This is one of those slippery slope questions that I think more women should ask men. You see, you are attempting to come to conclusions on your own that would be best left to..well...him.
Some guys speak in code. Some guys do not. This little piggy went to market. This one went to Costco and saved lots of money.
Might he be interested in you? Perhaps, but if he was really planning on making some sort of move, I'm sure you'd have an inkling. Most guys get real dumb when it comes to love. Even the smoothest player on the court loses some cool when it comes to meeting his romantic match. We do and say things that we wouldn't normally do. And hell, we probably will TELL you that we usually don't say or do such things but we can't help it.
At the same time, he might just be giving you some advice. Straight, no chaser. Perhaps he sees you going for the wrong men. Or he sees the lengths your going to in order to procure a man and they're failing miserably and it hurts him to see you in such a state.
Either way, my guess is that he's not telling you to stop searching for men because he wants you. If he did, he probably would say something to the effect of "stop looking for men when good ones are right under your nose."
He'd say something to indicate that you should look his direction or closer to home. You know, that movie stuff. I think he's just telling you to take a chill pill, regroup, do you and the right man will come along at the right time.
It was written.