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Garth Stein’s “The Art of Racing in the Rain” Quotes (43 Quotes)


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  • King Karma; I know that karma is a force in this universe, and that people will receive karmic justice for their actions. I know that this justice will come when the universe deems it appropriate and it may not be in this lifetime or the next, or the one after that.... but it will come.
    (Garth Stein, "The Art of Racing in the Rain")

  • The sun rises every day. What is to love? Lock the sun in a box. Force the sun to overcome adversity in order to rise. Then we will cheer! I will often admire beautiful sunrise, but I will never consider the sun a champion for having risen.
    (Garth Stein, "The Art of Racing in the Rain")

  • And I wonder: Have I squandered my dogness? Have I forsaken my nature for my desires? Have I made a mistake by anticipating my future and shunning my present?
    (Garth Stein, "The Art of Racing in the Rain")

  • Many of us have convinced ourselves that compromise is necessary to achieve our goals, that all of our goals are not attainable so we should eliminate the extraneous, prioritize our desires, and accept less than the moon.
    (Garth Stein, "The Art of Racing in the Rain")

  • The visible becomes inevitable...
    (Garth Stein, "The Art of Racing in the Rain")


  • Art of Racing in the Rain--Do not mistake confidence and self-awareness for egotism.
    (Garth Stein, "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, "The Art of Racing in the Rain")

  • There is no dishonor in losing the race. There is only dishonor in not racing because you are afraid to lose.
    (Garth Stein, "The Art of Racing in the Rain")

  • Because memory is time folding back on itself. To remember is to disengage from the present. In order to reach any kind of success in automobile racing, a driver must never remember.
    (Garth Stein, "The Art of Racing in the Rain")

  • People and their rituals. They cling to things so hard sometimes.
    (Garth Stein, "The Art of Racing in the Rain")

  • These are things that only dogs and women understand because we tap into the pain directly, we connect to pain directly from its source, and so it is at once brilliant and brutal and clear, like white-hot metal spraying out of a fire hose, we can appreciate the aesthetic while taking the worst of it straight in the face. Men, on the other hand, are all filters and deflectors and timed release.
    (Garth Stein, "The Art of Racing in the Rain")

  • But somewhere, a child surprises himself with his endurance, his quick mind, his dexterous hands. Somewhere a child accomplishes with ease that which usually takes great effort. And this child, who has been blind to his past, but his heart still beats for the thrill of the race, this child's soul awakens. And a new champion walks among us.
    (Garth Stein, "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, "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, "The Art of Racing in the Rain")

  • But that day I was anxious. I was nervous and worried, uneasy and distracted. I paced around and never felt settled. I didn't care for the sensation, yet I realized it was possibly a natural progression of my evolving soul, and therefore I tried my best to embrace it.
    (Garth Stein, "The Art of Racing in the Rain")


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