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Adam and Eve had what they wanted. That they did not like it when they got it does not alter the fact that they certainly got it.

— Charles Williams, He Came Down From Heaven  <link>

The famous saying ‘God is love’, it is generally assumed, means that God is like our immediate emotional indulgence, not that the meaning of love ought to have something of the ‘otherness’ and terror of God.

— Charles Williams  <link>

Most men, when at last they see their desire
Fall to repentance—all have that chance.

— Charles Williams, Judgment at Chelmsford  <link>

Neither Creator nor creature can be without love, but if this love is turned aside to evil, then the creature goes against the creator… A man may love evil by willing evil to his neighbors in three ways: For first, he may hope to be prosperous through his neighbor’s degradation; and again, he may himself fear to lose power, grace, honour, or reputation because of his neighbour’s advancement, and may therefore be miserable at that advancement; and again, he may feel himself injured by his neighbour, and wish to be revenged, so that he sets himself to seek out the other’s hurt.

— Dante Alighieri, Purgatory [via]  <link>