The only way to reach wider circles and thereby create a better understanding for Spiritual Science, is to speak from a spiritual point of view completely openly to an unprepared public. Then there will be a large number of people in the public that say: ‘This is foolishness, irrational fabricated nonsense is conveyed here!’
But there will always be a few who recognize in their soul that there might just be some truth in what is brought forward, and they will want to learn more and will go into the matter deeper. Such a patient way of getting to know spiritual facts is what it is about and it is what we can achieve. Therefore, it is quite natural that a large proportion of those who only attend a lecture on spiritual science out of curiosity will make their judgement known widely: it is a sect that spreads its own particular codswallop!
Source (German): Rudolf Steiner – GA 107 – Geisteswissenschaftliche Menschenkunde – Berlin, 21 October 1908 (page 27)
Translated by Nesta Carsten-Krüger