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