until you see what weak men are capable of.” – Jordan Peterson, 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos

  78. “You should take care of, help and be good to yourself the same way you would take care of, help, and be good to someone you loved and valued.” – Jordan Peterson

  79. “The truth is something that burns, it burns off deadwood and people don’t like having their deadwood burnt off often because they’re 95% deadwood.” – Jordan Peterson

  80. “Can you imagine yourself in 10 years if instead of avoiding the things you know you should do, you actually did them every single day – that’s powerful.” – Jordan Peterson

  81. “You should be humble enough to understand that if you can’t order your own life, you shouldn’t be trying to order anything more complicated than that.” – Jordan Peterson

  82. “I don’t think that you have any insight whatsoever into your capacity for good until you have some well-developed insight into your capacity for evil.” – Jordan Peterson

  83. “You should be afraid of taking risks and pursuing something meaningful, but you should be more afraid of staying where you are if it’s making miserable.” – Jordan Peterson

  84. “Stop saying those things that make you weak and ashamed. Say only those things that make you strong. Do only those things that you could speak of with honour.” – Jordan Peterson

  85. “Everything you value is a product of unimaginably lengthy developmental processes, personal, cultural, biological.” – Jordan Peterson, 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos

  86. “If you stand still you fall backwards, you cannot stand still, because the world moves away from you if you stand still. And there is no stasis. There is only backwards.” – Jordan Peterson

  87. “It’s all very well to think the mIt’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.” – Jordan Peterson

  88. “If someone is making everyone around them miserable and you’d like to know why, their motive may simply be to make everyone around them miserable including themselves.” – Jordan Peterson

  89. “It isn’t precisely that people will fight for what they believe. They will fight, instead, to maintain the match between what they believe, what they expect, and what they desire.” – Jordan Peterson

  90. “It takes careful observation, and education, and reflection, and communication with others, just to scratch the surface of your beliefs.” – Jordan Peterson, 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos

  91. “If you can’t understand why someone is doing something, look at the consequences of their actions, whatever they might be, and then infer the motivations from their consequences.” – Jordan Peterson

  92. “With life no matter what you do, you are all in. This is going to kill you. You might as well play the most magnificent game you can. Because do you have anything better to do?” – Jordan Peterson

  93. “You’re going to pay a price for everything you do and everything you don’t do. You don’t get to choose to not pay a price. You get to choose which poison you’re going to take. That’s it.” – Jordan Peterson

  94. “There’s almost nothing better than character development. And aiming at having a good character is the highest aim, and it’s the aim that will provide the most meaning in your life.” – Jordan Peterson

  95. “We deserve some respect. You deserve some respect. You are important to other people, as much as to yourself. You have some vital role to play in the unfolding destiny of the world.” – Jordan Peterson

  96. “It’s all very well to think the meaning of life is happiness, but what happens when you’re unhappy? Happiness is a great side effect. When it comes, accept it gratefully. But it’s fleeting and unpredictable.” – Jordan Peterson

  97. “Ideologies are substitutes for true knowledge, and ideologues are always dangerous when they come to power, because a simple-minded I-know-it-all approach is no match for the complexity of existence.” – Jordan Peterson

  98. “And you must be cautious, because making your life better means adopting a lot of responsibility, and that takes more effort and care than living stupidly in pain and remaining arrogant, deceitful and resentful.” – Jordan Peterson

  99. “If radical right-wingers were receiving state funding for political operations disguised as university courses, as the radical left-wingers clearly are, the uproar from progressives across North America would be deafening.” – Jordan Peterson

  100. “Every bit of learning is a little death. Every bit of new information challenges a previous conception, foring it to dissolve into chaos before it can be reborn as something better. Sometimes such deaths virtually destroy us.” – Jordan Peterson

  101. “It took untold generations to get you where you are. A little gratitude might be in order. If you’re going to insist on bending the world to your way, you better have your reasons.” – Jordan Peterson, 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos

  102. “Artists are going out into the unknown and representing it imaginably. So what does that painting mean? Well, if the artists knew that, he’d just write it down. The art is beyond what is articulable; otherwise it’s just propaganda.” – Jordan Peterson

  103. “Intolerance of others’ views (no matter how ignorant or incoherent they may be) is not simply wrong; in a world where there is no right or wrong, it is worse: it is a sign you are embarrassingly unsophisticated or, possibly, dangerous.” – Jordan Peterson

  104. “You cannot be protected from the things that frighten you and hurt you, but if you identify with the part of your being that is responsible for transformation, then you are always the equal, or more than the equal of the things that frighten you.” – Jordan Peterson

  105. “The proper way to fix the world isn’t to fix the world. There’s no reason to assume that you’re even up to such a task. But you can fix yourself. You’ll do no one any harm by doing so, and in that manner at least, you will make the world a better place.” – Jordan Peterson

  106. “The poor and stressed always die first, and in greater numbers. They are also much more susceptible to non-infectious diseases, such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease. When the aristocracy catches a cold, as it is said, the working class dies of pneumonia.” – Jordan Peterson

  107. “Don’t underestimate the power of vision and direction. These are irresistible forces, able to transform what might appear to be unconquerable obstacles into traversable pathways and expanding opportunities.” – Jordan Peterson, 12 Rules  for Life: An Antidote to Chaos

  108. “You can only find out what you actually believe (rather than what you think you believe) by watching how you act. You simply don’t know what you believe, before that. You are too complex to understand yourself.” – Jordan Peterson, 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos

  109. “In the West, we have been withdrawing from our tradition – religion, and even nation-centered cultures, partly to decrease the danger of group conflict. But we are increasingly falling prey to the desperation of meaninglessness, and that is no improvement at all.” – Jordan Peterson

  110. “If you betray yourself, if you say untrue things, if you act out a lie, you weaken your character, then adversity will mow you down when it appears, as it will, inevitably. You will hide, but there will be no place left to hide. And then you will find yourself doing terrible things.” – Jordan Peterson

  111. “If you have a comprehensive explanation for everything then it decreases uncertainty and anxiety and reduces your cognitive load. And if you can use that simplifying algorithm to put yourself on the side of moral virtue then you’re constantly a good person with a minimum of effort.” – Jordan Peterson

  112. “When you decide to learn about your faults, so that they can be rectified, you open a line of communication with the source of all revelatory thought. Maybe that’s the same thing as consulting your conscience. Maybe that’s the same thing, in some manner, as a discussion with God.” – Jordan Peterson

  113. “You have to treat yourself like you matter because if you don’t then you don’t take care of yourself and you become vengeful and cruel and you take it out on people around you and you are not a positive force. None of that is good…you suffer more and so does everyone else around you.” – Jordan Peterson

  114. “Don’t tell yourself, “I shouldn’t need to do that to motivate myself.” What do you know about yourself? You are, on the one hand, the most complex thing in the entire universe, and on the other, someone who can’t even set the clock on your microwave. Don’t over-estimate your self-knowledge.” – Jordan Peterson

  115. “Who do you want to be when there’s a crisis? Do you want to be the person that everyone can turn to for strength? Why the hell not? Why not that as a goal? That’d be good goal. Because then when there’s a crisis, it won’t be such a bloody crisis because there’s someone there that can deal with it.” – Jordan Peterson

  116. “It’s like.. Yeah.. Face the dragon and get the gold! The hero can’t be harmless and agreeable. The hero must be a monster but a monster with self-control and a sense of responsibility. Whether it’s slaying a dragon or negotiating on your own behalf you have to be willing ton say no! You must face your fears!!!” – Jordan Peterson

  117. “Women select men. That makes them nature because nature is what selects. And you can say, Well it’s only symbolic that women are nature, it’s like no, it’s not just symbolic. The woman is the gatekeeper to reproductive success. And you can’t get more like nature than that, in fact it’s the very definition of nature.” – Jordan Peterson

  118. “Strengthen the individual. Start with yourself. Take care with yourself. Define who you are. Refine your personality. Choose your destination and articulate your Being. As the great nineteenth-century German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche so brilliantly noted, ‘He whose life has a why can bear almost any how.” – Jordan Peterson, 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos

  119. “You must determine where you are going in your life, because you cannot get there unless you move in that direction. Random wandering will not move you forward. It will instead disappoint and frustrate you and make you anxious and unhappy and hard to get along with, and then resentful, and then vengeful, and then worse.” – Jordan Peterson, 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos

  120. “When you educate someone you teach them how to use language to arm them; Straighten them out; Organize them; Elevate them and you ennoble them and then they’re not misshapen half-carved blocks of humanity. People that can stand up, stand around and maneuver through the world, contribute properly to the community and keep the world oriented between chaos and order.” – Jordan Peterson

  121. “So, attend carefully to your posture. Quit drooping and hunching around. Speak your mind. Put your desires forward, as if you had a right to them – at least the same right as others. Walk tall and gaze forthrightly ahead. Dare to be dangerous. Encourage the serotonin to flow plentifully through the neural pathways desperate for its calming influence.” – Jordan Peterson, 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos

  122. “Just like the terrorists in the Middle East surround their hideout with women and children so if you bomb the hideout, you kill these innocent people. The ‘ Social Justice Warrior’ types do exactly the same thing. They find a hypothetically vulnerable group, and they use them as a protective shield while they move incrementally forward. If you object, suddenly you’re picking on the poor, vulnerable people.” – Jordan Peterson

  123. “Your life isn’t margaritas on a beach in Jamaica. That happens now and then. Those are exceptions. Your life is how your wife greets you at the door when you come home every day, ’cause that’s like 10 minutes a day. Your life is how you treat each other over the breakfast table, ’cause that’s an hour and a half or an hour every single day. You get those mundane things right, those things you do every day. You concentrate on them and you make them pristine. It’s like you got 80% of your life put together. These little things that are right in front of us, they’re not little.” – Jordan Peterson

  124. “To stand up straight with your shoulders back is to accept the terrible responsibility of life, with eyes wide open. It means deciding to voluntarily transform the chaos of potential into the realities of habitable order. It means adopting the burden of self-conscious vulnerability, and accepting the end of the unconscious paradise of childhood, where finitude and mortality are only dimly comprehended. It means willingly undertaking the sacrifices necessary to generate a productive and meaningful reality (it means acting to please God, in the ancient language).” – Jordan Peterson, 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos

  125. “Sometimes, when people have a low opinion of their own worth—or, perhaps, when they refuse responsibility for their lives—they choose a new acquaintance, of precisely the type who proved troublesome in the past. Such people don’t believe that they deserve any better—so they don’t go looking for it. Or, perhaps, they don’t want the trouble of better. Freud called this a ‘repetition compulsion.’ He thought of it as an unconscious drive to repeat the horrors of the past—sometimes, perhaps, to formulate those horrors more precisely, sometimes to attempt more active mastery and sometimes, perhaps, because no alternatives beckon. People create their worlds with the tools they have directly at hand. Faulty tools produce faulty results. Repeated use of the same faulty tools produces the same faulty results. It is in this manner that those who fail to learn from the past doom themselves to repeat it. It’s partly fate. It’s partly inability. It’s partly … unwillingness to learn? Refusal to learn? Motivated refusal to learn?” – Jordan Peterson, 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos


Some of the most popular book authored by Jordan B. Peterson are;

  • 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos
  • Beyond Order: 12 More Rules For Life
  • Maps of Meaning: The Architecture of Belief
  • Political Correctness: The Munk Debates
  • Peacemaking Among Higher Order

Dr. Jordan Peterson opinions on feminism, free speech, courage, masculinity, and philosophy have garnered both praise and flak by the people. He turned into public light almost overnight.

You can learn a great amount by reading these wise words of wisdom by Dr. Peterson. These amazing quotes will resonate with you, particularly around life, freedom, discipline, the courage to win.


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