Of Mice And Men Friendship Quotes

What is a quote in Of Mice and Men that demonstrates friendship? 

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In Of Mice and Men, some of the best quotes about friendship are from Slim.

In Chapter 2, Steinbeck describes Slim as a regal figure.  Being "the prince of the ranch," Slim's "authority was so great that his word was taken on any subject, be it politics or love."  Therefore, when Slim talks about how George and Lennie "look after each other," he makes a statement on the rarity of friendship:

Slim looked through George and beyond him. “Ain’t many guys travel around together,” he mused. “I don’t know why. Maybe ever’body in the whole damn world is scared of each other.”

Slim's words communicate how valuable it is to find a friend. The fear of other people prevents people from forging friendships with another.  This is one reason why the friendship between George and Lennie is so special.

In chapter 3, Slim further remarks about distinctive quality in George's and Lennie's friendship.  When George and Slim sit down to talk, Slim's words speak to the uniqueness of true friendship: 

“Oh, I dunno. Hardly none of the guys ever travel together. I hardly never seen two guys travel together. You know how the hands are, they just come in and get their bunk and work a month, and then they quit and go out alone. Never seem to give a damn about nobody."

The world that Slim describes is a very lonely one.  People act as transients, moving from one place to another.  This world is not conducive to friendship and loyalty.  Slim's description is effective in communicating the importance of friendship, and why what George and Lennie share is so extraordinary.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The conversations about rabbits are good quotes of friendship from Of Mice and Men.

George and Lennie are close friends.  They travel around together, and George looks out for Lennie even though Lennie is mentally challenged.  To keep Lennie happy, George makes up a story about how they are going to work until they have enough money to have a rabbit farm.

"O.K. Someday- we're gonna get the jack together and we're gonna have a little house and a couple of acres an' a cow and some pigs and-"

"An' live off the fatta the lan'," Lennie shouted. "An' have rabbits. (ch 1)

This quote shows that George is a good friend because he does not just protect Lennie, he distracts him with a myth.  The myth keeps them going, and gives Lennie something to think about when they are traveling.