“The more excellent something is
the more likely it will be imitated.
There are many false diamonds and rubies,
but who goes about making counterfeit pebbles?
However, the more excellent things are
the more difficult it is to imitate them
in their essential character and intrinsic virtues.
Yet the more variable the imitations be,
the more skill and subtlety will be used
in making them an exact imitation.
So it is with Christian virtues and graces.
The devil and men's own deceitful hearts
tend to imitate those things
that have the highest value.
So no graces are more counterfeited
than love and humility.
For these are the virtues
where the beauty of a true Christian
is seen most clearly.”
- Jonathan Edwards