When Proctor has been pushed to his limit, having failed to convince Danforth that Elizabeth is innocent and that Abigail has led the town to commit greats sins by condemning people with lies, he lashes out at Danforth and the court.
Proctor: laughs insanely, then: 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!
The court maintains its position that “the voice of Heaven is speaking through the children” and refuses to accept the truth of Protor's claims.
These quote is important because it demonstrates 1) Danforth's guiltly involvement in the witch-trials (as he is dedicated to promoting his own power even if that means killing people under false pretenses) and 2) even strong people like Proctor cannot defeat the force of the majority (or the leaders of the majority) as long as the majority remains unmoved.
quote 1: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!
quote 2: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!
quote 3: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.
HOPE THIS HELLLPS:)
all three quotes are signifigant to the storrry:):):):):)