Abu Amr al-Awzaa’i said:

If innovations appear, and the People of Knowledge do not denounce [and reject] it, it will soon become [and be taken as] a Sunnah!

Reference:

[1] Sharaf Ashaab Al-Hadeeth by al-Khateeb al-Baghdadi, p. 17

قال الأوزاعي: إذا ظهرت البدع ، فلم ينكرها أهل العلم صارت سنة

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