He who seeks truth shall find beauty. He who seeks beauty shall find vanity. He who seeks order shall find gratification. He who seeks gratification shall be disappointed. He who considers himself the servant of his fellow beings shall find the joy of self-expression. He who seeks self-expression shall fall into the pit of arrogance.

Moshe Safdie

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“Building Uniqueness.” TED2002. Mar. 2002. Conference Presentation.

Source: "Building Uniqueness." TED2002. Mar. 2002. Conference Presentation. Additional Information: This quote is from a poem written by architect Moshe Safdie, which he read at a 2002 TED Talk about the unique buildings he has created. It means that if one chases self-serving values, such as self-expression, personal gratification, and beauty for one's own sake, he will end up arrogant, vain, and disappointed. However if one pursues more noble ideals, such as truth, order, and service to one's fellow beings, he will ultimately achieve the rewards of beauty, gratification, and self-expression. Watch the full TED Talk here: Moshe Safdie - Building Uniqueness