12 Rules for Life

Jordan B. Peterson

12 Rules for Life


What should everyone know today? Jordan B. Peterson, a renowned psychologist, blends ancient truths with modern science.

He humorously tells why boys and girls on skateboards must be left alone. He warns of the dangers of easy criticism. He advises petting cats met on the street.

What does the lobster's nervous system teach about standing straight and success? Why did the ancient Egyptians revere careful attention? What paths do arrogance and resentment lead to? Peterson explores discipline, freedom, adventure, and responsibility. He distills wisdom into 12 rules for life. 12 Rules for Life challenges modern ideas of science, faith, and human nature, uplifting the mind and spirit.

Favorite Quotes

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

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

  • I believe it was Jung who developed the most surgically wicked of psychoanalytic dicta: if you cannot understand why someone did something, look at the consequences—and infer the motivation.