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“Good fences make good neighbors.”   This is from Robert Frost’s poem “Mending Wall.”   I think the quote is popularly understood to Suggest that you want to have boundaries to kee

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“Good fences make good neighbors.”

 

This is from Robert Frost’s poem “Mending Wall.”

 

I think the quote is popularly understood to Suggest that you want to have boundaries to keep your annoying neighbors away.

 

But, actually, Robert Frost’s point was how he and his neighbor would come together each year to repair their stone fence, and the act of rebuilding together is what strengthened the relationship with the neighbor.  So, basically the opposite of how I think most of us understand the normal saying. 
 

A buddy of mine just recently clued me into the original meaning in the Frost poem, which I thought was pretty cool and at total odds with how I always understood the quote. 
 

 

 

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I don't like "it is what it is." Imo it seems to over simplify life, which as we all know can be very complicated. It has also become very trite.

25 minutes ago, Miyagi-Do Karate said:

“Good fences make good neighbors.”

 

Actually, I agree with this lol.

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29 minutes ago, Bill from NYC said:

I don't like "it is what it is." Imo it seems to over simplify life, which as we all know can be very complicated. It has also become very trite.

Actually, I agree with this lol.

Its a worthless statement.  Has it not ever been what it, in fact, was?

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“Looks don’t matter”

 

The literature is rife with studies on how attractive people benefit in countless ways that unattractive people get penalized for.

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1 minute ago, SDS said:

“Looks don’t matter”

 

The literature is rife with studies on how attractive people benefit in countless ways that unattractive people get penalized for.

 

“Size doesn’t matter” is complete BS also.  Too big is usually not good, and too small is definitely not good.  Ask any woman who you know will give you an honest answer.

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51 minutes ago, Jauronimo said:

Its a worthless statement.  Has it not ever been what it, in fact, was?

Absolutely and many people who say it act as if they are the very first ones to utter these empty, hackneyed words.

 

I used this expression about a week ago and was starting to hate myself lol.

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20 minutes ago, LeGOATski said:

"I'm an alpha"

 

Because anyone who actually says that about themselves is really a beta.

Is that really a popular saying though?

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2 hours ago, Miyagi-Do Karate said:

“Good fences make good neighbors.”

 

This is from Robert Frost’s poem “Mending Wall.”

 

I think the quote is popularly understood to Suggest that you want to have boundaries to keep your annoying neighbors away.

 

But, actually, Robert Frost’s point was how he and his neighbor would come together each year to repair their stone fence, and the act of rebuilding together is what strengthened the relationship with the neighbor.  So, basically the opposite of how I think most of us understand the normal saying. 
 

A buddy of mine just recently clued me into the original meaning in the Frost poem, which I thought was pretty cool and at total odds with how I always understood the quote. 
 

 

 

I was just gonna post this!  

 

Mending Wall
BY ROBERT FROST
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 offense.
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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