24 Jordan Peterson Quotes on Becoming a Better Man

Becoming a better person is a process of self-exploration, correction and making changes. Most of these things are things that you already want to do. There are not a lot of men that want to be angry men or unproductive.

The problem often lies in a lack of direction. When you don’t have direction, you can’t work towards your goals. Then, you wind up being the same person that you started out as. Finding that direction can be tough, but these quotes will help you find the direction and discipline that you need to be a less messy version of yourself.

Jordan Peterson Quotes to Help You Help Yourself

Jordan Peterson Quotes Regarding Self Discipline

  1. “The successful among us delay gratification and bargain with the future.”
  1. “You should be humble enough to understand that if you can’t order your own life, you shouldn’t be trying to order anything more complicated than that.”

Jordan Peterson Quotes on Being Resilient

  1. “The way that you make people resilient is by exposing them to things that they are afraid of and that make them uncomfortable.”
  1. “If you over-coddle people, if you protect them from everything that is sharp, you make them dull and narcissistic.”
  1. “Here is a goal: You want to be the one at the funeral of your father that everyone can rely on.”

Jordan Peterson Quotes on Changing Oneself and Gratitude

  1. “When you decide to learn about your faults, so that they can be rectified, you open a line of communication with the source of all revelatory thought. Maybe that’s the same thing as consulting your conscience. Maybe that’s the same thing, in some manner, as a discussion with god.”
  1. “Face your fears voluntarily; that’s the solution.”
  1. “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.”
  1. 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.”
  1. “Who do you want to be when there’s a crisis? Do you want to be someone that everyone can turn to for a hug?”

Jordan Peterson Quotes on Life

  1. “Taking the easy way out or telling the truth, those are not merely two choices. They are different pathways through life. They are utterly different ways of existing.”
  1. “Be grateful in spite of your suffering.”
  1. “’Life has no meaning.’ Well here’s a meaning; work hard to eliminate suffering. ‘Life is meaningless.’ Say that to a child who’s suffering from brain cancer. ‘In a million years, who’s going to notice the difference?’ Your nihilism is useless in the face of suffering, so abandon it. If you want orientation for your life, work on reducing suffering.”
  1. “You must determine where you are going in life, because you cannot get there unless you move in that direction. Random wondering 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.)”
  1. “The purpose of life is finding the largest burden that you can bear, and bearing it.”
  1. “Just because you don’t see your potential doesn’t mean it’s not there. Everyone has something to contribute, even if they don’t know it. You can always commit suicide tomorrow. Today, you have things to do. The world needs you even if you don’t need it.”
  1. “Treat yourself like someone you are responsible for helping.”
  1. “When you educate someone you teach them how to use language to arm them; straighten them out; elevate them and ennoble them and then they are not misshapen half carved blocks of humanity. People that can stand up; stand around and maneuver through the world; contribute properly to the community and keep the world oriented between chaos and order.”
  1. “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.”
  1. “Do something difficult. If there’s nothing in your life right now that is confusing, challenging or just beyond the limits of your control, then you aren’t moving forward or growing. You are falling backwards. Standing still is not a solution.”

Jordan Peterson Quotes on Work and Responsibility

  1. “If people shouldered their responsibility, the problem of meaning would solve itself.”
  1. “Work as hard as you can on at least one thing and see what happens.”
  1. “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 habitual 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.)”
  1. “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.”


Jordan Peterson is a well-known psychologist that has an opinion on everything, including sexism and how to become a better man. His beliefs are centered around several of his personal opinions on reducing suffering, being grateful and how to live life to help other people. He is the go-to guy to help you become a better person no matter what your goals are.

Whether you want to be more organized, a better person, help other people or if you want to take more responsibility for yourself, he’s got a quote and a lecture video on YouTube that can help you out. He is consistently on a mission to help other people, and these quotes are just a portion of how he’s doing that.

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