Bricklaying has existed for thousands of years. In this length of time, there have been many bricklayer quotes created. 

Here are a list of bricklayer quotes:


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

“I look upon myself as a musical bricklayer with architectural aspirations” Robert Mayer

“If I had been a bricklayer I’d still have been a journeyman” Fred L. Turner

“The important thing is to take the bricklayer and make him understand that he’s building a home, not just laying bricks” Herb Kelleher

“He has the obligation to society that any human being has. I don’t think a satirist has any greater obligation to society than a bricklayer or anybody else.” Shel Silverstein

“An author is like an incompetent bricklayer – doesn’t use mortar and keeps rearranging the bricks until someone tells him to stop.” Chris Everheart

“Only when architect, bricklayer and tenant are a unity, or one and the same person, can we speak of architecture. Everything else is not architecture, but a criminal art which has taken form.” Friedensreich Hundertwasser

“Everything starts with one step, or one brick, or one word or one day” Jeremy Gilley

“…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?” Bill Vaughan

Our personal favourite:


“Two bricklayers work side by side. The first lays bricks. The second builds magnificent cathedrals. Thinks small vs think big.” Richard Branson

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