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The Big Lebowski Quotes (1998)

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The Big Lebowski Quotes

Here are the most memorable quotes from The Big Lebowski...

Synopsis

A case of mistaken identity and a soiled rug, sends Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski and his bowling buddies on an adventure filled with petty crime, money, and a whole lot of hijinks.

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The meaning of the quote “The dude abides.”

Featured Big Lebowski Quote

Perhaps the most famous Big Lebowski quote is:

"The dude abides"

... So what does "the dude abides" mean?
  • The dude abides means the Dude obeys. In the initial utterance of the line, The Stranger (played by Sam Elliot) tells Jeff 'The Dude' Leboswki (played by Jeff Bridges) to take it easy. So he responds in agreement...he is saying that the Dude will take it easy.
  • After this line plays out, and The Dude walks out of the frame, The Stranger turns to the the camera and says: "The Dude Abides. I don't know about you, but I take comfort in that. It's good knowin' he's out there, The Dude, takin' her easy for all us sinners."
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The Big Lebowski Quotes

Well, sir, it’s this rug I had. It really tied the room together.

— Jeffrey “The Dude” Lebowski

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

— Jeffrey “The Dude” Lebowski

Well, you know, the Dude abides.

— Jeffrey “The Dude” Lebowski

Obviously, you’re not a golfer.

— Jeffrey “The Dude” Lebowski

Oh, nice marmot.

— Jeffrey “The Dude” Lebowski

This is a very complicated case, Maude. You know, a lotta ins, lotta outs, lotta what-have-you’s. And, uh, lotta strands to keep in my head, man. Lotta strands in old Duder’s head. Luckily I’m adhering to a pretty strict, uh, drug regimen to keep my mind, you know, limber.

— Jeffrey “The Dude” Lebowski

Nihilists! ..Fuck me. I mean, say what you want about the tenets of National Socialism, Dude, at least it’s an ethos.

— Walter Sobchak

That rug really tied the room together, did it not?

— Walter Sobchak

Fuck it, Dude. Let’s go bowling.

— Walter Sobchak

Forget it, Donny, you’re out of your element!

— Walter Sobchak

You want a toe? I can get you a toe.

— Walter Sobchak

Who am I? I’m a fucking veteran that’s who I am!

— Walter Sobchak

You ready to be fucked, man? I see you rolled your way into the semis. Dios mio, man. Liam and me, we’re gonna fuck you up.

— Jesus Quintana

You said it, man. Nobody fucks with the Jesus.

— Jesus Quintana

Mind if I do a J?

— Jeffrey “The Dude” Lebowski

This is not ‘Nam. This is bowling. There are rules.

— Walter Sobchak

What’s a pederast, Walter?

— Donny

I’m the Dude, so that’s what you call me. That or, uh His Dudeness, or uh Duder, or El Duderino, if you’re not into the whole brevity thing.

— Jeffrey “The Dude” Lebowski

This is what happens when you f*ck a stranger in the ass, Larry.

— Walter Sobchak

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

— Jeffrey “The Dude” Lebowski

Shut the f*ck up, Donny!

— Walter Sobchak

The Dude abides. I don’t know about you, but I take comfort in that, knowin’ he’s out there. The Dude. Takin’ ‘er easy for all us sinners.

— The Stranger

This aggression will not stand.

— Jeffrey “The Dude” Lebowski

Do you have to use so many cuss words?

— The Stranger
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