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Quotations from
The Art of Racing in the Rain
by Garth Stein, 2008


People and their rituals. They cling to things so hard sometimes. ~Garth Stein, The Art of Racing in the Rain, 2008 (Enzo)


[M]emory is time folding back on itself. ~Garth Stein, The Art of Racing in the Rain, 2008 (Denny via Enzo)


I admire the female sex. The life makers. It must be amazing to have a body that can carry an entire creature inside. ~Garth Stein, The Art of Racing in the Rain, 2008 (Enzo)


Today is the first day I am not dead... And we're having a party. ~Garth Stein, The Art of Racing in the Rain, 2008 (Eve)


And I knew that once they identified her disease for her, once everyone around her accepted her diagnosis and reinforced it and repeated it back to her time and again, there was no way she could stop it. The visible becomes inevitable. Your car goes where your eyes go. ~Garth Stein, The Art of Racing in the Rain, 2008 (Enzo)


I watched the bright lights flicker by, so beautiful — the glow, the buildings of downtown peeking out, the city sharp and crisp, all the dirt and age hidden by the night. ~Garth Stein, The Art of Racing in the Rain, 2008 (Enzo)  [Bellevue, Medina, Seattle. A little altered. —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]


She died that night. Her last breath took her soul, I saw it in my dream. I saw her soul leave her body as she exhaled, and then she had no more needs, no more reason; she was released from her body, and, being released, she continued her journey elsewhere... ~Garth Stein, The Art of Racing in the Rain, 2008 (Enzo)


I felt strangely anxious that day, in a very human way. 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 not generally 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, 2008 (Enzo)


That which is around me does not affect my mood; my mood affects that which is around me. ~Garth Stein, The Art of Racing in the Rain, 2008 (Enzo)


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, 2008 (Enzo)


The zebra is everywhere. 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, The Art of Racing in the Rain, 2008 (Enzo)


I know this much about racing in the rain. I know it is about balance. It is about anticipation and patience. I know all of the driving skills that are necessary for one to be successful in the rain. But racing in the rain is also about the mind! It is about owning one's own body. About believing that one's car is merely an extension of one's body. About believing that the track is an extension of the car, and the rain is an extension of the track, and the sky is an extension of the rain. It is about believing that you are not you; you are everything. And everything is you. ~Garth Stein, The Art of Racing in the Rain, 2008 (Enzo)


This is what I would like. To play in those fields for a little longer. To spend a little more time being me before I become someone else. This is what I would like. ~Garth Stein, The Art of Racing in the Rain, 2008 (Enzo)


Have I forsaken my nature for my desires? Have I made a mistake by anticipating my future and shunning my present? Perhaps I have. An embarrassing deathbed regret. ~Garth Stein, The Art of Racing in the Rain, 2008 (Enzo)


I take a few steps into the field, and it feels so good, so nice to be in the cool air, to smell the smells all around me. To feel the sun on my coat. I feel like I am here.... I gather my strength and I start off and it feels good, like I have no age at all, like I am timeless. I pick up speed. I run.... Off into the field, into the vastness of the universe ahead, I run. ~Garth Stein, The Art of Racing in the Rain, 2008 (Enzo)



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