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Of Mice and Men Quotes

24 of the best book quotes from Of Mice and Men
  1. #1
    “I got you to look after me, and you got me to look after you, and that’s why.”
  2. #2
    “George said wonderingly, ‘S’pose they was a carnival or a circus come to town, or a ball game, . . . We’d just go to her . . . We wouldn’t ask nobody if we could. Jus’ say, ‘We’ll go to her,’ an’ we would. Jus’ milk the cow and sling some grain to the chickens an’ go to her.‘”
  3. #3
    “When his Aunt Clara died, Lennie just come along with me out workin’. Got kinda used to each other after a little while.”
  4. #4
    “I gotta think about that. We was always gonna do it by ourselves.”
  5. #5
    “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. They get wantin’ to fight all the time.”
  6. #6
    “A guy on a ranch don’t never listen nor he don’t ast no questions.”
  7. #7
    “George can tell you screwy things, and it don’t matter. It’s just the talking. . . . That’s all.”
  8. #8
    ″‘Come on in and set a while,’ Crooks said. ‘Long as you won’t get out and leave me alone, you might as well set down.‘”
  1. #9
    “We got a future.”
  2. #10
    “They fell into a silence. They looked at one another, amazed. This thing they had never really believed in was coming true.”
  3. #11
    “You never oughta drink water when it ain’t runnin’.”
  4. #12
    “We could live offa the fatta the lan’.”
  5. #13
    “As happens sometimes, a moment settled and hovered and remained for much more than a moment. And sound stopped and movement stopped for much, much more than a moment.”
  6. #14
    “But you get used to goin’ around with a guy an’ you can’t get rid of him.”
  7. #15
    “For two bits I’d shove out of here. If we can get jus’ a few dollars in the poke we’ll shove off and go up the American River and pan gold. We can make maybe a couple of dollars a day there, and we might hit a pocket.”
  8. #16
    “Tonight I’m gonna lay right here and look up. I like it.”
  1. #17
    “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.”
  2. #18
    “A guy sets alone out here at night, maybe readin’ books or thinkin’ or stuff like that.”
  3. #19
    “But you jus’ tell an’ try to get this guy canned and we’ll tell ever’body, an’ then will you get the laugh.”
  4. #20
    “His ear heard more than was said to him, and his slow speech had overtones not of thought, but of understanding beyond thought.”
  5. #21
    ″‘I said what stake you got in this guy? You takin’ his pay away from him?′
    ‘No, ‘course I ain’t. Why you think I’m sellin’ him out?′
    ‘Well, I never seen one guy take so much trouble for another guy. I just like to know what your interest is.‘”
  6. #22
    “Guy don’t need no sense to be a nice fella. Seems to me sometimes it jus’ works the other way around. Take a real smart guy and he ain’t hardly ever a nice fella.”
  7. #23
    “It ain’t no lie. We’re gonna do it. Gonna get a little place an’ live on the fatta the lan’.”
  8. #24
    “And it’d be our own, an’ nobody could can us. . . . An’ if a fren’ come along, why we’d have an extra bunk, an’ we’d say, ‘Why don’t you spen’ the night?′ An’ . . . he would.”
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