Accepting Abuse


When a simpleton abused him, Lord Buddha listened to him in silence, but
when the man had finished, the Buddha asked him, "Son, if a man declined to
accept a present offered to him, to whom would it belong?"

The man answered, "To him who offered it."

"My son," Buddha said, "I decline to accept your abuse. Keep it for

-- Lord Buddha, as told by Will Durant


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