What are three quotes each for George and Lennie from Of Mice and Men that show traits of responsibility, understanding, and honesty?

One quote for Lennie in Of Mice and Men that demonstrates honesty is when Lennie, speaking of the ranch, tells George,

I don' like this place, George. This ain't no good place. I wanna get outa here.

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For quotes that display honesty, understanding, and responsibility, head toward the start of the book, where Lennie and George, among other things, eat beans.

Lennie makes it known that he’d prefer to consume his beans with ketchup. George, clearly irritated, informs Lennie that there is no ketchup.

Understanding that he is getting on George’s nerves and that he has an obligation—a responsibility—to be kinder to George (after all, George is looking out for Lennie), Lennie tells George,

I was only foolin’, George. I don’t want no ketchup. I wouldn’t eat no ketchup if it was right here beside me.

While this quote does show understanding and responsibility, it might not be so honest. There’s reason to believe that if ketchup was around, Lennie would indeed eat it with his beans.

George’s reply to Lennie not only includes honesty, but responsibility and understanding. George says,

When I think of the swell time I could have without you, I go nuts. I never get no peace.

Here, George is being blunt. He’s also being responsible and understanding, because he knows that it’s up to him to take care of Lennie regardless of how “nuts” it makes him.

For a quote in which George portrays the traits of responsibility and understanding but not honesty, consider using a quote for the end of the story. For example, George is not being honest when he tells Lennie,

Ain’t gonna be no more trouble. Nobody gonna hurt nobody nor steal from ’em.

George is actually about to hurt Lennie. He’s about to kill him.

For a quote when Lennie is being honest but not necessarily responsible or understanding, try the part when Lennie strokes the hair of Curley’s wife. Lennie is likely being honest about how “nice” it feels. Yet he is not acting responsibly. He also doesn’t seem to fully understand his own feelings or the reaction of Curley’s wife.

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George shows his sense of responsibility towards Lennie when he tells Curley,

I told his old lady I'd take care of him. He got kicked in the head by a horse when he was a kid. He's awright.

Lennie admits he is responsible for misdeeds when he goes to the Salinas pool after killing Curley's wife. He is wracked with guilt as he has an imaginary, confessional conversation with his Aunt Clara:

I know, Aunt Clara, ma'am. I'll go right off in the hills an' I'll fin' a cave an' I'll live there so I won't be no more trouble to George.

As he takes responsibility, Lennie is willing, at least for the moment, to sacrifice himself to help out George.

Lennie speaks with raw honesty to George when he expresses his intuitive fear that the ranch is a dangerous place for them to be:

I don' like this place, George. This ain't no good place. I wanna get outa here.

George is equally honest when he agrees with Lennie, saying,

"No, I don't like it .... For two bits I'd shove out of here."

He is honest, too, at the end, when he tells Lennie right before he shoots him that he has never really, deep down, been angry at Lennie:

"No," said George. "No, Lennie. I ain't mad. I never been mad, an' I ain't now. That's a thing I want ya to know."

Understanding can mean both factual and emotional understanding. In the quote below, Lennie shows a factual understanding of how George expects him to behave when he properly answers George's question about how he is supposed to act when they arrive at the ranch:

Lennie stopped chewing and swallowed. His face was concentrated. "I ain't gonna .... say a word."

George praises him for his understanding.

George shows an emotional and intuitive understanding in knowing what Lennie needs to hear to feel comforted and at peace before he shoots him:

You .... an' me. Ever'body gonna be nice to you. Ain't gonna be no more trouble. Nobody gon-na hurt nobody nor steal from 'em.

Although they make mistakes and are sometimes deceptive, George and Lennie reveal themselves at heart to be decent, sympathetic people.

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In Chapter 1, George says,

"Guys like us, that work on ranches...work up a stake and then they go inta town and blow their stake...they ain't got nothin' to look ahead to...with us it ain't like that.  We got a future". 

They must act with responsibility, differently from those who have no future. 

Lenny responds with a comment on friendship and the responsibility that goes with it, saying, 

"Because...I got you to look after me, and you got me to look after you, and that's why".

A little later in the same Chapter, George has hurt Lennie's feelings and tries to rectify it with understanding, telling him,

"I ain't takin' it away jus' for meanness...that mouse ain't fresh...you get another mouse that's fresh and I'll let you keep it awhile". 

Then, Lennie realizes he's annoying George with his demands for ketchup. He tries to be understanding and says,

"I was ony foolin', George...I wouldn't eat no ketchup if it was right here beside me...I'd leave it all for you".

In Chapter 3, George admits with honesty he used to treat Lenny badly.  He says,

"Used to play jokes on 'im 'cause he was too dumb to take care of 'imself...he was so nice to me...I ain't done nothing like that no more". 

And finally, in Chapter 6, after he has killed Curley's wife, Lennie tells George honestly,

"I done another bad thing".

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