If 'All' --quite seriously all---'for love' is implicit in the Beloved's attitude, his or her love is not worth having. It is not related in the right way to Love Himself.
C. S. Lewis
If there was any idea that God had set us a sort of exam, and that we might get good marks by deserving them, that has to be wiped out.
Christianity is the story of how the rightful King has landed, you might say in disguise, and is calling us all to take part in His great campaign of sabotage.
If our religion is something objective, then we must never avert our eyes from those elements in it which seem puzzling or repellent; for it will be precisely the puzzling or the repellent which conceals what we do not yet know and need to know.
Be just and merciful and brave.
Most people, if they had really learned to look into their own hearts, would know that they do want, and want acutely, something that cannot be had in this world.
No more I do, your Majesty. But what's that got to do with it? I might as well die on a wild goose chase as die here.
Why should quiet ruminants as you and I have been born in such a ghastly age?
He only means abandoning the clamour of self-will; once they have done that, He really gives them back all their personality, and boasts (I am afraid, sincerely) that when they are wholly His they will be more themselves than ever.