Jordan Peterson is a clinical psychologist, public speaker, and author known to many as a right-wing celebrity. The man is famous for his controversial quotes that have sparked conversations far and wide. Here are some Jordan Peterson quotes.
The Canadian author has spoken about various aspects of life in modern society, and although many disagree with his beliefs, the man still has multitudes of fans who agree with him.
Top Jordan Peterson quotes
Here are some Jordan Peterson best quotes that will give you an idea of who the man is and what he stands for.
Jordan Peterson on gender
Here are some quotes by Jordan Peterson on women:
- Women have every reason to be as picky as they possibly can be, because they bear the brunt of the catastrophe of childrearing.
- I think that the treatment of women at the hands of some men is reprehensible. That's what a small percentage of very dangerous men are like. That should be stopped. But then you have a believe-the-victim strategy, which is associated with dangers like violation of the presumption of innocence. It's more deeply reflective of a bigger problem in society, which is that the birth-control pill has enabled women to compete with men on a fairly equal footing. But we still don't know what the rules are that should govern the behavior, the interaction between men and women in places like the workplace.
- There's lots of cultures in the world where women do all the work. It's not necessarily that easy to entice men into responsible work. We tend to think of that as a norm in the West. It's a norm that's been established through a hell of a lot of effort.
- First, I don't think there is any evidence at all that women are being systemically held back. Not in the West. I think we're past that by about a decade.
- There is an antipathy between the genders. Their interests are not identical. Look what's happening in our culture. The whole last three months have been consumed by the #MeToo scandal. Our interests aren't identical at the biological level. Or even at the practical level.
The quotes above are also known as quotes by Jordan Peterson on feminism.
Jordan Peterson on religion
- I would definitely describe myself as a religious man, yeah, I think that's fundamentally true. The devil's in the detail.
- I don't ask God for favors or for wishes. But, I do think that if you sit on the edge of your bed, and things aren't going very well for you, and you ask what foolish thing you're doing to make it worse, that you'll get an answer right now. And it won't be the one you want, but it might be the one that if you listen to it, would set things straight.
- That's the fundamental hallmark of belief. It is how you act. It's not what you say about what you think.
- There are truths of drama and literature, and there are material truths of science. But there are times when those two align and they're true literally and metaphysically, literally and metaphorically at the same time.
- You need a philosophy that can withstand tragedy. That's what everyone needs, that's what everyone wants.
- This is how it looks to me...we essentially need something approximating a low resolution grand narrative to unite us and we need a narrative to unite us because otherwise we don't have peace
- I have a lot of respect for the atheists generally because they've generally thought a lot more about the situation and struggled with it more than the complacent fundamentalists who wallpaper over their doubts with overstatements about their belief.
Jordan Peterson on homosexuality
What does the author have to say about the LGBTQI movement?
- Like many civil rights movements, it's had its beneficial effects. I think that for a variety of reasons, it would probably be better to talk about intersectionality as an idea. Because the LGBT etc. movement is increasingly an exercise in intersectionality. But the problem with that, and this is actually one of the perversely comical things about intersectionality as an intellectual movement, is the intersectionalists have discovered the flaw of identity politics. And the flaw in identity politics is that there's an innumerable number of valid minority statuses. Which is also part of the reason why the West turned to the individual as the paramount category. The LGBT movement is very well organized and had a tremendous amount of political and sociological success in the last three decades. But now it's an activist bureaucracy with nowhere left to go. It's not going to just voluntarily dismantle itself. So now humanities departments at universities have become part of that activist bureaucracy. They have become completely dominated by radical leftists. That's just a reflection of the empirical facts. It's not something I'm inventing.
Jordan Peterson on Trump
The Canadian author said the following about the 45th president of the United States of America:
- The Trump phenomenon probably worries me less than most people think it should. But there are reasons for that. The first reason for that is that I don't really think the American people are more polarized than they were ten years ago. The reason I think that is that for 20 years, 50% have voted for republicans and 50% voted for democrats. It hasn't moved.
- One thing I can say is that he hasn't pressed the United States in an additional stupid war. That's happened a lot in the last 50 years and the fact that hasn't happened (in his tenure) is something I'm quite happy about... he's noisy, he's provocative, he seems impulsive although it's hard to know how much of that is crafted, he's disagreeable, which is interesting, and that comes out in his Twitter behavior and so forth.
When asked about Donald Trump's IQ, he said:
- His IQ is clearly well above average. He's done complex things in his life and he's been successful in multiple domains (construction and reality television)…yes he's had some ups and downs, but he's been able to stay in the game a long time.
Jordan Peterson on depression
Here are some of the best Jordan Peterson quotes that touch on the subject of depression:
- I've had depression since I was 13, probably, and very severe, and I've treated it a variety of ways, some of them quite successfully. But it's been a constant battle, and my father had it, and his father had it, it's just rife in my family……How do you define it? Well, imagine that you wake up and that you remember that all your family was killed in a horrible accident yesterday. [I would feel that] all the time.
- Happiness is a pointless goal. Don't compare yourself with other people, compare yourself with who you were yesterday. No one gets away with anything, ever, so take responsibility for your own life. You conjure your own world, not only metaphorically but also literally and neurologically. These lessons are what the great stories and myths have been telling us since civilisation began.
- 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. It's not something to aim at – because it's not an aim. And if happiness is the purpose of life, what happens when you're unhappy? Then you're a failure. And perhaps a suicidal failure. Happiness is like cotton candy. It's just not going to do the job.
- You have to notice when you're feeling homicidal. Let's say you go to work and someone bullies you. If you notice, you're fantasising some pretty nasty stuff. That tells you two things. The first is that you're not as nice as you think. And the corollary of that is, you're not as useless as you think.
Jordan Peterson on climate change
As a denier of climate change, here is what the author has said on the topic:
- Human emissions of carbon dioxide have saved life on Earth from inevitable starvation & extinction due to C02.
Peterson doubts the scientific consensus on climate change. Peterson has said he is "very skeptical of the models that are used to predict climate change", He has also said, "You can't trust the data because too much ideology is involved". In a 2018 Cambridge Union address, Peterson said that climate change will not unite anyone, that focusing on climate change is "low-resolution thinking", and there are other more important issues in the world.
Other famous Jordan B Peterson quotes
Here are Jordan Peterson best quotes on other topics:
- I think that in the United States, the probability that gun legislation would stop the school shootings is basically zero. School-shooting culture doesn't seem to have manifested itself in other places as much as it has in the U.S. And I can't tell exactly why that is. It's conceivable that it has something to do with the more rough and ready attitude towards guns.
- The answer to the problem of inequality is for the people who are fortunate enough to either have been gifted or deserved more to do everything they can to make the communities around them as strong as they possibly can.
- Of course, my socialist colleagues and I weren't out to hurt anyone – quite the reverse. We were out to improve things – but we were going to start with other people. I came to see the temptation in this logic, the obvious flaw, the danger – but could also see that it did not exclusively characterize socialism. Anyone who was out to change the world by changing others was to be regarded with suspicion. The temptations of such a position were too great to be resisted.
- I don't know that I even believe in death! I'm not sure we understand anything about the role of consciousness in space and time. I don't think the world is the way we think it is. I'm not a materialist. Whatever is going on down there at the subatomic level of matter is so weird that the people who understand it don't understand it.
- Your group identity is not your cardinal feature. That's the great discovery of the west. That's why the west is right. And I mean that unconditionally. The west is the only place in the world that has ever figured out that the individual is sovereign. And that's an impossible thing to figure out. It's amazing that we managed it. And it's the key to everything that we've ever done right.
- 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. You are, therefore, morally obliged to take care of yourself. 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. You may, therefore, have to conduct yourself habitually in a manner that allows you some respect for your own being—and fair enough. But every person is deeply flawed. Everyone falls short of the glory of God. If that stark fact meant, however, that we had no responsibility to care, for ourselves as much as others, everyone would be brutally punished all the time. That would not be good. That would make the shortcomings of the world, which can make everyone who thinks honestly question the very propriety of the world, worse in every way. That simply cannot be the proper path forward.
- 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).
- 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.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Here are some interesting details about the Canadian author.
1. Which books has Jordan Peterson written?
Some of the author's books include:
- 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos
- Maps of Meaning: The Architecture of Belief
- Political Correctness
- Peacemaking Among Higher Order Primates
- Political Correctness Gone Mad?
- Political Correctness: The Munk Debates
2. What are the most famous Jordan Peterson 12 Rules for Life quotes?
Check out these quotes from the author's book, 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos:
- 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).
- 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.
- When you have something to say, silence is a lie.
- 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.
- 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.
- So, attend carefully to your posture.
- Don't underestimate the power of vision and direction.
- And if you think tough men are dangerous, wait until you see what weak men are capable of.
- Compare yourself to who you were yesterday, not to who someone else is today.
- So, 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.
- Every bit of learning is a little death. Every bit of new information challenges a previous conception, forcing it to dissolve into chaos before it can be reborn as something better. Sometimes such deaths virtually destroy us.
3. Which is the most famous Jordan Peterson quote?
- 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.
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