The Crucible Quotes

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Until an hour before the Devil fell, God thought him beautiful in Heaven.

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Because it is my name! Because I cannot have another in my life! Because I lie and sign myself to lies! 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!

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I speak my own sins; I cannot judge another. I have no tongue for it.

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Life, woman, life is God's most precious gift; no principle, however glorious, may justify the taking of it.

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A child's spirit is like a child, you can never catch it by running after it; you must stand still, and, for love, it will soon itself come back.

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We are what we always were in Salem, but now the little crazy children are jangling the keys of the kingdom, and common vengeance writes the law!

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...an everlasting funeral marches round your heart.

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Peace. It is a providence, and no great change; we are only what we always were, but naked now.

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Oh,Elizabeth, your justice would freeze beer.

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He have his goodness now. God forbid I take it from him!

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I cannot sleep for dreaming; I cannot dream but I wake and walk about the house as though I'd find you comin' through the door.

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Sex, sin, and the Devil were early linked.

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Perhaps because there are those who believe that authority is all of a piece and that to challenge it anywhere is to threaten it everywhere.

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it's the proper morning to fly into Hell.

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Great stones they lay upon his chest until he plead aye or nay. They say he give them but two words. "More weight," he says. And died.

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The Devil is precise; the marks of his presence are definite as stone...

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I may think of you softly from time to time. But I’ll cut off my hand before I ever reach for you again.

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PROCTOR, his mind wild, breathless: I say--I say--God is dead!

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What work you do! It's strange work for a Christian girl to hang old women!

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A fire, a fire is burning! I hear the boot of Lucifer, I see his filthy face! And it is my face, and yours, Danforth! For them that quail to bring men out of ignorance, as I have quailed, and as you quail now when you know in all your black hearts that this be fraud – God damns our kind especially, and we will burn, we will burn together!

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It is the essence of power that it accrues to those with the ability to determine the nature of the real.

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I look for John Proctor that took me from my sleep and put knowledge in my heart! I never knew what pretence Salem was, I never knew the lying lessons I was taught by all these Christian women and their covenanted men! And now you bid me tear the light out of my eyes! I will not, I cannot! You loved me, John Proctor, and whatever sin it is, you love me yet!

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Political opposition... is given an inhumane overlay, which then justifies the abrogation of all normally applied customs of civilized behavior. A political policy is equated with moral right, and opposition to it with diabolical malevolence.

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Man, remember, until an hour before the Devil fell, God thought him beautiful in Heaven.

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Here is all the invisible world, caught, defined, and calculated. In these books the Devil stands stripped of all his brute disguises. Here are all your familiar spirits-your incubi and succubi; your witches that go by land, by air, and by sea; your wizards of the night and of the day. Have no fear now-we shall find him out and I mean to crush him utterly if he has shown his face!

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John Proctor’s flaw is his failure, until the last moment, to distinguish guilt from responsibility; America’s is to believe that it is at the same time both guilty and without flaw.

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Some dream I had must have mistaken you for God that day.

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John – tell me, are we lost?

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What victory would the Devil have to win a soul already bad? It is the best the Devil wants, and who is better than the minister." - Rev. John Hale

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I made a gift for you, Good Proctor. I had to sit long hours in a chair, and passed the time with sewing." - Mary Warren

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When one rises above the individual villainy displayed, one can only pity them all, just as we shall be pitied some day.

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I am sick of meetings; cannot the man turn his head without he have a meeting?

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