Inspiring Quotes By Anthony Bourdain, Who Passes At 61

Video screenshot via Parts Unknown

American chef, writer, and television personality Anthony Bourdain has passed at the age of 61. He was found unresponsive in his hotel room in France—where he was working on an episode for CNN television series Parts Unknown—on Friday morning by close friend Eric Ripert.

CNN has released a statement on Bourdain’s death confirming suicide. “It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain. His love of great adventure, new friends, fine food and drink and the remarkable stories of the world made him a unique storyteller. His talents never ceased to amaze us and we will miss him very much. Our thoughts and prayers are with his daughter and family at this incredibly difficult time.”

Bourdain, a zealous world traveler and food explorer, inspired many around the globe to step out of their comfort zones. “Travel changes you,” he wrote in his 2006 bestselling book, Nasty Bits. “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.”

Below are some quotes that have fueled fans to live on their own terms.

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

—Bourdain in his book, Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly (2000)

“It seems that the more places I see and experience, the bigger I realize the world to be. The more I become aware of, the more I realize how relatively little I know of it, how many places I have still to go, how much more there is to learn. Maybe that’s enlightenment enough – to know that there is no final resting place of the mind, no moment of smug clarity. Perhaps wisdom, at least for me, means realizing how small I am, and unwise, and how far I have yet to go.”

—Bourdain in No Reservations: Peru (2006)

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

—Bourdain in Kitchen Confidential (2000)

“I’m not afraid to look like an idiot.”

—Bourdain in an interview with TV Guide (2013)

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

—Bourdain in his book, Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook (2011)

“What are our expectations? Which of the things we desire are within reach? If not now, when? And will there be some left for me?”

—Bourdain in Parts Unknown: Shanghai (2014)

“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.”

—Bourdain in A Cook’s Tour (2001)

“Cream rises. Excellence does have its rewards.”

—Bourdain in his book, Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly (2000)

“Assume the worst. About everybody. But don’t let this poisoned outlook affect your job performance. Let it all roll off your back. Ignore it. Be amused by what you see and suspect. Just because someone you work with is a miserable, treacherous, self-serving, capricious and corrupt asshole shouldn’t prevent you from enjoying their company, working with them or finding them entertaining.”

—Bourdain in his book, Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly (2000)

[Cover image via Parts Unknown]


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