I recently discussed my reasons for being a vegan with a long distance ex boyfriend with whom I generally keep in good touch. He and I strongly disagree on religion and politics, and just the other day he was trying to make an argument that morals can't exist without god, and trying to seperate humans from the rest of the animal kingdom by saying they don't think, etc, but in a 100%-nothing-to-do-with-veg*nism-or-the-opposite kind of way, if that's feasable. That conversation ended with him saying "Oh well. You'll come around some day."
So when I explained to him that my veganism has nothing to do with health, it's all about the animals not dying or suffering for my pleasure, he just said "Wow, I could never do it, but I have a lot of respect for you for doing that".
I know it's not original in this thread, but I totally wasn't expecting that comment from him.