Quotes

Life Lessons from Anthony Bourdain

Haiii everyone! Sorry it’s been a while and for my lack of posts the past couple months. Things have been hectic because the school year is coming to a close, and I’ve been leaving town for friends and family over random weekends this quarter while trying to do everything for school and work in between. In my free time, literally all I want to do is eat or nap (haven’t even had much time for Netflix lately le sigh). However, I bring you good news: I’m happy to announce that I will officially be ending my undergraduate career here at UCSB a year early and be done by the end of this summer!

Anyhoo, I came across this article the other day and wanted to share the ones that really stood out to me 🙂

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

2.) “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.”

3.) “Don’t lie about it. You made a mistake. Admit it and move on. Just don’t do it again. Ever.”

4.) “You learn a lot about someone when you share a meal together.”

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

6.) “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.”

7.) “I don’t have to agree with you to like you or respect you.”

8.) “Good food is very often, even most often, simple food.”

9.) “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.”

10.) “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.”

11.) “Under ‘Reasons for Leaving Last Job’, never give the real reason, unless it’s money or ambition.”

12.) “Context and memory play powerful roles in all the truly great meals in one’s life.”

13.) “Without new ideas success can become stale.”

14.) “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.”

Any thoughts? Which ones were your favorites? Feel free to leave a comment below!