13 Jordan Peterson quotes that decode the psychology behind being emotionally strong.

Insights Success
2 min readJun 17, 2021


Jordan Peterson who once was a quiet Professor of Psychology at the University of Toronto has become a divisive persona in the public eye for his strong opinions on feminism, masculinity, philosophy, and free speech that have garnered both praises and jibes. For some, he is the dream dinner guest, while others have strongly opposed and ridiculed his views.

Whatever side you may choose but there is a reason why the clinical psychologist has been addressed as the man they couldn’t cancel. The man has the wisdom to share about happiness, success, self-improvement, and mental strength, the latter strongly relates to the emotional health of humankind during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

These insightful and thought-provoking quotes by Jordan Peterson will help you analyze your realities, see yourself in a new light, and direct you towards the path of being emotionally strong to take on challenges and change your life.

“He whose life has a why can bear almost any how.”

“Pursue what is meaningful (not what is expedient).”

“Perhaps you are overvaluing what you don’t have and undervaluing what you do.” — 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos

“The secret to your existence is right in front of you, and it manifests itself as all those things you know you should do but you’re avoiding.”

“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).”

“Compare yourself to who you were yesterday, not to who someone else is today.”

“You might be winning but you’re not growing and growing might be the most important form of winning.”

“You have to treat yourself like you matter because if you don’t then you don’t take care of yourself and you become vengeful and cruel and you take it out on people around you and you are not a positive force. None of that is good. You suffer more and so does everyone else around you.”

“Make friends with people who want the best for you.”

“You can do an awful lot by writing down what happened to you and thinking it through.”

“Treat yourself like someone you are responsible for helping.”

“If you fulfil your obligations every day you don’t need to worry about the future.”

“Can you imagine yourself in 10 years if, instead of avoiding the things you know you should do, you actually did them every single day? That’s powerful.”


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