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.
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"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.Is this smart?
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"You Make A Deal, You Got To Live Up To It."
If there were one quote to sum up the entirety of the Fate of the Furious it would be this. Dom may be teaching his cousin about the harsh realities of street life in this scenario, but making deals and living up to said deals also applies to hackers stealing your baby and offering to trade his life for stealing a nuclear device. It would be wise to keep Dom's words in your head as you go through your day-to-day life, no matter how many deals you do or don't make.Is this smart?
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"I don't have friends, I got family."Video: YouTubeMore direct wisdom from Dominic Toretto. There are levels of relationships in personal lives: People you've met, acquaintances, friends, and then family. Dom believes so strongly in both friendship and familial ties that he sees little or no difference between the two. In the Torettoverse, friends can be so close they become a bloodline, so close they become family.Is this smart?
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"Chances are, sooner or later, we're gonna end up behind bars or buried in a ditch."
"... But not today."Ever the battlefield general, Toretto is a master tactician. Here, he reminds us all that it's important to not only know your situation and assess it realistically, but also never to give up hope. Facing insane odds, you should always be honest about your chances while also pushing past the temptation to think fatalistically. Always believe in today, always fight for today. Deal with tomorrow tomorrow.Is this smart?