Whittaker Chambers

(Jay Vivian Chambers)

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… all of us … have slowly come to question his judgment and to fear acutely that his flair for the sensational, his inaccuracies and distortions … will lead him and us into trouble … it is no exaggeration to say that we live in terror that Senator McCarthy will one day make some irreparable blunder which will discredit the whole anti-Communist effort. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
I left Nixon, feeling ... like a very small creature, skirting the shadows of encircling powers that would not hesitate to crush me as impersonally as a steam roller crushes a bug. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
The simple fact is that when I took up my little sling and aimed at Communism, I also hit something else. What I hit was the forces of that great socialist revolution, which, in the name of liberalism, spasmodically, incompletely, somewhat formlessly, always in the same direction, has been inching its ice cap over the nation for two decades. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
A man is not primarily a witness against something. That is only incidental to the fact that he is a witness for something.
A nation's life is about as long as its reverential memory. Life
A witness, in the sense that I am using the word, is a man whose life and faith are so completely one that when the challenge comes to step out and testify for his faith, he does so, disregarding all risks, accepting all consequences. Life ;Religion & God
At issue in the Hiss Case was the question whether this sick society, which we call Western civilization, could in its extremity still cast up a man whose faith in it was so great that he would voluntarily abandon those things which men hold good, including life, to defend it. Life ;Religion & God
At issue was the question whether this man's faith could prevail against a man whose equal faith it was that this society is sick beyond saving, and that mercy itself pleads for its swift extinction and replacement by another. Society ;Religion & God
Every man is crucified upon the cross of himself.
For in this century, within the next decades, will be decided for generations whether all mankind is to become Communist, whether the whole world is to become free, or whether, in the struggle, civilization as we know it is to be completely destroyed or completely changed.
Human societies, like human beings, live by faith and die when faith dies. Religion & God
I do not know any way to explain why God's grace touches a man who seems unworthy of it. Religion & God
I know that I am leaving the winning side for the losing side, but it is better to die on the losing side than to live under Communism.
I see in Communism the focus of the concentrated evil of our time. Time
In 1937, I began, like Lazarus, the impossible return.
It is popular to call it a crisis of the Western world. It is in fact a crisis of the whole world. Communism, which claims to be a solution of the crisis, is itself a symptom and an irritant of the crisis.
My children, as long as you live, the shadow of the Hiss Case will brush you. In every pair of eyes that rests on you, you will see pass, like a cloud passing behind a woods in winter, the memory of your father - dissembled in friendly eyes, lurking in unfriendly eyes.
On a scale personal enough to be felt by all, but big enough to be symbolic, the two irreconcilable faiths of our time - Communism and Freedom - came to grips in the persons of two conscious and resolute men. Time ;Freedom & Liberty
On that road of the informer, it is always night. I cannot ever inform against anyone without feeling something die within me. I inform without pleasure, because it is necessary.
Political freedom is a political reading of the Bible. Freedom & Liberty
The chief fruit of the First World War was the Russian Revolution and the rise of Communism as a national power. Power ;War & Peace
The Communist vision is the vision of man without God. Religion & God
Tragedy occurs when a human soul awakes and seeks, in suffering and pain, to free itself from crime, violence, infamy, even at the cost of life. The struggle is the tragedy - not defeat or death. Life ;Death
When you understand what you see, you will no longer be children. You will know that life is pain, that each of us hangs always upon the cross of himself. And when you know that this is true of every man, woman and child on earth, you will be wiser. Life

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