Crooks has a very hopeless outlook about dreams. Isolated by his color and his disabilities, he has little to look forward to and is lonely and bitter. About dreams, Crooks says,
"I seen hunderds of men come by on the road an' on the ranches, with their bindles on their back an'...every damn one of 'em's got a little piece of land in his head. An' never a God damn one of 'em ever gets it. Just like heaven. Ever'body wants a little piece of lan'...Nobody never gets to heaven, and nobody gets no land. They're all the time talkin' about it, but it's jus' in their head".
Crooks thinks Lenny and George are foolish to dream that they will have a little piece of land to call home one day. He reiterates,
"You guys is just kiddin' yourself. You'll talk about it a hell of a lot, but you won't get no land".
Crooks believes that men do not have the character to make their dreams come true. He says,
"I never seen a guy really do it...I seen guys nearly crazy with loneliness for land, but ever' time a whore house or a blackjack game took what it takes".
After listening to Lennie talk at length about the dream he and George share, Crooks drops his guard for a little while and allows himself to dream of joining them. He soon reneges, however, scoffing,
"jus' forget it...I didn' mean it. Jus' foolin'. I wouldn' want to go no place like that" (Chapter 4).