A man said to Al-Hasan Al-Basri (rahimahullah):
The people sit around you so that they may find fault with you!
So he said,
Indeed, I encouraged my soul to aspire for Paradise so it aspired for it. Then I encouraged it to aspire for salvation from Hellfire and so it aspired for it. Then I encouraged it to aspire for salvation from the people, but I didn’t find a way to that. Indeed the people were not pleased with their Creator although He provides for them, so how can they be pleased with another creation like themselves?
– Source: Al-Bidaya wal-Nihaya (9/318 –