Quotes from The Art of Racing in the Rain

Garth Stein ·  321 pages

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“There is no dishonor in losing the race. There is only dishonor in not racing because you are afraid to lose.”
― Garth Stein, quote from The Art of Racing in the Rain


“That which we manifest is before us; we are the creators of our own destiny. Be it through intention or ignorance, our successes and our failures have been brought on by none other than ourselves.”
― Garth Stein, quote from The Art of Racing in the Rain


“To live every day as if it had been stolen from death, that is how I would like to live. To feel the joy of life, as Eve felt the joy of life. To separate oneself from the burden, the angst, the anguish that we all encounter every day. To say I am alive, I am wonderful, I am. I am. That is something to aspire to.”
― Garth Stein, quote from The Art of Racing in the Rain


“Here's why I will be a good person. Because I listen. I cannot talk, so I listen very well. I never deflect the course of the conversation with a comment of my own. People, if you pay attention to them, change the direction of one another's conversations constantly. It's like being a passenger in your car who suddenly grabs the steering wheel and turns you down a side street. For instance, if we met at a party and I wanted to tell you a story about the time I needed to get a soccer ball in my neighbor's yard but his dog chased me and I had to jump into a swimming pool to escape, and I began telling the story, you, hearing the words "soccer" and "neighbor" in the same sentence, might interrupt and mention that your childhood neighbor was Pele, the famous soccer player, and I might be courteous and say, Didn't he play for the Cosmos of New York? Did you grow up in New York? And you might reply that, no, you grew up in Brazil on the streets of Tres Coracoes with Pele, and I might say, I thought you were from Tennessee, and you might say not originally, and then go on to outline your genealogy at length. So my initial conversational gambit - that I had a funny story about being chased by my neighbor's dog - would be totally lost, and only because you had to tell me all about Pele. Learn to listen! I beg of you. Pretend you are a dog like me and listen to other people rather than steal their stories.”
― Garth Stein, quote from The Art of Racing in the Rain


“The true hero is flawed. The true test of a champion is not whether he can triumph, but whether he can overcome obstacles - preferably of his own making - in order to triumph.”
― Garth Stein, quote from The Art of Racing in the Rain



“That which is around me does not affect my mood; my mood affects that which is around me.”
― Garth Stein, quote from The Art of Racing in the Rain


“So much of language is unspoken. So much of language is compromised of looks and gestures and sounds that are not words. People are ignorant of the vast complexity of their own communication.”
― Garth Stein, quote from The Art of Racing in the Rain


“The human language, as precise as it is with its thousands of words, can still be so wonderfully vague.”
― Garth Stein, quote from The Art of Racing in the Rain


“I don't understand why people insist on pitting concepts of evolution and creation against each other. Why can't they see that spiritualism and science are one? That bodies evolve and souls evolve and the universe is a fluid package that marries them both in a wonderful package called a human being. What's wrong with that idea?”
― Garth Stein, quote from The Art of Racing in the Rain


“You should shine with all of your light all the time.”
― Garth Stein, quote from The Art of Racing in the Rain



“I suddenly realized. The zebra. It is not something outside of us. The zebra is something inside of us. Our fears. Our own self-destructive nature. The zebra is the worst part of us when we are face-to-face with our worst times. The demon is us!”
― Garth Stein, quote from The Art of Racing in the Rain


“The car goes where the eyes go.”
― Garth Stein, quote from The Art of Racing in the Rain


“People are always worried about what's happening next. They often find it difficult to stand still, to occupy the now without worrying about the future. People are generally not satisfied with what they have; they are very concerned with what they are going to have.”
― Garth Stein, quote from The Art of Racing in the Rain


“My soul has learned what it came to learn, and all the other things are just things. We can't have everything we want. Sometimes, we simply have to believe.”
― Garth Stein, quote from The Art of Racing in the Rain


“[T]he race is long - to finish first, first you must finish.”
― Garth Stein, quote from The Art of Racing in the Rain



“People and their rituals. They cling to things so hard sometimes.”
― Garth Stein, quote from The Art of Racing in the Rain


“That which we manifest is before us.”
― Garth Stein, quote from The Art of Racing in the Rain


“To separate oneself from the burden, the angst, the anguish that we all encounter everyday. To say I am alive, I am wonderful, I am. I am. That is something to aspire to.”
― Garth Stein, quote from The Art of Racing in the Rain


“We too, must shatter the mirrors. We must look in to ourselves and root out the distortions until that thing which we know in our hearts is perfect and true, stands before us.”
― Garth Stein, quote from The Art of Racing in the Rain


“This is a rule of racing: No race has ever been won in the first corner; many have been lost there.”
― Garth Stein, quote from The Art of Racing in the Rain



“Such a simple concept, yet so true: that which we manifest is before us; we are the creators of our own destiny. Be it through intention or ignorance, our successes and our failures have been brought on by none other than ourselves.”
― Garth Stein, quote from The Art of Racing in the Rain


“When I return to the world, I will be a man. I will walk among you. I will lick my lips with my small, dexterous tongue. I will shake hands with other men, grasping firmly with my opposable thumbs. And I will teach all people that I know. And when I see a man or a woman or a child in trouble, I will extend my hand, both metaphorically and physically. I will offer my hand. To him. To her. To you. To the world. I will be a good citizen, a good partner in the endeaver of life that we all share.”
― Garth Stein, quote from The Art of Racing in the Rain


“In racing, they say that your car goes where your eyes go. The driver who cannot tear his eyes away from the wall as he spins out of control will meet that wall; the driver who looks down the track as he feels his tires break free will regain control of his vehicle.”
― Garth Stein, quote from The Art of Racing in the Rain


“We had a good run, and now it’s over; what’s wrong with that?”
― Garth Stein, quote from The Art of Racing in the Rain


“I know this much about racing in the rain. I know it is about balance. It is about anticipation and patience... [it is also] about the mind! It is about owning one's body... It is about believing that you are not you; you are everything. And everything is you.”
― Garth Stein, quote from The Art of Racing in the Rain



“The race is long. It is better to drive within oneself and finish the race behind the other than it is to drive too hard and crash.”
― Garth Stein, quote from The Art of Racing in the Rain


“Inside each of us resides the truth, I began, the absolute truth. But sometimes the truth is hidden in a hall of mirrors. Sometimes we believe we are viewing the real thing, when in fact we are viewing a facsimile, a distortion.”
― Garth Stein, quote from The Art of Racing in the Rain


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