32 Total Quotes

Whittaker Chambers Quotes

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.
Whittaker Chambers
#American Writer

I see in Communism the focus of the concentrated evil of our time
Whittaker Chambers
#Communism

Political freedom is a political reading of the Bible
Whittaker Chambers
#Bible

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.
Whittaker Chambers
#Women #Children

In 1937, I began, like Lazarus, the impossible return.
Whittaker Chambers
#American Writer

Every sincere break with Communism is a religious experience, though the Communists fail to identify its true nature, though he fail to go to the end of the experience. His break is the political expression of the perpetual need of the soul whose first faint stirring he has felt within him, years, months or days before he breaks. A Communist breaks because he must choose at last between irreconcilable opposites God or Man, Soul or Mind, Freedom or Communism.
Whittaker Chambers
#God #Communism #Communists

A man is not primarily a witness against something. That is only incidental to the fact that he is a witness for something.
Whittaker Chambers
#American Writer

A nation's life is about as long as its reverential memory.
Whittaker Chambers
#American Writer

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.
Whittaker Chambers
#American Writer

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.
Whittaker Chambers
#American Writer

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.
Whittaker Chambers
#American Writer

At issue was the question whether, in the desperately divided society, there still remained the will to recognize the issues in time to offset the immense rally of public power to distort and pervert the facts.
Whittaker Chambers
#American Writer

Communism in our time can no more be considered apart from the crisis clan a fever can be acted upon apart from an infected body.
Whittaker Chambers
#American Writer

Every man is crucified upon the cross of himself.
Whittaker Chambers
#American Writer

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.
Whittaker Chambers
#American Writer

Human societies, like human beings, live by faith and die when faith dies.
Whittaker Chambers
#American Writer

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

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.
Whittaker Chambers
#American Writer

I see in Communism the focus of the concentrated evil of our time.
Whittaker Chambers
#American Writer

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.
Whittaker Chambers
#American Writer

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.
Whittaker Chambers
#American Writer

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.
Whittaker Chambers
#American Writer

Political freedom is a political reading of the Bible.
Whittaker Chambers
#American Writer

That is why this terrible book is also a book of hope For it is about the struggle of the human soul - of more than one human soul.
Whittaker Chambers
#American Writer

The chief fruit of the First World War was the Russian Revolution and the rise of Communism as a national power.
Whittaker Chambers
#American Writer

The chief fruit of the Second World War was our arrival at the next to the last step of the crisis with the rise of Communism as a world power.
Whittaker Chambers
#American Writer

The Communist vision is the vision of man without God.
Whittaker Chambers
#American Writer