We must remember, that the talents with which God has favored us, are not excellences originating from ourselves, but free gifts of God; of which if any are proud, they betray their ingratitude. 'Who maketh thee to differ?' said Paul…On the other hand we are enjoined, whatever gifts of God we perceive in others, to revere and esteem them, so as to honour those in whom they reside. For it would betray great wickedness in us to rob them of that honour which God has given them. Their faults we are taught to overlook, not indeed to encourage them by adulation, but never on account of them to insult those whom we ought to cherish with benevolence and honour.
~ John Calvin