What are some quotes about the relationship between George and Lennie in "Of Mice and Men"?

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George is responsible for Lennie, and sometimes the difficulties of his responsibilites frustrate him.  He complains to Lennie,

"An' whatta I got...I got you!  You can't keep a job and you lose me ever' job I get.  Jus' keep me shovin' all over the country all the time.  An' that ain't the worst.  You get in trouble.  You do bad things and I got to get you out...you keep me in hot water all the time".

Despite the frustrations of taking care of Lennie, however, George appreciates that the two of them have a special bond which keeps them from being lonely.  He says,

"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 somebody to talk to that gives a damn about us...if them other guys gets in jail they can rot for all anybody gives a damn.  But not us...An' why?  Because I got you to look after me, and you got me to look after you, and that's why".

George and Lennie share a dream.  When things are tough, they hopefully remind themselves,

"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...a big vegetable patch and a rabbit hutch and chickens".

And best of all, if Lennie is good, George promises,

"I can let you tend the rabbits" (Chapter 1).