The saying implies that with a fence between neighbors you can each maintain your privacy. When people become complacent about their neighbors privacy or wishes then ill feelings can occur. If your neighbor has the run of your yard there is always the chance that they might do something against your wishes. This does not imply that they are going to irritate you on purpose but there is the chance. A fence between the properties will eliminate the chance that they may trespass into something that you do not want to share. This is also not just about a physical fence. It also means that your neighbors should not have free run of the knowledge of your lives and what goes on in your household. There has to be boundries in all relationships which would constitute a fence. In regard to the actual fence it should be low enough to allow communication between the neighbors while keeping some things out. The same applies to the personal fence. Do not build a stone wall between each other that allows for no communication.
Good Fences Make Good Neighbors- Robert Frost
No, that is a metaphor. I think. ^^
Robert Frost. 64. Mending Wall
Good fences make good neighbors
Colonists held fast to the maxim that 'good fences make good neighbors'... and rocks are plentiful!
Robert Frost is best known for popularizing it in his poem 'Mending Wall'. (I say it all the time...)
It is the Spanish equivalent of the English, "Good fences make good neighbors." It literally means, "A good fence makes a good neighbor."
This is from Robert Frost's poem Mending Wall. I believe the line is original to him. The stress is on the word wall, as in cooking dinner.
Birds Make Good Neighbors was created in 2005-04.
Humans, as a species, are territorial. Also you could be living next to a pedophile or other person you may find undesirable.
Russian and Canadians both make good neighbors.
Because good borders make good neighbors.