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  • 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")

  • People, if you pay attention to them, change the direction of one another's conversations constantly. It's like having a passenger in your car who suddenly grabs the steering wheel and turns you down a side street.
    (Garth Stein, "The Art of Racing in the Rain")


  • Very gently. Like there are eggshells on your pedals, and you don't want to break them. That's how you drive in the rain.
    (Garth Stein, "The Art of Racing in the Rain")

  • Demon. Gremlin. Poltergeist. Ghost. Phantom. Spirit. Shadow. Ghoul. Devil. People are afraid of them, so they relegate their existence to stories, volumes of books that can be closed and put on the shelf or left behind at a bed and breakfast; they clench their eyes shut, so they will see no evil. But trust me when I tell you that the zebra is real. Somewhere, the zebra is dancing.
    (Garth Stein, "The Art of Racing in the Rain")

  • People, like dogs, love repetition. Chasing a ball, lapping a course in a race car, sliding down a slide. Because as much as each incident is similar, so it is different.
    (Garth Stein, "The Art of Racing in the Rain")

  • We are all afforded our physical existence so we can learn about ourselves.
    (Garth Stein, "The Art of Racing in the Rain")

  • Gestures are all that I have; sometimes they must be grand in nature.
    (Garth Stein, "The Art of Racing in the Rain")

  • Rain amplifies your mistakes, and water on the track can make your car handle unpredictably. When something unpredictable happens you have to react to it; if you're reacting at speed, you're reacting too late. And so you should be afraid.
    (Garth Stein, "The Art of Racing in the Rain")

  • We had a good run, and now it's over; what's wrong with that?
    (Garth Stein, "The Art of Racing in the Rain")

  • He died that day because his body had served its purpose. His soul had done what it came to do, learned what it came to learn, and then was free to leave.
    (Garth Stein, "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, "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, "The Art of Racing in the Rain")


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