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8 Most Memorable Quotes By Anthony Bourdain On Life, Travel & Food

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Renown travel writer, chef and television host Anthony Bourdain has departed us at age 61, but not without leaving his mark in the world by impacting millions on the way they eat, travel and live. To those who knew him, Bourdain was delightfully good with his words and was able to speak eloquently and powerfully on any given topic. Here are 8 of his most memorable quotes we will always hold close to our hearts.

1. “Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.”

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

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3. “[When I die], I will decidedly not be regretting missed opportunities for a good time. My regrets will be more along the lines of a sad list of people hurt, people let down, assets wasted and advantages squandered.”

4. “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.”

Just a perfect day You made me forget myself @asiaargento

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5. “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.”

6. “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.”

A rare, successful day shooting a fishing scene. Cod for dinner! #Newfoundland

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7. “If I am an advocate for anything, it is 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.”

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

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Carmen Chong
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