Jordan Peterson is a clinical psychologist and a professor at the University of Toronto. He is the author of 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos, which has sold over 4 million copies worldwide. Peterson is known for his conservative views on gender roles, political correctness, and religion. In this blog post, I will be sharing 130 of his most famous quotes.

“Assume that the person you are listening to might know something you don’t.”– Jordan Peterson

“Thinking is listening to yourself. It’s difficult. To think, you have to be at least two people at the same time. Then you have to let those people disagree. Thinking is an internal dialogue between two or more different views of the world.”– Jordan Peterson

 “Realization is dawning. Instead of playing the tyrant, therefore, you are paying attention. You are telling the truth, instead of manipulating the world.”– Jordan Peterson

“Standards of better or worse are not illusory or unnecessary. If you hadn’t decided that what you are doing right now was better than the alternatives, you wouldn’t be doing it.”– Jordan Peterson

“Most men do not meet female human standards.”– Jordan Peterson

 “Be good company when something fun is happening, so that you’re invited for the fun.”– Jordan Peterson

“The only time ‘no’ ever means ‘no’ in the absence of violence is when it is uttered by one civilized person to another.”– Jordan Peterson

“We may not exactly be God, but we’re not exactly nothing, either.”– Jordan Peterson

“Territory matters, and there is little difference between territorial rights and social status. It is often a matter of life and death.”– Jordan Peterson

“Interest is a spirit beckoning from the unknown—a spirit calling from outside the walls of society.”– Jordan Peterson

“Devout adherence to the dictates of interest—assuming a suitably disciplined character—therefore ensures stabilisation and renewal of personality and world.”– Jordan Peterson

“You’re not perfect just the way you are. You could be better!”– Jordan Peterson

“Treat yourself like you would someone you’re responsible for helping.”– Jordan Peterson

“All people serve their ambition. In that matter, there are no atheists. There are only people who know, and don’t know, what God they serve.”– Jordan Peterson

“Each person’s private trouble cannot be solved by a social revolution, because revolutions are destabilizing and dangerous.”– Jordan Peterson

“Experience is the best teacher, and the worst experiences teach the best lessons.”– Jordan Peterson

“If the structure of culture is disrupted, unwittingly, chaos returns. We will do anything—anything—to defend ourselves against that return.”– Jordan Peterson

 “It is not virtuous to be victimized by a bully, even if that bully is oneself.”– Jordan Peterson

“Once you become consciously aware that you, yourself, are vulnerable, you understand the nature of human vulnerability in general.”– Jordan Peterson

“Perhaps happiness is always to be found in the journey uphill, and not in the fleeting sense of satisfaction awaiting at the next peak.”– Jordan Peterson

“It’s easier to put off until tomorrow what needs to be done today, and drown the upcoming months and years in today’s cheap pleasures.”– Jordan Peterson

“Truth is the ultimate, inexhaustible natural resource. It’s the light in the darkness.”– Jordan Peterson

“It is better, proverbially, to rule your own spirit than to rule a city.”– Jordan Peterson

“There are many systems of interaction between the brain, body and social world that can get caught in positive feedback loops.”– Jordan Peterson

 “You are by no means only what you already know. You are also all that which you could know, if you only would.”– Jordan Peterson

“There are some games you don’t get to play unless you are all in.”– Jordan Peterson

“People organize their brains with conversation. If they don’t have anyone to tell their story to, they lose their minds. Like hoarders, they cannot unclutter themselves.”– Jordan Peterson

 “Order is not enough. You can’t just be stable, and secure, and unchanging, because there are still vital and important new things to be learned.”– Jordan Peterson

 “In the West, we have been withdrawing from our tradition, religion, and even nation-centred cultures, partly to decrease the danger of group conflict.”– Jordan Peterson

“Much of happiness is hope, no matter how deep the underworld in which that hope was conceived.”– Jordan Peterson

“Maybe God thought His new creation would be able to handle the serpent, and considered its presence the lesser of two evils.”– Jordan Peterson

“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

“There are so many ways that things can fall apart or fail to work altogether, and it is always wounded people who are holding it together.”– Jordan Peterson

“When the aristocracy catches a cold, as it is said, the working class dies of pneumonia.”– Jordan Peterson

“One of the problems with being relatively wealthy if you are a parent is that you cannot provide your children with necessity.”– Jordan Peterson

“It is necessary to be strong in the face of death, because death is intrinsic to life.”– Jordan Peterson

“There’s some real utility in gratitude. It’s also good protection against the dangers of victimhood and resentment.”– Jordan Peterson

“Consult your resentment. It’s a revelatory emotion, for all its pathology. It’s part of an evil triad—arrogance, deceit, and resentment.”– Jordan Peterson

“There is very little difference between the capacity for mayhem and destruction, integrity, and strength of character. This is one of the most difficult lessons of life.”– Jordan Peterson

“If a child has not been taught to behave properly by the age of four, it will forever be difficult for him or her to make friends.”– Jordan Peterson

“The things that pose the greatest threats to your survival are the most real things.”– Jordan Peterson

“Nietzsche said that a man’s worth was determined by how much truth he could tolerate.”– Jordan Peterson

“You can’t long tolerate being swamped and overwhelmed beyond your capacity to cope while you are learning what you still need to know.”– Jordan Peterson

“Those who fail to learn from the past doom themselves to repeat it. It’s partly fate. It’s partly inability. It’s partly an unwillingness to learn? Refusal to learn? Motivated refusal to learn?”– Jordan Peterson

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

“Our behavioral patterns are exceedingly complex, and psychology is a young science.”– Jordan Peterson

“You need to determine how to act toward yourself so that you are most likely to become and to stay a good person.”– Jordan Peterson

“In a crisis, the inevitable suffering that life entails can rapidly make a mockery of the idea that happiness is the proper pursuit of the individual.”– Jordan Peterson

“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

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

 “A naively formulated goal transmutes, with time, into the sinister form of life—lie.”– Jordan Peterson

“We transform the manifold possibilities of the future into the actualities of past and present.”– Jordan Peterson

 “If the structure of culture is disrupted, unwittingly, chaos returns. We will do anything—anything—to defend ourselves against that return.” – Jordan Peterson

 “If someone is badly hurt at some point in life—traumatized—the dominance counter can transform in a manner that makes additional hurt more rather than less likely.” – Jordan Peterson

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

 “Maybe God thought His new creation would be able to handle the serpent, and considered its presence the lesser of two evils.” – Jordan Peterson

“Interest is a spirit beckoning from the unknown—a spirit calling from outside the walls of society.”– Jordan Peterson

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

 “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

 “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

 “When the aristocracy catches a cold, as it is said, the working class dies of pneumonia.” – Jordan Peterson

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

“Once you become consciously aware that you, yourself, are vulnerable, you understand the nature of human vulnerability in general.” – Jordan Peterson

 “Our behavioral patterns are exceedingly complex, and psychology is a young science.” – Jordan Peterson

“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

“Admit to what you want. Tell those around you who you are. Narrow and gaze attentively, and move forward, forthrightly. Be precise in your speech.”– Jordan Peterson 

“There are so many ways that things can fall apart or fail to work altogether, and it is always wounded people who are holding it together.” – Jordan Peterson

“Much of happiness is hope, no matter how deep the underworld in which that hope was conceived.” – Jordan Peterson

“Women select men. That makes them nature, because nature is what selects.” – Jordan Peterson

“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

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

“Should victory in the present always take precedence over trajectory across time?”– Jordan Peterson

 “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

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

“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

 “Devout adherence to the dictates of interest—assuming a suitably disciplined character—therefore ensures stabilization and renewal of personality and world.”– Jordan Peterson

 “To stand up straight with your shoulders back is to accept the terrible responsibility of life with eyes wide open.” – Jordan Peterson

“Perhaps happiness is always to be found in the journey uphill, and not in the fleeting sense of satisfaction awaiting at the next peak.” – Jordan Peterson

“You’re not perfect just the way you are. You could be better!” – Jordan Peterson

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

“We must each adopt as much responsibility as possible for individual life, society and the world.”– Jordan Peterson

“You are by no means only what you already know. You are also all that which you could know, if you only would.” – Jordan Peterson

“Human female choosiness is also why we are very different from the common ancestor we shared with our chimpanzee cousins, while the latter are very much the same.”– Jordan Peterson

“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

 “Anyone who was out to change the world by changing others was to be regarded with suspicion.”– Jordan Peterson

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

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

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

“And if you think tough men are dangerous, wait until you see what weak men are capable of.”– Jordan Peterson

“It takes careful observation, and education, and reflection, and communication with others, just to scratch the surface of your beliefs.”– Jordan Peterson

“It took untold generations to get you where you are. A little gratitude might be in order.”– Jordan Peterson

“When you have something to say, silence is a lie.”– Jordan Peterson

“There’s some real utility in gratitude.”– Jordan Peterson

“Say only those things that make you strong. Do only those things that you could speak of with honour.” – Jordan Peterson

“If you fulfil your obligations everyday you don’t need to worry about the future.” – Jordan Peterson

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

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

“Question for parents: do you want to make your children safe, or strong?” – Jordan Peterson

“Assume that the person you are listening to might know something you don’t.”– Jordan Peterson

“We must each adopt as much responsibility as possible for individual life, society and the world.” – Jordan Peterson

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