I am a pretty demonstrative person, I'll admit. So I don't really understand what is so wrong about saying "I love you" to friends. My female friends respond in kind, and even some of my male friends. But I have this one friend who I care for very deeply. He is someone I look up to, and think of very much as a brother. Whenever I say those three words to him, he just sort of ignores it. I don't know if he's uncomfortable with it, or worried I will misinterpret things if he responds, or if he perhaps does not think as highly of me as I do of him. Whatever the reason, it makes me sad. I think if you love somebody, you ought to just be able to say so. I suppose I ought to just let him be who he is, but if I'm honest with myself, it really hurts not to hear it.
I don't know that there's any advice that can be given on this one, but thanks for letting me get it off my chest.