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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.
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A nation's life is about as long as its reverential memory.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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But if the Hiss Case were only this, it would not be worth my writing about or your reading about. It would be another fat folder in the sad files of the police, another crime drama in which the props would be mistaken for the play (as many people have consistently mistaken them).
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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.
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Every man is crucified upon the cross of himself.
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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.
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For the world wars did not end the crisis They raised its tensions to a new pitch They raised the crisis to a new stage.
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For, with dark certitude, both knew, almost from the beginning, that the Great Case could end only in the destruction of one or both of the contending figures, just as the history of our times (both men had been taught) can end only in the destruction of one or both of the contending forces.
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Human societies, like human beings, live by faith and die when faith dies.
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I am writing a book. In it I am speaking to you. But I am also speaking to the world. To both I owe an accounting.
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I do not know any way to explain why God's grace touches a man who seems unworthy of it.
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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.
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I see in Communism the focus of the concentrated evil of our time.
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In 1937, I began, like Lazarus, the impossible return.
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It is about what the world calls the Hiss-Chambers Case, or even more simply, the Hiss Case. It is about a spy case.
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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.
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Much more than Alger Hiss or Whittaker Chambers was on trial in the trials of Alger Hiss. Two faiths were on trial.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Political freedom is a political reading of the Bible.
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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.
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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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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.
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The Communist vision is the vision of man without God.
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The last war simplified the balance of political forces in the world by reducing them to two. For the first time, it made the power of the Communist sector of mankind (embodied in the Soviet Union) roughly equal to the power of the free sector of mankind (embodied in the United States).
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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.
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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.
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