Usually speechwriters are in search of quotations, but sometimes you run across a quote in search of a speech. Like writer Marilynne Robinson’s remark, in last Sunday’s New York Times Magazine:
"I hate to say it, but I think a default posture of human beings is fear. What it comes down to—and I think this has become prominent in our culture recently—is that fear is an excuse. 'I would like to have done something, but of course I couldn't.' … Fear has, in this moment, a respectability I've never seen in my life."
A free copy of Fletcher Dean’s 10 Steps to Writing a Vital Speech to the first reader who works that one into a speech. —DM