Fence Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old fence quotes, fence sayings, and fence proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

The tradition is a fence around the law, tithes are a fence around riches, vows are a fence around abstinence, a fence around wisdom is silence. Akiva ben Joseph
If a person can build a fence around himself, he is bound to do it. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Whenever you remove any fence, always pause long enough to ask why it was put there in the first place. Gilbert K. Chesterton
The only fence against the world is a thorough knowledge of it. John Locke
Ride at any fence hard enough, and the chances are you'll get over. The harder you ride the heavier the fall, if you get a fall; but the greater the chance of your getting over. Anthony Trollope
When you look at it that way, you can see how absurd it is that we individualize ourselves with our fences and hoarded possessions. Morrie Schwartz
Good fences make good neighbors. Robert Frost
Safety is a fence, and fences are for sheep. I would rather die at twenty-two, knowing the truth, then live in a cage of lies for a hundred years. Karen Marie Moning
Beyond the fence the forest stood up spectrally in the moonlight, and through the dim stir, through the faint sounds of that lamentable courtyard, the silence of the land went home to one's very heart its mystery, its greatness, the amazing reality of its concealed life. Joseph Conrad
Opportunity never sneaks up on those who straddle the fence of indecision. Napoleon Hill
Everybody has barriers and obstacles. If you look at them as containing fences that don't allow you to advance, then you're going to be a failure. If you look at them as hurdles that strengthen you each time you go over one, then you're going to be a success. Benjamin Carson
The fence and the boundary line are the symbols of the spirit of justice. They set the limits upon each man's interest to prevent one from taking advantage of the other. Reinhold Niebuhr
If you put fences around people, you get sheep. Give people the room they need. William L. McKnight
Ridicule has historically proven itself a rickety fence for great ideas. Vanna Bonta
Don't ever take a fence down until you know why it was put up. Robert Frost
Most folks are like a barb-wire fence. They have their good points. Texas Bix Bender
The wide world is all about you, you can fence yourselves in, but you cannot for ever fence it out. J R R Tolkien
Where there is a fence, there is no terror. Where there's no fence, there is terror. Tzachi Hanegbi
There is no fence or hedge round time that has gone. You can go back and have what you like if you remember it well enough. Richard Llewellyn
A fence to wisdom is silence. Akiba Ben Joseph
Fences are made for those who cannot fly. Elbert Hubbard
The fence around a cemetery is foolish, for those inside can't come out and those outside don't want to get in. Arthur Brisbane
It doesn't matter which side of the fence you get off on sometimes. What matters most is getting off. You cannot make progress without making decisions. Jim Rohn
He has sat on the fence so long that the iron has entered his soul. David Lloyd George
If there is a fence and you don't know its purpose, don't just assume there isn't one and tear it down. Find out what the fence is intended to accomplish. You might see it needs to stay. Jerry Vines
If the stable gate is closed, climb the fence. Julie Krone
Build a little fence of trust around today; Fill the space with loving deeds, and therein stay. Mary Butts
Fences and borders are a sign of weakness. Yanis Varoufakis
Fences and walls can be effective and even soothing, at least for those who build them. Richard Engel
Someone's always going to come down on the side of the fence. Morgan Freeman
The best way to catch a horse is to build a fence around it. Emmylou Harris
It makes a difference doesn't it, whether we fully fence ourselves in, or whether we are fenced out by the barriers of others. E M Forster
There's only one thing I never did and wish I had done: climbed over a fence. Mary of Teck
A good neighbor is a fellow who smiles at you over the back fence, but doesn't climb over it. Arthur Baer
If you strive for the moon, maybe you'll get over the fence. James Woods
If I am more fortunate than others I need to build a longer table not a taller fence. Tamlyn Tomita
How well I have learned that there is no fence to sit on between heaven and hell. There is a deep, wide gulf, a chasm, and in that chasm is no place for any man. Johnny Cash
Fear is the highest fence. Dudley Nichols
A fence to wisdom is silence. Rabbi Akiva
The security fence is reversible. Human lives are irreversible. Silvan Shalom
I just swung for the fence. That's my whole philosophy in life. Ronnie Van Zant
As long as our civilization is essentially one of property, of fences, of exclusiveness, it will be mocked by delusions. Ralph Waldo Emerson
If you have a big expenditure right around the corner, you don't want to be swinging for the fences with your savings. Thomas Raymond
When you swing for the fences, you’re putting every ounce of strength into hitting the ball as far as possible. You know that your bat might miss the ball entirely—but that if you succeed in making contact, the rewards can be huge. Bill Gates
A fence between makes love more keen. French Proverb
A fence lasts three years, a dog lasts three fences, a horse three dogs, and a man three horses. German Proverb
Build the fence or you will pay for the plunder. Irish Proverb
Everyone tries to cross the fence where it is lowest. Danish Proverb
Some people build fences to keep people out, and other people build fences to keep people in. Bono
Make not a fence more expensive or more important than the thing that is fenced. Yiddish Proverb
There is no fence against ill fortune. English Proverb
Oh, give me land, lots of land under starry skies above, / Don't fence me in. / I want to ride to the ridge where the West commences. / Gaze at the moon till I lose my senses, / Can't look at hobbles and I can't stand fences, / Don't fence me in. Cole Porter
Some may believe the more important written words don't ever need to be heard. But if it doesn't read out loud to make sense, you ought to leave it sitting on the fence. Rolland E. Stroup
Winning depends on where you put your priorities. It's usually best to put them over the fence. Slugger Jason Giambi
A woman's dress should be like a barbed-wire fence: serving its purpose without obstructing the view. Sophia Loren
My question is, why does everybody want to be blonde? The grass may always be greener, but once you hop the fence, you step in dog crap. Monica Potter
To bring on rain, hang a snake on a fence. Southern Mothers
Celebrities love the season of goodwill to all men. No need to put up Christmas lights—they just crank up the power on the electric fence until it's white hot. David Letterman
Too many people want to have one foot in the world and one foot in the kingdom of God, and it is like straddling a fence. Billy Graham
Providing a framework doesn't take away children's individuality. In fact, structure generally helps them to be more free because it provides boundaries. It's like a fence that offers security for what can happen inside the enclosure. Respect flourishes best within a clear framework, and it's that framework that can allow us all to express more of who we really are. Fred Rogers
When you're 40, you can't ride the fence anymore. You gotta make definite decisions about your life. Dolly Parton
Anytime you see a turtle up on top of a fence post, you know he had some help. Alex Haley