"A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity." - Proverbs 17:17
I truly believe that "love" means forever. Without getting too deep into the philosophical and theological divarications on love, I'll give you my brief synopsis of love the way I see (and try to live) it:
If I've ever told you that I love you, I always will. Period. I have old friends (and yes, some were girlfriends) that at some point I came to find myself loving. I still love all those people, even if I rarely or never see or hear from them. That's just the way I'm wired. Old fashioned, strange, whatever it is... that's me.
I'm also a bit of an asshole who chooses his true friends very carefully. I much prefer to have four or five close friends who I can trust with anything... who know where the bodies are hid... than dozens of smiling acquaintances waiting to stab me in the back. Proverbs warns that a man of many companions may come to ruin.
I'm not big on ruin.