Sometimes you eat the bear...

sometimes the bear eats you.

Does anyone know where this phrase comes from?

The Cowboy in The Big Lebowski. Not exactly cosmically deep, however, so I assume it goes back a ways.

That’s where I heard it, but a web search makes reference to an Indian folktale, so obviously The Big Lebowski isn’t the source of this quote, which is what I’m looking for.

Personally, I’ve always preferred “some days you’re the windshield; some days you’re the bug”. Fits the suburban lifestyle better :slight_smile:

Isobel met an enormous bear.
Isobel, Isobel, didn’t care.
The bear was hungry, the bear was ravenous.
The bear’s huge mouth was cruel and cavernous.
"Hello there, Isobel, pleased to meet you.
“How do, Isobel, now I’ll eat you!”

Isobel, Isobel, didn’t worry.
Isobel didn’t scream or scurry.
She cleaned her face and she straightened her hair up
Then Isobel quietly ate the bear up.

– from “The Adventures of Isobel,” by Ogden Nash (1902-1971)

This was done from memory (couldn’t find a copy of the poem on the Web) so I may not have gotten every word right.