On this episode of Manly Chunks of Wisdom on the Manlihood ManCast, we’ll feature Quotes from Jordan Peterson. Jordan Peterson is a Canadian clinical psychologist, cultural critic, and professor of psychology. Born on June 12, 1962, in Alberta, Canada, he gained widespread recognition for his critiques of political correctness and advocacy for free speech. Peterson rose to international prominence with his opposition to compelled speech legislation in Canada. He is also a prolific author, with his best-selling book “Maps of Meaning” and the widely successful “12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos.” Known for his insightful perspectives on psychology, philosophy, and societal issues, Peterson has become a prominent figure in contemporary intellectual discourse.
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“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 B. Peterson
“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, 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos
“When you have something to say, silence is a lie.” ― Jordan B. Peterson, 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos
“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
“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, 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos
“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
“If you fulfill your obligations everyday you don’t need to worry about the future.” ― 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.” ― Jordan B. Peterson, 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos
“To suffer terribly and to know yourself as the cause: that is Hell.” ― Jordan B. Peterson, 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos
“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. Strengthen the individual. Start with yourself. Take care with yourself. Define who you are. Refine your personality. Choose your destination and articulate your Being. As the great nineteenth-century German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche so brilliantly noted, “He whose life has a why can bear almost any how.” ― Jordan B. Peterson, 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos
“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 B. Peterson, Maps of Meaning: The Architecture of Belief
“Perhaps you are overvaluing what you don’t have and undervaluing what you do.” ― Jordan B. Peterson, 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos
“Ideologies are substitutes for true knowledge, and ideologues are always dangerous when they come to power, because a simple-minded I-know-it-all approach is no match for the complexity of existence.” ― Jordan B. Peterson, 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos
“If you are not willing to be a fool, you can’t become a master.” ― Jordan B. Peterson
“Compare yourself to who you were yesterday, not to who someone else is today.” ― Jordan B. Peterson, 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos
“In the West, we have been withdrawing from our tradition-, religion- and even nation-centred cultures, partly to decrease the danger of group conflict. But we are increasingly falling prey to the desperation of meaninglessness, and that is no improvement at all.” ― Jordan B. Peterson, 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos
“The better ambitions have to do with the development of character and ability, rather than status and power. Status you can lose. You carry character with you wherever you go, and it allows you to prevail against adversity.” ― Jordan B. Peterson, 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos
“The successful among us delay gratification. The successful among us bargain with the future.” ― Jordan B. Peterson, 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos
“And if you think tough men are dangerous, wait until you see what weak men are capable of.” ― Jordan B. Peterson, 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos
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