However rare true love may be, it is less so than true friendship.
However Friendship May
Absence diminishes mediocre passions and increases great ones, as the wind extinguishes candles and fans fires.
Diminishes Increases Ones
There is no disguise which can hide love for long where it exists, or simulate it where it does not.
Does Long Hide
Self-interest makes some people blind, and others sharp-sighted.
Some Others Some People
Jealousy contains more of self-love than of love.
Jealousy is bred in doubts. When those doubts change into certainties, then the passion either ceases or turns absolute madness.
Into Doubts Passion
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.
Talent Faculty Saying
We are so accustomed to disguise ourselves to others that in the end we become disguised to ourselves.
In The End Others Disguise
There is only one kind of love, but there are a thousand imitations.
The man that thinks he loves his mistress for her own sake is mightily mistaken.
People that are conceited of their own merit take pride in being unfortunate, that themselves and others may think them considerable enough to be the envy and the mark of fortune.
Take Pride Fortune
Passion makes idiots of the cleverest men, and makes the biggest idiots clever.