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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1833
AUTHOR: Khalil Gibran (1883–1931)
QUOTATION: Persecution cannot harm him who stands by Truth. Did not Socrates fall proudly a victim in body? Was not Paul stoned for the sake of the Truth? It is our inner selves that hurt us when we disobey it, and it kills us when we betray it.
ATTRIBUTION: KAHLIL GIBRAN, The Secrets of the Heart, trans. Anthony R. Ferris, p. 157 (1947).