The Big Lebowski: 50 Memorable Quotes Perfect For Any Occasion

When it comes to quotes, The Dude abides.

Jeff Bridges and John Goodman in The Big Lebowski.

Joel and Ethan Coen have written and directed dozens of classic movies over the years from Raising Arizona right through to No Country For Old Men but few are as quotable as The Big Lebowski.

Starring Jeff Bridges and John Goodman, along with Steve Buscemi, Julianne Moore and John Turturro among others, this cult classic follows the misadventures of Bridges’ character Jeff “The Dude” Lebowski.

When a millionaire’s wife lands herself in a whole heap of trouble, a case of mistaken identity and a ruined rug sends The Dude on a unique odyssey of bowling, ransom schemes, marijuana-laced dream sequences and German nihilists.

It’s a one-of-a-kind movie, worthy of repeat watching and almost infinitely quotable. Here are just 50 lines that can be used in almost any situation.

50

Dude:

“The Dude abides.”

49

Dude:

“That rug really tied the room together.”

48

Dude:

“I had a rough night and I hate the f***ing Eagles, man.”

47

Dude:

“Yeah, well, that’s just, like, your opinion, man.”

46

Walter:

“Shut the f*** up, [insert your friend’s name here]!”

45

Walter:

“Forget it, [insert your friend’s name here], you’re out of your element!”

44

Walter:

“You want a toe? I can get you a toe, believe me. There are ways, Dude.”

43

Walter:

“Hell, I can get you a toe by 3 o’clock this afternoon… with nail polish.”

42

Dude:

“No, you’re not wrong [insert friend’s name here], you’re just an a**hole.”

41

Dude:

“My wife? [insert girl’s name]? Do you see a wedding ring on my finger? Does this
place look like I’m f***in married? The toilet seat’s up man!”

The Big Lebowski.

40

Walter:

“Am I the only one who gives a s*** about the rules?!”

39

Dude:

“Nobody calls me [insert your name here], you got the wrong guy, I’m the dude, man.”

38

Walter:

“Were you listening to the Dude’s story, [insert friend’s name]?”

37

Walter:

“So, then you have no frame of reference here, [insert friend’s name], You’re like a child who wonders in the middle of a movie.”

36

Walter:

“You are entering a world of pain.”

The Big Lebowski.

35

Dude:

“This aggression will not stand man.”

34

Dude:

“His dudeness, duder, or el dudorino.”

33

Walter:

“Has the whole world gone crazy?!!”

32

Walter:

“Calm down your being very undude.”

31

Dude:

“Hey, careful, man, there’s a beverage here!”

The Big Lebowski.

30

Stranger:

“Sometimes you eat the bar and sometimes, well, the bar eats you.”

29

Dude:

“At least I’m housebroken.”

28

Walter:

“3000 years of beautiful tradition, from Moses to Sandy Koufax, you’re goddamned right I’m livin in the f***in past!”

27

Walter:

“I mean, say what you want about the tenants of National Socialism, Dude, at least it’s an ethos.”

26

Dude:

“Strikes and gutters, ups and downs.”

The Big Lebowski.

25

Dude:

“Sooner or later you are going to have to face the fact that you’re a moron.”

24

The Dude:

“Yeah, well, that’s just, like, your opinion, man.”

23

The Dude:

“I don’t need your sympathy, I need my Johnson.”

22

Donny:

“I am the walrus.”

21

Dude:

“If you’re not into the whole brevity thing.”

Sam Elliott in The Big Lebowski.

20

Walter:

“This is what happens when you f*** a stranger in the ass!”

19

Walter:

“F*** it dude, lets go bowling.”

18

Dude:

“I can’t be worrying about that s***. Life goes on, man.”

17

Walter:

“The ringer cannot look empty.”

16

Malibu Police Chief:

“I don’t like your jerk-off name, I don’t like your jerk-off face, I don’t like your jerk-off behavior, and I don’t like you… jerk-off.”

Tara Reid

15

Walter:

“Have you ever heard of Vietnam [insert friend’s name]?”

14

The Dude:

“Ha hey, this is a private residence man.”

13

Walter:

“You know, Dude, I myself dabbled in pacifism once. Not in Nam, of course.”

12

Dude:

“Okay… just give me a minute. I gotta go find a cash machine…”

11

Dude:

“They peed on my rug, man!”

Jeff Bridges is back

10

Stranger:

“Do you have to use so many cuss words?”

9

Dude:

“Obviously, you are not a golfer!”

8

Walter:

“Eight year olds, Dude.”

7

Walter:

“[Insert friend’s name], this is not ‘nam. This is bowling. There are rules.”

6

Walter:

“I don’t roll on Shabbos!”

The Big Lebowski John Goodman

5

Dude:

“Mind if I do a J?”

4

Dude:

“Nice Mormont.”

3

Dude:

“I’m sorry, I wasn’t listening.”

2

Dude:

“This is a very complicated case [insert friend’s name]. You know, a lotta ins, a lotta outs, lotta what-have-yous.”

1

The Stranger:

“The Dude abides. I don’t know about you, but I take comfort in that. It’s good knowing he’s out there, the Dude, takin’ ‘er easy for all us sinners.”

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