THUCYDIDES, The History of the Peloponnesian War
The opinions of men depend very much on rumors; and they have a greater dread of an enemy who proclaims himself ready to begin the attack, than of one who merely professes his intention to defend himself against assaults, as they think that there will be then only an equality of danger.
THUCYDIDES, attributed, Day's Collacon
Haste usually goes hand in hand with folly.
THUCYDIDES, History of the Peloponnesian War