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Of Mice and Men

Of Mice and Men

by John Steinbeck

Of Mice and Men Quotes

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Dreams, Hopes, and Plans Quotes

"I remember about the rabbits, George.""The hell with the rabbits. That's all you can ever remember is them rabbits." (1.18-19)

Friendship Quotes

They had walked in single file down the path, and even in the open one stayed behind the other. Both were dressed in denim trousers and in denim coats with brass buttons. Both wore black, shapeless...

Isolation Quotes

"Well, we ain't got any," George exploded. "Whatever we ain't got, that's what you want. God a'mighty, if I was alone I could live so easy. I could go get a job an' work, an' no trouble. No mess at...

Innocence Quotes

"Tha's good," he said. "You drink some, George. You take a good big drink." He smiled happily. (1.7)

Freedom and Confinement Quotes

"George—why ain't we goin' on to the ranch and get some supper? They got supper at the ranch."George rolled on his side. "No reason at all for you. I like it here. Tomorra we're gonna go to work....

Justice Quotes

"O.K.," said George. "An' you ain't gonna do no bad things like you done in Weed, neither."Lennie looked puzzled. "Like I done in Weed?""Oh, so ya forgot that too, did ya? Well, I ain't gonna remin...

Visions of America Quotes

There is a path through the willows and among the sycamores, a path beaten hard by boys coming down from the ranches to swim in the deep pool, and beaten hard by tramps who come wearily down from t...

Violence Quotes

"Where we goin', George?"The little man jerked down the brim of his hat and scowled over at Lennie. "So you forgot that awready, did you? I gotta tell you again, do I? Jesus Christ, you're a crazy...

Prejudice Quotes

"That ranch we're goin' to is right down there about a quarter mile. We're gonna go in an' see the boss. Now, look—I'll give him the work tickets, but you ain't gonna say a word. You jus' stand t...

Weakness Quotes

[Lennie] said gently, "George… I ain’t got mine. I musta lost it." He looked down at the ground in despair. "You never had none, you crazy bastard. I got both of ‘em here. Think I...

Women and Femininity Quotes

"God, you're a lot of trouble," said George. "I could get along so easy and so nice if I didn't have you on my tail. I could live so easy and maybe have a girl."For a moment Lennie lay quiet, and t...

Man and the Natural World Quotes

[He] walked heavily, dragging his feet a little, way a bear drags his paws. His arms did not swing at his sides, but hung loosely. (1.4)

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