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.
"You break her heart, I'll break your neck"
Dom uses a clever play on words, and a common expression to show his fierce loyalty to his sister Mia (Jordana Brewster). Remember that family is the cornerstone of this entire philosophy (along with NOS). When he discovers Brian is taking her out on a date, this highway hero makes no bones about threatening O'Conner (Paul Walker). In the process, Dom also expresses his inner romantic, drawing a direct equivalency between figurative heartbreak and literal paralysis or death.
"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.
"No matter where you are, whether it's a quarter mile away or halfway across the world, you'll always be with me."
"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.
"You don't turn your back on family, even when they do."
If there's one thing Dom believes in even more than cars, it's family. In the Fast and Furious worldview, no force on earth is strong enough that you should turn your back on family. You should be for the members of your family, even if they fail to reciprocate. It's also about forgiveness, a quality not always associated with Dom, who is nonetheless a big believer in mercy.