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Act 1 Quotes

There are wheels within wheels in this village, and fires within fires!
Location: Act 1
Speaker: Ann Putnam
 
I have trouble enough without I come five mile to hear him preach only hellfire and bloody damnation. Take it to heart, Mr. Parris. There are many others who stay away from church these days because you hardly ever mention God any more.
Location: Act 1
Speaker: John Proctor
Mentioned or related: Reverend Parris
 
I look for John Proctor that took me from my sleep and put knowledge in my heart! I never knew what pretense 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!
Location: Act 1
Speaker: Abigail Williams
Mentioned or related: John Proctor
 
I want to open myself! . . . I want the light of God, I want the sweet love of Jesus! I danced for the Devil; I saw him, I wrote in his book; I go back to Jesus; I kiss His hand. I saw Sarah Good with the Devil! I saw Goody Osburn with the Devil! I saw Bridget Bishop with the Devil!
Location: Act 1
Speaker: Abigail Williams
Mentioned or related: Mrs. Osburn, Sarah Good
 

Act 2 Quotes

I'll plead no more! I see now your spirit twists around the single error of my life, and I will never tear it free!
Location: Act 2
Speaker: John Proctor
Mentioned or related: Elizabeth Proctor
 
I like it not that Mr. Parris should lay his hand upon my baby. I see no light of God in that man. I'll not conceal it.
Location: Act 2
Speaker: John Proctor
Mentioned or related: Reverend Parris
 
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!
Location: Act 2
Speaker: Reverend Hale
 
I'll tell you what's walking Salem—vengeance is walking Salem. 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! This warrant's vengeance! I'll not give my wife to vengeance!
Location: Act 2
Speaker: John Proctor
Mentioned or related: Elizabeth Proctor
 

Act 3 Quotes

Do you take it upon yourself to determine what this court shall believe and what it shall set aside? . . . .This is the highest court of the supreme government of this province, do you know it?
Location: Act 3
Mentioned or related: Giles Corey
 
You must understand, sir, that a person is either with this court or he must be counted against it, there be no road between. This is a sharp time, now, a precise time—we live no longer in the dusky afternoon when evil mixed itself with good and befuddled the world. Now, by God's grace, the shining sun is up, and them that fear not light will surely praise it.
Location: Act 3
Mentioned or related: Francis Nurse
 
A man may think God sleeps, but God sees everything, I know it now. I beg you, sir, I beg you—see her what she is . . . She thinks to dance with me on my wife's grave! And well she might, for I thought of her softly. God help me, I lusted, and there is a promise in such sweat. But it is a whore's vengeance.
Location: Act 3
Speaker: John Proctor
Mentioned or related: Elizabeth Proctor, Abigail Williams
 
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!
Location: Act 3
Speaker: John Proctor
Mentioned or related: Deputy Governor Danforth
 

Act 4 Quotes

It is mistaken law that leads you to sacrifice. Life, woman, life is God's most precious gift; no principle, however glorious, may justify the taking of it . . ..it may well be God damns a liar less than he that throws his life away for pride.
Location: Act 4
Speaker: Reverend Hale
Mentioned or related: Elizabeth Proctor
 
I do think I see some shred of goodness in John Proctor. Not enough to weave a banner with, but white enough to keep it from such dogs. Give them no tear! Tears pleasure them! Show honor now, show a stony heart and sink them with it!
Location: Act 4
Speaker: John Proctor
 
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!
Location: Act 4
Speaker: John Proctor
Mentioned or related: John Proctor
 

John Proctor Quotes

I have trouble enough without I come five mile to hear him preach only hellfire and bloody damnation. Take it to heart, Mr. Parris. There are many others who stay away from church these days because you hardly ever mention God any more.
Location: Act 1
Speaker: John Proctor
Mentioned or related: Reverend Parris
 
I look for John Proctor that took me from my sleep and put knowledge in my heart! I never knew what pretense 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!
Location: Act 1
Speaker: Abigail Williams
Mentioned or related: John Proctor
 
I'll plead no more! I see now your spirit twists around the single error of my life, and I will never tear it free!
Location: Act 2
Speaker: John Proctor
Mentioned or related: Elizabeth Proctor
 
I like it not that Mr. Parris should lay his hand upon my baby. I see no light of God in that man. I'll not conceal it.
Location: Act 2
Speaker: John Proctor
Mentioned or related: Reverend Parris
 
I'll tell you what's walking Salem—vengeance is walking Salem. 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! This warrant's vengeance! I'll not give my wife to vengeance!
Location: Act 2
Speaker: John Proctor
Mentioned or related: Elizabeth Proctor
 
A man may think God sleeps, but God sees everything, I know it now. I beg you, sir, I beg you—see her what she is . . . She thinks to dance with me on my wife's grave! And well she might, for I thought of her softly. God help me, I lusted, and there is a promise in such sweat. But it is a whore's vengeance.
Location: Act 3
Speaker: John Proctor
Mentioned or related: Elizabeth Proctor, Abigail Williams
 
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!
Location: Act 3
Speaker: John Proctor
Mentioned or related: Deputy Governor Danforth
 
I do think I see some shred of goodness in John Proctor. Not enough to weave a banner with, but white enough to keep it from such dogs. Give them no tear! Tears pleasure them! Show honor now, show a stony heart and sink them with it!
Location: Act 4
Speaker: John Proctor
 
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!
Location: Act 4
Speaker: John Proctor
Mentioned or related: John Proctor
 

Reverend Parris Quotes

I have trouble enough without I come five mile to hear him preach only hellfire and bloody damnation. Take it to heart, Mr. Parris. There are many others who stay away from church these days because you hardly ever mention God any more.
Location: Act 1
Speaker: John Proctor
Mentioned or related: Reverend Parris
 
I like it not that Mr. Parris should lay his hand upon my baby. I see no light of God in that man. I'll not conceal it.
Location: Act 2
Speaker: John Proctor
Mentioned or related: Reverend Parris
 

Reverend Hale Quotes

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!
Location: Act 2
Speaker: Reverend Hale
 
It is mistaken law that leads you to sacrifice. Life, woman, life is God's most precious gift; no principle, however glorious, may justify the taking of it . . ..it may well be God damns a liar less than he that throws his life away for pride.
Location: Act 4
Speaker: Reverend Hale
Mentioned or related: Elizabeth Proctor
 

Elizabeth Proctor Quotes

I'll plead no more! I see now your spirit twists around the single error of my life, and I will never tear it free!
Location: Act 2
Speaker: John Proctor
Mentioned or related: Elizabeth Proctor
 
I'll tell you what's walking Salem—vengeance is walking Salem. 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! This warrant's vengeance! I'll not give my wife to vengeance!
Location: Act 2
Speaker: John Proctor
Mentioned or related: Elizabeth Proctor
 
A man may think God sleeps, but God sees everything, I know it now. I beg you, sir, I beg you—see her what she is . . . She thinks to dance with me on my wife's grave! And well she might, for I thought of her softly. God help me, I lusted, and there is a promise in such sweat. But it is a whore's vengeance.
Location: Act 3
Speaker: John Proctor
Mentioned or related: Elizabeth Proctor, Abigail Williams
 
It is mistaken law that leads you to sacrifice. Life, woman, life is God's most precious gift; no principle, however glorious, may justify the taking of it . . ..it may well be God damns a liar less than he that throws his life away for pride.
Location: Act 4
Speaker: Reverend Hale
Mentioned or related: Elizabeth Proctor
 

Abigail Williams Quotes

I look for John Proctor that took me from my sleep and put knowledge in my heart! I never knew what pretense 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!
Location: Act 1
Speaker: Abigail Williams
Mentioned or related: John Proctor
 
I want to open myself! . . . I want the light of God, I want the sweet love of Jesus! I danced for the Devil; I saw him, I wrote in his book; I go back to Jesus; I kiss His hand. I saw Sarah Good with the Devil! I saw Goody Osburn with the Devil! I saw Bridget Bishop with the Devil!
Location: Act 1
Speaker: Abigail Williams
Mentioned or related: Mrs. Osburn, Sarah Good
 
A man may think God sleeps, but God sees everything, I know it now. I beg you, sir, I beg you—see her what she is . . . She thinks to dance with me on my wife's grave! And well she might, for I thought of her softly. God help me, I lusted, and there is a promise in such sweat. But it is a whore's vengeance.
Location: Act 3
Speaker: John Proctor
Mentioned or related: Elizabeth Proctor, Abigail Williams
 

Ann Putnam Quotes

There are wheels within wheels in this village, and fires within fires!
Location: Act 1
Speaker: Ann Putnam
 

Giles Corey Quotes

Do you take it upon yourself to determine what this court shall believe and what it shall set aside? . . . .This is the highest court of the supreme government of this province, do you know it?
Location: Act 3
Mentioned or related: Giles Corey
 

Francis Nurse Quotes

You must understand, sir, that a person is either with this court or he must be counted against it, there be no road between. This is a sharp time, now, a precise time—we live no longer in the dusky afternoon when evil mixed itself with good and befuddled the world. Now, by God's grace, the shining sun is up, and them that fear not light will surely praise it.
Location: Act 3
Mentioned or related: Francis Nurse
 

Deputy Governor Danforth Quotes

Do you take it upon yourself to determine what this court shall believe and what it shall set aside? . . . .This is the highest court of the supreme government of this province, do you know it?
Location: Act 3
Mentioned or related: Giles Corey
 
You must understand, sir, that a person is either with this court or he must be counted against it, there be no road between. This is a sharp time, now, a precise time—we live no longer in the dusky afternoon when evil mixed itself with good and befuddled the world. Now, by God's grace, the shining sun is up, and them that fear not light will surely praise it.
Location: Act 3
Mentioned or related: Francis Nurse
 
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!
Location: Act 3
Speaker: John Proctor
Mentioned or related: Deputy Governor Danforth
 

Mrs. Osburn Quotes

I want to open myself! . . . I want the light of God, I want the sweet love of Jesus! I danced for the Devil; I saw him, I wrote in his book; I go back to Jesus; I kiss His hand. I saw Sarah Good with the Devil! I saw Goody Osburn with the Devil! I saw Bridget Bishop with the Devil!
Location: Act 1
Speaker: Abigail Williams
Mentioned or related: Mrs. Osburn, Sarah Good
 

Sarah Good Quotes

I want to open myself! . . . I want the light of God, I want the sweet love of Jesus! I danced for the Devil; I saw him, I wrote in his book; I go back to Jesus; I kiss His hand. I saw Sarah Good with the Devil! I saw Goody Osburn with the Devil! I saw Bridget Bishop with the Devil!
Location: Act 1
Speaker: Abigail Williams
Mentioned or related: Mrs. Osburn, Sarah Good
 

Quotes for the "Puritanism and Individuality" Theme

I have trouble enough without I come five mile to hear him preach only hellfire and bloody damnation. Take it to heart, Mr. Parris. There are many others who stay away from church these days because you hardly ever mention God any more.
Location: Act 1
Speaker: John Proctor
Mentioned or related: Reverend Parris
•Other themes related to this quote: The Danger of Ideology

I look for John Proctor that took me from my sleep and put knowledge in my heart! I never knew what pretense 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!
Location: Act 1
Speaker: Abigail Williams
Mentioned or related: John Proctor
•Other themes related to this quote: Reputation and Integrity

I want to open myself! . . . I want the light of God, I want the sweet love of Jesus! I danced for the Devil; I saw him, I wrote in his book; I go back to Jesus; I kiss His hand. I saw Sarah Good with the Devil! I saw Goody Osburn with the Devil! I saw Bridget Bishop with the Devil!
Location: Act 1
Speaker: Abigail Williams
Mentioned or related: Mrs. Osburn, Sarah Good
•Other themes related to this quote: Hysteria, Reputation and Integrity

I'll tell you what's walking Salem—vengeance is walking Salem. 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! This warrant's vengeance! I'll not give my wife to vengeance!
Location: Act 2
Speaker: John Proctor
Mentioned or related: Elizabeth Proctor
•Other themes related to this quote: Hysteria, The Danger of Ideology

I like it not that Mr. Parris should lay his hand upon my baby. I see no light of God in that man. I'll not conceal it.
Location: Act 2
Speaker: John Proctor
Mentioned or related: Reverend Parris

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!
Location: Act 3
Speaker: John Proctor
Mentioned or related: Deputy Governor Danforth
•Other themes related to this quote: Hysteria, The Danger of Ideology, Reputation and Integrity

You must understand, sir, that a person is either with this court or he must be counted against it, there be no road between. This is a sharp time, now, a precise time—we live no longer in the dusky afternoon when evil mixed itself with good and befuddled the world. Now, by God's grace, the shining sun is up, and them that fear not light will surely praise it.
Location: Act 3
Mentioned or related: Francis Nurse
•Other themes related to this quote: The Danger of Ideology

Do you take it upon yourself to determine what this court shall believe and what it shall set aside? . . . .This is the highest court of the supreme government of this province, do you know it?
Location: Act 3
Mentioned or related: Giles Corey
•Other themes related to this quote: The Danger of Ideology

It is mistaken law that leads you to sacrifice. Life, woman, life is God's most precious gift; no principle, however glorious, may justify the taking of it . . ..it may well be God damns a liar less than he that throws his life away for pride.
Location: Act 4
Speaker: Reverend Hale
Mentioned or related: Elizabeth Proctor
•Other themes related to this quote: The Danger of Ideology, Reputation and Integrity

I do think I see some shred of goodness in John Proctor. Not enough to weave a banner with, but white enough to keep it from such dogs. Give them no tear! Tears pleasure them! Show honor now, show a stony heart and sink them with it!
Location: Act 4
Speaker: John Proctor
•Other themes related to this quote: Reputation and Integrity

Quotes for the "Hysteria" Theme

There are wheels within wheels in this village, and fires within fires!
Location: Act 1
Speaker: Ann Putnam

I want to open myself! . . . I want the light of God, I want the sweet love of Jesus! I danced for the Devil; I saw him, I wrote in his book; I go back to Jesus; I kiss His hand. I saw Sarah Good with the Devil! I saw Goody Osburn with the Devil! I saw Bridget Bishop with the Devil!
Location: Act 1
Speaker: Abigail Williams
Mentioned or related: Mrs. Osburn, Sarah Good
•Other themes related to this quote: Puritanism and Individuality, Reputation and Integrity

I'll tell you what's walking Salem—vengeance is walking Salem. 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! This warrant's vengeance! I'll not give my wife to vengeance!
Location: Act 2
Speaker: John Proctor
Mentioned or related: Elizabeth Proctor
•Other themes related to this quote: Puritanism and Individuality, The Danger of Ideology

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!
Location: Act 2
Speaker: Reverend Hale
•Other themes related to this quote: The Danger of Ideology, Reputation and Integrity

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!
Location: Act 3
Speaker: John Proctor
Mentioned or related: Deputy Governor Danforth

Quotes for the "The Danger of Ideology" Theme

I have trouble enough without I come five mile to hear him preach only hellfire and bloody damnation. Take it to heart, Mr. Parris. There are many others who stay away from church these days because you hardly ever mention God any more.
Location: Act 1
Speaker: John Proctor
Mentioned or related: Reverend Parris
•Other themes related to this quote: Puritanism and Individuality

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!
Location: Act 2
Speaker: Reverend Hale
•Other themes related to this quote: Hysteria, Reputation and Integrity

I'll tell you what's walking Salem—vengeance is walking Salem. 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! This warrant's vengeance! I'll not give my wife to vengeance!
Location: Act 2
Speaker: John Proctor
Mentioned or related: Elizabeth Proctor
•Other themes related to this quote: Puritanism and Individuality, Hysteria

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!
Location: Act 3
Speaker: John Proctor
Mentioned or related: Deputy Governor Danforth
•Other themes related to this quote: Puritanism and Individuality, Hysteria, Reputation and Integrity

You must understand, sir, that a person is either with this court or he must be counted against it, there be no road between. This is a sharp time, now, a precise time—we live no longer in the dusky afternoon when evil mixed itself with good and befuddled the world. Now, by God's grace, the shining sun is up, and them that fear not light will surely praise it.
Location: Act 3
Mentioned or related: Francis Nurse
•Other themes related to this quote: Puritanism and Individuality

Do you take it upon yourself to determine what this court shall believe and what it shall set aside? . . . .This is the highest court of the supreme government of this province, do you know it?
Location: Act 3
Mentioned or related: Giles Corey
•Other themes related to this quote: Puritanism and Individuality

It is mistaken law that leads you to sacrifice. Life, woman, life is God's most precious gift; no principle, however glorious, may justify the taking of it . . ..it may well be God damns a liar less than he that throws his life away for pride.
Location: Act 4
Speaker: Reverend Hale
Mentioned or related: Elizabeth Proctor
•Other themes related to this quote: Puritanism and Individuality, Reputation and Integrity

Quotes for the "Reputation and Integrity" Theme

I look for John Proctor that took me from my sleep and put knowledge in my heart! I never knew what pretense 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!
Location: Act 1
Speaker: Abigail Williams
Mentioned or related: John Proctor
•Other themes related to this quote: Puritanism and Individuality

I want to open myself! . . . I want the light of God, I want the sweet love of Jesus! I danced for the Devil; I saw him, I wrote in his book; I go back to Jesus; I kiss His hand. I saw Sarah Good with the Devil! I saw Goody Osburn with the Devil! I saw Bridget Bishop with the Devil!
Location: Act 1
Speaker: Abigail Williams
Mentioned or related: Mrs. Osburn, Sarah Good
•Other themes related to this quote: Puritanism and Individuality, Hysteria

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!
Location: Act 2
Speaker: Reverend Hale
•Other themes related to this quote: Hysteria, The Danger of Ideology

I'll plead no more! I see now your spirit twists around the single error of my life, and I will never tear it free!
Location: Act 2
Speaker: John Proctor
Mentioned or related: Elizabeth Proctor

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!
Location: Act 3
Speaker: John Proctor
Mentioned or related: Deputy Governor Danforth
•Other themes related to this quote: Puritanism and Individuality, Hysteria, The Danger of Ideology

A man may think God sleeps, but God sees everything, I know it now. I beg you, sir, I beg you—see her what she is . . . She thinks to dance with me on my wife's grave! And well she might, for I thought of her softly. God help me, I lusted, and there is a promise in such sweat. But it is a whore's vengeance.
Location: Act 3
Speaker: John Proctor
Mentioned or related: Elizabeth Proctor, Abigail Williams

It is mistaken law that leads you to sacrifice. Life, woman, life is God's most precious gift; no principle, however glorious, may justify the taking of it . . ..it may well be God damns a liar less than he that throws his life away for pride.
Location: Act 4
Speaker: Reverend Hale
Mentioned or related: Elizabeth Proctor
•Other themes related to this quote: Puritanism and Individuality, The Danger of Ideology

I do think I see some shred of goodness in John Proctor. Not enough to weave a banner with, but white enough to keep it from such dogs. Give them no tear! Tears pleasure them! Show honor now, show a stony heart and sink them with it!
Location: Act 4
Speaker: John Proctor
•Other themes related to this quote: Puritanism and Individuality

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!
Location: Act 4
Speaker: John Proctor
Mentioned or related: John Proctor