Here are 10 Times Anthony Bourdain Dropped Wisdom on the World

Anthony Bourdain was a storyteller. Here are 10 times he dropped wisdom about life, while everyone thought he was just talking about food and travel. 

Anthony Bourdain on learning about each other.

“You learn a lot about someone when you share a meal together”

Anthony Bourdain on the journey

“”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.”

Anthony Bourdain on character

“”The way you make an omelet reveals your character.”


Anthony Bourdain on judgement 

“A willingness to eat and drink with people without fear and prejudice… they open up to you in ways that somebody visiting who is driven by a story may not get.”

Anthony Bourdain on kids

“I think that if all kids aspire to reach a point where they could feed themselves and a few of their friends, this would be good for the world surely.”

Anthony Bourdain on food

“I personally think there is a real danger of taking food too seriously. Food should be part of the bigger picture.”

Anthony Bourdain on life


“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.”


Anthony Bourdain on cooking


“Basic cooking skills are a virtue… the ability to feed yourself and a few others with proficiency should be taught to every young man and woman as a fundamental skill. [It’s] as vital to growing up as learning to wipe one’s own ass, cross the street by oneself, or be trusted with money.”


Anthony Bourdain on quitting smoking

 “I mean, I’ve had more time on this Earth than I probably deserve, and I enjoy cigarettes very much, but now I feel that I owe this child who loves me to at least try to live a little longer, you know?”


Anthony Bourdain’s personal motto 

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


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