Jenny Cavelleri assures the handsome Oliver Barrett IV, who in turn comforts his obstinate father, by stating…”Love means never having to say you’re sorry.” At least this is what Erich Segal offered as a meaning of love in his 1988 novel Love Story. Before and after, many artists, writers, philosophers, movie producers, and regular people like us have searched our hearts for the meaning of love. Romeo and Juliet died in the name of their love.

If we were to gather all of the Hallmark cards, movie quotes, song lyrics, poems, and paintings in the world, each of us would still be left with an individual opinion/idea/sense/feeling of what love means to us. Love is very personal.

Some contend that true love is “difficult,” some believe it changes over time, others know it as the only constant in their lives. For some it smothers (my teens may have this sense of my love for them right now), for others it truly sets them free – free to be who they are, the best of themselves.

Then there are all kinds of love to consider; unconditional, familial, plutonic, more of a positive sentiment (I “love” my job), sexual, or the worst kind – unrequited love.

There are people who see love wherever they look, in the eyes of children, in the brushstroke of the artist – and others who seek it indefinitely.

So it seems true that “Love Is a Many-Splendored Thingavailable to all in many, many forms. Consider those you love and prepare to express your love to them next week – on Valentine’s Day. Here are some inspirational quotes to get you thinking. We would love to hear your own love story!

“Before I met my husband, I’d never fallen in love, though I’d stepped in it a few times.”Rita Rudner

“Anyone can be passionate, but it takes real lovers to be silly.” –Rose Franken

“This kind of certainty comes but once in a lifetime.” — Bridges of Madison County

“All you need is love.”John Lennon & Paul McCartney

“And think not you can Direct the course of love, For love, If it finds you worthy, Directs your course.”Kahlil Gibran The Prophet.

“All, everything that I understand, I understand only because I love.” –Leo Tolstoy