Gautama Buddha's preaching was interrupted one day by a man unleashing a flurry of abusive invective. Calmly waiting for his critic to finish, Buddha asked: "If a man offered a gift to another but the gift was declined, to whom would the gift belong?" "To the one who offered it," the man replied.
"Then," Buddha declared, "I decline to accept your abuse and request that you keep it for yourself."
[Size (in acres) of a billboard which a Chinese town began constructing in 2002 beside its ancient giant Buddha? 10.]