The Crucible Quotes

No man may longer doubt the powers of the dark are gathered in monstrous attack upon this village. There is too much evidence now to deny it. Rev. Hale
You are a coward! Though you be ordained in God’s own tears, you are a coward now! John Proctor
Child, you are certain this be your natural memory? May it be, perhaps, that someone conjures you even now to say this? Marshal Herrick
…in my ignorance I find it hard to draw a clear opinion of them that come accused before the court. Rev. Hale
She sat to dinner in Reverend Parris’s house tonight, and without a word nor warnin’ she falls to the floor. Like a struck beast, he says… Ezekiel Cheever
…we are only what we always were, but naked now, naked! And the wind, God’s icy wind, will blow! John Proctor
This farm’s a continent when you go foot by foot droppin’ seeds in it. John Proctor
I cannot think the Devil may own a woman’s soul, Mr. Hale, when she keeps an upright way, as I have. I am a good woman. Elizabeth Proctor
I cannot do it, I cannot! Mary Warren
She wants me dead. I knew all week it would come to this! Elizabeth Proctor
We are what we always were in Salem, but now the little crazy children are jangling the keys of the kingdom… John Proctor
In God’s name… I cannot help myself. I must chain them all. Now let you keep inside this house. Marshal Herrick
…when I look to heaven and see my money glaring at his elbows – it hurt my prayer, sir. John Proctor
I saved her life today! Mary Warren
Some dream I had must have mistaken you for God that day. But you’re not, you’re not, and let you remember it! John Proctor
I have seen too many frightful proofs in court – the Devil is alive in Salem, and we dare not quail to follow wherever the accusing finger points! Rev. Hale
The girl is murder! She must be ripped out of the world! Elizabeth Proctor
I think it is not easy to prove she’s fraud, and the town gone so silly. She told it to me in a room alone – I have no proof for it. John Proctor
I feel a misty coldness climbin’ up my back, and the skin on my skull begin to creep, and I feel a clamp around my neck… Mary Warren
When the children wake, speak nothing of witchcraft – it will frighten them. Elizabeth Proctor
I will be gone every day now. I am amazed you do not see what weighty work we do. Mary Warren
I never said my wife were a witch… I only said she were reading books! Giles Cory
I see now your spirit twists around the single error of my life, and I will never tear it free! John Proctor
I think she sees another meaning in that blush. Elizabeth Proctor
…your justice would freeze beer! John Proctor
Let you counsel among yourselves; think on your village and what may have drawn from heaven such thundering wrath upon you all. I shall pray God open up our eyes. Rev. Hale
The promise that a stallion gives a mare I gave that girl! John Proctor
A fart on Thomas Putnum, that is what I say to that! Giles Cory
I heard the other girls screaming, and you, Your Honor, you seemed to believe them, and I – It were only sport in the beginning… Mary Warren
I denounce these proceedings, I quit this court! Rev. Hale
Now we cannot hope the witch will accuse herself; granted? Therefore, we must rely upon her victims – and they do testify, the children certainly do testify. Danforth
A fire, a fire is burning! I hear the boot of Lucifer, I see his filthy face! John Proctor
He wake me every night, his eyes were like coals and his fingers claw my neck, and I sign… Mary Warren
He plow on Sunday, sir. Ezekiel Cheever
A man may think God sleeps, but God sees everything, I know it now. John Proctor
And do you know that near to four hundred are in the jails from Marblehead to Lynn, and upon my signature? Giles Cory
There might also be a dragon with five legs in my house, but no one has ever seen it. John Proctor
I have seen them stuck by pins and slashed by daggers. I have until this moment not the slightest reason to suspect that the children may be deceiving me. Danforth
I’ll not conceal it, my hand shakes yet as with a wound! I pray you, sir, THIS argument let lawyers present to you. Rev. Hale
Goody Proctor always kept poppets. Giles Cory
I thought I saw my husband somewhat turning from me. Elizabeth Proctor
This man is killing his neighbors for their land! Giles Cory
I say – I say – God is dead! John Proctor – If all these liars/judges are considered “holy” then God must be dead
I am thirty-three time in court in my life. And always plaintiff, too. Danforth
Let YOU beware, Mr. Danforth. Think you to be so mighty that the power of Hell may not turn YOUR wits? Abigail
Give them no tear! Tears pleasure them! Show honor now, show a stony heart and sink them with it! John Proctor
I should hang ten thousand that dared to rise against the law, and an ocean of salt tears could not melt the resolution of the statutes. Danforth
Because I am not worth the dust on the feet of them that hang! How may I live without my name? I have given you my soul; leave me my name! John Proctor
Thirty-one pound is gone. I am penniless. Parris
…what I touched with my bright confidence, it died; and where I turned the eye of my great faith, blood flowed up. Rev. Hale
Nothing’s spoiled by giving them this lie that were not rotten long before. John Proctor
Quail not before God’s judgment in this, for it may well be God dams a liar less than he that throws his life away for pride. Rev. Hale
Are you stone? I tell you true, woman, had I no other proof of your unnatural life, your dry eyes now would be sufficient evidence that you delivered up your soul to Hell! Danforth
Oh, John – God send his mercy on you! Rebecca Nurse
Mr. Danforth, I gave them all my word no harm would come to them for signing this. Francis Nurse
I counted myself so plain, so poorly made, no honest love could come to me! Suspicion kissed you when I did… Elizabeth Proctor
Oh, Majesty! Comin’, comin’!…He’s here, His Majesty’s come! Tituba
…you mistake me. I am not empowered to trade your life for a lie. Danforth
Dam the village! I confess to God, and God has seen my name on this! It is enough! John Proctor
Hang them high over the town! Who weeps for these, weeps for corruption! Danforth
Tonight, when I open my door to leave my house – a dagger clattered to the ground. Parris
I have three children – how may I teach them to walk like men in the world, and I sold my friends? John Proctor
There is blood on my head! Can you not see the blood on my head! Rev. Hale
You misunderstood, sir; I cannot pardon these when twelve are already hanged for the same crime. It is not just. Danforth
He have his goodness now. God forbid I take it from him! Elizabeth Proctor

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