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.
"It don't matter if you win by an inch or a mile. Winning's winning."
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.
"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.
"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.
"I live my life a quarter mile at a time."
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.