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I’ve spent 10+ hours studying the best videos, books, tweets, and blogs from Jordan Peterson.
100 of the most inspiring Jordan Peterson quotes in this page.
What’s my goal?
To inspire you and present you a profound, intelligent, and articulated human being.
Dr. Peterson is indeed one of the rare who truly took the time to ponder on happiness, meaning, and our complex minds.
Hope you’ll enjoy his deep thoughts on responsibility, order, and life, as much as I did.
Start to stop doing what you know to be wrong. Jordan Peterson
You should never sacrifice what you could be for what you are. Jordan Peterson
What you aim at determines what you see. Jordan Peterson
To learn is to die voluntarily and be born again, in great ways and small. Jordan Peterson
The successful among us delay gratification. The successful among us bargain with the future. Jordan Peterson
Attend carefully to your posture. Quit drooping and hunching around. Speak your mind. Jordan Peterson
To decide to move forward courageously into the land of the unknown. That’s one of the secrets to a good life. Jordan Peterson (Source)
Perhaps you are overvaluing what you don’t have and undervaluing what you do. Jordan Peterson
Don’t underestimate the hole your absence would leave. Jordan Peterson
The purpose of life is finding the largest burden that you can bear and bearing it. 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
If you can’t even clean up your own room, who the hell are you to give advice to the world? Jordan Peterson
In order to think you have to risk being offensive. Jordan Peterson
You positively need to be occupied with something weighty, deep, profound, and difficult. Jordan Peterson
You have some vital role to play in the unfolding destiny of the world. You are, therefore, morally obliged to take care of yourself. Jordan Peterson
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Jordan Peterson Quotes About Responsibility
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…It means willingly undertaking the sacrifices necessary to generate a productive and meaningful reality. Jordan Peterson
We have to rediscover the eternal values and then live then out.
It’s in responsibility that most people find the meaning that sustains them through life.
We must each adopt as much responsibility as possible for individual life, society and the world.
What’s the difference between the successful and the unsuccessful? The successful sacrifice.
Assume that the person you are listening to might know something you don’t.
When you have something to say, silence is a lie – and tyranny feeds on lies.
You’re much better off to confront your fears head on than you are to wait and let them find you. Jordan Peterson
Question for parents: do you want to make your children safe, or strong?
Failure is the price we pay for standards and, because mediocrity has consequences both real and harsh, standards are necessary.
The lack of your best hurts everything. (Source)
If you present yourself as defeated, then people will react to you as if you are losing. If you start to straighten up, then people will look at and treat you differently.
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.
Face the demands of life voluntarily. Respond to a challenge, instead of bracing for a catastrophe.
There is no faith and no courage and no sacrifice in doing what is expedient. Jordan Peterson
A leader gives articulation to the imagination of the population.
There’s no quick pathways from smart to wise.
If you fulfill your obligations everyday you don’t need to worry about the future.
Face your fears voluntarily: that’s the cure.
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Jordan Peterson Quotes About Order
Strengthen the individual. Start with yourself. Take care with yourself. Define who you are. Refine your personality. Jordan Peterson
Be precise in your speech. Speech can give structure and re-establish order.
Say only those things that make you strong. Do only those things that you could speak of with honor.
We require routine and tradition. That’s order. Order can become excessive, and that’s not good, but chaos can swamp us, so we drown — and that is also not good. We need to stay on the straight and narrow path.
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. Nonetheless, chaos can be too much. You can’t long tolerate being swamped and overwhelmed beyond your capacity to cope while you are learning what you still need to know.
You need to place one foot in what you have mastered and understood and the other in what you are currently exploring and mastering. Jordan Peterson
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.
Listen to yourself and to those with whom you are speaking. Your wisdom then consists not of the knowledge you already have, but the continual search for knowledge, which is the highest form of wisdom.
Don’t reorganize the state until you have ordered your own experience. Have some humility. If you cannot bring peace to your household, how dare you try to rule a city?
When things fall apart, and chaos re-emerges, we can give structure to it, and re-establish order, through our speech. If we speak carefully and precisely, we can sort things out, and put them in their proper place, and set a new goal, and navigate to it — often communally, if we negotiate; if we reach consensus. If we speak carelessly and imprecisely, however, things remain vague. The destination remains unproclaimed. The fog of uncertainty does not lift, and there is no negotiating through the world.
If you betray yourself, if you say untrue things, if you act out a lie, you weaken your character.
When you don’t know what to do, tell the truth. Jordan Peterson
Jordan Peterson About Meaning, Happiness, And Life
Life isn’t supposed to be happy or fair. Life is supposed to be meaningful. Jordan Peterson
Pursue what is meaningful and not what is expedient.
The meaning of your life may be sufficient to keep the corrupting influence of mortal despair at bay.
You already know what you know, unless your life is perfect, what you know is not enough.
Good conversation is the best preparation for proper living.
It’s a luxury to pursue what makes you happy; it’s a moral obligation to pursue what you find meaningful.
I will trust you – I will extend my hand to you – despite the risk of betrayal, because it is possible, through trust, to bring out the best in you, and perhaps in me.
Truth will not come in the guise of opinions shared by others, as the truth is neither a collection of slogans nor an ideology. It will instead be personal.
Compare yourself to who you were yesterday, not to who someone else is today. Jordan Peterson
You must determine where you are going in your life, because you cannot get there unless you move in that direction.
If your life is not what it could be, try telling the truth.
Everyone needs a concrete, specific goal — an ambition, and a purpose — to limit chaos and make intelligible sense of his or her life.
Work as hard as you possibly can on at least one thing and see what happens.
Perhaps happiness is always to be found in the journey uphill, and not in the fleeting sense of satisfaction awaiting at the next peak.
The secret to your existence is right in front of you. It manifests itself as all those things you know you should do but are avoiding.
You have to be willing to be a fool to advance.
Your life becomes meaningful in precise proportion to the depths of the responsibility you are willing to shoulder. Jordan Peterson
Imagine who you could be, and then aim single-mindely at that.
You have to be willing to lose your life in order to find it.
To journey happily may well be better than to arrive.
Deep Jordan Peterson Quotes
Always place your becoming above your current being. Jordan Peterson
Every person is deeply flawed.
Worthlessness is the default condition.
It is more difficult to rule yourself than to rule a city.
When someone does something you are trying to get them to do, reward them.
It is because we are born human that we are guaranteed a good dose of suffering. And chances are, if you or someone you love is not suffering now, they will be within five years, unless you are freakishly lucky.
And if you think tough men are dangerous, wait until you see what weak men are capable of.
People organize their brains with conversation. If they don’t have anyone to tell their story to, they lose their minds.
If you will not reveal yourself to others, you cannot reveal yourself to yourself.
Not everyone who is failing is a victim, and not everyone at the bottom wishes to rise, although many do, and many manage it.
Sometimes the reason that you’re suffering is because you won’t let go of the thing that’s biting you.
You should be a monster, an absolute monster, and then you should learn how to control it. Jordan Peterson
It’s worthwhile to go find the dragon in its lair instead of waiting for it to come and eat you.
If things are not going well for you—well, that might be because, as the most cynical of aphorisms has it, life sucks, and then you die. Before your crisis impels you to that hideous conclusion, however, you might consider the following: Life doesn’t have the problem. You do. At least that realization leaves you with some options. If your life is not going well, perhaps it is your current knowledge that is insufficient, not life itself. Perhaps your value structure needs some serious retooling. Perhaps what you want is blinding you to what else could be. Perhaps you are holding on to your desires, in the present, so tightly that you cannot see anything else — even what you truly need.
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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.
Violence, is no mystery. It’s peace that’s the mystery. Violence is the default. It’s easy. It’s peace that is difficult: learned, inculcated, earned.
You might love people despite their limitations, but you also love them because of their limitations.
I can live with no responsibility whatsoever, but the price I pay is that nothing matters. Or I can reverse it and everything matters, but I have to take the responsibility that is associated with that.
People think they think, but it’s not true. It’s mostly self-criticism that passes for thinking.
I don’t tell people they’re okay the way they are. No, I say you could be way more than you are. Jordan Peterson
That which you most need to find will be found where you least wish to look.
Don’t practice what you don’t want to become.
You’re going to pay a price for everything you do and everything you don’t do.
Maybe it’s not the world that’s at fault. Maybe it’s you.
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.
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What would the world be like if people stopped avoiding the things they knew they should do? Jordan Peterson
You should never give up the better that resides within for the security you already have — and certainly not when you have already caught a glimpse, an undeniable glimpse, of something beyond.
Wish upon a star, and then act properly, in accordance with that aim.
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