Fast & Furious Quotes That Prove Dom Is Truly Wise

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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.

  • 1
    185 VOTES

    "It don't matter if you win by an inch or a mile. Winning's winning."

    "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.

    185 votes
  • 2
    177 VOTES

    "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.

    177 votes
  • 3
    222 VOTES

    "No matter where you are, whether it's a quarter mile away or halfway across the world, you'll always be with me."

    "No matter where you are, whether it's a quarter mile away or halfway across the world, you'll always be with me."
    Video: YouTube

    "I used to say I live my life a quarter mile at a time and I think that's why we were brothers - because you did too. No matter where you are, whether it's a quarter mile away or half way across the world, you'll always be with me. And you'll always be my brother."

    This sentiment is a reminder that love transcends all distances, all borders, and all boundaries. Brotherhood as expressed here is actually more fundamental. Love, whether between a man and a woman, family members, or a criminal and the undercover cop sent to bring him down, is stronger than any other force on Earth.

    No matter how you live, where you live, or what has come between you, once you love someone deeply, that are always a part of you, and you remain a part of them.

    222 votes
  • 4
    166 VOTES

    "I don't have friends, I got family."

    "I don't have friends, I got family."
    Video: YouTube
    More 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. 
    166 votes
  • 5
    124 VOTES

    "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.
    124 votes
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    123 VOTES

    "You can't detail a car with the cover on."

    Here Dom expresses the importance of taking things step by step. Slow down to speed up. In every process there are steps. To detail a car, one must take the cover off. In this case the expression is used figuratively: he's reminding Jesse that you can't sleep with a woman with her clothes on. In all things, Dom advises, we should never get ahead of ourselves.
    123 votes