Napoleon and Czar Alexander’s exchange in 1807

When, for the first and only time, Napoleon met Czar Alexander in the City of Tilsit in Russia in 1807, Napoleon pointed to a badly-scarred member of his vaunted Imperial Guard and said to the Czar, “What do you think of a man who can endure such wounds?” The Czar cleverly responded, “And, what do you think of men who can inflict them?”

The Guardsman himself, interrupting both heads of state, volunteered, “They’re all dead!”

Czar and Napoleon quickly changed the subject!

“Sheep are slaughtered. Wolves are hunted. All deaths are not equivalent.” – John Farnam

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