Loneliness

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Mother Teresa once said, “The most terrible poverty is loneliness, and the feeling of being unloved.”  

WRITING PROMPT – What does this quote mean to you, and how do you think it connects to George and/or Lennie.

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38 thoughts on “Loneliness

  1. To me this quote means that when no one wants you and your left by yourself, it can do a great deal of damage to ones mood. This is shown by Lennie because he loses his temper after so many years with George and no one else, so he developed a sense of loneliness. Tommy D. per.4

  2. Meriah Millner period 3
    What this quote means to me is that being lonely and unloved is the most terrible feeling that you can have. This quote can connect with George and Lennie because, Lennie is not the easiest person to deal with but, George stays with him good and bad times. I think George stays because he does not want Lennie to feel lonely or unloved. I have a feeling that George knows what it is like to feel unloved and lonely. George loves Lennie no matter how much he gets on his nerves. Lennie loves George no matter how mean and rude he is to him.

  3. Andrea McLaughlin period 5
    What this quote means to me is that when your lonely and feel unloved it can made you feel that way and your mood on everything changes. I think this quote can connect with George and Lennie becuase since Lennie is handicap, at times he might feel lonely and unloved because its hard for him to understand things and remember. Also, i think that George stays with Lennie because he’s felt that way and doesn’t want Lennie to go through it to.

  4. Lucia S period 5. To me this quote is saying that what people really need is to be and feel loved by people. Otherwise they feel alone or lonely much like Lennie. All Lennie really wants to be loved by someone. George is always giving Lennie a hard time because he is so forgetful and he does things he is not supposed to do. Even though he doesn’t always show it or say it George truly loves Lennie and cares for him. I think that throughout the book George will start to show that more. I think John Steinbeck intended for George and Lennie to have such a strong bond together because George seems to be the only one who understands Lennie for who he really is.

    • Darren T this quote means that all people need to be loved at some point in time. if they dont they feel like lennie lonely or forgotten. all he wants is to be loved. george really loves lennie. but he doe not show it.

  5. This quote means that even if someone doesn’t have much they don’t need much to their name to enjoy the company of someone else. This relates to George and Lennie because they themselves are poor. Although they are poor because Lennie is always getting in trouble George stays with him for the sake of their friendship. Lennie may keep George from getting money and keeping a job but he sticks with him because he nows Lennie can’t take care of himself.

  6. To me this quote means that when you’re lonely and feel unloved it can change your entire mood. It can make you feel as though you are not enough and that you have nobody to go to. Regardless of it all, all that you want is to be loved. This makes me think of Lennie for the fact that he has a mental disability and yet George is still harsh on him at times. All Lennie wants is for George to be happy and when George gets angry and rants on about how he wishes he didn’t have to take care of Lennie because of how much better his life would be without him, he feels unloved and feels lonely. Lennie mainly wants for George to show that he actually cares because George is all Lennie has and wants to feel like his brother loves him and will never leave him. – Steven Ortiz Per.3

  7. Paige Per. 5
    This quote, to me, means when you’re lonely, you feel empty. You feel unloved and like a wave in the ocean, you rise, crash at the shore, and die down. Love is really important for people, it makes them feel like a somebody instead of a nobody. You feel like you belong and you feel like you’re not alone. Just like the character Lennie, in Mice of Men, all he wants is George to be proud of him and love him, but all he gets is hate. George always talks about being on his own and how life would be so much better without Lennie being there and having to be taken care of. Lennie always looks up to George, like a role model. All Lennie wants is Georges love and to be accepted by his own brother.

  8. I think the quote connects to George and Lennie because they are lonely because George wants a girlfriend but cant get one because of Lennie. Lennie gets in George way so he cant live like he want to.

  9. This quote means to me that loneliness is as bad as being poor and being poor, leaves you with nothing. Loneliness is never ok because it leads to other things such as depression. When your alone many thoughts run through your head, and when you over think you become very upset. Lennie and George in Of Mice And Men both struggle with loneliness in my opinion. Lennie desires to feel the comfort of animals and when he had an attachment to mice he would unintentionally l kill them with his strength. So i believe that every mice he killed he would fell lonely, and also very sad because her doesn’t understand why he would kill them.

  10. This quote to me means that no one likes to feel lonely . Also no one likes to feel unloved. This may connect to lennie and george because with out george lennie would be lonely . Also this connects to lennie and george because with out george lennie would feel unloved. Lennie would feel unloved because he really doesnt have anyone besides george

  11. Many people are affected by loneliness. There are also many reasons to be lonely. Some are from death, heartbreak and loss. When people are lonely, they can become depressed and it may end bad. To solve loneliness, you can get involved with many different things. You can think about your interests and then join something related to that.

  12. Hannah Parrino period 3

    This reminds me of Lennie and George because since Lennie has a disability, he is slower at things and then George is still mean to him.

  13. Aaron Rojas period 1. I think loneliness is a very important feeling. I think loneliness could drive someone to sadness, anger, or maybe even madness. When mother Teresa had said her quote on poverty, I think she meant that one needs others more than items. In “Of Mice and Men”, I think Lennie and George may want to really fulfill their dream of a ranch, animals, and more, but they need it together. Some one could have all they ever wanted in life, but I think that they need someone to share it with. Loneliness is a feeling that really effects someones thoughts, actions, and views on the world.

  14. The quote ” The most terrible poverty is loneliness, and feeling or being unloved” means a lot to me. This quote to me means that the worst way to not have money and be poor is also not to be loved and be lonely. I think this connects with George and Lennie because Lennie and George are both very lonely. Lennie is lonely because George is mean to him and he has nobody else in his life. Lennie also likes to have animals to pet and be with becaes he is so lonely. George is also kind of lonely because he only has Lennie and because of that he also has no girl in his life.

  15. Ben W Period 1: To me this quote means that no one likes you and you feel so empty like no one wants you around. Loneliness can occur for a variety of reasons but most of it comes from no one wanting you around or liking you. I think that this connects with George and Lennie because they are both lonely. Lennie is lonely because all he has is George, no other person would be nice to Lennie because of his disability. This is probably why Lennie always wants to pet a animal because it wont run away from him or treat him terribly. George is lonely because he only has Lennie and with Lennie he scares people away this makes people not want to talk or be friends with George. This is also the reason why George doesn’t have a girl because Lennie would scare her away.

  16. Marissa D. Period 5
    This quote is saying that being lonely is like being poor. When you aren’t surrounded by people who love and care about you, there is a feeling of unimportance. I think that everyone should feel important, like they belong, and know that there is someone who does care about you. I think this quote connects to George and Lennie because they need each other. Without each other, they would become poor not just in money, but also in the sense of friendship. In any condition, good or bad, these two will always have each others backs. They will always stick together. Loneliness can hurt, but friendship can heal.

  17. Sydney Period 3
    I think this quote is really powerful. This quote connects with Lennie and George’s relationship because Lennie doesnt have anybody except George. George has a quick temper but he would never leave Lennie. Lennie motivated George in a way because George would have been left Lennie if he never cared. Lennie would feel that he is unloved and unimportant to everybody. Even though George is rude and disrespectful at times he still cares for Lennie.

  18. This quote means that people don’t enjoy being alone. People often need the attention and nurture of others, not to be alone and feel unwanted. This quote reminds me of Lennie and George because they only have each other. George often feels lonely because he is just taking care of Lennie, but Lennie is not lonely because he always has George there to help him and care for him.

  19. This comment means all to me. Loneliness goes along way. Lennie and George have each other but nobody else. And George always takes care of Lennie. But George wants a girl. They are always moving from country to country and doesn’t have no family but each other.

  20. This quote means to me that the more lonely you are the more people you don’t care about. With George and Lennie they never will get lonely because they have each other. Even though sometimes Lennie feels lonely because he doesn’t have a pet mouse because he kills them all the time but, George always is with him. George always protects Lennie no matter what even in weed when Lennie was feeling that girls dress and Lennie had to hide George was always with him Period 6

  21. Period 4

    This quote is very heart touching to everyone if there ever alone. Though loneliness isn’t like every other type of property. Loneliness can affect everyone, for the good an bad. In this book George and Lennie and most of the other characters are lonely to. They never have anyone to be there for them all the time. They are either moving place to place or have no body there for them.

  22. This quote means a lot. People can get lonely if there is not anyone to care about them. Loneliness effects people whatever the reason is. In the book Of Mice and Men, George and Lennie sees how being lonely is. George has to take care of Lennie and make sure he doesn’t get in trouble. As Lennie feels all alone, George is always there for him. As this is saying, all people need to be loved and cared about or the person will feel bad and has nothing to live for. Loneliness can affect someone’s behavior.
    Wes Winger Period 4

  23. This Quote means to me that being alone and unloved is the most terrible poverty of all. This quote connects to George and Lennie because they do not have any family left to go back to. They both are an the road and only have each other. Both characters are lonely, but George explains to Lennie, if George never had Lennie then his life would be a lot better and easier. But they soon find a place to work so they will find new friends. Then at the end they George ends there relationship by shooting Lennie.

  24. This loneliness quote means being lonely could lead to tragic things.George and lennie went throughout that in the book. lennie and george are friends because their lonely selfs. being lonely leads to pain and suffering. Being lonely is bad george knows. People get lonely because of their attitude. Rashawn hicks Period 8

  25. To me this quote means that being lonely and unloved is the most terrible feeling in the world. This quote connects to George and Lennie because Lennie makes mistakes but at the end of the day George is always there for him. No matter what happens between Lennie and George , George still loves Lennie. Without Lennie George would be lonely and depressed. Being lonely will make someone do crazy thing. But being unloved makes you feel like no one cares about you then eventually someone will kill themselves.

  26. Being lonely makes you feel many different emotions.It makes you feel sad.It also makes you feel angry.You crave attention when you are lonely.You crave affection.Being lonely is not something you wan to feel.

  27. Sometimes I feel lonely in a way. I be thinking that I’m the isolated one from my family and my friends. But the word lonely to me is being depressed and u have people that care for you and your family is there for you. Being lonely can make you wanna kill yourself or ethier make you go insane. Sometimes George feels lonely because he feels like he’s doing everything by himself and taking care of someone while getting Lennie out of trouble all the time. Feeling lonely also can make your behavior change.

  28. loneliness can cause people to go crazy. when people go crazy it isent good for the person or the people around them. you never know what a person is going to do. i feel bad for the people the are lonely because the have no one to talk to. if they hvae no one to talk to it becomes depressing

  29. To me, this quote is saying that the worst thing you can feel is loneliness and the greatest riches you can have is friendship. True happiness comes from the friends and people around you. This connects to Lennie and George because they have each other. If Lennie didn’t have George, he’d probably be dead. He wouldn’t be able to keep a job or support himself and George wouldn’t be there to bail him out of trouble. If George didn’t have Lennie, he’d be all alone. He wouldn’t have someone to talk to and someone to share a dream with. He would’ve never come to the new ranch and met Candy, who actually made their dream realistic. Without each other, Lennie and George’s lives would be different.

  30. Hoai P, Period 5
    This quote means that the worst state of being is feeling lonely and either not be able to love or not being able to be loved by others. By feeling lonely and unloved, it can take a major toll on people. It can lead to things like self-harm, neglect and maybe even suicide. I think it can relate to George most of all. George is lonely because he has Lennie holding him back from living his dreams. George probably wants to get a girl one day but can’t do that because Lennie is holding him back and ruining things up for him.

  31. loneliness is very sad to me u have no one to love you and u just feel very alone….its not fun to be lonely,loneliness is very strong and its can bring you to a hard point in someones life…

  32.  Darren Tsirtsakis This quote means that even if someone doesn’t have much they don’t need much to their name to enjoy the company of someone else. This relates to George and Lennie because they themselves are poor. Although they are poor because Lennie is always getting in trouble George stays with him for the sake of their friendship. Lennie may keep George from getting money and keeping a job but he sticks with him because he nows Lennie can’t take care of himself. so goerge has to take care of him.

  33. I always hated loneliness it makes me feel really bad and depressed. I don’t think any one should be alone some one should have company and always be by some one. Loneliness could do bad stuff to you it makes you mad and grumpy like an old guys down the street. I’m just hoping nobody’s gonna be alone for the holidays and be with friends and family.

  34. I think this quote means that no one wants to be lonely or feel unloved. If your lonely and unloved it can change how you feel towards people, no matter who they are. Lennie and George remind me of this because Lennie is always alone because he can’t understand what happens most if the time. He’s not really unloved because George always stick by Lennie and doesn’t let anyone hurt him.

  35. This quote is deep in meaning. I think it means that no one would ever want to feeling of being lonely. No one would ever want the feeling of not having anyone to love or anyone to love them. George and Lennie were never lonely because they had each other. They always had someone to love. George may feel lonely now because he no longer had Lennie with him.

  36. Abigale Lutz Period 1
    This quote is a amazing quote for the book “of mice and men” because the only thing lennie wants is for George to love him. Of course Lennie knows George loves him but he always think he is mad at him but George is only mad at lennie because he does stupid stuff. Another thing is that George wouldn’t want to lose lennie because they love each other and George will be lost without lennie. The quote states that anyone wouldn’t want to be alone or unloveds and george and lennie share that between each other in the book.

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