25 Best John Proctor Quotes from ‘The Crucible’ by Arthur Miller

John Proctor, from “The Crucible”, was known for his honesty, faith, and integrity. However, his reputation is tested by his fatal flaw, lust.

He is viewed as a tragic hero because, despite his virtues, his flaw led him to admit an affair with Abigail Williams, aiming to expose her deceit and halt the Witch Trials.

Bravely, Proctor confesses this in a court where Abigail, a trusted official, holds power, risking his and his family’s safety.

Others in the play perceive Proctor differently: Mary Warren fears him, Abigail loves him, while some, like Elizabeth, see his goodness.


However, he gets accused of witchcraft due to testimonies against him, his incomplete knowledge of the Commandments, and his criticism of Reverend Parris.

Historically, John Proctor was hanged on August 19, 1692, during the Salem Witch Trials.

I have listed below some of the powerful quotes by John Proctor.

Top 5 John Proctor Quotes


God does not need my name nailed upon the church! God knows how black my sins are! ~ John Proctor Quotes.


He have his goodness now. God forbid I take it from him. ~ John Proctor.


Oh, Elizabeth, your justice would freeze beer! ~ John Proctor.


I see no light of God in that man. ~ John Proctor.


Let you look to your own improvement before you go to judge your husband anymore. ~ John Proctor.

I should have roared you down when first you told me your suspicion. But I wilted, and, like a Christian, I confessed. Confessed! Some dream I had must have mistaken you for God that day. ~ John Proctor.


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

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! ~ John Proctor Quotes.


We vote by name in this society, not by acreage. ~ John Proctor.

… 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! ~

But if she says she is pregnant, then she must be! That woman will never lie, Mr. Danforth. ~ John Proctor.


Do that which is good, and no harm shall come to thee. ~ John Proctor.

Because it speaks deceit, and I am honest! But 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! ~ John Proctor.

Famous John Proctor Quotes

I labor the earth from the dawn of day to blink of night, and I tell you truly when I look to heaven and see my money glaring at his elbows—it hurts my prayer, sir, it hurts my prayer. I think, sometimes, the man dreams cathedrals, not clapboard meetin’ houses. ~ John Proctor.


He may turn his head but not to hell! ~ John Proctor.

Why do you never wonder if Parris be innocent, or Abigail? Is the accuser always holy now? Were they born this morning as clean as God’s fingers? ~ John Proctor.


A man will not cast away his good name. You surely know that. ~ John Proctor.

Top John Proctor Quotes

You’re wicked yet aren’t you. ~ John Proctor.


There is a promise made in any bed. ~ John Proctor.

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! ~ John Proctor.

Abby, I may think of you softly from time to time. But I will cut off my hand before I’ll ever reach for you again. Wipe it out of mind. We never touched, Abby. ~ John Proctor Quotes.


If the girl’s a saint now, I think it is not easy to prove she’s a fraud. ~ John Proctor.

A man may think God sleeps, but God sees everything… I beg you…She thinks to dance with me on my wife’s grave! ~ John Proctor.

You have made your magic now, for now, 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. ~ John Proctor.

So these were the 25 quotes by John Proctor.

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