133 Best Jordan Peterson Quotes on Life, Courage and Success

Dr. Jordan B. Peterson is a highly accomplished author, psychologist and educator, with a dedicated global following.

As a professor at the University of Toronto, he impacted many lives and achieved significant academic recognition.

Peterson’s three books, “Maps of Meaning,” “12 Rules for Life,” and “Beyond Order,” have sold over seven million copies.

Jordan Peterson

His podcasts, lectures and online programs, such as selfauthoring.com and understandmyself.com, have educated and inspired millions, leading to sold-out international lecture tours.

Peterson’s work extends beyond academia, with collaborations including a seminar on the biblical book of Exodus and various high-profile public speaking engagements.

His scientific contributions, with over 100 published papers, have advanced understanding in several psychological domains.

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Peterson’s digital presence spans multiple platforms, garnering millions of followers.

Currently, he’s developing the ‘Peterson Academy,’ an online university.

I have selected the most profound quotes by Jordan Peterson in this post.

Best Jordan Peterson Quotes


Choose your destination and articulate your being. ~ Jordan Peterson.

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

Humility is recognition of personal insufficiency and the willingness to learn. ~ Jordan Peterson.

When you have something to say, silence is a lie. ~ Jordan Peterson.

Treat yourself like you would someone you’re responsible for helping. ~ Jordan Peterson.

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

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

A man’s worth was determined by how much truth he could tolerate. ~ Jordan Peterson.

He whose life has a why can bear almost any how. ~ Jordan Peterson.

Interest is a spirit beckoning from the unknown – a spirit calling from outside the walls of society. ~ 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.

Motivational Jordan Peterson Quotes

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

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

You must keep the promises you make to yourself, and reward yourself, so that you can trust and motivate yourself. ~ Jordan Peterson.

It’s appropriate and praiseworthy to associate with people whose lives would be improved if they saw your life improve. ~ Jordan Peterson.

Always place your becoming above your current being. ~ Jordan Peterson.

Should victory in the present always take precedence over trajectory across time? ~ Jordan Peterson.

If you’re going to insist on bending the world to your way, you better have your reasons. ~ Jordan Peterson.

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

Trust is an unbelievably powerful economic force maybe the most powerful economic force. ~ Jordan Peterson.

There’s a worthy and noble ambition – strength in the face of adversity. ~ Jordan Peterson.

Unique Jordan Peterson Quotes

There is no faith and no courage and no sacrifice in doing what is expedient. ~ Jordan Peterson.

We transform the manifold possibilities of the future into the actualities of past and present. ~ Jordan Peterson.

A leader gives articulation of the imagination of the population. ~ Jordan Peterson.

Men don’t struggle for power. They elect the most competent. ~ Jordan Peterson.


You can’t go backward in life. ~ Jordan Peterson.

If you fulfill your obligations everyday you don’t need to worry about the future. ~ Jordan Peterson.

Chaos can be too much. ~ Jordan Peterson.

Most men do not meet female human standards. ~ Jordan Peterson.

Inspiring Jordan Peterson Quotes

You carry character with you wherever you go, and it allows you to prevail against adversity. ~ Jordan Peterson.

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

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.

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.

Don’t ever underestimate the destructive power of sins of omission. ~ Jordan Peterson.

To learn is to die voluntarily and be born again – in great ways and small. ~ Jordan Peterson.

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.

If you don’t say what you think, then you kill your unborn self. ~ Jordan Peterson.

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

Experience is the best teacher, and the worst experiences teach the best lessons. ~ Jordan Peterson.

Life that is pure law becomes sterile, equally unbearable. ~ Jordan Peterson.

Top Jordan Peterson Quotes

If you’re going to be successful you need to be smart, conscientious, and tough. ~ Jordan Peterson.

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

The successful among us delay gratification. The successful among us bargain with the future. ~ Jordan Peterson.

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

It would be good to make the world a better place. ~ Jordan Peterson.

You must determine where you are going in your life, because you cannot get there unless you move in that direction. ~ Jordan Peterson.

Perhaps you are overvaluing what you don’t have and undervaluing what you do. ~ Jordan Peterson.

Take aim against a sea of troubles. ~ Jordan Peterson.

Profound Jordan Peterson Quotes

The domination of chaos or sterility equally breeds murderous resentment and hatred. ~ Jordan Peterson.

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. ~ Jordan Peterson.

Set your house in perfect order before you criticize the world. ~ Jordan Peterson.

The truth is a terrible thing, but not when you compare it with falsehood. ~ Jordan Peterson.

It’s a luxury to pursue what makes you happy; it’s a moral obligation to pursue what you find meaningful. ~ Jordan Peterson.

It is far better to render beings in your care competent than to protect them. ~ Jordan Peterson.

Rejection of the unknown is tantamount to identification with the devil. ~ Jordan Peterson.

To master a new technology, you have to play with it. ~ Jordan Peterson.

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

Aim to be the person at your father’s funeral that everyone, in their grief and misery, can rely on. ~ Jordan Peterson.

Love is the desire to see unnecessary suffering ameliorated. ~ Jordan Peterson.


Loyalty must be negotiated fairly and honestly. ~ Jordan Peterson.

If you’re going to be successful you need to be smart, conscientious, and tough. ~ 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.

Famous Jordan Peterson Quotes

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

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.

Compare yourself to who you were yesterday, not who someone else is today. ~ Jordan Peterson.

The normal person classifies an object, and then forgets about it. ~ 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.

In order to be able to think, you have to risk being offensive. ~ Jordan Peterson.

The creative person, by contrast, is always open to new possibilities. ~ Jordan Peterson.

Notice that opportunity lurks where responsibility has been abdicated. ~ Jordan Peterson.

You might be winning, but you’re not growing; and growing might be the most important form of winning. ~ Jordan Peterson.

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

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

Our choices determine the destiny of the world. By making a choice, you alter the structure of reality. ~ Jordan Peterson.

We are increasingly falling prey to the desperation of meaninglessness. ~ Jordan Peterson.

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.

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

Cooperation is for safety, security, and companionship. Competition is for personal growth and status. ~ Jordan Peterson.

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

Kindness is the excuse that social justice warriors use when they want to exercise control over what other people think and say. ~ Jordan Peterson.

Consciousness is a mystery that faces the mystery of potential and transforms it into actuality. We do that with every choice we make. ~ Jordan Peterson.

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

Women select men. That makes them nature, because nature is what selects. ~ Jordan Peterson.

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

You don’t get to choose not to pay a price, you only get to choose which price you pay. ~ Jordan Peterson.

You’re going to pay a price for every bloody thing you do and everything you don’t do. ~ Jordan Peterson.

If you think tough men are dangerous, wait until you see what weak men are capable of. ~ Jordan Peterson.

If you are not willing to be a fool, you can’t become a master. ~ Jordan Peterson.

Beauty shames the ugly. Strength shames the weak. Death shames the living. And the ideal shames us all. ~ 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.

Life is indistinguishable from effortful maintenance. ~ Jordan Peterson.

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

If you cannot bring peace to your household, how dare you try to rule a city. ~ 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.

Make friends with people who want the best for you. ~ Jordan Peterson.

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

Sometimes, it seems the only people willing to give advice in a relativistic society are those with the least to offer. ~ Jordan Peterson.

Work as hard as you possibly can on at least one thing and see what happens. ~ Jordan Peterson.

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

Inspirational Jordan Peterson Quotes

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.

Alongside our wish to be free of rules, we all search for structure. ~ Jordan Peterson.


Do not allow yourself to be arrogant and resentful. ~ Jordan Peterson.

Dreams shed light on the dim places where reason itself has yet to voyage. ~ Jordan Peterson.

Truth is the handmaiden of love. ~ Jordan Peterson.

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

The better ambitions have to do with the development of character and ability, rather than status and power. ~ Jordan Peterson.

Every person is deeply flawed. Everyone falls short of the glory of God. ~ Jordan Peterson.

We cannot navigate, without something to aim at, and while we are in this world, we must always navigate. ~ Jordan Peterson.

Confront the chaos of being. ~ Jordan Peterson.

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

Anything that you let win, grows. Don’t practice what you don’t want to become. ~ Jordan Peterson.

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

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

Ask yourself what you would require to be motivated to undertake the job, honestly, and listen to the answer. ~ Jordan Peterson.

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

Thoughtful Jordan Peterson Quotes

Strengthen the individual. Start with yourself. Take care of yourself. Define who you are. Refine your personality. ~ Jordan Peterson.

Bad laws drive out respect for good laws. ~ Jordan Peterson.

True thinking is rare – just like true listening. ~ Jordan Peterson.

Don’t avoid something frightening if it stands in your way. ~ Jordan Peterson.

Don’t use language instrumentally. ~ Jordan Peterson.

Worthlessness is the default condition. ~ Jordan Peterson.

It’s better to do something badly than to not do it at all. ~ Jordan Peterson.

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

Everything you value is a product of unimaginably lengthy developmental processes, personal, cultural, biological. ~ Jordan Peterson.


Specify your destination, and chart your course. ~ Jordan Peterson.

Tyranny feeds on lies. ~ Jordan Peterson.

Friendship is a reciprocal arrangement. ~ Jordan Peterson.

There’s some real utility in gratitude. It’s also good protection against the dangers of victimhood and resentment. ~ 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.

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.

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.

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

So these were the 133 top Jordan Peterson quotes on success, inspiration, motivation, life and courage.

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