Some Of My Favorite Anthony Bourdain Quotes

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“Your body is not a temple, it’s an amusement park. Enjoy the ride.”

“I don’t have to agree with you to like you or respect you.”

“Do we really want to travel in hermetically sealed popemobiles through the rural provinces of France, Mexico and the Far East, eating only in Hard Rock Cafes and McDonalds? Or do we want to eat without fear, tearing into the local stew, the humble taqueria’s mystery meat, the sincerely offered gift of a lightly grilled fish head? I know what I want. I want it all. I want to try everything once.”

“We know, for instance, that there is a direct, inverse relationship between frequency of family meals and social problems. Bluntly stated, members of families who eat together regularly are statistically less likely to stick up liquor stores, blow up meth labs, give birth to crack babies, commit suicide, or make donkey porn. If Little Timmy had just had more meatloaf, he might not have grown up to fill chest freezers with Cub Scout parts.”

Photo Credit : Travel Channel
Photo Credit : Travel Channel

“Don’t lie about it. You made a mistake. Admit it and move on. Just don’t do it again. Ever”

“Skills can be taught. Character you either have or you don’t have.”

“If I’m an advocate for anything, it’s to move. As far as you can, as much as you can. Across the ocean, or simply across the river. The extent to which you can walk in someone else’s shoes or at least eat their food, it’s a plus for everybody. Open your mind, get up off the couch, move.”

“Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.”

“That without experimentation, a willingness to ask questions and try new things, we shall surely become static, repetitive, moribund.”

“Maybe that’s enlightenment enough: to know that there is no final resting place of the mind; no moment of smug clarity. Perhaps wisdom…is realizing how small I am, and unwise, and how far I have yet to go.”

Oxtail & Beer - photo by Anthony Bourdain
Oxtail & Beer – photo by Anthony Bourdain
Photo Credit : Anthony Bourdain
Photo Credit : Anthony Bourdain