The atmosphere we live in when we make spiritual science a personal concern, requires that we strongly develop our powers and sense of self-preservation. And those are the deeper reasons why we are often discouraged and feeling lonely -why one or another of those who strive for spiritual science, may find it hard to come to terms with life. But if we have clear insight into its great contribution to mankind, and how it only seems small now because we are still at the very beginning, we can also find this power -can really find it then. All major impulses in the development of humanity must, to begin with, be small.
Source (German): Rudolf Steiner – GA 168 – Die Verbindung zwischen Lebenden und Toten – St. Gallen, 26 October 1916 (page 166)