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Neighbors

  • Being a good neighbor is an art which makes life richer.

  • I believe that people are almost always better than their neighbors think they are.

  • The evil one has incited the people next door to have the outside of their house painted, which constitutes a small purgatory for me apart from anything else.

    • George Eliot,
    • 1854, in Gordon S. Haight, ed., The George Eliot Letters, vol. 2 ()
  • Once you get to know your neighbors, you are no longer free, you are all tangled up, you have to stop and speak when you are out and you never feel safe when you are in.

  • Give the neighbors' kids an inch and they'll take the whole yard.

  • We all have neighbors. Greet them on the sidewalk or in the elevator, but try not to peer through their windows. Windows are to look out from, not into.

  • The only way for me to think and, therefore, act productively, is to view the people I have encountered as local — far away perhaps, but nevertheless my neighbors.

  • Of course the grass is greener on the other side of the fence. Why do you think the neighbors put up the fence?

  • To rejoice with one's neighbor's joys is no less a duty ... than to grieve with his grief.

  • In summer, when doorstep life dominates, the natural quality of the neighborhood comes out.

  • Why do you call this a bad neighborhood? Perhaps it is only unfamiliar to you.

  • My good friend's gone who lived next door; / The new woman there is a yawning bore. / The only phrase she knows to say / Is where did you buy it or what did you pay. / She's not concerned with peace or war: / Her care is gloss to proof the floor. / Her house, her ways are all cliché / I grow to like her more each day.

    • Eve Merriam,
    • "Reflection in a Picture Window," The Double Bed ()
  • While the spirit of neighborliness was important on the frontier because neighbors were so few, it is even more important now because our neighbors are so many.