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Whittaker Chambers born Jay Vivian Chambers and also known as David Whittaker Chambers, was an American writer and editor.
(1901 - 1961)

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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.
 

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.
 

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.
 

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.
 

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.
 

I do not know any way to explain why God's grace touches a man who seems unworthy of it.
 

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.
 

In 1937, I began, like Lazarus, the impossible return.
 

Innocence seldom utters outraged shrieks. Guilt Does.
 

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.
 

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.
 

Other ages have had their individual traitors -- men who from faint-heartedness or hope of gain sold out their causes. But in the 20th century, for the first time, man banded together by millions, in movements like Fascism and Communism, dedicated to the purpose of betraying the institutions they lived under. In the 20th century, treason became a vocation whose modern form was specifically the treason of ideas.
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Political freedom is a political reading of the Bible.
 

The chief fruit of the First World War was the Russian Revolution and the rise of Communism as a national power.
 


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