Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain was found dead on Friday morning at the age of 61, as the result of an apparent suicide. While people around the world are grieving the unexpected loss of the man also recognized as an author, adventurer, and the host of his own CNN series Parts Unknown, many are taking the time to celebrate his life.
Through both food and travel, Bourdain exposed audiences to new places, people, and opportunities, and encourage people all over the world to live life to the fullest. Now, his words are recognized as vital lessons to live by.
Here is just some of the amazing wisdom he shared:
“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.”
“Without experimentation, a willingness to ask questions and try new things, we shall surely become static, repetitive, and moribund.”
“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.”
“Skills can be taught. Character you either have or you don’t have.”
“Nothing unexpected or wonderful is likely to happen if you have an itinerary in Paris filled with the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower.”
“Your body is not a temple, it’s an amusement park. Enjoy the ride.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
If you or someone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255.