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12 Rules for Life

 Author: Jordan Peterson  Category: Self-Help  Published: January 16, 2018  Language: English  File Size: 5.42 MB  Tags: NonfictionPersonal DevelopmentPhilosophyPoliticsPsychologyReligionScienceself help |  Download PDF


12 Rules for Life by Jordan Peterson, provides a set of simple yet profound rules to live by, drawing on psychology, philosophy, and mythology.

12 Rules:

  1. “Stand up straight with your shoulders back.”
  2. “Treat yourself like someone you are responsible for helping.”
  3. “Make friends with people who want the best for you.”
  4. “Compare yourself to who you were yesterday, not to who someone else is today.”
  5. “Do not let your children do anything that makes you dislike them.”
  6. “Set your house in perfect order before you criticize the world.”
  7. “Pursue what is meaningful (not what is expedient).”
  8. “Tell the truth – or, at least, don’t lie.”
  9. “Assume that the person you are listening to might know something you don’t.”
  10. “Be precise in your speech.”
  11. “Do not bother children when they are skateboarding.”
  12. “Pet a cat when you encounter one on the street

Famous Quotes:

“When you have something to say, silence is a lie.”

“And if you think tough men are dangerous, wait until you see what weak men are capable of.”

“To suffer terribly and to know yourself as the cause: that is Hell.”

“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.”

“Perhaps you are overvaluing what you don’t have and undervaluing what you do.”

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

“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.”

“Nietzsche said that a man’s worth was determined by how much truth he could tolerate”

“Always place your becoming above your current being.”

“The successful among us delay gratification. The successful among us bargain with the future.”

“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.”

“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.”

“People organize their brains with conversation. If they don’t have anyone to tell their story to, they lose their minds. Like hoarders, they cannot unclutter themselves.”

“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.”


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Literary awards

  • Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Nonfiction (2018)