Quotes from The Diary of a Young Girl

Anne Frank ·  283 pages

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“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.”
― Anne Frank, quote from The Diary of a Young Girl


“I've found that there is always some beauty left -- in nature, sunshine, freedom, in yourself; these can all help you.”
― Anne Frank, quote from The Diary of a Young Girl


“I don't think of all the misery, but of the beauty that still remains.”
― Anne Frank, quote from The Diary of a Young Girl


“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.”
― Anne Frank, quote from The Diary of a Young Girl


“People can tell you to keep your mouth shut, but that doesn't stop you from having your own opinion.”
― Anne Frank, quote from The Diary of a Young Girl


“Whoever is happy will make others happy.”
― Anne Frank, quote from The Diary of a Young Girl


“In the long run, the sharpest weapon of all is a kind and gentle spirit.”
― Anne Frank, quote from The Diary of a Young Girl


“Where there's hope, there's life. It fills us with fresh courage and makes us strong again.”
― Anne Frank, quote from The Diary of a Young Girl


“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!”
― Anne Frank, quote from The Diary of a Young Girl


“I think a lot, but I don't say much.”
― Anne Frank, quote from The Diary of a Young Girl


“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.”
― Anne Frank, quote from The Diary of a Young Girl


“A quiet conscience makes one strong!”
― Anne Frank, quote from The Diary of a Young Girl


“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.”
― Anne Frank, quote from The Diary of a Young Girl


“You can be lonely even when you are loved by many people, since you are still not anybody's one and only.”
― Anne Frank, quote from The Diary of a Young Girl


“As long as this exists, this sunshine and this cloudless sky, and as long as I can enjoy it, how can I be sad?”
― Anne Frank, quote from The Diary of a Young Girl


“There's only one rule you need to remember: laugh at everything and foget everybody else! It sound egotistical, but it's actually the only cure for those suffering from self-pity.”
― Anne Frank, quote from The Diary of a Young Girl


“But feelings can't be ignored, no matter how unjust or ungrateful they seem.”
― Anne Frank, quote from The Diary of a Young Girl


“I wish to go on living even after my death.”
― Anne Frank, quote from The Diary of a Young Girl


“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!”
― Anne Frank, quote from The Diary of a Young Girl


“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!”
― Anne Frank, quote from The Diary of a Young Girl


“The weak die out and the strong will survive, and will live on forever”
― Anne Frank, quote from The Diary of a Young Girl


“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.”
― Anne Frank, quote from The Diary of a Young Girl


“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.”
― Anne Frank, quote from The Diary of a Young Girl


“The weak fall, but the strong will remain and never go under!”
― Anne Frank, quote from The Diary of a Young Girl


“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.”
― Anne Frank, quote from The Diary of a Young Girl


“Deep down, the young are lonelier than the old.”
― Anne Frank, quote from The Diary of a Young Girl


“I love you, with a love so great that it simply couldn't keep growing inside my heart, but had to leap out and reveal itself in all its magnitude.”
― Anne Frank, quote from The Diary of a Young Girl


“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.”
― Anne Frank, quote from The Diary of a Young Girl


“Sympathy, Love, Fortune... We all have these qualities but still tend to not use them!”
― Anne Frank, quote from The Diary of a Young Girl


About the author

Anne Frank
Born place: in Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Born date June 12, 1929
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