From: The Big Lebowski
Who said it?: Jeffrey “The Dude” Lebowski
The story behind the quote: The quote comes from the cult classic comedy film, The Big Lebowski. The film was written by the Coen Brothers and stars Jeff Bridges as slacker Jeffrey Lebowski, more commonly known as “The Dude.” In the movie, The Dude and his friends get into several misadventures that lead to some rather hilarious scenes. Despite being a flop at the box office, the film had a major resurgence of popularity once it hit home video as The Dude’s personality and surreal story struck a chord with people.
The quote comes from the very end of the film. The Dude is participating in the semi-finals of a bowling tournament when he encounters the film’s narrator (played by Sam Elliot). The Dude chats with the guy. The narrator tells The Dude to “take it easy” but he already knows The Dude will because of his personality. That’s when The Dude turns around and delivers the quote.
Geek wisdom: Life has a way to throwing us curve balls from time to time. These are usually the times when it becomes easy to get frustrated with the world. We have to realize that we cannot control everything and we just have to relax and go with the flow. We have to let things go and just move forward.