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Well said...only common sense, right?
It is possible to have respect for people you don't care for. I am not convinced that respect automatically follows love, or the other way around. However,, both appear to be present in marriages and friendships that last a long time.
Yes, I agree with you. Can I change my answer? LOL. There are people whom we respect for their guts, but they are not lovable at all, e.g. Mao Zedong, Adolf Hitler, etc. etc.
Interesting point about not respecting the behavior. (Tea and toast? I will have to try that. If I understand the spirit of the phrase, I offer beer and brisket as an equivalent phrase.)
I agree respect and love go hand in hand in relationships. It's not likely someone would be "in love" with someone they did not respect! However it is possible to respect someone and not be "in love" with them! :-)
Actually, I have remained in love with my wife for over 30 years, and she with me, but there were times that we lost respect for one another. It is perhaps the most painful moment in a marriage. We chose to repair respect when others would divorce.
Yes, as soon as the love is gone...the respect goes right along with it. That's why I said they go "hand-in-hand" in my comment...for good or bad.