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Chambers, Whittaker
Born: 1901-04-01
Died: 1961-07-09

American writer, editor, political operative and informant.

Jay Vivian (Whittaker) Chambers was an icon of the Red Scare of the 1950s, best known for his accusation and testimony against Alger Hiss.

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

The rub is that the pursuit of happiness, as an end in itself, tends automatically, and widely, to be replaced by the pursuit of pleasure with a consequent general softening of the fibers of will, intelligence, spirit.
- Whittaker Chambers

In 1937, I began, like Lazarus, the impossible return.
- Whittaker Chambers

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

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. ...[T]hough I knew it existed, I still had no adequate idea of its extent, the depth of its penetration or the fierce vindictiveness of its revolutionary temper, which is a reflex of it struggle to keep and advance its political power.
- Whittaker Chambers

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

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

The Communist vision is the vision of man without God.
- Whittaker Chambers


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