S.A. Bent, comp. Familiar Short Sayings of Great Men. 1887.
[King of Sweden; called the Madman of the North; born at Stockholm, June 27, 1682; succeeded Charles XI., 1697; opposed a league of the Northern powers; took Copenhagen; raised the siege of Narva against Peter the Great; invaded Poland and Saxony; marched upon Moscow, but was defeated at Pultowa, 1709; retreated to Turkey, and on his return through Germany was obliged to surrender Stralsund; killed at the siege of Frederickshall, during an invasion of Norway, Dec. 11, 1718.]
No matter: nothing resembles a man more than a king.
When a ministers servant apologized for addressing him familiarly, not knowing he was the king, but thinking it was only a man.
Charles had several horses killed under him at the battle of Narva in 1700, where he defeated Peter the Great. As he was mounting a fresh one, he exclaimed, These people seem disposed to give me exercise. When asked what he thought of Alexander, whose life he was found reading when a child, That I should like to resemble him, was the precocious reply. It was suggested that the Macedonian lived but thirty-two years: It is enough, maintained Charles, when one has conquered the world. The Swede died at thirty-six. The anecdote may have suggested to Pope the conjunction of their names: