The Significance of Fences and Gates – Quotes about Gates


My Garden Gate and Grapes on July 17, 2015
“Still round the corner there may wait, A new road or a secret garden gate.” – J.R.R. Tolkien

“When I walk through that gate…that’s my escape.” – Maria Sharapova

Have you ever considered the true nature of a fence? We often think of a fence as someting to keep a creature inside an area–i.e. fencing cattle or a dog or something. I actually think that the more important purpose of a fence is that of keeping others out–of creating boundaries, spaces for privacy, sanctuaries. With that in mind, what is a gate?

“So Brother Matthew locked the gate behind me and I was enclosed in the four walls of my new freedom.” – Thomas Merton, Trappist Monk

Other Gate Quotes

“But when the sun in all his state, illumed the eastern skies, she passed through glory’s morning gate, and walked in Paradise.” – James Aldrich

“Come into the garden, Maud, For the black bat, night, has flown, Come into the garden, Maud, I am here at the gate alone; Maud And the woodbine spices are wafted abroad, And the musk of the rose is blown. For a breeze of morning moves, And the planet of Love is on high, Beginning to faint in the light that she loves On a bed of daffodil sky.” – Tennyson

“When the hornet hangs in the holly hock, And the brown bee drones i’ the rose, And the west is a red-streaked four-o’clock, And summer is near its close It’s Oh, for the gate, and the locust lane; And dusk, and dew, and home again!” – Madison Cawein

“The fence that makes good neighbors needs a gate to make good friends.”

“There are some things, after all, that Sally Owens knows for certain: Always throw spilled salt over your left shoulder. Keep rosemary by your garden gate. Add pepper to your mashed potatoes. Plant roses and lavender, for luck. Fall in love whenever you can.” – Alice Hoffman – Practical Magic

mething inspires the only cow of late To make no more of a wall than an open gate, And think no more of wall-builders than fools.” – Robert Frost

“I divined and chose a distant place to dwell T’ien T’ai: what more is there to say? Monkeys cry where valley mists are cold My grass gate blends with the color of the crags I pick leaves to thatch a hut among the pines Scoop out a pond and lead a runnel from the spring By now I am used to doing without the world Picking ferns I pass the years that are left.” Han Shan

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Gate in Winter Quote
“I leant upon a coppice gate When Frost was spectre-gray, And Winter’s dregs made desolate The weakening eye of day The tangled bine-stems scored the sky Like strings of broken lyres, And all mankind that haunted nigh Had sought their household fires.” – Thomas Hardy

The photo above shows my gate and arbor 2 winters ago.  I created the arch by attaching a queen wicker headboard between two posts.  Then I planted grapes all around the expanse.


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