"Nothing is required of man that is not first in God. It is because God is perfect that we are required to be perfect."
"... it is not obedience alone that our Lord will have, but obedience to the truth, that is, to the Light of the World, truth beheld and known."
"That man is perfect in faith who can come to God in the utter dearth of his feelings and his desires, without a glow or an aspiration, with the weight of low thoughts, failures, neglects, and wandering forgetfulness, and say to him, "Thou art my refuge, because thou art my home." Such a faith will not lead to presumption. The man who can pray such a prayer will know better than another, that God is not mocked; that he is not a man that he should repent; that tears and entreaties will not work on him to the breach of one of his laws; that for God to give a man because he asked for it that which was not in harmony with his laws of truth and right, would be to damn him—to cast him into the outer darkness."
— George MacDonald. Unspoken Sermons / Series I., II., and II