Fama malum qua non aliud velocius ullum,
mobilitate viget, viresque adquirit eundo,
parva metu primo, mox sese attollit in auras
ingrediturque solo et caput inter nubila condit. Vergilius: Aeneis, IV, 174-177
Rumour, of all evils the swiftest
speed lends her strength, and she wins vigour as she goes,
small at first through fear, soon she mounts up to heaven
and walks the ground with head hidden in the clouds.