Extract from Garry Wills’s Interview with Ken Burns

the thing to remember from Jefferson is the power of the word. That ideas matter. That words, beautifully shaped, reshape lives. That a person who has certain disadvantages and flaws and even crimes, like holding slaves, can transcend his imprisonment within reality by casting out words that take you into a new reality.

Published by PBS Online (accessed 2014).
Author
Ken Burns
Garry Wills
Date Range
Date
June 1, 1996 to June 30, 1996
Collection
Quotes by and about Thomas Jefferson
Repository
PBS Online