50 Phil Rosenthal Quotes to Brighten Your Day

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Which are your favorite Phil Rosenthal quotes?

Phil Rosenthal is an American TV producer and writer. He is best known for the popular sitcom ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’ which successfully ran for an astounding period of ten years time between 1996 and 2005.

For his roles as the creator, writer, and executive producer of the show, he rose to become a respected figure within the U.S entertainment industry.

After the hit show came to an end, he ventured into food and travel documentaries. His most recent affiliations are hosting the popular TV shows ‘I’ll Have What Phil’s Having’ on PBS and Netflix’s ‘Somebody Feed Phil’.

Here’s our collection of the best Phil Rosenthal quotes:


50 Phil Rosenthal Quotes to Brighten Your Day

1. “Life is about travel, and beauty in life, the love we find, the joy we have the laughs we have together. That’s what I’m dedicating the rest of my life to.” – Phil Rosenthal

2. “The other stuff of marriage can fade a little bit, but as long as you can laugh with your partner, that’s everything because that’s what remains at the end of the day. I think that’s how we pick our friends and that’s how we ultimately pick who we marry.” – Phil Rosenthal

3. “I am a terrible chef; I’m not a good cook. I don’t have the talent, the patience, the desire even to cook the way these great artists that I meet around the world cook, and I’m very, very happy to support them.” – Phil Rosenthal

4. “If you’re in the writer’s room, in any writer’s room in the world, before you pitch a joke or suggest an idea, you first think it’s funny and decide to say it out loud. The next step is for the people around you to accept it or reject it, before it ever sees the light of day, on film or in front of an audience.” – Phil Rosenthal

5. “Going out into the world, I do feel like a kid in a candy store.” – Phil Rosenthal

6. “Jose Andres has this brilliant plan which is that you employ the restaurants and restaurant workers, and then you pay them and then they feed people in need.” – Phil Rosenthal

7. “Food is the great connector, and laughs are the cement.” – Phil Rosenthal

8. “I guess I happen to have one of those faces that just says everything I’m thinking. I guess it’s a gift, but I see it as a potential liability. It keeps me honest.” – Phil Rosenthal

9. “We live life in restaurants, its the center of social life, where we celebrate with family and friends, make new friends, travel without traveling, and of course, eat.” – Phil Rosenthal


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10. “I didn’t know what I was going to get. You never do, when you’re filming something for real.” – Phil Rosenthal


11. “Of course, my whole theory of comedy is based in reality. The funniest stuff comes from real life.” – Phil Rosenthal

12. “When you’re first starting a show, any show, you learn what works and what doesn’t work, and it’s a kind of trial and error thing.” – Phil Rosenthal

13. “The highlight of my day is figuring out where I’m going to order dinner from in Los Angeles. As horrible as everything is, it’s the golden age of takeout. Restaurants are not splitting their focus between serving customers in-store and delivery and takeout.” – Phil Rosenthal

14. “It’s our most underrated value, I think, as human beings is our sense of humor. It’s how we choose our friends.” – Phil Rosenthal

15. “I realized that all these places I was showing in New York, it’s really a tale of immigration and the power of diversity, and how it’s our superpower. It’s our strength.” – Phil Rosenthal

16. “Because you know what happens when you say ‘hello’ or ‘good morning?’ You make a connection. And isn’t that what being human is all about?” – Phil Rosenthal

17. “If you’re any good at all at what you do, you get better the more you do it.” – Phil Rosenthal

18. “I’m a big fan of Bruce Springsteen; to me, that’s my hero. But then I meet these chefs and they’re heroes too, to me. It’s an art form as valid as any other, and my wife and I support the arts.” – Phil Rosenthal

19. “A puppy is the ultimate distraction.” – Phil Rosenthal


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20. “And with regard to the Italian family, we portrayed on ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’ – Italians and Jews do share two traits: all problems are solved with food, and the mother never leaves you alone.” – Phil Rosenthal


21. “Eleven million people in America work in the restaurant industry – and then when you start figuring in the farmers, the cheesemakers, the wine people, all the other industries that support the restaurants, you’re talking about a much bigger number.” – Phil Rosenthal

22. “A good restaurant is like a vacation; it transports you, and it becomes a lot more than just about the food.” – Phil Rosenthal

23. “Honestly, the only thing I could think of that I didn’t have was a theme song, so I called my friends at Lake Street Dive, and we wrote a song together, and it was nominated for an Emmy last year. I was thrilled.” – Phil Rosenthal

24. “I’m trying to make connections. That’s all we do as human beings on the planet, isn’t it? We try to connect.” – Phil Rosenthal

25. “You can’t kill people if you’re eating and laughing with them.” – Phil Rosenthal

26. “In certain cultures, they’ll eat an eyeball. I’m never gonna be that guy.” – Phil Rosenthal

27. “Two-thirds of us in the U.S. don’t have a passport. I’m here to say that travel is the best, most mind-expanding thing we can do with our hard-earned extra money.” – Phil Rosenthal

28. “So, I’ve got to have food, I’ve got to have humor. But these things are just the way into what the show’s really about, I think, which is connecting with the people.” – Phil Rosenthal

29. “Most restaurant people work much harder physically, on a daily basis, than most entertainers. Though most people in entertainment complain more.” – Phil Rosenthal


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30. “If we go out to eat and have a nice meal, that’s one thing. If we can share a laugh, now we’re friends.” – Phil Rosenthal


31. “The world’s pretty big. I have to see everything, do everything, eat everything. You’ll never be as young as you are right now, so while your legs still work, while you still have the breath in your lungs, go. At the end of our lives, we only regret the things we didn’t do.”– Phil Rosenthal

32. “I was with a Russian family, and I couldn’t believe that the grandparents in Russia, first of all I was shocked and delighted to find that the Russian family that I’d been told was so different from the American family, was exactly the same.” – Phil Rosenthal

33. “At Hofstra, I got a very well-rounded education. I studied acting, but they wouldn’t let me just study acting. I had to take classes in play analysis, directing, producing. I had no idea this would ever be relevant. And, of course, it’s what I used the rest of my life.” – Phil Rosenthal

34. “We have two seasons for Netflix of five episodes each, and the Emmy nomination was so encouraging and so unexpected, to be honest.” – Phil Rosenthal

35. “If I’m trying to get you to travel by showing you the best places in the world to eat, I think enthusiasm goes a long way. Especially because I’m not a chef, I’m not an expert. I’m a tourist like you.” – Phil Rosenthal

36. “I invest in restaurants because I love them so much.” – Phil Rosenthal

37. “I don’t want to live in a world without the diner and the coffee shop and the mom and pop places, the ethnic restaurants.” – Phil Rosenthal

38. “I’m not Andrew Zimmern, who is like a superhero to me. I’m not Anthony Bourdain, who was a superhero to me.” – Phil Rosenthal

39. “I don’t have the talent, the temperament, or the patience to be a great chef. I’d much rather order from someone who can really do it. I love restaurants. They make my life better.” – Phil Rosenthal


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40. “The artist is a combination of what’s happened to them in their lives and how it’s filtered through the way they think. That’s what makes me different than Samantha Brown or Anthony Bourdain.” – Phil Rosenthal


41. “I can’t say it was always ice cream and rainbows in our house. We would yell and we would fight and I was a terrible child, and it was, but, on the other hand, laughs. I don’t think I’m alone in this.” – Phil Rosenthal

42. “I feel like the world would be a better place if more people experienced a little bit of someone else’s experience.” – Phil Rosenthal

43. “Takeout is a way to explore different lands and different cultures just by sitting in your home and ordering. I mean, there couldn’t be an easier way to explore and I would advise people in this terrible time that this is a great form of entertainment to experience what’s around you.” – Phil Rosenthal

44. “That’s the secret to anything we write. You have to bring your experience to it. Otherwise, how do you expect anyone else to connect to it?” – Phil Rosenthal

45. “Most people enjoy other people. Most people are human beings first. And affiliated with political parties second.” – Phil Rosenthal

46. “The more specific you are in writing, the more universal something becomes.” – Phil Rosenthal

47. “I truly think you can get a great meal in most cities around the world now. I credit the internet for making it possible for a kid in Iowa to see what a great chef in Paris is doing and emulate it.” – Phil Rosenthal

48. “I’ve inherited a Jewish sensibility and sense of humor from my parents and all those who came before me. All the Jewish comedians, character actors and writers I was exposed to also reminded me of my family in their sense of humor.” – Phil Rosenthal

49. “My little joke that I make whenever I talk about my show is that the way I sold the show to Netflix is I’m exactly like Anthony Bourdain if he was afraid of everything.” – Phil Rosenthal

50. “I think I have the perfect level of fame. 99% of the time, I’m a normal person. But once a day someone comes up to say hello, and it’s beautiful.” – Phil Rosenthal



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Zisilia Alvsa
Zisilia Alvsa
Zisilia Alvsa is a writer for Wealthy Gorilla. Friends often call her Zii. She is a girl from Jakarta, Indonesia who currently lives in Bali. Zii loves photography and travelling.


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