Too long a sacrifice can make a stone of the heart
O, when may it be suffice ?William Butler Yeats
"What I want is mercy, not sacrifice"
Book of Hosea
"I will give them a single heart and I will put a new spirit in them;
I will remove the heart of stone from their bodies and
give them a heart of flesh instead,
so that they will keep my laws and respect
my observances and put them into practice.
Then they shall be my people and
I will be their God.”"