Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.
Napoleon I (17691821)
If I were an Englishman, I should esteem the man who advised a war with China to be the greatest living enemy of my country. You would be beaten in the end, and perhaps a revolution in India would follow.
NAPOLEON.Unverified except for its publication in The Mind of Napoleon, ed. and trans. J. Christopher Herold, p. 249 (1955). In this source the words above were from a conversation, reported in English, in 1817.