„Nobody can be said to have attained the pinnacle of Truth until a thousand sincere people have denounced him for blasphemy.“

Persecution
One Minute Wisdom (1989)
Context: A disciple was one day recalling how Buddha, Jesus, Mohammed were branded as rebels and heretics by their contemporaries.
Said the Master, Nobody can be said to have attained the pinnacle of Truth until a thousand sincere people have denounced him for blasphemy.

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