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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"Running ain't freedom. You should know that."
This one speaks volumes as Dom tackles basic issues of responsibility and liberty. You can run from your problems, but in order to self-actualize, you must stand firm and do the difficult thing: handle them. It may be easier and it may even be necessary sometimes, but avoiding the problem is never a sustainable choice, even if it seems like the only one.
If you are always running, you will never be truly free, free to achieve your full potential without the fear or influence of that which pursues you.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?