However rare true love may be, it is less so than true friendship.
Friendship May However
Absence diminishes mediocre passions and increases great ones, as the wind extinguishes candles and fans fires.
Extinguishes Wind Diminishes
One forgives to the degree that one loves.
We give advice, but we cannot give the wisdom to profit by it.
We Cannot Profit Wisdom
Hypocrisy is the homage vice pays to virtue.
True love is like ghosts, which everyone talks about and few have seen.
Seen Love Is True
A true friend is the greatest of all blessings, and that which we take the least care of all to acquire.
Greatest True Friend Care
There is no disguise which can hide love for long where it exists, or simulate it where it does not.
Disguise Love Hide
Self-interest makes some people blind, and others sharp-sighted.
Some People Self-Interest Some
Jealousy contains more of self-love than of love.
Love Self-Love More
Jealousy is bred in doubts. When those doubts change into certainties, then the passion either ceases or turns absolute madness.
Change Doubts Absolute
As great minds have the faculty of saying a great deal in a few words, so lesser minds have a talent of talking much, and saying nothing.
Deal Nothing Great