The first book that I gifted myself when I was in class 3 was Anne Frank The Diary Of A Young Girl. Since then I have read it more than dozens of times, and it still gives me goosebumps, makes me cry, makes me laugh, makes me feel like Anne was my friend, I am reading her diary without her permission.
Here’s what Goodreads has to say about the book:
“Anne Frank’s extraordinary diary, written in the Amsterdam attic where she and her family hid from the Nazis for two years, has become a world classic and a timeless testament to the human spirit. Now, in a new edition enriched by many passages originally withheld by her father, we meet an Anne more real, more human, and more vital than ever. Here she is first and foremost a teenage girl—stubbornly honest, touchingly vulnerable, in love with life. She imparts her deeply secret world of soul-searching and hungering for affection, rebellious clashes with her mother, romance and newly discovered sexuality, and wry, candid observations of her companions. Facing hunger, fear of discovery and death, and the petty frustrations of such confined quarters, Anne writes with adult wisdom and views beyond her years. Her story is that of every teenager, lived out in conditions few teenagers have ever known.”
This is a must read.
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In today’s post, we will be sharing with you some of the most profound quotes from the book,
The best quotes from Anne Frank The Diary Of A Young Girl
- In spite of everything see the good in people
“It’s really a wonder that I haven’t dropped all my ideals, because they seem so absurd and impossible to carry out. Yet I keep them, because in spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.”
- There is always some beauty left
“I’ve found that there is always some beauty left — in nature, sunshine, freedom, in yourself; these can all help you.”
- Everyone has the wrong idea of me
“Everyone thinks I’m showing off when I talk, ridiculous when I’m silent, insolent when I answer, cunning when I have a good idea, lazy when I’m tired, selfish when I eat one bite more than I should.”
- The world will keep on turning without me
“I’ve reached the point where I hardly care whether I live or die. The world will keep on turning without me, I can’t do anything to change events anyway.”
- I must become good
“Sometimes I believe that God wants to try me, both now and later on; I must become good through my own efforts, without examples and without good advice.”
- Why don’t we use the good qualities we possess?
“Sympathy, Love, Fortune… We all have these qualities but still tend to not use them!”
- Hope fills us with courage
“Where there’s hope, there’s life. It fills us with fresh courage and makes us strong again.”
- Women make much tougher soldiers
“Women should be respected as well! Generally speaking, men are held in great esteem in all parts of the world, so why shouldn’t women have their share? Soldiers and war heroes are honored and commemorated, explorers are granted immortal fame, martyrs are revered, but how many people look upon women too as soldiers? …Women, who struggle and suffer pain to ensure the continuation of the human race, make much tougher and more courageous soldiers than all those big-mouthed freedom-fighting heroes put together!”
- I don’t say mych
“I think a lot, but I don’t say much.”
- I have my own opinions, ideas and principles
“Although I’m only fourteen, I know quite well what I want, I know who is right and who is wrong. I have my opinions, my own ideas and principles, and although it may sound pretty mad from an adolescent, I feel more of a person than a child, I feel quite indepedent of anyone.”
- This line!
“A quiet conscience makes one strong!”
- This cruelty will end too
“In spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart. I simply can’t build up my hopes on a foundation consisting of confusion, misery, and death. I see the world gradually being turned into a wilderness, I hear the ever approaching thunder, which will destroy us too, I can feel the sufferings of millions and yet, if I look up into the heavens, I think that it will all come right, that this cruelty too will end, and that peace and tranquility will return again.”
- The beauty that still remains
“I don’t think of all the misery, but of the beauty that still remains.”
- Nature brings solace in all troubles
“The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quite alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature. As longs as this exists, and it certainly always will, I know that then there will always be comfort for every sorrow, whatever the circumstances may be. And I firmly believe that nature brings solace in all troubles.”
- Keeping your mouth shut won’t stop you from having your own opinions
“People can tell you to keep your mouth shut, but that doesn’t stop you from having your own opinion.”
- Happiness is contagious
“Whoever is happy will make others happy.”
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- The sharpest weapon
“In the long run, the sharpest weapon of all is a kind and gentle spirit.”
“You can be lonely even when you are loved by many people, since you are still not anybody’s one and only.”
- How can I be sad when I have nature?
“As long as this exists, this sunshine and this cloudless sky, and as long as I can enjoy it, how can I be sad?”
- The only cure for those suffering from self-pity
“There’s only one rule you need to remember: laugh at everything and forget everybody else! It sounds egotistical, but it’s actually the only cure for those suffering from self-pity.”
- Feelings can never be ignored
“But feelings can’t be ignored, no matter how unjust or ungrateful they seem.”
- This just makes me sad every time I read it
“I wish to go on living even after my death.”
- Only then can you judge someone’s character
“Anyhow, I’ve learned one thing now. You only really get to know people when you’ve had a jolly good row with them. Then and then only can you judge their true characters!”
- Not everyone has the gift of believing in heavenly things
“People who have a religion should be glad, for not everyone has the gift of believing in heavenly things. You don’t necessarily even have to be afraid of punishment after death; purgatory, hell, and heaven are things that a lot of people can’t accept, but still a religion, it doesn’t matter which, keeps a person on the right path. It isn’t the fear of God but the upholding of one’s own honor and conscience. How noble and good everyone could be if, every evening before falling asleep, they were to recall to their minds the events of the while day and consider exactly what has been good and bad. Then, without realizing it you try to improve yourself at the start of each new day; of course, you achieve quite a lot in the course of time. Anyone can do this, it costs nothing and is certainly very helpful. Whoever doesn’t know it must learn and find by experience that: “A quiet conscience mades one strong!”
- The strong live on forever
“The weak die out and the strong will survive, and will live on forever”
- I can watch myself and my actions like an outsider
“I have one outstanding trait in my character, which must strike anyone who knows me for any length of time, and that is my knowledge of myself. I can watch myself and my actions, just like an outsider. The Anne of every day I can face entirely without prejudice, without making excuses for her, and watch what’s good and what’s bad about her. This ‘self-consciousness’ haunts me, and every time I open my mouth I know as soon as I’ve spoken whether ‘that ought to have been different’ or ‘that was right as it was.’ There are so many things about myself that I condemn; I couldn’t begin to name them all. I understand more and more how true Daddy’s words were when he said: ‘All children must look after their own upbringing.’ Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands.”
- I have religion and love
“I know what I want, I have a goal, an opinion, I have a religion and love. Let me be myself and then I am satisfied. I know that I’m a woman, a woman with inward strength and plenty of courage.”
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