good fences make good neighbours

1640 E. ROGERS Letter in Winthrop Papers (1944) IV. 282 A good fence helpeth to keepe peace between neighbours; but let vs take heed that we make not a high stone wall, to keepe vs from meeting.

1815 H. H. BRACKENRIDGE Modern Chivalry (rev. ed.) IV. II. xiii. I was always with him [Jefferson] in his apprehensions of John Bull... Good fences restrain fencebreaking beasts, and..preserve good neighbourhoods.

1914 R. FROST North of Boston 12 My apple trees will never get across And eat the cones under his pines, I tell him. He only says, ‘Good fences make good neighbours.’

1978 T. SHARPE Throwback x. ‘Hadn’t you better go and investigate?’.. Lockhart shook his head. ‘Strong fences make good neighbours.’

2001 Washington Times 7 Sept. A4 Mr. Fox insists that the United States overhaul immigration by the end of this year... He said he doesn’t believe the American folk wisdom that good fences make good neighbors.


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