However rare true love may be, it is less so than true friendship.
True Friendship True
Absence diminishes mediocre passions and increases great ones, as the wind extinguishes candles and fans fires.
Fans Great Ones Love
We give advice, but we cannot give the wisdom to profit by it.
Advice Profit Wisdom
Hypocrisy is the homage vice pays to virtue.
True love is like ghosts, which everyone talks about and few have seen.
A true friend is the greatest of all blessings, and that which we take the least care of all to acquire.
Take Friendship Blessings
There is no disguise which can hide love for long where it exists, or simulate it where it does not.
Does Which Hide
Self-interest makes some people blind, and others sharp-sighted.
Makes People Some People
Jealousy contains more of self-love than of love.
Self-Love Jealousy Than
Jealousy is bred in doubts. When those doubts change into certainties, then the passion either ceases or turns absolute madness.
Either Madness Doubts
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.
We are so accustomed to disguise ourselves to others that in the end we become disguised to ourselves.
Others In The End Ourselves