In Reply to: The bear posted by ESC on December 24, 2008 at 16:31:
: : Where does 'sometimes you eat the bear and sometimes the bear eats you', come from and what does it mean?
: I think it means: sometimes you win and sometimes you lose. Sometimes you're the pigeon and sometimes you're the statue. The sun don't shine on the same dog's a s s every day. Origin, I don't know.
Life Lessons in The Big Lebowski
Lesson 2. Life is made up of strikes and gutters.
When we learn it: After Donnie's ashes have been spread and the kidnapping issue has been resolved, the Dude has a final interaction with the cowboy.
Why it's important: "Sometimes you eat the bear (bar) and sometimes the bear eats you," is just another way of saying sh*t happens. Deal with it. Even after losing one of his best friends, the Dude (Lebowski) still makes the most it by doing the things he loves most: Drinking and bowling.