(Note though that Saint Paul spoke of loving one's wife in Ephesians 5.) George Bernard Shaw "insists that there are passions far more exciting than the physical ones...'intellectual passion, mathematical passion, passion for discovery and exploration: the mightiest of all passions'".
His contemporary, Sigmund Freud, argued for a continuity (not a contrast) between the two, physical and intellectual, and commended the way "Leonardo had energetically sublimated his sexual passions into the passion for independent scientific research".
It is particularly used in the context of romance or sexual desire, though it generally implies a deeper or more encompassing emotion than that implied by the term lust.
The balance of the two is something that is hard to achieve and it is always hard to satisfy both parties.
Now an article in the Huffington Post tells us that this may not be such a good idea. It’s long been one of those anecdotal observations that a platonic relationship between a guy and a girl usually involves a hopeful guy and a girl in denial.
It probably won’t surprise you to hear that it’s usually the men who are attracted to their female friends according to this latest study.
But that’s not to say women aren’t capable of being attracted to their platonic friends as well.
That attraction, apart from making one’s current partner prone to jealousy if you’re already dating someone else, can also apparently affect your relationship itself.