Fabius Maximus

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He that is afraid of scoffs and reproaches is more a coward than he that flies from the enemy

Quintus Fabius Maximus Verrucosus (c. 280 BC – 203 BC) was a Roman politician and general; famed for his role in the Second Punic War.

Quotes[edit]

  • To his friends he said that he thought the man who feared gibes and jeers was more of a coward than the one who ran away from the enemy.
    • Moralia: Sayings of Kings and Commanders, Plutarch; English translation by Frank Cole Babbitt
    • Variant translation by Goodwin:
      He that is afraid of scoffs and reproaches is more a coward than he that flies from the enemy.

Quotes About[edit]

  • Unus homo nobis cunctando restituit rem.
    Noenum rumores ponebat ante salutem;
    Ergo plusque magisque viri nunc gloria claret.
    • One man, by delaying, restored the state to us.
      He valued safety more than mob's applause;
      Hence now his glory more resplendent grows.
    • Attributed to Ennius by Cicero in De Senectute; Chapter IV (Loeb translation)
  • Hannibal said that he had more to fear from Fabius who would not fight than from Marcellus who would.
    • Moralia: Sayings of Kings and Commanders, Plutarch; English translation by Frank Cole Babbitt

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