Livy 22.39.19-20 (Quintus Fabius Maximus to Lucius Aemilius Paulus; tr. J.C. Yardley):
The truth is all too often in
difficulty, but is never extinguished, the saying goes, and the man
who despises glory will have true glory. Let people call you cowardly
rather than cautious, lethargic rather than judicious, spineless rather
than a shrewd tactician. I prefer to have a discerning enemy fearing
you than foolish compatriots praising you.
veritatem laborare nimis saepe aiunt, exstingui
nunquam. gloriam qui spreverit, veram habebit. sine timidum pro cauto, tardum
pro considerato, imbellem pro perito belli vocent. malo te sapiens hostis metuat
quam stulti cives laudent.