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    do good fences make good neighbors?

    what do you mean by that title?

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    Re: do good fences make good neighbors?

    If people respect each other and don't interfere in other people's business, they will have good relationships.

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    Re: do good fences make good neighbors?

    A common problem in communities is neighbours quarrelling over the boundary of their individual patches. Thus a good, well founded, fence makes the boundary clear and so such a quarrel will be prevented.

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    Re: do good fences make good neighbors?

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    what do you mean by that title?
    I think this saying started in a farming community. When a farmer failed to keep his fences in good repair, his livestock would wander all over a neighbor's property. The saying has developed new meanings over time, but respect for the rights and property of others is a central theme.

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    Mike.Mike! This started was started by a Poem!
    Read "The Mending Wall" Published in 1914, written by Robert Frost.

    The Mending Wall

    Something there is that doesn't love a wall,
    That sends the frozen-ground-swell under it,
    And spills the upper boulders in the sun,
    And makes gaps even two can pass abreast.
    The work of hunters is another thing:
    I have come after them and made repair
    Where they have left not one stone on a stone,
    But they would have the rabbit out of hiding,
    To please the yelping dogs. The gaps I mean,
    No one has seen them made or heard them made,
    But at spring mending-time we find them there.
    I let my neighbor know beyond the hill;
    And on a day we meet to walk the line
    And set the wall between us once again.
    We keep the wall between us as we go.
    To each the boulders that have fallen to each.
    And some are loaves and some so nearly balls
    We have to use a spell to make them balance:
    'Stay where you are until our backs are turned!'
    We wear our fingers rough with handling them.
    Oh, just another kind of out-door game,
    One on a side. It comes to little more:
    There where it is we do not need the wall:
    He is all pine and I am apple orchard.
    My apple trees will never get across
    And eat the cones under his pines, I tell him.
    He only says, 'Good fences make good neighbors'.
    Spring is the mischief in me, and I wonder
    If I could put a notion in his head:
    'Why do they make good neighbors? Isn't it
    Where there are cows?
    But here there are no cows.
    Before I built a wall I'd ask to know
    What I was walling in or walling out,
    And to whom I was like to give offence.
    Something there is that doesn't love a wall,
    That wants it down.' I could say 'Elves' to him,
    But it's not elves exactly, and I'd rather
    He said it for himself. I see him there
    Bringing a stone grasped firmly by the top
    In each hand, like an old-stone savage armed.
    He moves in darkness as it seems to me~
    Not of woods only and the shade of trees.
    He will not go behind his father's saying,
    And he likes having thought of it so well
    He says again, "Good fences make good neighbors."

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