25 Ratatouille Quotes for All the World’s Dreamers

If you have a dream you think is impossible to reach, read these Ratatouille quotes that will motivate you!

Dreaming big dreams allows us to have some sense of purpose in life. Sadly, the world makes it hard for us to reach them, and sometimes, society already discourages us before we even start. This instills fear in us and keeps us from pursuing our passions.

Thanks to Ratatouille, we are given a second chance to follow our aspirations. This 2007 movie zooms in on Remy, a rat living beneath the streets of Paris, and Alfredo Linguini, a young man with big dreams. The two form an incredibly odd pair, but because they both aspire to become great chefs, they find common ground and help each other out.

Ratatouille is a unique Disney movie that resonates with us because of its message. It makes us believe that anyone can be whoever they want to be! Read on to learn more about the movie.

And don’t forget to check out these Coraline quotes and Corpse Bride quotes.

Best Ratatouille Quotes

1. “If you focus on what you left behind you will never see what lies ahead!” – Auguste Gusteau

2. “You must be imaginative, strong-hearted. You must try things that may not work, and you must not let anyone define your limits because of where you come from. Your only limit is your soul. What I say is true—anyone can cook. But only the fearless can be great.” – Auguste Gusteau

3. “If you are what you eat, then I only want to eat the good stuff.” – Remy

4. “Amusing title, ‘Anyone Can Cook!’ What’s even more amusing is that Gusteau actually seems to believe it. I, on the other hand, take cooking seriously. And, no, I don’t think anyone can do it.” – Anton Ego

5. Auguste Gusteau: “What do I always say? Anyone can cook!”

Remy: “Well, yeah, anyone can; that doesn’t mean that anyone should.”

6. “In many ways, the work of a critic is easy. We risk very little, yet enjoy a position over those who offer up their work and their selves to our judgment. We thrive on negative criticism, which is fun to write and read. But the bitter truth we critics must face is that in the grand scheme of things, the average piece of junk is probably more meaningful than our criticism designating it so. But there are times when a critic truly risks something, and that is in the discovery and defense of the ‘new.’ The world is often unkind to new talent, new creations. The new needs friends. Last night, I experienced something new: an extraordinary meal from a singularly unexpected source. To say that both the meal and its maker have challenged my preconceptions about fine cooking is a gross understatement. They have rocked me to my core. In the past, I have made no secret of my disdain for Chef Gusteau’s famous motto, ‘Anyone can cook.’ But I realize, only now do I truly understand what he meant. Not everyone can become a great artist, but a great artist can come from anywhere. It is difficult to imagine more humble origins than those of the genius now cooking at Gusteau’s, who is, in this critic’s opinion, nothing less than the finest chef in France. I will be returning to Gusteau’s soon, hungry for more.” – Anton Ego

Ratatouille Quotes That Will Inspire You

7. Django: “This is the way things are. You can’t change nature.”

Remy: “Change is nature, Dad. The part that we can influence. And it starts when we decide.”

8. Auguste Gusteau: “Remy! What are you waiting for?”

Remy: “Is this going to become a regular thing with you?”

Auguste Gusteau: “You know how to fix it. This is your chance.”

9. “I don’t need the inside food to be happy. The key, my friend, is to not be picky. Observe.” – Émile

Ratatouille Quotes for Aspiring Chefs

10. “A chef makes. A thief takes.” – Auguste Gusteau

11. “Keep. Your. Station. Clear! Messy stations slow things down, food doesn’t go, orders pile up—disaster! I will make this easier to remember: keep your station clean, or I will kill you!” – Colette Tatou

12. “No! You waste energy and time! You think cooking is a cute job, eh? Like Mommy in the kitchen? Well, Mommy never had to face the dinner rush when the orders come flooding in, and every dish is different, and none are simple, and all of the different cooking times, but must arrive at the customer’s table at exactly the same time, hot and perfect! Every second counts; you cannot be Mommy!” – Colette Tatou

13. Alfredo Linguini: “Listen, I just want you to know how honored I am to be studying under such a—.”

Colette Tatou: “No, you listen! I just want you to know exactly who you are dealing with! How many women do you see in this kitchen?”

Alfredo Linguini: “Well, I uh—.”

Colette Tatou: “Only me. Why do you think that is? Because haute cuisine is an antiquated hierarchy built upon rules written by stupid, old, men. Rules designed to make it impossible for women to enter this world. But still, I’m here! How did this happen?”

Alfredo Linguini: “Well because, because you—.”

Colette Tatou: “Because I am the toughest cook in this kitchen! I have worked too hard for too long to get here, and I am not going to jeopardize it for some garbage boy who got lucky! Got it?”

14. “Ugh, your sleeves look like you threw up on them. Keep your hands and arms in, close to the body, like this, see? Always return to this position. Cooks move fast, sharp utensils, hot metal, keep your arms in, you will minimize cuts and burns, and keep your sleeves clean. Mark of a chef: messy apron, clean sleeves.” – Colette Tatou

15. Alfredo Linguini: “You’re Anton Ego.”

Anton Ego: “You’re slow for someone in the fast lane.”

Alfredo Linguini: “And you’re thin—for someone who likes food.”

Anton Ego: “I don’t like food; I love it. If I don’t love it, I don’t swallow.”

16. “People think haute cuisine is snooty, so the chef must also be snooty. But not so.” – Colette Tatou

Ratatouille Quotes to Keep You Entertained

17. “Good food is like music you can taste, color you can smell. There is excellence all around you. You need only be aware to stop and savor it.” – Auguste Gusteau

18. “This is me. I think it’s apparent that I need to rethink my life a little bit. What’s my problem? First of all, I’m a rat. Which means life is hard. Second, I have a highly developed sense of taste and smell.” – Remy

19. “Paris? All these times I’ve been underneath Paris?” – Remy

20. “Food is fuel. You get picky about what you put in the tank, your engine is gonna die. Now shut up and eat your garbage.” – Django

More Ratatouille Quotes for Fans of This Unique Disney Movie

21. “All this cooking and reading and TV-watching while we cook and read. It’s like you’re involving me in crime!” – Émile

22. “I can’t believe it! A real gourmet kitchen, and I get to watch!” – Remy

23. “The world we live in belongs to the enemy. We must live carefully. We look out for our own kind, Remy. When all is said and done, we’re all we’ve got.” – Django

24. Alfredo Linguini: “Bonjour, ma chérie. Join us. We were just talking about my inspiration.”

Colette Tatou: “Yes, he calls it his tiny chef.”

Alfredo Linguini: “Not that, dearest; I meant you.”

25. Francois: “What are corn dogs?”

Jonah Robert Skinner: “Cheap sausages dipped in batter and deep fried. You know, American.”

Did These Ratatouille Quotes Make You Believe That All Your Dreams Are Reachable?

Often, we think that the world has something planned for us already and that we don’t have a say in anything. In some cases, this might be true, just like what happened with Remy. He’s a rat, making it impossible for him to become a chef and allow people to eat his food.

However, in Ratatouille, everything is possible, and you can do anything you want to do. Remy was even allowed to become a chef! 

Though this story’s entirely fictional, it doesn’t diminish the impact the movie’s lessons give us. It amplifies and reinforces the moral that everyone can do what they want!

Never allow yourself to conform to what society says. You have your own goals, opinions, and thoughts. You can be whoever you want to be as long as you’re not hurting anyone.

So, let “Anyone can cook” serve as your life motto. Believe in yourself, and don’t let the world hold you back from achieving your wildest, biggest, and most amazing dreams!

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Karen Danao

Hi, I’m Karen, a content curator and writer for Quote Ambition; I’m also a marketing and advertising professional. Beyond the keyboard and the screen, I’m someone who’s out to enjoy every bit that life has to offer!

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