“A guy goes nuts if he ain’t got nobody.” – George
“I seen hundreds of men come by on the road an’ on the ranches, with their bindles on their back an’ that same damn thing in their heads.” – George
“Guys like us, that work on ranches, are the loneliest guys in the world.” – George
“Maybe ever’buddy in the whole damn world is scared of each other.” – Candy
“If I was alone I could live so easy. I could go get a job an’ work, an’ no trouble.” – Crooks
“A guy needs somebody – to be near him. A guy goes nuts if he ain’t got nobody.” – Crooks
“I tell ya a guy gets too lonely an’ he gets sick.” – Crooks
“I ain’t got no people. I seen the guys that go around on the ranches alone. That ain’t no good. They don’t have no fun. After a long time they get mean.” – Slim
“Curley’s like a lot of little guys. He hates big guys. He’s alla time picking scraps with big guys. Kind of like he’s mad at ’em because he ain’t a big guy.” – Slim “Curley’s like a terrier. He hates big guys. He’s all fight, ain’t he? Like a little bloodthirsty terrier.” – Slim
“Guys like us, that work on ranches, are the loneliest guys in the world. They got no family. They don’t belong no place… With us it ain’t like that. We got a future. We got somebody to talk to that gives a damn about us.” – George
“I ain’t got no relatives nor nothing. You guys travel around together.” – Lennie
“A water snake glided smoothly up the pool, twisting its periscope head from side to side; and it swam the length of the pool and came to the legs of a motionless heron that stood in the shallows. A silent head and beak lanced down and plucked it out by the head, and the beak swallowed the little snake while its tail waved frantically.” – Descriptive quote that highlights the loneliness of nature TAKING ADVANTAGE OF KINDNESS QUOTES
“Lennie, who had been watching, imitated George exactly. He pushed himself back, drew up his knees, embraced them, looked over to George to see whether he had it just right. He pulled his hat down a little more over his eyes, the way George’s hat was.” – Lennie attempting to imitate George as his sole source of companionship.
“Crooks stood up from his bunk and faced her. ‘I had enough,’ he said coldly. ‘You got no rights comin’ in a colored man’s room. You got no rights messing around in here at all. Now you jus’ get out, an’ get out quick. If you don’t, I’m gonna ast the boss not to ever let you come in the barn no more.'” – Crooks’s sharp response to Curley’s wife, who typically intrudes on men seeking companionship on the farm.
“You’re all scared of each other, that’s what. Ever’ one of you’s scared the rest is goin’ to get something on you.” – Curley’s wife speaking to the men about the isolation and fear they experience.
“Ain’t nobody goin’ to talk no hurt to George.” – Lennie
“I got you to look after me, and you got me to look after you…” – Lennie expressing his commitment to George as their shared loneliness helps foster their bond.
“And it’d be our own, an’ nobody could can us. If we don’t like a guy we can say, ‘Get the hell out,’ and by God he’s got to do it.” – George envisioning a life of self-determination and companionship that would shield them from loneliness.
“No, Lennie. I ain’t mad. I never been mad, an’ I ain’t now. That’s a thing I want ya to know.” – George emphasizing his dedication to Lennie, dispelling any notion of anger or frustration.
“We could live offa the fatta the lan’.” – Lennie dreaming of a utopian life with George, where they could live off the land together, free from loneliness.
“Well, I tell ya what — Curley still don’t know what hit him. You remember Lennie? This ain’t the first time I been in trouble with Curley. I even fought him once.” – George reminiscing about past altercations, indicating that he has Lennie to protect him from the loneliness of confrontation.
“Lennie covered his face with his huge paws and bleated with terror.” – Lennie’s vulnerability and fear evokes sympathy, as he is left vulnerable due to his mental disabilities.
“An’ why? Because… because I got you to look after me, and you got me to look after you, and that’s why.” – George stressing the importance of their friendship and how it alleviates their inherent loneliness.