However rare true love may be, it is less so than true friendship.
Love is like a friendship caught on fire. In the beginning a flame, very pretty, often hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. As love grows older, our hearts mature and our love becomes as coals, deep-burning and unquenchable.
If we would build on a sure foundation in friendship, we must love friends for their sake rather than for our own.
The more one does and sees and feels, the more one is able to do, and the more genuine may be one's appreciation of fundamental things like home, and love, and understanding companionship.
Between men and women there is no friendship possible. There is passion, enmity, worship, love, but no friendship.
No deep and strong feeling, such as we may come across here and there in the world, is unmixed with compassion. The more we love, the more the object of our love seems to us to be a victim.
Friendship is constant in all other things Save in the office and affairs of love.
Once the realization is accepted that even between the closest human beings infinite distances continue, a wonderful living side by side can grow, if they succeed in loving the distance between them which makes it possible for each to see the other whole against the sky.
Since love grows within you, so beauty grows. For love is the beauty of the soul.
Give me a young man in whom there is something of the old, and an old man with something of the young: guided so, a man may grow old in body, but never in mind.
Peace and friendship with all mankind is our wisest policy, and I wish we may be permitted to pursue it.
It is here, my daughters, that love is to be found - not hidden away in corners but in the midst of occasions of sin. And believe me, although we may more often fail and commit small lapses, our gain will be incomparably the greater.
A tree is known by its fruit; a man by his deeds. A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love.
Love may not make the world go round, but I must admit that it makes the ride worthwhile.
Rare as is true love, true friendship is rarer.
If music be the food of love, play on; give me excess of it, that, surfeiting, the appetite may sicken, and so die.
What I cannot love, I overlook. Is that real friendship?
Love between man and man is impossible because there must not be sexual intercourse and friendship between man and woman is impossible because there must be sexual intercourse.
Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate: Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May, And summer's lease hath all too short a date.
Love is like the wild rose-briar; Friendship like the holly-tree. The holly is dark when the rose-briar blooms, but which will bloom most constantly?
Friendship at first sight, like love at first sight, is said to be the only truth.
From a small seed a mighty trunk may grow.
The march of conquest through wild provinces, may be the march of Mind; but not the march of Love.
May we so love as never to have occasion to repent of our love!
Love cannot express the idea of music, while music may give an idea of love.