Anthony Bourdain was a legend. From his extensive knowledge and experience to the culinary world, to the adventures he brought us on the show parts unknown where he shared the stage with everyone from villages in Cambodia to former president of America, Barack Obama.


He continued to drop knowledge bombs through his entire career that resonate with us today.

Here are 20 of Anthony Bourdain’s best quotes:

  • 1. “Life is complicated. It’s filled with nuance. It’s unsatisfying. If i believe in anything, it is doubt.”- Anthony Bourdain
  • 2. “Life is complicated. It’s filled with nuance. It’s satisfying… If i believe in anything, it’s doubt. The root cause of all life’s problems is looking for a simple fucking answer.”- Anthony Bourdain
  • 3. “I learned a long time ago that trying to micromanage the perfect vacation is always a disaster. That leads to terrible times.”- Anthony Bourdain
  • 4. “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?- Anthony Bourdain

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  • 5. “Cream rises. Excellence does have it’s rewards.”- Anthony Bourdain
  • 6. “Don’t lie about it. You made a mistake. Admit it and move on. Just don’t do it again. Ever.”-Anthony Bourdain
  • 7. “I don’t have to agree with you to like you or respect you.”- Anthony Bourdain
  • 8. “Without new ideas, success can become stale.”- Anthony Bourdain
  • 9. “Luck is not a business model”- Anthony Bourdain
  • 10. “Without experimentation, a willingness to ask questions and try new things, we shall surely become static, repetitive, and moribund.”- Anthony Bourdain
  • 11. “The way you make an omelet reveals your character.”- Anthony Bourdain
  • 12. “It’s very rarely a good career move to have a conscience.”- Anthony Bourdain
  • 13. “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

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  • 14. “Travel is about the gorgeous feelings of teetring in the unknown.”- Anthony Bourdain
  • 15. “Skills can be thought. Character you either have or you don’t have.”- Anthony Bourdain
  • 16. “If i am 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.”- Anthony Bourdain
  • 17. “Your body is not a temple: It’s an amusement park. Enjoy the ride.”- Anthony Bourdain
  • 18. “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 hurts and is really embarrassing.”- Anthony Bourdain
  • 19. “I am not afraid to look like an idiot.”- Anthony Bourdain
  • 20. “You learn a lot about someone when you share a meal together.”- Anthony Bourdain

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