My mother has always been unhappy with what I do. She would rather I do something nicer, like be a bricklayer.
— Mick Jagger

When it comes to getting things done, we need fewer architects and more bricklayers.
Colleen C. Barrett bricklayer quote

We have our little theory on all human and divine things. Poetry, the workings of genius itself, which, in all times, with one or another meaning, has been called Inspiration, and held to be mysterious and inscrutable, is no longer without its scientific exposition. The building of the lofty rhyme is like any other masonry or bricklaying: we have theories of its rise, height, decline and fall -- which latter, it would seem, is now near, among all people.
— Thomas Carlyle

...the story of a man who saw three fellows laying bricks at a new building:He approached the first and asked, What are you doing?Clearly irritated, the first man responded, What the heck do you think I'm doing? I'm laying these darn bricks!He then walked over to the second bricklayer and asked the same question.The second fellow responded, Oh, I'm making a living.He approached the third bricklayer with the same question, What are you doing?The third looked up, smiled and said, I'm building a cathedral.At the end of the day, who feels better about how he's spent his last eight hours?
— Joan Borysenko

In post-conflict situations we don't just need Doctors Without Borders, we need Bricklayers Without Borders.
— bricklayer quotation by Paul Collier