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48 Thought-provoking Jordan B. Peterson Quotes (LIFE)

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“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 B. Peterson
Compare yourself to who you were yesterday, not to who someone else is today.
Compare yourself to who you were yesterday, not to who someone else is today.
If you don’t say what you think, then you kill your unborn self. When you have something to say, silence is a lie.
If you don’t say what you think, then you kill your unborn self. When you have something to say, silence is a lie.
Set your house in perfect order before you criticize the world.
Set your house in perfect order before you criticize the world.
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.'
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.’

“You’re going to pay a price for every bloody thing 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 B. Peterson
It is more difficult to rule yourself than to rule a city.
It is more difficult to rule yourself than to rule a city.
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.
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.
And if you think tough men are dangerous, wait until you see what weak men are capable of.
And if you think tough men are dangerous, wait until you see what weak men are capable of.
You might be winning but you’re not growing, and growing might be the most important form of winning.
You might be winning but you’re not growing, and growing might be the most important form of winning.

2 Jordan B. Peterson Quotes on Gratitude

“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 B. Peterson
There’s some real utility in gratitude.
There’s some real utility in gratitude.

8 Inspirational Jordan B. Peterson Quotes About Life

Work as hard as you possibly can on at least one thing and see what happens.
Work as hard as you possibly can on at least one thing and see what happens.
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.
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.
If you learn a martial art, you learn to be dangerous, but simultaneously, you learn to control it.
If you learn a martial art, you learn to be dangerous, but simultaneously, you learn to control it.

“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 B. Peterson
If you fulfill your obligations everyday you don't need to worry about the future.
If you fulfill your obligations everyday you don’t need to worry about the future.

“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 B. Peterson
We have to rediscover the eternal values and then live them out.
We have to rediscover the eternal values and then live them out.
If you are not willing to be a fool, you can't become a master.
If you are not willing to be a fool, you can’t become a master.

2 Jordan B. Peterson Quotes on the Purpose of Life

The purpose of life is finding the largest burden that you can bear and bearing it.
The purpose of life is finding the largest burden that you can bear and bearing it.
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.
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.

7 Jordan B. Peterson Quotes on Truth and Responsibility

“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 B. Peterson
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.
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.
The truth is something that burns. It burns off dead wood. And people don't like having the dead wood burnt off, often because they're 95 percent dead wood.
The truth is something that burns. It burns off dead wood. And people don’t like having the dead wood burnt off, often because they’re 95 percent dead wood.

“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 B. Peterson
Accept the terrible responsibility of life with eyes wide open.
Accept the terrible responsibility of life with eyes wide open.
If you don't stand your ground, then all that happens is people push you backwards.
If you don’t stand your ground, then all that happens is people push you backwards.
No one gets away with anything, ever, so take responsibility for your own life.
No one gets away with anything, ever, so take responsibility for your own life.

14 Wise Jordan B. Peterson Quotes that Will Make You Think (WISDOM)

“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 B. Peterson
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.
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.
Life is very difficult. One of the most ancient of religious ideas that emerges everywhere, I would say, is that life is essentially suffering.
Life is very difficult. One of the most ancient of religious ideas that emerges everywhere, I would say, is that life is essentially suffering.

“What is your friend: the things you know, or the things you don’t know. First of all, there’s a lot more things you don’t know. And second, the things you don’t know is the birthplace of all your new knowledge! So if you make the things you don’t know your friend, rather than the things you know, well then you’re always on a quest in a sense. You’re always looking for new information in the off chance that somebody who doesn’t agree with you will tell you something you couldn’t have figured out on your own! It’s a completely different way of looking at the world. It’s the antithesis of opinionated.”

Jordan B. Peterson
Everything you value is a product of unimaginably lengthy developmental processes, personal, cultural, biological.
Everything you value is a product of unimaginably lengthy developmental processes, personal, cultural, biological.
It takes careful observation, and education, and reflection, and communication with others, just to scratch the surface of your beliefs.
It takes careful observation, and education, and reflection, and communication with others, just to scratch the surface of your beliefs.
Perhaps you are overvaluing what you don’t have and undervaluing what you do.
Perhaps you are overvaluing what you don’t have and undervaluing what you do.

“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.

For example 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 B. Peterson
The way that you make people resilient is by voluntarily exposing them to things that they are afraid of and that make them uncomfortable.
The way that you make people resilient is by voluntarily exposing them to things that they are afraid of and that make them uncomfortable.
In order to be able to think, you have to risk being offensive.
In order to be able to think, you have to risk being offensive.

“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.”

Jordan B. Peterson
Music has an intrinsic meaning, which has always been mysterious to me.
Music has an intrinsic meaning, which has always been mysterious to me.
To suffer terribly and to know yourself as the cause: that is Hell.
To suffer terribly and to know yourself as the cause: that is Hell.
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.
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.

3 Jordan B. Peterson Quotes on Men and Women

“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.”

Jordan B. Peterson
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.
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.
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!
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!

2 Jordan B. Peterson Quotes on Lies

Don't lie about anything, ever. Lying leads to Hell.
Don’t lie about anything, ever. Lying leads to Hell.
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.
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.

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