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11 Life Lessons in The Big Lebowski

This Coen Brothers classic has more than just fantastic dialog and the best bowling sequences ever filmed. It also has some valuable information that can help us live like the men we aught to be.

11. A nice rug can really tie a room together.

The Big Lebowski
When we learn it: A “Chinaman” pees on the Dude’s rug, leaving his space looking sparse.
Why it’s important: It seems like a silly thing to say, but it’s important to like the place you live. If you have a rug that really makes a room pop, don’t let someone pee all over it without a fight.

That goes for other home furnishings as well.

10. Do not fuck a stranger in the ass (even figuratively).

The Big Lebowski Walter
When we learn it: When Walter thinks that a barely pubescent kid stole his million dollars, he takes out his aggression with a crowbar and a brand new Corvette.
Why it’s important: If you’re not going to respect someone else’s property, you get no sympathy when the owner and his enormous, crazy friend come knocking on your door. Also, if you watch the version that’s edited for television, you’ll get a bonus lesson, which is that when you try to clean-up “fuck a stranger in the ass,” the best you’ll get is “find a stranger in the Alps.” Yikes.

9. “If you will it, it is no dream.”

The Big Lebowski Walter The Dude
When we learn it: During one of his rants, Walter quotes Theodor Herzl and the slogan of the Zionist movement.
Why it’s important: In this context, it’s basically a fancy way of saying that anything is possible if you’re willing to try. It’s a similar lesson to the one Oprah pushes with The Secret and also the philosophical teachings of the great R. Kelly when he said, “I believe I can fly.”

8. Don’t butt into the middle of a conversation. The Big Lebowski
When we learn it: Donnie is always walking in with no frame of reference. Usually because he was bowling.
Why it’s important: Walter is a little hard on the guy just for wanting to be included, but no one likes repeating themselves. If you missed out on part of a story, just get the rest of the info later and don’t break up the flow of the convo. You’ll just end up looking like a child who wanders in in the middle of a movie and wants to know…you get the point.

Read more Lebowski life lessons at Screen Junkies.