if you love something set it free

If you love something set it free is part of the ancient proverb If you love something set it free; if it returns, it is yours forever, if not it was never meant to be. There are a lot of different variations of this saying which all mean basically the same thing. The idea behind this phrase is that if you really love something or someone, you should be comfortable letting them go with the understanding that if you were meant to be with that person, they will come back to you.