Updated: May 23
Anthony Bourdain can teach an Occupational Therapist a lot about life. We’re not perfect and we all have our own inner struggles. Despite his imperfections, he always celebrated diversity and encouraged everyone to get out there and experience all of what life has to offer. He can you teach you, the occupational therapist, to enjoy traveling, from one place to another or through the stages of life.
Not only do his quotes remind us that cooking is more important than any other ADL — to some!, but that people have many, many roles throughout a lifetime. He was a chef, author, travel documentarian, and television personality who loved to explore international culture, cuisine, and the human condition.
Here are 19 of Anthony Bourdain’s best quotes:
ADL Skills 1. “Skills can be taught. Character you either have or you don’t have.” ― Anthony Bourdain, Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly 2. “But I do think the idea that basic cooking skills are a virtue, that the ability to feed yourself and a few others with proficiency should be taught to every young man and woman as a fundamental skill, should become as vital to growing up as learning to wipe one’s own ass, cross the street by oneself, or be trusted with money.” ― Anthony Bourdain, Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People
Who Cook 3. “You learn a lot about someone when you share a meal together.” – Anthony Bourdain The Journey of Life 4. “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, A Cook’s Tour: Global Adventures in Extreme Cuisines 5. “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. Walk in someone else’s shoes or at least eat their food. It’s a plus for everybody.” – Anthony Bourdain 6. “To be treated well in places where you don’t expect to be treated well, to find things in common with people you had thought previously you had very, very little in common with, can’t be a bad thing.” – Anthony Bourdain 7. “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.” ― Anthony Bourdain, No Reservations: Around the World on an Empty Stomach 8. “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, The Nasty Bits: Collected Varietal Cuts, Usable Trim, Scraps, and Bones 9. “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, Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook On Work: 10. “No one understands and appreciates the American Dream of hard work leading to material rewards better than a non-American.” ― Anthony Bourdain, Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly 11. “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.” ― Anthony Bourdain, Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly 12. “I don’t have to agree with you to like you or respect you.”- Anthony Bourdain Truths of Life 13. “We know, for instance, that there is a direct, inverse relationship between frequency of family meals and social problems. Bluntly stated, members of families who eat together regularly are statistically less likely to stick up liquor stores, blow up meth labs, give birth to crack babies, commit suicide, or make donkey porn. If Little Timmy had just had more meatloaf, he might not have grown up to fill chest freezers with Cub Scout parts.” ― Anthony Bourdain, Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook 14. “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 15. “Maybe that’s enlightenment enough: to know that there is no final resting place of the mind; no moment of smug clarity. Perhaps wisdom…is realizing how small I am, and unwise, and how far I have yet to go. -Anthony Bourdain” ― Anthony Bourdain 16. “Your body is not a temple: It’s an amusement park. Enjoy the ride.” – Anthony Bourdain 17. “Don’t lie about it. You made a mistake. Admit it and move on. Just don’t do it again. Ever.” – Anthony Bourdain 18. “Life is complicated. It’s filled with nuance. It’s unsatisfying… If I believe in anything, it is doubt. The root cause of all life’s problems is looking for a simple fucking answer.” – Anthony Bourdain
Which Anthony Bourdain quote reminds you of being an OT or gives great advice for your colleagues? Comment below!