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Ken Burns Quotes

I like me a little bit more when i'm with you
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When we first met, i had no idea you would be so important to me
I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work
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I meant to behave but there were too many other options
Don't look back you're not going that way
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What a beautiful world it would be if people had hearts like dogs
Men go shopping to buy what they need. Women go shopping to find out what they want
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You don't need someone to complete you. You only need someone to accept you completely
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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  (Ken Burns Quotes) By its very nature, no one person can ever be the center of Jazz  (Ken Burns Quotes) A jazz beat is a dynamic changing rhythm  (Ken Burns Quotes) One of the things I really like about Ford’s films is how there is always a focus on the way characters live, and not just the male heroes  (Ken Burns Quotes) I am passionately interested in understanding how my country works. And if you want to know about this thing called the United States of America you have to know about the Civil War  (Ken Burns Quotes) I subscribe to William Faulkner’s’ view that history is not just about what we were before but who we are now  (Ken Burns Quotes) I have made all my films for my children with the exception of my first film because my oldest daughter wasn’t born when I was making the film about the Brooklyn Bridge  (Ken Burns Quotes) I never, ever want to apologize for a film. If it’s bad I’ll say it’s my fault. And that’s what I can say so far in all the films that I’ve done, that if you don’t like it, it’s entirely my fault  (Ken Burns Quotes) 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  (Ken Burns Quotes) In a sense I’ve made the same film over and over again. In all of them I’ve asked, ‘Who are we as Americans?  (Ken Burns Quotes) Jazz is a very accurate, curiously accurate accompaniment to 20th century America  (Ken Burns Quotes) Louis Armstrong is quite simply the most important person in American music. He is to 20th century music (I did not say jazz) what Einstein is to physics  (Ken Burns Quotes) Wynton told us that Miles sold out, just wanted to make more money, just wanted to sell more records. I don’t believe that Miles sold out but I’m not in a position to say  (Ken Burns Quotes) I don’t think that there has been a film that I’ve done that hasn’t been influenced by libraries and archives.  (Ken Burns Quotes) We’re having a hard time understanding where jazz is going. What happened to jazz?  (Ken Burns Quotes) The genius of our country is improvisation, and jazz reflects that. It’s our great contribution to the arts.  (Ken Burns Quotes) I have made all my films for my children with the exception of my first film because my oldest daughter wasn’t born when I was making the film about the Brooklyn Bridge.  (Ken Burns Quotes) I think my expectations for myself are much more severe and much more direct. You can’t work on a film for six years without being your own toughest critic. So you can’t really be distracted by the expectations based on your previous performance.  (Ken Burns Quotes) I can understand why some of these drummers and bass players become cult figures with all of their equipment and the incredible amount of technique they have. But there’s very little that I think satisfies you intellectually or emotionally.  (Ken Burns Quotes) History isn’t really about the past - settling old scores. It’s about defining the present and who we are  (Ken Burns Quotes) I read cover to cover every jazz publication that I could and in the New York Times, every single day reading their jazz reviews even though I didn’t put them in the films. I wanted to know what is going on  (Ken Burns Quotes) History is malleable. A new cache of diaries can shed new light, and archeological evidence can challenge our popular assumptions  (Ken Burns Quotes) Write: write letters. Keep journals. Besides your children, there is no surer way of achieving immortality  (Ken Burns Quotes) The flame is not out, but it is flickering  (Ken Burns Quotes) It is the great arrogance of the present to forget the intelligence of the past  (Ken Burns Quotes) There is no communication in this world except between equals  (Ken Burns Quotes) There are no ordinary lives  (Ken Burns Quotes) The way I work, the interview never becomes larger than the person being interviewed  (Ken Burns Quotes) History’s just been made for sale to an inside deal  (Ken Burns Quotes) I don’t think that there has been a film that I’ve done that hasn’t been influenced by libraries and archives  (Ken Burns Quotes)
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