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Anthony Bourdain's Best Quotes About Life, Travel, and Adventure

The celebrity chef and television host has died. He was 61-years-old.
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Celebrity chef, cookbook author, and television host Anthony Bourdain was as much a wordsmith as he was a culinary explorer, and the fact that his wittiest remarks were often about living life to fullest makes his death at 61-years-old all the sadder.

Below, some of his best quotes about travel, food, and adventure:

On getting outside your comfort zone:

"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."

On travel:

"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."

"Travel is about the gorgeous feeling of teetering in the unknown."

"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."

On adventure:

"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."

"I wanted kicks—the kind of melodramatic thrills and chills I'd yearned for since childhood, the kind of adventure I'd found as a little boy in the pages of my Tintin comic books."

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On career advice:

"Under 'Reasons for Leaving Last Job,' never give the real reason, unless it's money or ambition."

On integrity:

"Skills can be taught. Character you either have or you don't have."

On eating adventurously:

“I’ve long believed that good food, good eating, is all about risk. Whether we’re talking about unpasteurized Stilton, raw oysters or working for organized crime ‘associates,’ food, for me, has always been an adventure.”

On drinking:

"There's something wonderful about drinking in the afternoon. A not-too-cold pint, absolutely alone at the bareven in this fake-ass Irish pub."

On living life to the fullest:

"Your body is not a temple, it's an amusement park. Enjoy the ride."

On getting children to eat:

"Eat adventurously around a child. Let them find their way to the food."

On success:

"Without new ideas success can become stale."

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This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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