Toni Morrison Champions the Arts in “The Source of Self-Regard”

The Source of Self-Regard: Selected Essays, Speeches, and Meditations by Toni Morrison (Photo credit: Random House)

Toni Morrison’s new collection, The Source of Self-Regard: Selected Essays, Speeches and Meditations, brings together the Nobel Prize-winner’s essays and speeches from the past four decades. The book’s subjects include politics, James Baldwin, and Beowulf, but Morrison is most stirring when reflecting on her writing process and the vitality of the arts. As Morrison points out, “How bleak, unlivable, insufferable existence becomes when we are deprived of artwork.” Let these quotes about writers and creators inspire you.


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