"You can learn as much about the history from reading about the present as you can vice versa, that is learning about the present through history, which is what I do for a living."
"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."Ken Burns on Maya Angelou
"Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school."Ken Burns on Albert Einstein
"We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools."Ken Burns on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever."Ken Burns on Mahatma Gandhi
"Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don't wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it's at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored."Ken Burns on Earl Nightingale
"I think we too often make choices based on the safety of cynicism, and what we're lead to is a life not fully lived. Cynicism is fear, and it's worse than fear - it's active disengagement."
"I have made a film about jazz that tries to look through jazz to see what it tells us about who we are as a people. I think that jazz is a spectacularly accurate model of democracy and a kind of look into our redemptive future possibilities."
"History is malleable. A new cache of diaries can shed new light, and archeological evidence can challenge our popular assumptions."
"I began to feel that the drama of the truth that is in the moment and in the past is richer and more interesting than the drama of Hollywood movies. So I began looking at documentary films."
"I record all of my music with authentic instruments in a studio before we start editing, doing many, many versions. The music shapes the film as we edit so it has an organic relationship to the content."