11 Big Lebowski Quotes You Can Reference in Real Life

Are you a fan of The Dude?

Well, you wouldn’t be here if you weren’t.

The chances are – you have watched the masterpiece that the Coen brothers created at least a few times in your life. If that is the case, it is even more likely that you have quoted some parts of it on multiple occasions.

His Dudeness had a lot of great things to say, and, if we’re honest, you should have been keeping notes. Either way, we got your back.

Let’s dive into our eleven picks for the best Big Lebowski quotes you can reference!

The Big Lebowski quotes you can reference in real life.

#1 – The Mantra of Dudeism

I can’t be worrying about that sh*t. Life goes on, man.

Even if you aren’t a fan of the movie (let’s be frank here – that would be weird), you can relate to this quote easily.

It puts such a profound saying in the simplest words. If you truly understand the depth behind the saying, you will know that it is something to live by.

Life is a journey with tens of thousands of obstacles in it. Sometimes, you fail on your journey to reach your most important goals. Other times, people you love and adore could come and stab you in the back. You may face betrayal, heart-breaks, financial crisis, losses of loved ones, and what not, all in one life.

However, the best thing about life is that it goes on. Whatever happens, pick yourself up and keep moving forward. It’s what His Dudeness would want you to do.

#2 – No Need to Swear

Do you have to use so many cuss words?

The conversations in the movie are far from shy of cuss words. There is probably not a scene with an entirely “clean” dialogue.

However, the reason behind this shouldn’t be to seem cool or act mean, nor to take out your frustration and get through the day.

The next time the things get a bit too heated or inappropriate for no reason, remember this quote and dial it down a bit.

#3 – Ups and Downs

Strikes and gutters, ups and downs.

Here is another famous and relatable quote from the movie.

The quote fits the life of all of us in different ways.

There are times when life is going great, and we keep nailing one strike after the other. However, you can’t always be going up. There are times when you will get down and dirty down in the gutters.

Get ready to rise and fall because that is life. Remember the first quote on this list and keep bowling. You never know when the next strike is going to land.

#4 – Your Opinion, Man

Yeah, well, you know, that’s just, like, your opinion, man.

We can guarantee that this one is the line you will end up referencing the most often.


People love to tell their opinions out loud. On its own, there is nothing wrong with that. However, problems arise when they start stating opinions as facts.

There isn’t a more effective tool to cut them off and move on with your day than to use this piece of wisdom. The next time someone starts convincing you strongly in their factually unsupported opinion, keep this quote in mind.

#5 – Eat or Be Eaten

Sometimes you eat the bear, and sometimes the bear eats you.

No one is a jack of all trades in the game of life.

There are times that you win, and you feel like on top of the world. Regardless of how good a player at the game of life you are, there will also be days when you lose.

The roller coaster of life doesn’t stop for anyone. We are confident that we could all use a bit of this philosophy when dealing with our everyday struggles.

There is quite a lot of stoic influence in this quote – overcoming difficulties in life, becoming more resilient, and being happier with our lives by accepting that life goes on.

#6 – This Aggression

This aggression will not stand, man.

People can be harsh, and we need to know how to stand up for ourselves when the going gets tough.

Confront those who attack you without the right to do so, just like The Dude did. He did just quote something he heard on the news, but the point still stands – you cannot let the aggression stand.

#7 – Facing the Fact

Look, man, I love you, but sooner or later, you are going to have to face the fact that you’re a moron.

In life, there are times we all mess up. The fact that we make mistakes is what makes us human.

You will rarely realize the mistake while you are busy making one, but you will figure it out sooner or later in life. It’s important to have your friends in those moments to remind you what a moron you were.

It’s only natural that you need to be there to do the same for them.

#8 – Tying the Room Together

That rug really tied the room together.

This is one of the most iconic quotes from the entire movie. The legendary rug that gets peed on, which starts the whole series of events, was indeed a great rug, no doubt about it.

There is not much else to say about this here. It just really tied the room together.

#9 – Lady Friend

She’s not my special lady, she’s my f*cking lady friend.

Have you ever been in one of those complicated relationships where you have no idea where you are exactly standing?

Well, you are not alone.

The next time someone asks you an uncomfortable question about that special friend of yours, keep this in the back of your head and cut them down.

#10 – The Beverage

Careful, man, there’s a beverage here!

The Dude knows how to enjoy his life, and so should you.

Sometimes even something as simple as a cold drink on a hot day can feel like the greatest thing that has ever happened to you. You should be able to cherish that kind of moment when it comes.

Don’t let anyone knock over that beverage. You know who else wouldn’t either.

#11 – The Dude Abides

The Dude abides.

Is there a better quote to end this list?

We hardly think there could be.

Often some life situations are incredibly tough and hard on us. Even amidst them all, you should remind yourself that nothing is unbearable.

Like the Dude, you should rather do your thing and let life go on despite the hardship.

Take it easy.

Your Turn

What is your favorite quote from The Big Lebowski?

Let us know in the comments below.

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