To be great is to be misunderstood. (Ralph Waldo Emerson, 19th century essayist)

If you’ve been misunderstood, you’re not alone. Emerson lists some misunderstood influential people: Pythagoras, Socrates, Jesus, Luther, Copernicus, Galileo, and Newton. He adds, “. . . and every pure and wise spirit that ever took flesh.” So, don’t let people who misunderstand you stand in the way of moving forward.

[The purpose of Solomon’s words] is . . .  to help them understand the insights of the wise . . .  to teach people to live disciplined and successful lives,  to help them do what is right, just, and fair (Proverbs 1:2-3).