An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





If you want to annoy your neighbors, tell the truth about them.


Pietro Aretino (1492-1556, Italian writer)


Every man is surrounded by a neighborhood of voluntary spies.


Jane Austen (1775-1817, British novelist)


For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbors, and laugh at them in our turn?


Jane Austen (1775-1817, British novelist)


A good neighbor is a fellow who smiles at you over the back fence, but doesn't climb over it.


Arthur Baer


Love thy neighbor as thyself, but choose your neighborhood.


Louise Beal


America has a long and rich tradition of generosity that began with simple acts of neighbor helping neighbor.


Helen Boosalis


A good neighbor sometimes cuts your morning up to mince-meat of the very smallest talk, then helps to sugar her bohea at night with your reputation.


Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861, British poet)


They who are all things to their neighbors cease to be anything to themselves.


Norman Douglas (1868-1952, British author)


Sometimes a neighbor whom we have disliked a lifetime for his arrogance and conceit lets fall a single commonplace remark that shows us another side, another man, really; a man uncertain, and puzzled, and in the dark like ourselves.


Willa Cather (1876-1947, American author)


We make our friends; we make our enemies; but God makes our next door neighbor.


Gilbert K. Chesterton (1874-1936, British author)


Your next-door neighbor is not a man; he is an environment. He is the barking of a dog; he is the noise of a piano; he is a dispute about a party wall; he is drains that are worse than yours, or roses that are better than yours.


Gilbert K. Chesterton (1874-1936, British author)


Of neighborhoods, benevolence is the most beautiful. How can the man be considered wise who when he had the choice does not settle in benevolence.


Confucius (BC 551-479, Chinese ethical teacher, philosopher)


Keeping up with the Joneses was a full-time job with my mother and father. It was not until many years later when I lived alone that I realized how much cheaper it was to drag the Joneses down to my level.


Quentin Crisp (1908-1999, British author)


The supreme satisfaction is to be able to despise one's neighbor and this fact goes far to account for religious intolerance. It is evidently consoling to reflect that the people next door are headed for hell.


Aleister Crowley (1875-1947, British occultist)


In great cities men are brought together by the desire of gain. They are not in a state of co-operation, but of isolation, as to the making of fortunes; and for all the rest they are careless of neighbors. Christianity teaches us to love our neighbor as ourselves; modern society acknowledges no neighbor.


Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881, British statesman, Prime Minister)


To keep the Golden Rule we must put ourselves in other people's places, but to do that consists in and depends upon picturing ourselves in their places.


Harry Emerson Fosdick (1878-1969, American minister)


Those who have given themselves the most concern about the happiness of peoples have made their neighbors very miserable.


Anatole France (1844-1924, French writer)


Don't throw stones at your neighbors , if your own windows are glass.


Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, American scientist, publisher, diplomat)


Don't throw stones at your neighbors , if your own windows are glass.


Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, American scientist, publisher, diplomat)


Love thy neighbor -- but don't pull down your hedge.


Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, American scientist, publisher, diplomat)


A bad neighbor is a misfortune, as much as a good one is a great blessing.


Hesiod (8th century BC Greek poet)


It is easier to love humanity as a whole than to love one's neighbor.


Eric Hoffer (1902-1983, American author, philosopher)


It is your business when the wall next door catches fire.


Horace (BC 65-8, Italian poet)


Your neighbor is the man who needs you.


Elbert Hubbard (1859-1915, American author, publisher)


The impersonal hand of government can never replace the helping hand of a neighbor.


Hubert H. Humphrey (1911-1978, American Vice President)


Nothing makes you more tolerant of a neighbor's noisy party than being there.


Franklin P. Jones


A neighborhood is where, when you go out of it, you get beat up.


Murray Kempton (1917-1997, American author and columnist)


My neighbor doesn't want to be loved as much as he wants to be envied.


Irving Layton (1912-, Canadian poet)


To love our neighbor as ourselves is such a truth for regulating human society, that by that alone one might determine all the cases in social morality.


John Locke (1632-1704, British philosopher)


This is the sum of all -- righteousness. In causing pleasure or in giving pain, in doing good or injury to others, a man obtains a proper rule of action by looking at his neighbor as himself.


The Mahabharta


Welcome thy neighbor into thy fallout shelter. He'll come in handy if you run out of food.


Dean McLaughlin


Those whose conduct gives room for talk are always the first to attack their neighbors.


Jean Baptiste Moliere (1622-1673, French playwright)


When strangers start acting like neighbors... communities are reinvigorated.


Ralph Nader (1934-, American lawyer, consumer activist)


Love your neighbor, yet pull not down your hedge.


English Proverb (Sayings of British origin)


When your neighbor's wall breaks, your own is in danger.


Icelandic Proverb (Sayings of Icelandic origin)


A bear that dances in your neighbor's house might soon dance in yours.


Macedonian Proverb


Choose the neighbor before the house.


Syrian Proverb


I may be the girl next door, but you wouldn't want to live next to me.


Elisabeth Shue (1963-, American actress)


Regard your neighbor's gain as your own gain, and your neighbor's loss as your own loss.


Tai Shang Kan Ying Pien (Chinese Sacred Book)


Far better a neighbor that is near than a brother far off.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)


If you fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, You shall love your neighbor as yourself, you do well.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

Source: James 2:8


Withdraw yourself from your neighbors house; lest he be tired of you, and hate you.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)


You shall love your neighbor as yourself.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

Source: Matthew 22:39


Hedges between keep friendships green.


Author Unknown


In a sense, each of us is an island. In another sense, however, we are all one. For though islands appear separate, and may even be situated at great distances from one another, they are only extrusions of the same planet, Earth.


Donald J. Walters (1926-, American author, lecturer, playwright)


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