Imaam Al-Awzaa’ee [rahimahullaah] said:
Adhere to the footsteps (example or path) of those who came before you [i.e. the Salafus Saalih], even if the people reject you. And beware of the opinions of men, even if they beautify it for you with speech.
[Siyar A’laam An-Nubalaa (7/120]