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“Until an hour before the Devil fell, God thought him beautiful in Heaven.”
Arthur Miller, The Crucible
“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!”
Arthur Miller, The Crucible
“Life, woman, life is God's most precious gift; no principle, however glorious, may justify the taking of it.”
Arthur Miller, The Crucible
“I speak my own sins; I cannot judge another. I have no tongue for it.”
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“You are pulling down heaven and raising up a whore”
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“More Weight
-Giles Corey-”
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“It is rare for people to be asked the question which puts them squarely in front of themselves”
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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.”
Arthur Miller, The Crucible
“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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“Let either of you breathe a word, or the edge of a word, about the other things, and I will come to you in the black of some terrible night and I will bring a pointy reckoning that will shudder you. And you know I can do it; I saw Indians smash my dear parents' heads on the pillow next to mine, and I have seen some reddish work done at night, and I can make you wish you had never seen the sun go down!
- Abigail”
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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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“Sex, sin, and the Devil were early linked.”
Arthur Miller, The Crucible
“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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“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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“He have his goodness now. God forbid I take it from him!”
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“The Devil is precise; the marks of his presence are definite as stone...”
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“PROCTOR, his mind wild, breathless: I say--I say--God is dead!”
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“Oh,Elizabeth, your justice would freeze beer.”
Arthur Miller, The Crucible
“it's the proper morning to fly into Hell.”
Arthur Miller, The Crucible
“When it is recalled that until the Christian era the underworld was never regardded as a hostile area, that all gods were useful and essentially friendly to man despite occasional lapsesl when we see the steady methodical inculcation into humanity of the idea of man's worthlesseness - until redeemed - the necessity of the Devil may become evident as a weapon, a weapon designed and used time and time again in every age to whip men into a surrender to a particular church or church state.”
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“What work you do! It's strange work for a Christian girl to hang old women!”
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“Proctor: I am only wondering how I may prove what she told me, Elizabeth. If the girl's a saint now, 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.
Elizabeth: You were alone with her?
Proctor: (stubbornly) For a moment alone, aye.
Elizabeth: Why, then, it is not as you told me.
Proctor: (his anger rising) For a moment, I say. The others come in soon after.
Elizabeth: (as if she has lost all faith in him) Do as you wish then. (she turns)
Proctor: Woman. (she turns to him) I'll not have your suspicion any more.
Elizabeth: (a little loftily) I have no-
Proctor: I'll not have it!
Elizabeth: Then let you not earn it.
Proctor: Now look you-
Elizabeth: I see what I see, John.”
Arthur Miller, The Crucible
“[W]e conceive the Devil as a necessary part of a respectable view of cosmology. Ours is a divided empire in which certain ideas and emotions and actions are of God, and their opposites are of Lucifer. It is as impossible for most men to conceive of a morality without sin as of an earth without 'sky'. Since 1692 a great but superficial change has wiped out God's beard and the Devil's horns, but the world is still gripped between two diametrically opposed absolutes. The concept of unity, in which positive and negative are attributes of the same force, in which good and evil are relative, ever-changing, and always joined to the same phenomenon - such a concept is still reserved to the physical sciences and to the few who have grasped the history of ideas.”
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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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“There is prodigious fear in seeking loose spirits”
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“PROCTOR--he knows it is insane: No, it is not the same! What others say and what i sign to is not the same!”
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“Pontius Pilate! God will not let you clean your hands of this!”
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“HALE, with a tasty love of intellectual pursuit”
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“Pray calm yourselves. I have eleven children, and I am twenty-six times a grandma, and I have seen them all through their silly seasons, and when it come on them they will run the Devil bowlegged keeping up with their mischief. I think she'll wake when she tires of it. 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.”
Arthur Miller, The Crucible

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