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15 Inspiring Anthony Bourdain Quotes on Life and Adventure
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15 Inspiring Anthony Bourdain Quotes on Life and Adventure

Anthony Bourdain took his cooking career to another level by becoming a bestselling author and a celebrated TV personality. Sadly, on June 8, 2018, he was found dead of an apparent suicide in his hotel room in Strasbourg, France. Anthony Bourdain left behind not only memorable books and TV series, but also inspiring quotes, about travel, people and life.

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Bourdain made a name with his 1999 New Yorker article, "Don't Eat Before Reading This." That led to careers as an author and TV host, with shows like A Cook’s Tour and No Reservations.

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His CNN series, Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, won 12 Emmy Awards, and received 31 nominations. It received a prestigious Peabody Award, in 2013. Bourdain also participated as a guest on Bravo’s Top Chef and as a main judge on Top Chef All-Stars.

He authored more than a dozen books, including Kitchen Confidential, which was adapted as a TV sitcom, starring Bradley Cooper.

Bourdain’s love for traveling, good food and drinks made him a wonderful storyteller.

Here are 15 Anthony Bourdain quotes that will urge you to take that journey. and live a full life.

Anthony Bourdain Quotes to Inspire


Travel changes you. 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.

Open your mind, get up off the couch, move.

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

Good food is very often, even most often, simple food.

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

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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.

Things got broken. Things got lost. But I wouldn't have missed it for the world.

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

Luck is not a business model.

If you’re 22, physically fit, hungry to learn and be better, I urge you to travel – as far and as widely as possible.

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.

We are -- and should be -- a big, messy, anarchistic polyglot of dialects and accents and different skin tones...

I don't have to agree with you to like you or respect you.

You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.


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