17 Quotes from The Art of Racing in the Rain book by Garth Stein

Hello friends. This post is a collection of quotes from the book - The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein.

The Art of Racing in the Rain has been described as a heart-wrenching but deeply funny and ultimately uplifting story of family, love, loyalty, and hope - a captivating look at the wonders and absurdities of human life ... as only a dog could tell it.


I close my eyes and listen vaguely in a half sleep as he does the things he does before he sleeps each night. Brushing and squirting and splashing. So many things. People and their rituals. They cling to things so hard sometimes. - The Art of Racing in the Rain, Chapter 1

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. - The Art of Racing in the Rain, Chapter 3

I don't understand why people insist on pitting the 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 place that marries them both in a wonderful package called a human being. What's wrong with that idea? - The Art of Racing in the Rain, Chapter 5

I admire the female sex. The life makers. It must be amazing to have a body that can carry an entire creature inside. - The Art of Racing in the Rain, Chapter 6

Watching a race entirely from in car video is a tremendous experience. It creates a wonderful sense of perspective that is often lost in a television broadcast with its many cameras and cars to follow. Seeing a race from the cockpit of a single car gives a true feeling of what it's like to be a driver: the grip on the steering wheel, the dash, the track, and the glimpse through the rear view mirror of other cars overtaking or being overtaken, the sense of isolation, the focus and determination that are necessary to win. - The Art of Racing in the Rain, Chapter 7

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. For men, it's like athlete's foot: spray the special spray on it, they say, and it goes away. They have no idea that the manifestation of their affliction - the fungus between their hairy toes is merely a symptom, an indication of a systemic problem. - The Art of Racing in the Rain, Chapter 12

Often things happen to race cars in the heat of the race. A square toothed gear in a transmission may break, suddenly leaving the driver without all of his gears. Or perhaps a clutch fails. Brakes go soft from overheating. Suspensions break. When faced with one of these problems, the poor driver crashes. The average driver gives up. The great drivers drive through the problem. They figure out a way to continue racing. [...] To be able to possess a machine in such a way is the ultimate show of determination and awareness. It makes one realize that the physicality of our world is a boundary to us only if our will is weak; a true champion can accomplish things that a normal person would think impossible. - The Art of Racing in the Rain, Chapter 12

I am a racer at heart, and a racer will never let something that has already happened affect what is happening now. - The Art of Racing in the Rain, Chapter 14

There are some things a dog can sense. Tension. Fear. Anxiety. These states of being are the result of a chemical release inside the human body. They are totally physiological, in other words. Involuntary. People like to think they have evolved beyond instinct, but in fact, they still have fight-or-flight responses to stimuli. And when their bodies respond, I can smell the chemical release from their pituitary glands. - The Art of Racing in the Rain, Chapter 14

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. - The Art of Racing in the Rain, Chapter 14

Racing is about discipline and intelligence, not about who has the heavier foot. The one who drives smart will always win in the end. - The Art of Racing in the Rain, Chapter 30

Hands are the windows to a man's soul. Watch in-car videos of race drivers enough, and you'll see the truth of this statement. The rigid, tense grip of one driver reflects his rigid, tense driving style. The nervous hand shuffle of another driver proves how uncomfortable he is in the car. A driver's hands should be relaxed, sensitive, aware. Much information is communicated through the steering wheel of a car; too tight or too nervous a grip will not allow the information to be communicated to the brain. - The Art of Racing in the Rain, Chapter 35

We all play by the same rules; it's just that some people spend more time reading those rules and figuring out how to make them work in their behalf. - The Art of Racing in the Rain, Chapter 38

There is no dishonor in losing the race. There is only dishonor in not racing because you are afraid to lose. - The Art of Racing in the Rain, Chapter 50

A driver must have faith. In his talent, his judgment, the judgment of those around him, physics. A driver must have faith in his crew, his car, his tires, his brakes, himself. - The Art of Racing in the Rain, Chapter 54

Growing old is a pathetic thing. It is full of limitations and reduction. It happens to us all, I know; but I think that it might not have to. [...] One day a mutant child will be born who refuses to age, who refuses to acknowledge the limitations of these bodies of ours, who lives in health until he is done with life, not until his body no longer supports him. He will live for hundreds of years, like Noah. Like Moses. This child’s genes will be passed to his offspring, and more like him will follow. And their genetic makeup will supplant the genes of those of us who need to grow old and decay before we die. I believe that one day it will come to pass; however, such a world is beyond my purview. - The Art of Racing in the Rain, Chapter 58

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. - The Art of Racing in the Rain, Chapter 58