"Many people, especially ignorant people, want to punish you for speaking the truth, for being correct, for being you.
Never apologize for being correct, or for being years ahead of your time.
If you are right and you know it, speak your mind. Even if you are a minority of one, the truth is still the truth." Mahatma Ghandhi
Mahatma Ghandhi led the resistance against British rule in the Indian Subcontinent but there are lessons to be learnt from a man that succeeded as a minority of one.
When your friends respect you, you expect it because they are your friends. When your enemies respect you, you have achieved greatness.