There is a man from Los Angeles with the arms of a comic god, the voice of a demon, and a need for speed unseen since the days of Top Gun. He is the sage of Boyle Heights, he is a man who fights for honor and family, he is a man who speaks in simple yet profound grunts and growls. This man is Dominic Toretto and he may just be the wisest man alive.
It's always important to know what you believe in and to stand up for it at any cost, rarely does a man do this to the extent that Dominic Toretto has and does. Rarer still is a man who voices those beliefs and morals with such eloquent prose mixed with street jargon. As played by Vin Diesel, Dom is a man of the people, a brawler and street racer with the wisdom of a monk. He articulates the philosophy of the Fast and Furious films, a philosophy as profound as any in history.This list of Dominic Toretto quotes honors the fictional character and the code he lives by, tackling everything from family and honor to the whether or not it's important to win by an inch or a mile. So take a look back at the wisdom of the Fast and Furious films as expressed by Dominic Toretto and remember to always live your life a quarter mile at a time.
"I live my life a quarter mile at a time."Video: YouTube"... Nothing else matters: not the mortgage, not the store, not my team and all their bullshit. For those ten seconds or less, I'm free."
This quote deals with seizing life and living each moment to the fullest. We all live in a world of distractions. With this oh-so quotable quotation, Mr. Toretto channels Buddhist ideas of life's transient, fleeting nature, urging us all towards lifestyles free from attachment. He's telling us we need to find our own path to living a quarter mile at a time, and that thing, finding the thing that shows us how to fully live.20320Is this smart?
"It don't matter if you win by an inch or a mile. Winning's winning."Video: YouTube
This one is fairly straightforward, but sometimes good philosophy is simple. With so many things in life it's not about how much of something you have, it's that you have it. Excuses or rationalizations are functionally meaningless when you get down to brass tacks. To see the world through Dom's eyes, we must strip away unnecessary detail, examining only the most essential facts. In this case, who crossed the finish line first.20723Is this smart?
"They say the open road helps you think about where you've been, where you're going."Unsurprisingly, Dom experiences driving as a form of Zen meditation. Some people find meditation in sitting and breathing, others in chants, some in sport or physical activity. Naturally in those who are drawn to and live the ways of the road, the road is place of pure clarity, where the demands of the moment give way to clarity and perspective.1487Is this smart?
"I'm a boy who appreciates a good body, regardless of the make."
This is a rare bit of wordplay from Mr. Toretto, who ordinarily avoids any type of game that doesn't involve the immediate threat of a violent demise. Often seeming to operate on only one level, here Dom illustrates his fit for metaphor, cleverly drawing a connection between a woman's physical person and a car body (he is an admirer of both).In addition to showing his love of the finer things, this quote is about acceptance and appreciation. You might like one thing in particular, someone else may prefer another, but it's important to appreciate and respect everyone, regardless of whether or not they're your style.1367Is this smart?