But here, as at other times, in my life, I dare not purchase peace with a lie. An imperious necessity forces me to speak the truth, as I see it, whether the speech please or displease, whether it brings praise or blame. That one loyalty to truth I must keep stainless, whatever friendships fail me or human ties be broken. She may lead me into wilderness, yet I must follow her; she may strip me of all my love, yet I must pursue her, though she slay me, Yet will I trust her; and I ask no other epitaph on my tomb but “she tried to follow the truth”
These are the words of Annie Besant, the prominent theosophist and President of the Theosophical Society in pre independent India.
As she moved away from atheism into theosophy after meeting with Madam Blavatsky (Helena Blavatsky) she stunned many of her friends and admirers including like bernard shaw, Charles Bradlaugh and others.
This was her writing on her new pursuits and search in life. The words are so compelling not just for people who might agree or accept her and theosophy, but also for all who would be driven in a search away from all that he or she knows in life.