Good Neighbors

By Gordon Hopkins

“Good fences make good neighbors.” (Or, “Good fences make good neighbours” if you happen to be British and like throwing an unnecessary “U” into a word from time to time.) We’ve all heard the old saying before and we all know what it means. But do you know where it first came from?Although a version of the phrase was probably being used long before, I think it was first set down in print using that specific wording by Robert Frost in his poem, “Mending Wall.” At least, that’s as far back as I have been able to trace it. I’m sure some scholar will happily correct me if I am wrong and I likely won’t lose much sleep over it...


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