Quotation by George Eliot

You should read history—look at ostracism, persecution, martyrdom, and that kind of thing. They always happen to the best men, you know.
George Eliot [Mary Ann (or Marian) Evans] (1819–1880), British novelist. Middlemarch, ch. 38 (1871-1872).

Said by the novel's character named Mr. Brooke, a likable but comic figure described as "nearly sixty, of acquiescent temper, miscellaneous opinions, and uncertain vote."
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