Anthony Bourdain Quotes to Live By
Like many millennial travelers, I have to credit a lot of my inspiration for travel and food to Anthony Bourdain. I used to watch his series as a teen and dream of the day I could live like him! Now after his passing, R.I.P, His words still ring in my head daily.
1. "Your body is not a temple, it's an amusement park. Enjoy the ride."
2. "I always entertain the notion that I'm wrong, or that I'll have to revise my opinion. Most of the time that feels good; sometimes it really hurts and is embarrassing."
3. "Luck is not a business model."
4. "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. Walk in someone else's shoes or at least eat their food. It's a plus for everybody."
5. "Travel is about the gorgeous feeling of teetering in the unknown."
6. "Skills can be taught. Character you either have or you don't have."
7. "I don't have to agree with you to like you or respect you."
8. "As you move through this life and this world, you change things slightly; you leave marks behind, however small. And in return, life--and travel--leaves marks on you. Most of the time, those marks--on your body or on your heart--are beautiful. Often, though, they hurt."
9. "I'm not afraid to look like an idiot."
10. "Without experimentation, a willingness to ask questions and try new things, we shall surely become static, repetitive, and moribund."
11. "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."
12. "You learn a lot about someone when you share a meal together."
13. "The journey is part of the experience -- an expression of the seriousness of one's intent. One doesn't take the A train to Mecca."
14. "I'm a big believer in winging it. I'm a big believer that you're never going to find a perfect city travel experience or the perfect meal without a constant willingness to experience a bad one. Letting the happy accident happen is what a lot of vacation itineraries miss, I think, and I'm always trying to push people to allow those things to happen rather than stick to some rigid itinerary."
15. "Cooking is a craft, I like to think, and a good cook is a craftsman -- not an artist. There's nothing wrong with that: The great cathedrals of Europe were built by craftsmen -- though not designed by them. Practicing your craft in expert fashion is noble, honorable, and satisfying."
16. "To me, life without veal stock, pork fat, sausage, organ meat, demi-glace, or even stinky cheese is a life not worth living."
17. "Travel isn't always pretty. It isn't always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that's OK. 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."
18. "I'm not going anywhere. I hope. It's been an adventure. We took some casualties over the years. Things got broken. Things got lost. But I wouldn't have missed it for the world."
19. "[When I die], I will decidedly not be regretting missed opportunities for a good time. My regrets will be more along the lines of a sad list of people hurt, people let down, assets wasted, and advantages squandered."
20. "Without new ideas, success can become stale."
21. "I'm very type-A, and many things in my life are about control and domination, but eating should be a submissive experience, where you let down your guard and enjoy the ride."
22. "I learned a long time ago that trying to micromanage the perfect vacation is always a disaster. That leads to terrible times."