Quotes on Responsibility:
The purpose of life is finding the largest burden that you can bear and bearing it.
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.
You must be cautious, because 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.
It is better, proverbially, to rule your own spirit than to rule a city.
If you don’t stand your ground, then all that happens is people push you backwards.
It’s very hard to find your own words – and you don’t actually exist until you have your own words.
Don’t compare yourself with other people; compare yourself with who you were yesterday.
Power is competence.
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.
No one gets away with anything, ever, so take responsibility for your own life.
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.’
Life is very difficult. One of the most ancient of religious ideas that emerges everywhere, I would say, is that life is essentially suffering.
You don’t make men safe by making them weak. You make men safe by making them strong, and disciplined.
Who you can be is more important than who you are.
“A harmless man is not a good man. A good man is a very very dangerous man who has it under voluntary control.”
Quotes to Think About:
Perhaps you are overvaluing what you don’t have and undervaluing what you do.
When you have something to say, silence is a lie.
Compare yourself to who you were yesterday, not to who someone else is today.
If you are not willing to be a fool, you can’t become a master.
Always place your becoming above your current being.
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.
The successful among us delay gratification. The successful among us bargain with the future.
Stop saying those things that make you weak and ashamed. Say only those things that make you strong. Do only those things that you could speak of with honour.
In order to be able to think, you have to risk being offensive.
What you aim at determines what you see.
You should not overlook the guidelines of your culture. Life is short, and you don’t have time to figure everything out on your own. The wisdom of the past was hard-earned, and your dead ancestors may have something useful to tell you
Much of happiness is hope, no matter how deep the underworld in which that hope was conceived.
Jordan Peterson is a Canadian clinical psychologist and a professor at the University of Toronto. His areas of study are in abnormal, social, and personality psychology, and he takes a particular interest in the psychology of religious and ideological belief and the assessment and improvement of personality and performance.
Peterson graduated from the University of Alberta with a bachelor’s degree in political science and psychology. He obtained his Ph. D. in clinical psychology from McGill University. Before joining the University of Toronto as a professor, he worked at Harvard as an assistant professor.
In 1999, Peterson published his first book, ‘Maps of Meaning: The Architecture of Belief‘ that describes a comprehensive theory about how people construct meaning, form beliefs and make narratives using ideas from various fields. In 2018, he published his second book, ‘12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos‘, which talks about ethical principles of life.
In 2013, Peterson began recording and uploading his lectures to YouTube. As of February 2020, his channel has garnered more than 2.55 million subscribers and his videos have received more than 138 million views.