Top Six Underrated Quotes from THE BIG LEBOWSKI

dude and walter

I have a longer post about THE BIG LEBOWSKI that’ll be up soon, but for now, I thought I’d share my favorite six quotes (yes, the number six is completely arbitrary) from this amazing movie that few people talk about. I’ve had to forego about fifty of my favorite quotes (some famous, some not) because they contain a lot of profanity (which I avoid here, though not in my books). And If you’ve never seen the movie, stop reading now and go watch it. If you’ve watched it and don’t like it, stop reading now and never talk to me again. No, seriously. I mean it. Okay, well, if you like my books and don’t like THE BIG LEBOWSKI, I suppose I’ll be civil to you. Perhaps even cordial. But my civility and cordiality will be feigned.

Because I can never trust you. And I can certainly never love you.

On to the countdown!


6. Walter Sobchak (John Goodman): “Smokey, this is not ‘Nam. This is bowling. There are rules.”

malibu police chief

5. The Dude talking to Maude Lebowski (Julianne Moore) after The Dude (Jeff Bridges) is assaulted by the chief of the Malibu Police Department…

Maude: “Now, what happened to your face? Did Jackie Treehorn do that as well?”
The Dude: “Ah, no, that was the chief of police of Malibu. A real reactionary.”

arthur digby sellers

4. In the home of Arthur Digby Sellers…

Walter: (looks at Sellers, who lies wheezing in an iron lung) “Does he still write?”
Pilar, the Housekeeper: “Oh no. He has health problems.”

walter in restaurant

3. Walter: “Lady, I got buddies who died face down in the muck so that you and I could enjoy this family restaurant!”


2. The landlord asking The Dude for his delinquent rent check…

Landlord: “Dude, uh…tomorrow’s already the 10th.”
Dude: “Far out, man.”


1. Talking to Bunny Lebowski (Tara Reid) poolside whilst she paints her nails…

Bunny: “Blow on them.”
The Dude: “You want me to blow on your toes?”
Bunny: “I can’t blow that far.”
The Dude: (looks at man lying unconscious on a pool raft) “Are you sure he won’t mind?”
Bunny: “Uli doesn’t care about anything. He’s a nihilist.”
The Dude: “Ah, that must be exhausting.”

*End list*

So there you have it, folks. Six great moments from a movie whose greatness I’ll soon talk more about. In case you’re wondering, my very favorite exchanges in the film contain some profanity, and if I had to choose two I’d pick the “I Am a Walrus” scene/argument and the Malibu Police Chief’s warning to Lebowski (followed by The Dude’s infamous answer).

Now go bowl a round or two. Or listen to some Creedence.

Or simply abide.


6 thoughts on “Top Six Underrated Quotes from THE BIG LEBOWSKI

    1. The toe scene, like the rest of the movie, is pure comic genius. I liked you already, but now that I know that this is your favorite movie, my regard went up about ten notches. It’s not my favorite movie of all time, but it is my favorite comedy. I have no idea how many times I’ve seen it, but every single time it gets better. A true classic.


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