Every February 14, across the country, candy, flowers, and gifts are exchanged between the loved ones, all in the name of St. Valentine. But who is this mysterious saint and why do we celebrate this holiday? The history of Valentine's Day -- and its patron saint -- is shrouded in mystery. But we do know that February has long been a month of romance. St. Valentine's Day, as we know it today, contains vestiges of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition. So, who was Saint Valentine and how did he become associated with this ancient rite? Today, the Catholic Church recognizes at least three different saints named Valentine or Valentinus, all of whom were martyred.

Saint Valentine was said to have demonstrated courage and valor in helping Christian martyrs being persecuted under Emperor Claudius II in Rome, during a time when giving any kind of aid to Christians was considered a crime. Valentinus was arrested and imprisoned for this crime. He was condemned to death. He was beaten with clubs, stoned and finally beheaded outside the Flaminian Gate. After his death, this gate was known as Porta Valentini, later being renamed Porta Popolo.

There is a legend that says while awaiting his execution, he befriended his jailer's blind daughter whose sight he restored to her. According to Alfonso Villiegas, in his book "Lives of Saints" the jailer was Asterios, one of the Emperor's lieutenants. He and his family were converted to Christianity by St. Valentine, and they were condemned to death by Claudius II. Furthermore, according to legend, on the eve of Valentinus' death, he wrote a farewell message to the jailer's daughter and signed it. This is how Valentines Day evolved.

A Red Rose, an Orchid or a Myrtle flower serves as the best gift on Valentines Day as they imply love, love and just love. Particularly, a bouquet of red roses is simply superb for the greatest celebration of love, the Valentines Day. A good quotation along with your flower gift is just fantastic. Here is a list of collected love/valentine quotations.

Love is a noble act of self-giving, offering trust, faith, and loyalty. The more you love, the more you lose a part of yourself, yet you don't become less of who you are; you end up being complete with your loved ones -Irene

Where there is love there is life -Mahatma Gandhi

Love is a flower that is made to bloom by two gardeners - Anonymous

Life without love is like a tree without blossom and fruit -Kahlil Gibran

The love we give away is the only love we keep - Elbert Hubbard

Love is giving more than expected and being there when least expected - Anonymous

Love is the master key that opens the gates of happiness -Oliver Wendell Holmes

Love is a gift of one's inner most soul to another so both can be whole -Tea Rose

To love means not to impose your own powers on your fellow man but offer him your help. And if he refuses it, to b and the whole process will repeat itself until you come across a kingdom like Egypt...that thrives, and continues to flourish. This kingdom will become your best friend, your soulmate, and your love -Helen Keller

The best proof of love is trust - Dr. Joyce Brothers

Love is pulling together against all odds - Anonymous

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength; loving someone deeply gives you courage - Lao-Tzu

This is the miracle that happens every time to those who really love; the more they give, the more they possess -Rainer Maria Rilke

If you have it [love], you don't need to have anything else, and if you don't have it, it doesn't matter much what else you have -Sir James M. Barrie

Fun about Love:Love is a misunderstanding between two fools.

Love is like a candle; It leads you in time of darkness, and brightens up your future - Anonymous

A hundred hearts would be too few to carry all my love for you - Anonymous

Love is the emblem of eternity: it confounds all notion of time: effaces all memory of a beginning, all fear of an end - Germaine De Stael

What greater thing is there for two human souls that to feel that they are joined... to strengthen each other... to be at one with each other in silent unspeakable memories -George Eliot

The hours I spend with you I look upon as sort of a perfumed garden, a dim twilight, and a fountain singing to it. You and you alone make me feel that I am alive. Other men it is said have seen angels, but I have seen thee and thou art enough - George Moore

Love has no labels or just is. It creeps up on you when you least expect it and takes a piece of your heart forever - Anonymous

Love is a languague that every heart speaks. It's sharing dreams and turning them to reality. It's the ocean of love and warmth of friendship that makes everyone's life -Anonymous

Love is a journey, not a destination - Anonymous

Love is like a flower, give it some time, patience and lots of tender loving care; and watch it bloom into something wonderful before your eyes - Anonymous

Faith, hope, and love. The strongest of these is love, for without love there is no faith or hope - Anonymous

Love is not a matter of counting the years, but making the years count - Anonymous

Love is like a flower which blossoms with trust - Anonymous

Love feels no burden, thinks nothing of trouble and attempts what is above its strength -Thomas A Kempis

Love is the flower that is never out of season - Anonymous

I like not only to be loved, but also to be told that I am loved. I am not sure that you are of the same mind. But the realm of silence is large enough beyond the grave. This is the world of light and speech, and I shall take leave to tell you that you are very dear - George Eliot

It takes more then lace and ribbons And lovely verses too To make a Valentine thats nice enough for you It takes a world of special thoughts tucked into every line and thats exactly what you'll find inside this valentine - Anonymous

Love is the flower you've got to let grow - John Lennon

Life in abundance comes only through great love - Elbert Hubbard

Love is when each person is more concerned for the other than for one's self - David Frost

To fear love is to fear life, and those who fear life are already three parts dead - Bertrand Russell

He who wants to do good knocks at the gate: he who loves finds the door open -Rabrindranath Tagore

Nothing is lovely without love itself, and nothing is lovlier than love itself -Devan Penegar

Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illumines it -Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Neither a lofty degree of intelligence nor imagination nor both together go to the making of genius. Love, love, love, that is the soul of genius -Mozart

Love does not consist in gazing at each other but in looking together in the same direction -Antoine de Saint-Exupery

We've got this gift of love, but love is like a precious plant. You can just accept it and leave it in the cupboard or just think it's going to get on by itself. You've got to keep watering it. You've got to really look after it and nurture it -John Lennon

Tell me who you love, and I'll tell you who you are - Creole Proverb

Love is life. And if you miss love, you miss life - Leo Buscaglia

If I had a single flower for every time I think about you, I could walk forever in my garden - Claudia Ghandi

Who, being loved, is poor? - Oscar Wilde

Do you know?Elton John and Renate Blauel (1984), Leeza Gibbons, talk show queen and Stephen Meadows (1991), Brian Wilson, Beach Boys Founder and Melinda Ledbetter (1994) are some who got married on the Valentines Day.

The object of love is to serve, not to win -Woodrow Wilson

Love is the immortal flow of energy that nourishes, extends and preserves. Its eternal goal is life - Smiley Blanton

Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind -William Shakespeare, Mid-Summer Night's Dream, 1595

In the arithmetic of love, one plus one equals everything, and two minus one equals nothing -Mignon McLaughlin

Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love - Lao Tzu

Do you want me to tell you something really subversive? Love is everything it´s cracked up to be. That´s why people are so cynical about it... it really is worth fighting for, being brave for, risking everything for. And the trouble is, if you don´t risk anything, you risk even more -Erica Jong

Put love first. Entertain thoughts that give life And when a thought or resentment, or hurt, or fear comes your way, have another thought that is more powerful -- a thought that is love -Mary Manin Morrissey

Love is never lost. If reciprocated it will flow back and soften and purify the heart -Bruce Lee

There can never be deep disappointment where there is deep love -Martin Luther King Jr.

To love is to receive a glimpse of heaven -Karen Sunde

Love is a mutual self-giving which ends in self-recovery - Fulton J. Sheen

We are all born for is the principle existence and it's only end - Disraeli

There is no remedy for love but to love more - Henry David Thoreau

Love is as strong as death; its jealousy as unyielding as the grave. It burns like a blazing fire; like a mighty flame. Many waters cannot quench love, rivers cannot wash it away -King Solomon

Love is the salutation of the angel to the stars -Victor Hugo

Love has its own reason; it's mysterious and deeply profound -Joe 'd Mango

True love stories never have endings - Richard Bach

Love is like a precious jewel. You do not realize what you have till it begins to shine. After you see the glow, you can never live without it - Anonymous

Love is like a rose, the special one grows in the winter - Anonymous

Love is an indescribable paradise to which the gates to enter are found on earth - Anonymous

Love is in your heart not to stay, but to be shared - Anonymous

Love has nothing to do with what you are expecting to get, it's what you are expected to give -- which is everything - Anonymous

Love is a gift that I am handing to you; I just wish you would unwrap it - Anonymous

Love is what none of us can point out because it's that unexplainable thing that only appears when you realize you are not asking yourself, 'What is love?' - Anonymous

Love is a mixture of Heaven and Hell, happiness and sadness, tears and laughter, and most of all... me and you - Anonymous

Love is spawned from caring and sharing, not just a few words - Anonymous

Love is like a wonderful feeling of compassion and satisfaction. It should be given respect and trust; and it should receive that love back - Anonymous

Love is forever, and love is a promise that will stay with you forever and never leave, and that's a promise you can't take back - Anonymous

Love is...everything that makes you smile, everything that brings you up when you are down, love is not beauty, or talent love is...YOU! - Anonymous

Love is like the air we breathe. It may not always be seen, but it is always felt, used and needed - Anonymous

Love is a precious gift that you receive, and you need to give it with caution - Anonymous

Love is not about finding the right person, but creating a right relationship. It's not about how much love you have in the beginning but how much love you build till the end - Anonymous

Love is just a four letter word with so many meanings behind it - Anonymous

Love is happiness given back and forth - Anonymous

Fun about Love: The bravest thing that men do is love women.

Love is understanding, caring and forgiving - Anonymous

Love is too strong a word to say it too early, but it has too beautiful a meaning to say it too late - Kurt Cornish

When you have nothing left but love, then for the first time you become aware that love is enough - Anonymous

Love is like a river, never ending as it flows, but gets greater with time! - Anonymous

Love is a hard rock between two people and can't be torn apart - Lillian

Love is the only thing you get more of by giving it away - Anonymous

Love is like waking up on the softest cloud in the sky - Anonymous

Love doesn't cost money, but it does require the payment of your heart - Anonymous

Love is a fire that reigns in the heart - Anonymous

There is only one happiness in life, to love and be loved - George Sand

There ain't no doubt in my mind that love is the finest thing around -James Taylor

Love is a joy that fills your heart with wonder and excitement every time - Anonymous

Love is a grape on the vine of life - Anonymous

Not all heroes walk in the glamour of the lights. Not all angels have wings. Love is the power that will open your eyes. Love is the sight that lets you see these things -Sir Pavio Writesalot

Love is the passion that we feel inside of our hearts that we can't hide. We pretend to hide it, but it burns us more and more until the pain grows and grows and it never ends - Anonymous

Love is the greatest feeling you will ever have, yet it is also one of the greatest sorrows. There is so much suffering, but then there are times when the crying, pain, and heartache is worth it. Those moments are perfect, they are right. Those moments make all the suffering worth while. It's those moments we should live for - Anonymous

When asked what is love, what would you say? Well the simple answer to this is complete silence. It is a feeling that only one in love can answer to themself, without words - Anonymous

True love is the soul's recognition of its counterpart in another - Aimz

Love is the compass of life - Peckeroy

Love is like a mustard seed; planted by God and watered by men - Muda Saint Michael

Love is strong yet delicate. It can be broken. To truly love is to understand this. To be in love is to respect this - Stephen Packer

Funny definition of Love:A temporary insanity curable by marriage.

You know you are in love when you see the world in her eyes, and her eyes everywhere in the world - David Levesque

What is love? No one knows what or why it is, but it is a beautiful thing. One does not need to know what love is to know it's there. Love is a feeling that you get inside about someone that you can't explain. It makes you do crazy things, but yet it feels so good to know you have it - Anonymous

Love is like standing in a puddle of wet cement, the longer you stay, the harder it is to get out, but when you do get out you always leave your shoe behind - Anonymous

Love is two people entwined into each other creating one! - Anonymous

Love is not sweet talks and flowers, but love is forgiving and compromising - Anonymous

Love is not the dying moan of a distant violin - it's the triumphant twang of a bedspring - S.J. Perelman

Love is blind but after experiencing it for a long time you should become familiar with some particular spots - Anonymous

Love is like wild flowers; It's often found in the most unlikely places - Anonymous

Love is like swallowing hot chocolate before it has cooled off. It takes you by surprise at first, but keeps you warm for a long time - Anonymous

Love, like a river, will cut a new path whenever it meets an obstacle - Crystal Middlemas

Don't forget love is just music to your soul, when you listen to it, you dance in heaven - Anonymous

Love is one soul in two bodies - Anonymous

What we perceive of love is only what we want. What we know of love is only that which is unknown. What we feel of love is that which we can only experience. What we say of love is that which we cannot express - Anonymous

If love is music in its purest form, then you are the notes on the page and the melody in my heart - Anonymous

More precious than silver, more valued than gold, love is a deep emotion that two hearts hold - Anonymous

Love is just a feeling until it is shared with someone who loves you. Then, it is your life - Anonymous