15 Quotes From 'The Crucible' You Should Memorize

Abigail Williams walking through an upset mob of people in 'The Crucible'
The Crucible via 20th Century Fox

How many of these do you know?

These Are the 15 Most Iconic Quotes From The Crucible

Arthur Miller's The Crucible is a literary classic.

Having been studied in schools for years and years and years, almost everyone has read the Salem witch trials-inspired play at some point in their life. Maybe even more than once. Still, it doesn't hurt to revisit a work of such stature again, even if you're not currently reading it for school.

See how well you remember the play by reading through these iconic The Crucible quotes here and now!

Best The Crucible Quotes

  • "We cannot look to superstition in this. The Devil is precise; the marks of his presence are definite as stone, and I must tell you all that I shall not proceed unless you are prepared to believe me if I should find no bruise of Hell upon her." -Hale

  • "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!" -Abigail

  • "I cannot speak but I am doubted, every moment judged for lies, as though I come into a court when I come into this house!" -Proctor

  • "I do not judge you. The magistrate sits in your heart that judges you. I never thought you but a good man, John, only somewhat bewildered." -Elizabeth

  • "I only hope you’ll not be so sarcastical no more. Four judges and the King’s deputy sat to dinner with us but an hour ago. I —I would have you speak civilly to me, from this out." -Mary

Iconic The Crucible 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!" -Abigail

  • "We burn a hot fire here; it melts down all concealment." -Danforth

  • "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!" -Proctor

  • "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." -Danforth

  • "It is her dearest hope, I know it. There be a thousand names; why does she call mine? There be a certain danger in calling such a name—I am no Goody Good that sleeps in ditches, nor Osburn, drunk and half-witted. She’d dare not call out such a farmer’s wife but there be monstrous profit in it. She thinks to take my place, John." -Elizabeth

Memorable The Crucible Quotes

  • "I am a minister of the Lord, and I dare not take a life without there be a proof so immaculate no slightest qualm of conscience may doubt it." -Hale

  • "But God made my face; you cannot want to tear my face. Envy is a deadly sin, Mary." -Abigail

  • "You misunderstand, sir; I cannot pardon these when twelve are already hanged for the same crime. It is not just." -Danforth

  • "It were only sport in the beginning, sir, but then the whole world cried spirits, spirits." -Mary

  • "Now Hell and Heaven grapple on our backs, and all our old pretense is ripped away—make your peace!…Peace. It is a providence, and no great change; we are only what we always were, but naked now. He walks as though toward a great horror, facing the open sky. Aye, naked! And the wind, God’s icy wind, will blow!" -Proctor

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