"Nothing is more despicable than respect based on fear."
Albert Camus
(1913-1960) French Algerian author
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Respect and fear are inherently incompatible... but the sentiment is right.
 -- Anonymous, Reston, VA US     
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    Respect here is not an honorable aspect but rather means: to avoid violation of, or interference with. In conjunction with the quote, respect for arbitrary speed limits, victimless crimes of all types, income tax as currently perpetrated, etc. are all despicably based on fear.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    The mafia is respect based on fear, as is our government. They cry terrorist, then tell us how they will protect us for a trillion dollars.
     -- Joe, Rochester, MI     
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     -- Anonymous, Atlanta, GA      
    It all depends on which side you are on. It is not uncommon to mistake fear for respect. Is the fear of Hell respect for Heaven? Hardly.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    Gangs think that they are respected when it is just fear that gets people to do what the gang wants them to do.
     -- Valerie, Klamath Falls Oregon     
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     -- jim k, Austin      
    Nothing is more despicable than those who create fear...
     -- Robert, Somewhere in the USA     
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