“Even from stones that are placed in the way, one can build something beautiful.”
Not the best version of “make the best out of a bad situation” that I can think of; that I just read it on my brown paper bakery bag says I dunno what about what’s in either.
Maybe he was talking about real-life stones obstructing construction — much better sentence in that regard. Better an aphorism resulting from actual rocks than a metaphor built from literally next to nothing, out of the gravel of one’s mind.
It could refer to almost anything, at first glance profoundly appropriate. Then again, in the hands of eminent domain, the stones might be several someones and what they make perfectly good use of before judicial writ comes down and takes it all away.
Beauty remains forever nonobjective.