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).
Ken Burns
Garry Wills
Date Range
June 1, 1996 to June 30, 1996
Quotes by and about Thomas Jefferson
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