It is related of Ibn el-Arabi that people said to him:
“Your circle is composed mainly of beggars, husband-men and artisans. Can you not find people of intellect who will follow you, so that perhaps more authoritative notice might be taken of your teachings?”
“The Day of Calamity will be infinitely nearer when I have influential men and scholars singing my praises; for without any doubt they will be doing so for their own sake and not for the sake of our work!”
- From Wisdom of the Idiots by Idres Shah.