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Top 180 Anthony Bourdain Quotes (2023 Update)

Anthony Bourdain Quote: “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. Most of the time, those marks – on your body or on your heart – are beautiful. Often, though, they hurt.”
Anthony Bourdain Quote: “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. The extent to which you can walk in someone else’s shoes or at least eat their food, it’s a plus for everybody. Open your mind, get up off the couch, move.”
Anthony Bourdain Quote: “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 Quote: “Skills can be taught. Character you either have or you don’t have.”
Anthony Bourdain Quote: “If you’re twenty-two, physically fit, hungry to learn and be better, I urge you to travel – as far and as widely as possible. Sleep on floors if you have to. Find out how other people live and eat and cook. Learn from them – wherever you go.”
Anthony Bourdain Quote: “I don’t have to agree with you to like you or respect you.”
Anthony Bourdain Quote: “Luck is not a business model.”
Anthony Bourdain Quote: “Drink heavily with locals whenever possible.”
Anthony Bourdain Quote: “Open your mind, get up off the couch, move.”
Anthony Bourdain Quote: “Good food is very often, even most often, simple food.”
Anthony Bourdain Quote: “As a chef I’m not your dietitian or your ethicist, I’m in the pleasure business.”
Anthony Bourdain Quote: “Everything important I learned, I learned as a dishwasher.”
Anthony Bourdain Quote: “I urge you to travel – as far and as widely as possible. Sleep on floors if you have to.”
Anthony Bourdain Quote: “Naturally, I’m misanthropic. But the Negronis are helping considerably.”
Anthony Bourdain Quote: “Regret is something you’ve got to just live with, you can’t drink it away. You can’t run away from it. You can’t trick yourself out of it. You’ve just got to own it.”
Anthony Bourdain Quote: “That without experimentation, a willingness to ask questions and try new things, we shall surely become static, repetitive, moribund.”
Anthony Bourdain Quote: “There is no Final Resting Place of the Mind.”
Anthony Bourdain Quote: “Recognise excellence. Celebrate weirdness and innovation. Oddballs should be cherished, if they can do something other people can’t do.”
Anthony Bourdain Quote: “Street food, I believe, is the salvation of the human race.”
Anthony Bourdain Quote: “No one understands and appreciates the American Dream of hard work leading to material rewards better than a non-American.”
Anthony Bourdain Quote: “The way you make an omelet reveals your character.”
Anthony Bourdain Quote: “An ounce of sauce covers a multitude of sins.”
Anthony Bourdain Quote: “There is no other place on earth even remotely like New Orleans. Don’t even try to compare it to anywhere else.”
Anthony Bourdain Quote: “There’s something wonderful about drinking in the afternoon. A not-too-cold pint, absolutely alone at the bar – even in this fake-ass Irish pub.”
Anthony Bourdain Quote: “To me, life without veal stock, pork fat, sausage, organ meat, demi-glace, or even stinky cheese is a life not worth living.”
Anthony Bourdain Quote: “For a moment, or a second, the pinched expressions of the cynical, world-weary, throat-cutting, miserable bastards we’ve all had to become disappears, when we’re confronted with something as simple as a plate of food.”
Anthony Bourdain Quote: “I won’t eat in a restaurant with filthy bathrooms. This isn’t a hard call. They let you see the bathrooms. If the restaurant can’t be bothered to replace the puck in the urinal or keep the toilets and floors clean, then just imagine what their refrigeration and work spaces look like.”
Anthony Bourdain Quote: “You have to be a romantic to invest yourself, your money, and your time in cheese.”
Anthony Bourdain Quote: “I’m excited by any food that’s prepared by someone who’s proud of what they’re doing, who puts a personal imprint on food.”
Anthony Bourdain Quote: “If I were trapped in one city and had to eat one nation’s cuisine for the rest of my life, I would not mind eating Japanese. I adore Japanese food. I love it.”
Anthony Bourdain Quote: “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.”
Anthony Bourdain Quote: “It’s that show Friends. Ruined coffee forever.”
Anthony Bourdain Quote: “Without new ideas success can become stale.”
Anthony Bourdain Quote: “When my father passed, I was still an unsuccessful cook with a drug problem. I was in my mid-thirties, standing behind an oyster bar, cracking clams for a living when he died. So, he never saw me complete a book or achieve anything of note. I would have liked to have shared this with him.”
Anthony Bourdain Quote: “I can unload my opinion on anybody at anytime.”
Anthony Bourdain Quote: “New Orleans is a glorious mutation.”
Anthony Bourdain Quote: “Without Montreal, Canada would be hopeless.”
Anthony Bourdain Quote: “Turning your nose up at a genuine and sincere gesture of hospitality is no way to travel or to make friends around the world.”
Anthony Bourdain Quote: “Even on the Serengeti, it ain’t a barbecue if there ain’t some kind of beer.”
Anthony Bourdain Quote: “In this way, writers are indeed, as Henry Miller suggested, traitors to the human race. We may turn a light on inequity, injustice, and oppression from time to time, but we regularly kill what we love in insidious fashion.”
Anthony Bourdain Quote: “Don’t lie about it. You made a mistake. Admit it and move on. Just don’t do it again. Ever.”
Anthony Bourdain Quote: “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.”
Anthony Bourdain Quote: “Margarine? That’s not food. I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter? I can. If you’re planning on using margarine in anything, you can stop reading now, because I won’t be able to help you.”
Anthony Bourdain Quote: “When dealing with complex transportation issues, the best thing to do is pull up with a cold beer and let somebody else figure it out.”
Anthony Bourdain Quote: “Context and memory play powerful roles in all the truly great meals in one’s life.”
Anthony Bourdain Quote: “I look at Guy Fieri and I just think, ‘Jesus, I’m glad that’s not me.’”
Anthony Bourdain Quote: “I listen a lot to how people speak. I’ve read a great many good books in my life. I had some excellent English teachers. Surely, those things were helpful.”
Anthony Bourdain Quote: “This is the dream of all the world. The dream is to live in Granada. You know, work in the morning, have a one-hour nap in the afternoon, and at night go out and have that life. Go out and see your friends and eat tapas and drink red wine and be in a beautiful place.”
Anthony Bourdain Quote: “Where once they used to say, ‘Cocaine is God’s way of saying you have too much money’ – now, maybe EDM is. Come ye lords and princelings of douchedom.”
Anthony Bourdain Quote: “Meals make the society, hold the fabric together in lots of ways that were charming and interesting and intoxicating to me. The perfect meal, or the best meals, occur in a context that frequently has very little to do with the food itself.”
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