Anne Frank Quotes

Annelies Marie Frank (12 June 1929 – February/March 1945) was a young German-born Jewish diarist and aspiring writer, who died of typhus in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.

Anne Frank was one of the million Jewish children who died in the Holocaust. She was well-acclaimed for her style of writing in her diary, which she wrote during the Nazi invasion period. Her diary was later adapted into several plays and films.

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Anne Frank

A person who’s happy will make others happy; a person who has courage and faith will never die in misery – Anne Frank

A quiet conscience makes one strong! – Anne Frank

After May 1940, the good times were few and far between; first there was the war, then the capitulation, and then the arrival of the Germans, which is when the trouble started for the Jews. – Anne Frank

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 independent of anyone. – Anne Frank

An empty day, though clear and bright, is just as dark as any night. – Anne Frank

And finally I twist my heart round again, so that the bad is on the outside and the good is on the inside, and keep on trying to find a way of becoming what I would so like to be, and could be, if there weren’t any other people living in the world. – Anne Frank

And you can always, always, give kindness – Anne Frank

Another fact that doesn’t exactly brighten up our days is that Mr. Van Maaren, the man who works in the warehouse, is getting suspicious about the Annex. – Anne Frank

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

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

As long as you can look fearlessly at the sky, you’ll know that your pure within and will find happiness once more. – Anne Frank

As long as you’re in the food business, why not make sweets? – Anne Frank

At any rate, Daddy usually comes to my defence. Without him I wouldn’t be able to stick out here. – Anne Frank

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. I firmly believe that nature brings solace in all troubles. – Anne Frank

Because paper has more patience than people. – Anne Frank

Because we’re Jewish, my father immigrated to Holland in 1933, where he became the managing director of the Dutch Opekta Company, which manufactures products used in making jam. – Anne Frank

Bolkenstein, a Minister, was speaking on the Dutch programme from London, and he said that they ought to make a collection of diaries and letters after the war. Of course, they all made a rush at my diary immediately. Just imagine how interesting it would be if I were to publish a romance of the “Secret Annexe.” The title alone would be enough to make people think it was a detective story. – Anne Frank

Boys will be boys. And even that wouldn’t matter if only we could prevent girls from being girls. – Anne Frank

But feelings can’t be ignored, no matter how unjust or ungrateful they seem. – Anne Frank

But I won’t bore you any longer on the subject of old men. It won’t make things any better and all my plans of revenge (such as disconnecting the lamp, shutting the door, hiding his clothes) must be abandoned in order to keep the peace. Oh, I’m becoming so sensible! … – Anne Frank

But i’ve slammed the door to my inner self; if he ever wants to force the lock again, he’ll have to use a harder crowbar! – Anne Frank

by thinking, nobody can ever get worse but will only get better. – Anne Frank

Crying can bring relief, as long as you don’t cry alone. – Anne Frank

Dead people receive more flowers than the living ones because regret is stronger than gratitude. – Anne Frank

Dead people receive more flowers than the living ones because the regret is stronger than gratitude. – Anne Frank

Deep down I know I could never be that innocent again, however much I’d like to be. – Anne Frank

Deep down, the young are lonelier than the old. – Anne Frank

Despite everything, I believe that people are really good at heart. – Anne Frank

don’t believe the war is simply the work of politicians and capitalists. Oh no, the common man is every bit as guilty; otherwise, people and nations would have re- belled long ago! There’s a destructive urge in people, the urge to rage, murder and kill. And until all of humanity, without exception, undergoes a metamorphosis, wars will continue to be waged, and everything that has been carefully built up, cultivated and grown will be cut down and destroyed, only to start allover again! – Anne Frank

Don’t be too assuming, it doesn’t get you anywhere. – Anne Frank

Don’t condemn me, remember rather that sometimes I, too, can reach the bursting point. – Anne Frank

Earning happiness means doing good and working, not speculating and being lazy. Laziness may look inviting, but only work gives you true satisfaction. – Anne Frank

Even when I was older, I couldn’t stop asking questions. – Anne Frank

Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news. The good news is that you don’t know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is! – Anne Frank

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

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? – Anne Frank

Give and you shall receive, much more that you ever thought possible. Give and give again. People who give will never be poor! – Anne Frank

Go outside amidst the simple beauty of nature and know that as long as places like this exist, there will be comfort for every sorrow, whatever the circumstances may be. – Anne Frank

God never deserted our people. Right through the ages there were Jews. Through the ages they suffered, but it also made us strong. – Anne Frank

He clings to his solitude, to his affected indifference and his grown-up ways, but it’s just an act, so as never, never to show his real feelings. – Anne Frank

He who has courage and faith will never perish in misery! – Anne Frank

How lovely to think that no one need wait a moment, we can start now, start slowly changing the world! – Anne Frank

How lovely to think that no one need wait a moment, we can start now, start slowly changing the world! How lovely that everyone, great and small, can make their contribution toward introducing justice straightaway… And you can always, always give something, even if it is only kindness! – Anne Frank

How noble and good everyone could be if, every evening before falling asleep, they were to recall to their minds the events of the whole 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. – Anne Frank

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

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. – Anne Frank

How wonderful it is that we can start doing good at this very moment. – Anne Frank

Human greatness does not lie in wealth or power, but in character and goodness. – Anne Frank

Human greatness does not lie in wealth or power, but in character and goodness. – Anne Frank

I also have a brand-new prescription for gunfire jitters: When the shooting gets loud, proceed to the nearest wooden staircase. Run up and down a few times, making sure to stumble at least once. What with the scratches and the noise of running and falling, you won’t even be able to hear the shooting, much less worry about it. Yours truly has put this magic formula to use, with great success! – Anne Frank

I am what a romantic movie is to a profound thinker – a mere diversion, a comic interlude, something that is soon forgotten. – Anne Frank

I believe in the sun, even when it rains. – Anne Frank

I believe that in the course of the next century the notion that it’s a woman’s duty to have children will change and make way for the respect and admiration of all women, who bear their burdens without complaint or a lot of pompous words! – Anne Frank

I can recapture everything when I write, my thoughts, my ideals and my fantasies. – Anne Frank

I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn. – Anne Frank

I can’t imagine how anyone can say: ‘I’m weak’, and then remain so. After all, if you know it, why not fight against it, why not try to train your character? – Anne Frank

I can’t help telling you that I’ve begin to feel deserted. – Anne Frank

I can’t imagine how anyone can say: “I’m weak,” and then remain so. After all, if you know it, why not fight against it, why not try to train your character? The answer was: “Because it’s so much easier not to! – Anne Frank

I can’t let them see my doubts, or the wounds they’ve inflicted on me. – Anne Frank

I do my best to please everybody, far more than they’d ever guess. I try to laugh it all off, because I don’t want to let them see my trouble. – Anne Frank

I don’t think of all the misery, but of the beauty that still remains. – Anne Frank

I don’t believe that the big men, the politicians and capitalists alone, are guilty of war. Oh no, the little man is just as guilty, otherwise the peoples of the world would have risen in revolt long ago! – Anne Frank

I don’t believe the war is simply the work of politicians and capitalists. Oh no, the common man is every bit as guilty; otherwise, people and nations would have rebelled long ago! There’s a destructive urge in people, the urge to rage, murder, and kill. And until all of humanity, without exception, undergoes a metamorphosis, wars will continue to be waged, and everything that has been carefully built up, cultivated and grown will be cut down and destroyed, only to start all over again! – Anne Frank

I don’t believe the war is simply the work of politicians and capitalists. Oh no, the common man is every bit as guilty; otherwise, people and nations would have rebelled long ago!. – Anne Frank

I don’t dare do anything anymore, ’cause I’m afraid it’s not allowed. – Anne Frank

I don’t have much in the way of money or worldly possessions, I’m not beautiful, intelligent or clever, but I’m happy, and I intend to stay that way! I was born happy, I love people, I have a trusting nature, and I’d like everyone else to be happy too. – Anne Frank

I don’t think of all the misery but of the beauty that still remains. – Anne Frank

I don’t think of all the misery, but of all the beauty that still remains – Anne Frank

I don’t think of all the misery, but of the beauty that still remains….My advice is: Go outside, to the fields, enjoy nature and the sunshine, go out and try to recapture happiness in yourself and in God. Think of all the beauty that’s still left in and around you and be happy! – Anne Frank

I don’t want to have lived in vain like most people. I want to be useful or bring enjoyment to all people, even those I’ve never met. I want to go on living even after my death! – Anne Frank

I feel the suffering of millions. And yet, when I look up at the sky, I somehow feel that every-thing will change for the better, that this cruelty too shall end, that peace and tranquility will return once more. – Anne Frank

I feel wicked sleeping in a warm bed, while my dearest friends have been knocked down or have fallen into a gutter somewhere out in the cold night. I get frightened when I think of close friends who have now been delivered into the hands of the cruelest brutes that walk the earth. And all because they are Jews! – Anne Frank

I firmly believe that nature brings solace in all troubles. – Anne Frank

I had an occasional flash of understanding, but then got selfishly wrapped up again in my own problems and pleasures. – Anne Frank

I had to hold my head up high and put a bold face on things, but the thoughts keep coming anyways. – Anne Frank

I have a family, loving aunts, and a good home. No, on the surface I seem to have everything except my one true friend. All I think about when I’m with friends is having a good time. I can’t bring myself to talk about anything but ordinary everyday things. We don’t seem to be able to get any closer, and that’s the problem. – Anne Frank

I have always been the dunce, the never-do-well of the family, I’ve always have to pay double for my deeds, first with the scolding and then again because of the way my feelings are hurt. – Anne Frank

I have often been downcast but never in despair; I regard our hiding as a dangerous adventure, romantic and interesting at the same time. In my diary, I treat all the privations as amusing. – Anne Frank

I have often been downcast, but never in despair; – Anne Frank

I have often been downcast, but never in despair; I regard our hiding as a dangerous adventure, romantic and interesting at the same time. In my diary I treat all the privations as amusing. I have made up my mind now to lead a different life from other girls and, later on, different from ordinary housewives. My start has been so very full of interest, and that is the sole reason why I have to laugh at the humorous side of the most dangerous moments. – Anne Frank

I haven’t written for a few days, because I wanted first of all to think about my diary. It’s an odd idea for someone like me to keep a diary; not only because I have never done so before, but because it seems to me that neither I-nor for that matter anyone else-will be interested in the unbosomings of a thirteen -year -old schoolgirl. Still, what does that matter? I want to write, but more than that, I want to bring out all kinds of things that lie buried deep in my heart – Anne Frank

I hid myself within myself … and quietly wrote down all my joys, sorrows and contempt in my diary. – Anne Frank

I keep my ideals, because in spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart. – Anne Frank

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

I live in a crazy time. – Anne Frank

I long to ride a bike, dance, whistle, look at the world, feel young and know that I’m free, and yet I can’t let it show. Just imagine what would happen if all eight of us were to feel sorry for ourselves or walk around with the discontent clearly visible on our faces. Where would that get us? – Anne Frank

I looked up in the sky and trusted in God. – Anne Frank

I love the time I spend with you. You make my living worth-while. Why dint I meet you before. I wish I could start my life From the beginning with you because the time I spend with you is never enough. I need you more everyday. – Anne Frank

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

I must uphold my ideals, for perhaps the time will come when I shall be able to carry them out. – Anne Frank

I must work, so as not to be a fool, to get on, to become a journalist, because that’s what I want!… I can’t imagine that I would have to lead the same sort of life as Mummyand all the women who do their work and are then forgotten. I must have something besides a husband and children, something that I can devote myself to! – Anne Frank

I never utter my real feelings about – Anne Frank

I see the eight of us with our ‘Secret Annexe’ as if we were a little piece of blue heaven, surrounded by heavy black rain clouds. The round, clearly defined spot where we stand is still safe, but the clouds gather more closely about us and the circle which separates us from the approaching danger closes more and more tightly. Now we are so surrounded by danger and darkness that we bump against each other, as we search desperately for a means of escape. We all look down below, where people are fighting each other, we look above, where it is quiet and beautiful, and meanwhile we are cut off by the great dark mass, which will not let us go upwards, but which stands before us as an impenetrable wall; it tries to crush us, but cannot do so yet. I can only cry and implore: ‘Oh, if only the black circle could recede and open the way for us!’ – Anne Frank

I see the world being slowly transformed into a wilderness; I hear the approaching thunder that, one day, will destroy us too. I feel the suffering of millions. And yet, when I look up at the sky, I somehow feel that everything will change for the better, that this cruelty too shall end, that peace and tranquility will return once more. – Anne Frank

I simply can’t build my hopes on a foundation of confusion, misery and death… I think… peace and tranquillity will return again. – Anne Frank

I simply can’t imagine the world will ever be normal again for us. I do talk about “after the war,” but it’s as if I’m talking about a castle in the air, something that can never come true. – Anne Frank

I soothe my conscience now with the thought that it is better for hard words to be on paper than that Mummy should carry them in her heart. – Anne Frank

I still believe, in spite of everything, that people are still truly good at heart, – Anne Frank

I think a lot, but I don’t say much. – Anne Frank

I think it’s odd that grown-ups quarrel so easily and so often and about such petty matters. Up to now I always thought bickering was just something children did and that they outgrew it. – Anne Frank

I want friends, not admirers. People who respect me for my character and my deeds, not my flattering smile. The circle around me would be much smaller, but what does that matter, as long as they’re sincere? – Anne Frank

I want something from Daddy that he is not able to give me. … It is only that I long for Daddy’s real love: not only as his child, but for me – Anne, myself. – Anne Frank

I want to go on living after my death! – Anne Frank

I want to go on living even after death! – Anne Frank

I want to go on living even after my death! And therefore I am grateful to God for this gift, this possibility of developing myself and of writing, of expressing all that is in me. I can shake off everything if I write; my sorrows disappear; my courage is reborn. But, and that is the great question, will I ever be able to write anything great, will I ever become a journalist or a writer? – Anne Frank

I want to write, but more than that, I want to bring out all kinds of things that lie buried deep in my heart. – Anne Frank

I wish to go on living even after my death. – Anne Frank

I wonder if anyone can ever succeed in making their children content. – Anne Frank

I… keep trying to find a way to become what I’d like to be and what I could be if… if only there were no other people in the world. – Anne Frank

If God lets me live, I shall attain more than Mummy ever has done, I shall not remain insignificant, I shall work in the world and for mankind! – Anne Frank

If I haven’t any talent for writing books or newspaper articles, well, then I can always write for myself. – Anne Frank

If I read a book that impresses me, I have to take myself firmly in hand before I mix with other people; otherwise they would think my mind rather queer. – Anne Frank

If I read a book that impresses me, I have to take myself firmly by the hand, before I mix with other people; otherwise they would think my mind rather queer. – Anne Frank

If I’m engrossed in a book, I have to rearrange my thoughts before I can mingle with other people, because otherwise they might think I was strange. – Anne Frank

If the truth is told, things are just as bad as you yourself care to make them. – Anne Frank

If we bear all this suffering and if there are still Jews left, when it is over, then Jews, instead of being doomed, will be held up as an example. – Anne Frank

I’m afraid that people who know me as I usually am will discover I have another side, a better and finer side. I’m afraid they’ll mock me, think I’m ridiculous and sentimental and not take me seriously. I’m used to not being taken seriously, but only the ‘light-hearted’ Anne is used to it and can put up with it; the ‘deeper’ Anne is too weak. – Anne Frank

I’m currently in the middle of a depression. I couldn’t really tell you what set it off, but I think it stems from my cowardice, which confronts me at every turn. – Anne Frank

I’m sentimental–I know. I’m desperate and silly–I know that too. Oh, help me! – Anne Frank

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

In spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart. – Anne Frank

In the book Soldiers on the Home Front, I was greatly struck by the fact that in childbirth alone, women commonly suffer more pain, illness and misery than any war hero ever does. An what’s her reward for enduring all that pain? She gets pushed aside when she’s disfigured by birth, her children soon leave, hear beauty is gone. 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

In the future I’m going to devote less time to sentimentality and more time to reality. – Anne Frank

In the long run, the sharpest weapon of all is a kind and gentle spirit. – Anne Frank

Is discord going to show itself while we are still fighting, is the Jew once again worth less than another? Oh, it is sad, very sad, that once more, for the umpteenth time, the old truth is confirmed: What one Christian does is his own responsibility, what one Jew does is thrown back at all Jews. – Anne Frank

It is becoming a bad dream– in the daytime as well as at night. I see him nearly all the time and can’t get at him, I mustn’t show anything, must remain gay while I’m really in despair. – Anne Frank

It must be awful to feel you’re not needed. – Anne Frank

it seems to me that later on neither I nor anyone else will be interested in the musings of a thirteen-year-old schoolgirl. – Anne Frank

It won’t take long before I explode with pent-up rage. – Anne Frank

It’s difficult in times like these: ideals, dreams and cherished hopes rise within us, only to be crushed by grim reality. It’s a wonder I haven’t abandoned all my ideals, they seem so absurd and impractical. Yet I cling to them because I still believe, in spite of everything, that people are truly good at heart. – Anne Frank

It’s a wonder I haven’t abandoned all my ideals, they seem so absurd and impractical. Yet I cling to them because I still believe, in spite of everything, that people are truly good at heart. – Anne Frank

It’s important for celebrities, environmentalists and world leaders to continue to increase education and eco-awareness through the forums provided to them naturally by virtue of being famous. Take inspiration from these words of wisdom from a Nazi-era teenager and concentration camp victim: “how wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” – Anne Frank

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. 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

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

I’ve found that there is always some beauty left — in nature, sunshine, freedom, in yourself; these can all help you. – Anne Frank

I’ve found that there is always some beauty left-in nature, sunshine, freedom, in yourself; these can all help you. Look at these things, then you find yourself again, and God, and then you regain your balance. And whoever is happy will make others happy too. He who has courage and faith will never perish in misery! – Anne Frank

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. – Anne Frank

I’ve reached the point where I hardly care whether I live or die. The world will keep on turning without me, and I can’t do anything to change events anyway. – Anne Frank

Just imagine how interesting it would be if I were to publish a romance of the “Secret Annexe.” The title alone would be enough to make people think it was a detective story. – Anne Frank

Laziness may appear attractive but work gives satisfaction. – Anne Frank

leave me in peace, let me sleep one night at least without my pillow being wet with tears, my eyes burning and my head throbbing – Anne Frank

Let’s not talk about it any more, but if you still want anything please write to me about it, because I can say what I mean much better on paper. – Anne Frank

Live with the objective of being happy. – Anne Frank

Look at how a single candle can both defy and define the darkness. – Anne Frank

Looking back, I realize that this period of my life has irrevocably come to a close; my happy-go-lucky, carefree schooldays are gone forever. I don’t even miss them. I’ve outgrown them. I can no longer just kid around, since my serious side is always there. – Anne Frank

Love, what is love? I don’t think you can really put it into words. Love is understanding someone, caring for him, sharing his joys and sorrows. This eventually includes physical love. You’ve shared something, given something away and received something in return, whether or not you’re married, whether or not you have a baby. Losing your virtue doesn’t matter, as long as you know that for as long as you live you’ll have someone at your side who understands you, and who doesn’t have to be shared with anyone else! – Anne Frank

Memories mean more to me than dresses. – Anne Frank

Misfortunes never come singly. – Anne Frank

Mrs. Van Daan’s grizzling is absolutely unbearable; now she can’t any longer drive us crazy over the invasion, she nags us the whole day long about the bad weather. It really would be nice to dump her in a bucket of cold water and put her up in the loft. – Anne Frank

My lighter, more superficial side will always steal a march on the deeper side and therefore always win. You can’t imagine how often I’ve tried to push away this Anne, which is only half of what is known as Anne – to beat her down, hide her. – Anne Frank

No one ever became poor from giving. – Anne Frank

No one has ever become poor by giving. – Anne Frank

No one knows Anne’s better side, and that’s why most people can’t stand me. Oh, I can be an amusing clown for an afternoon, but after that, everyone’s had enough of me to last a month. – Anne Frank

Not being able to go outside upsets me more than I can say, and I’m terrified our hiding place will be discovered and that we’ll be shot. – Anne Frank

Older people have formed their opinions about everything, and don’t waver before they act. It’s twice as hard for us young ones to hold our ground, and maintain our opinions, in a time when all ideals are being shattered and destroyed, when people are showing their worst side, and do not know whether to believe in truth and right and God. – Anne Frank

Once again St. Nicholas Day Has even come to our hideaway; It won’t be quite as fun, I fear, As the happy day we had last year. Then we were hopeful, no reason to doubt That optimism would win the bout, And by the time this year came round, We’d all be free, and safe and sound. Still, let’s not forget it’s St. Nicholas Day, Though we’ve nothing left to give away. We’ll have to find something else to do: So everyone please look in their shoe! – Anne Frank

One gets on better in life if one is not over modest. – Anne Frank

One must apply one’s reason to everything here, learning to obey, to shut up, to help, to be good, to give in, and I don’t know what else. I’m afraid I shall use up all my brains too quickly, and I haven’t got so very many. Then I shall not have any left for when the war is over. – Anne Frank

Ordinary people don’t know how much books can mean to someone who’s cooped up. – Anne Frank

Ordinary people simply don’t know what books mean to us, shut up here. Reading, learning, and the radio are our amusements. – Anne Frank

Our blessed radio. It gives us eyes and ears out into the world. We listen to the German station only for good music. And we listen to the BBC for hope. – Anne Frank

Our lives are fashioned by our choices. First we make our choices. Then our choices make us. – Anne Frank

Our many Jewish friends and acquaintances are being taken away in droves. The Gestapo is treating them very roughly and transporting them in cattle cars to Westerbork, the big camp in Drenthe to which they’re sending all the Jews….If it’s that bad in Holland, what must it be like in those faraway and uncivilized places where the Germans are sending them? We assume that most of them are being murdered. The English radio says they’re being gassed. – Anne Frank

Our opening ceremony this year is really exciting. – Anne Frank

Outside, you don’t hear a single bird, and a deathly, oppressive silence hangs over the house and clings to me as if it were going to drag me into the deepest regions of the underworld…. I wander from room to room, climb up and down the stairs and feel like a songbird whose wings have been ripped off and who keeps hurling itself against the bars of its dark cage. – Anne Frank

Anne Frank Quotes

Paper is more patient than man. – Anne Frank

Parents can only advise their children or point them in the right direction. Ultimately people shape their own characters. – Anne Frank

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

People can so easily be tempted by slackness… and by money. – Anne Frank

People can tell you to keep your mouth shut, but that doesn’t stop you from having your own opinion. – Anne Frank

People who give will never be poor. – Anne Frank

People who have a religion should be glad, for not everyone has the gift of believing in heavenly things. – Anne Frank

Riches can all be lost, but that happiness in your own heart can only be veiled, and it will bring you happiness again, as long as you live. – Anne Frank

Riches, power and fame last only for a few years! Why do people cling so desperately to these transitory things? Why can’t people who have more than they need for themselves give that surplus to their fellow citizens? Why should some people have such a hard time during their few years on this earth? – Anne Frank

Riches, prestige, everything can be lost. But the happiness in your heart can only be dimmed; it will always be there as long as you live, to make you happy again. Whenever you’re feeling lonely or sad, try going to the loft on a beautiful day and looking outside. Not at the houses and the rooftops, but at the sky. As long as you can look fearlessly at the sky, you’ll know that your pure within and will find happiness once more. – Anne Frank

Sleep makes the silence and the terrible fear go by more quickly, helps pass the time, since it’s impossible to kill. – Anne Frank

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

Sometimes I think God is trying to test me, both now and in the future. I’ll have to become a good person on my own, without anyone to serve as a model or advise me, but it’ll make me stronger in the end. – Anne Frank

Sometimes I’m so deeply buried under self-reproaches that I long for a word of comfort to help me dig myself out again. – Anne Frank

Sympathy, love, fortune… We all have these qualities but still tend to not use them! – Anne Frank

The Annex is an ideal place to hide in. It may be damp and lopsided, but there’s probably not a more comfortable hiding place in all of Amsterdam. No, in all of Holland. – Anne Frank

The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, 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. – Anne Frank

The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be. – Anne Frank

The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside – Anne Frank

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. – Anne Frank

The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely, or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, 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 long 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

the conversion of Anne Frank into usable goods. – Anne Frank

The final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands – Anne Frank

The good news is that you don’t know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is! – Anne Frank

The only way to truly know a person is to argue with them. For when they argue in full swing, then they reveal their true character. – Anne Frank

The question is very understandable, but no one has found a satisfactory answer to it so far. Yes, why do they make still more gigantic planes, still heavier bombs and, at the same time, prefabricated houses for reconstruction? Why should millions be spent daily on the war and yet there’s not a penny available for medical services, artists, or for poor people? Why do some people have to starve, while there are surpluses rotting in other parts of the world? Oh, why are people so crazy? – Anne Frank

The reason for my starting a diary is that I have no real friend. – Anne Frank

The weak die out and the strong will survive, and will live on forever – Anne Frank

The weak fall, but the strong will remain and never go under! – Anne Frank

The world has plenty of room, riches, money and beauty … Let us begin by dividing it more fairly. – Anne Frank

The young are not afraid of telling the truth. – Anne Frank

Then I fall asleep with a stupid feeling of wishing to be different from what I am or from what I want to be; perhaps to behave differently from the way I want to behave or do behave. – Anne Frank

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 makes one strong. – Anne Frank

There’s only one rule you need to remember: laugh at everything and forget everybody else! It sound egotistical, but it’s actually the only cure for those suffering from self-pity. – Anne Frank

There’s in people simply an urge to destroy, an urge to kill, to murder and rage, and until all mankind, without exception, undergoes a great change, wars will be waged, everything that has been built up, cultivated, and grown will be destroyed and disfigured, after which mankind will have to begin all over again – Anne Frank

There’s one golden rule to keep before you: laugh about everything and don’t bother yourself about the others! – Anne Frank

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

There’s plenty of room for everyone in the world. Enough money, riches, and beauty for all to share. God has made enought for everyone, so let us all begin then by sharing it fairly. – Anne Frank

There’s something happening everyday, but I’m too tired and lazy to write it all down. – Anne Frank

They mustn’t know my despair, I can’t let them see the wounds which they have caused, I couldn’t bear their sympathy and their kind-hearted jokes, it would only make me want to scream all the more. If I talk, everyone thinks I’m showing off; when I’m silent they think I’m ridiculous; rude if I answer, sly if I get a good idea, lazy if I’m tired, selfish if I eat a mouthful more than I should, stupid, cowardly, crafty, etc. etc. – Anne Frank

Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy. – Anne Frank

Think of all the beauty that’s still left in and around you and be happy! – Anne Frank

Thinking about the suffering of those you hold dear can reduce you to tears; in fact, you could spend the whole day crying. – Anne Frank

This is a photo as I would wish myself to look all the time. Then I would maybe have a chance to come to Hollywood. – Anne Frank (10, October, 1942; Handwritten inscription on a photograph)

This is a photograph of me as I wish I looked all the time. Then I might have a chance of getting in Hollywood. – Anne Frank

This morning I lay in the bathtub thinking how wonderful it would be if I had a dog like Rin Tin Tin. I’d call him Rin Tin Tin too, and I’d take him to school with me, where he could stay in the janitor’s room or by the bicycle racks when the weather was good. – Anne Frank

This week I’ve been reading a lot and doing little work. That’s the way things ought to be. That’s surely the road to success. – Anne Frank

Those who have courage and faith shall never perish in misery. – Anne Frank

Up till now I always thought bickering was just something children did and they outgrew it. Of course, there’s sometimes a reason to have a ‘real’ quarrel, but the verbal exchanges that take place here are just plain bickering. I should be used to the fact that these squabbles are daily occurrences, but I’m not and never will be as long as I’m the subject of nearly every discussion. – Anne Frank (They refer to these as ‘discussions instead of ‘quarrels’, but Germans don’t know the difference!)

We all live with the objective of being happy; our lives are all different and yet the same. – Anne Frank

We aren’t allowed to have any opinions. People can tell you to keep your mouth shut, but it doesn’t stop you having your own opinion. Even if people are still very young, they shouldn’t be prevented from saying what they think. – Anne Frank

We aren’t allowed to have any opinions. People can tell you to keep your mouth shut, but it doesn’t stop you having your own opinion. Even if people are still very young, they shouldn’t be prevented from saying what they think. – Anne Frank

We can’t control our destiny, but we can control who we become. – Anne Frank

We lit the stove a few days ago and the entire room is filled with smoke. I prefer central heating, and I’m probably not the only one. – Anne Frank

We’re all alive, but we don’t know why or what for; we’re all searching for happiness; we’re all leading lives which are different and yet the same. – Anne Frank

We’re not the only people that have had to suffer, there have always been people that’ve had to. – Anne Frank

We’ve all been a little confused this past week, because our dearly beloved Westertoren bells have been carted off to be melted down for the war, so we have no idea of the exact time, either night or day. – Anne Frank

What a wonderful thought it is that some of the best days of our lives haven’t even happened yet. – Anne Frank

What I condemn are our system of values and the men who don’t acknowledge how great, difficult, but ultimately beautiful women’s share in society is. – Anne Frank

What is done cannot be undone, but one can prevent it happening again. – Anne Frank

What one Christian does is his own responsibility, what one Jew does is thrown back at all Jews. – Anne Frank

What, oh, what is the use of the war? Why can – Anne Frank

What’s done can’t be undone, but at least you can keep it from happening again. – Anne Frank

When I write I can shake off all my cares. My sorrow disappears, my spirits are revived. – Anne Frank

When I write, I can shake off all my cares. – Anne Frank

Where there is hope…there is life – Anne Frank

Where there’s hope, there’s life. It fills us with fresh courage and makes us strong again. – Anne Frank

Who else but me is ever going to read these letters? – Anne Frank

Who has inflicted this upon us? Who has made us Jews different from all other people? Who has allowed us to suffer so terribly uptill now? It is God that has made us as we are, but it will be God, too, who will raise us up again. If we bear all this suffering and if there are still Jews left, when it is over, then Jews, instead of being doomed, will be held up as an example. – Anne Frank

Who knows, perhaps he doesn’t care about me at all and look at the others in just the same way. – Anne Frank

Who would ever think that so much can go on in the soul of a young girl? – Anne Frank

Whoever doesn’t know it must learn and find by experience that ‘a quiet conscience makes one strong!’ – Anne Frank

Whoever is happy will make others happy too. – Anne Frank

Whoever is happy will make others happy. – Anne Frank

Why are millions spent on the war each day, while not a penny is available for … artists or the poor? Why do people have to starve when mountians of food are rotting away in other parts of the world? Oh, why are people so crazy? – Anne Frank

Why can’t people live with each other in peace? Why must everything be destroyed? Why must people go hungry while surplus food elsewhere in the world rots away? Oh why must people be so crazy? – Anne Frank

Why should some people have such a hard time during their few years on this earth? – Anne Frank

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

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? – Anne Frank

Writing in a diary is a really strange experience for someone like me. Not only because I’ve never written anything before, but also because it seems to me that later on neither I nor anyone else will be interested in the musings of a thirteen-year-old schoolgirl. – Anne Frank

Writing in a diary is a really strange experience for someone like me. Not only because I’ve never written anything before, but also because it seems to me that later on neither I nor anyone else will be interested in the musings of a thirteen-year old school girl. Oh well, it doesn’t matter. I feel like writing. – Anne Frank

Yes, there is no doubt that paper is patient and as I don’t intend to show this cardboard-covered notebook, bearing the proud name of “diary,” to anyone, unless I find a real friend, boy or girl, probably nobody cares. And now I come to the root of the matter, the reason for my starting a diary: it is that I have no such real friend. – Anne Frank

You can always give something, even if it is only kindness. – Anne Frank

You can always-always-give something, even if it’s a simple act of kindness! If everyone were to give in this way and didn’t scrimp on kindly words, there would be much more love and justice in the world! – Anne Frank

You can be lonely even when you are loved by many people, since you are still not anybody’s one and only. – Anne Frank

You can get around to meaningful conversations more quickly in the dark than with the sun tickling your face. – Anne Frank

You must work and do good, not be lazy and gamble, if you wish to earn happiness. Laziness may appear attractive, but work gives satisfaction. – Anne Frank

You must work and should not be lazy if you want to be happy. – Anne Frank

Anne Frank Quotes

From Wikiquote

The Diary of a Young Girl (1942 – 1944)

Composed from her 13th birthday on 12 June 1942, until 1 August 1944, just prior to her family’s capture.
I hear the approaching thunder that, one day, will destroy us too, I feel the suffering of millions. And yet, when I look up at the sky, I somehow feel that this cruelty too shall end, and that peace & tranquility will return once again.
  • For someone like me, it is a very strange habit to write in a diary. Not only that I have never written before, but it strikes me that later neither I, nor anyone else, will care for the musings of a thirteen-year-old schoolgirl.
    • 20 June 1942
  • However, during the third class he’d finally had enough. “Anne Frank, as punishment for talking in class, write an essay entitled, Quack, Quack, Quack, Said Mistress Chatterback.”
    • Writing a story about a teacher who is scolding her for being talkative in class. Variant translations: Quack, Quack, Quack, Said Miss Quackenbush. / Quack, Quack, Quack, Said Miss Natterbeak.
    • 21 June 1942
  • I’ve learned one thing: you only really get to know a person after a fight. Only then can you judge their true character!
    • Variant translation: The only way to truly know a person is to argue with them. For when they argue in full swing, then they reveal their true character.
    • 28 September 1942
  • Fine specimens of humanity, those Germans, and to think that I am actually one of them!
    • 9 October 1942
  • If I read a book that impresses me, I have to take myself firmly by the hand, before I mix with other people; otherwise they would think my mind rather queer.
    • 8 November 1943
  • You can be lonely even when you’re loved by many people, since you’re still not anybody’s “one and only”.
    • 29 December 1943
  • I soothe my conscience now with the thought that it is better for hard words to be on paper than that Mummy should carry them in her heart.
    • 2 January 1944
  • Who would ever think that so much went on in the soul of a young girl?
    • 12 January 1944
  • I trust to luck and do nothing but work, hoping that all will end well.
    • 3 February 1944
  • The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, 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 long 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.
    • 23 February 1944
  • People can tell you to keep your mouth shut, but it doesn’t stop you having your own opinions. Even if people are still very young, they shouldn’t be prevented from saying what they think.
    • 2 March 1944
  • At such moments I don’t think about all the misery, but about the beauty that still remains. This is where Mother and I differ greatly. Her advice in the face of melancholy is: “Think about all the suffering in the world and be thankful you’re not part of it.” My advice is: “Go outside, to the country, enjoy the sun and all nature has to offer. Go outside and try to recapture the happiness within yourself; think of all the beauty in yourself and in everything around you and be happy.”
    • 7 March 1944
    • Variant translations:
Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.
Think of all the beauty that is still left in and around you and be happy!
  • A “food cycle” is a period in which we have only one particular dish or type of vegetable to eat. For a long time we ate nothing but endive. Endive with sand -, endive without sand, endive with mashed potatoes, endive-and-mashed potato casserole. Then it was spinach, followed by kohlrabi, salsify, cucumbers, tomatoes, sauerkraut, etc., etc.
    • 3 April 1944
  • I need to have something besides a husband and children to devote myself to! I don’t want to have lived in vain like most people. I want to be useful or bring enjoyment to all people, even those I’ve never met.
    • 5 April 1944
  • I want to go on living even after my death! And that’s why I’m so grateful to God for having given me this gift, which I can use to develop myself and to express all that’s inside me!
    • 5 April 1944
  • Be brave! Let’s remember our duty and perform it without complaint. There will be a way out. God has never deserted our people. Through the ages Jews have had to suffer, but through the ages they’ve gone on living, and the centuries of suffering have only made them stronger. The weak shall fall and the strong shall survive and not be defeated!
    • 11 April 1944
  • I don’t believe that the big men, the politicians and the capitalists alone are guilty of the war. Oh, no, the little man is just as keen, otherwise the people of the world would have risen in revolt long ago! There is an urge and rage in people to destroy, to kill, to murder, and until all mankind, without exception, undergoes a great change, wars will be waged, everything that has been built up, cultivated and grown, will be destroyed and disfigured, after which mankind will have to begin all over again.
    • 3 May 1944
  • I have often been downcast, but never in despair; I regard our hiding as a dangerous adventure, romantic and interesting at the same time. In my diary I treat all the privations as amusing. I have made up my mind now to lead a different life from other girls and, later on, different from ordinary housewives. My start has been so very full of interest, and that is the sole reason why I have to laugh at the humorous side of the most dangerous moments.
    • 3 May 1944
  • I’ve found that there is always some beauty left — in nature, sunshine, freedom, in yourself; these can all help you. Look at these things, then you find yourself again, and God, and then you regain your balance. A person who’s happy will make others happy; a person who has courage and faith will never die in misery!
    • 7 May 1944
  • Is discord going to show itself while we are still fighting, is the Jew once again worth less than another? Oh, it is sad, very sad, that once more, for the umpteenth time, the old truth is confirmed: “What one Christian does is his own responsibility, what one Jew does is thrown back at all Jews.”
    • 22 May 1944
  • I believe that in the course of the next century the notion that it’s a woman’s duty to have children will change and make way for the respect and admiration of all women, who bear their burdens without complaint or a lot of pompous words!
    • 13 June 1944
  • Laziness may look inviting, but only work gives you true satisfaction.
    • Variant translation: Laziness may appear attractive but work gives satisfaction.
    • 6 July 1944
  • We’re all alive, but we don’t know why or what for; we’re all searching for happiness; we’re all leading lives that are different and yet the same.
    • 6 July 1944
    • Variant translation: We all live with the objective of being happy, our lives are all different and yet the same.
  • It’s difficult in times like these: ideals, dreams and cherished hopes rise within us, only to be crushed by grim reality. It’s a wonder I haven’t abandoned all my ideals, they seem so absurd and impractical. Yet I cling to them because I still believe, in spite of everything, that people are truly good at heart. It’s utterly impossible for me to build my life on a foundation of chaos, suffering and death. I see the world being slowly transformed into a wilderness, I hear the approaching thunder that, one day, will destroy us too, I feel the suffering of millions. And yet, when I look up at the sky, I somehow feel that everything will change for the better, that this cruelty too shall end, that peace and tranquility will return once more. In the meantime, I must hold on to my ideals. Perhaps the day will come when I’ll be able to realize them!
    • 15 July 1944; Variant translations:
    • 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.
    • I keep my ideals, because in spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart.
    • I simply can’t build my hopes on a foundation of confusion, misery, and death…and yet…I think…this cruelty will end, and that peace and tranquility will return again.
  • 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.
    • 15 July 1944
  • Forgive me, Kitty, they don’t call me a bundle of contradictions for nothing!
    • 21 July 1944

      Anne Frank Quotes About The Holocaust and Quotes Of Anne Frank

About The Diary of a Young Girl

  • Gail Horalek, the mother of a 7th-grade child in Michigan in the US, has made international headlines by complaining that the unabridged version of Anne Frank’s diary is pornographic and should not be taught at her daughter’s school. At issue for Horalek is a section detailing Anne’s exploration of her own genitalia, material originally omitted by Anne’s father, Otto Frank, when he prepared the manuscript for publication in the late 40s 
    I had to look up what age kids are in the 7th grade. They’re 12 to 13! They’re only about a year younger than Anne was when she wrote of her vagina: “There are little folds of skin all over the place, you can hardly find it. The little hole underneath is so terribly small that I simply can’t imagine how a man can get in there, let alone how a whole baby can get out!” There cannot be a 13-year-old girl on the planet who hasn’t had a root around and arrived at this exact stage of bafflement.
  • Horalek is, of course, wrong to call the passages pornographic. Pornography is material intended to arouse sexual excitement, and I very much doubt that was Anne’s intention when she wrote to her imaginary confidant Kitty about her journeys of self-discovery.
  • Anne is going through puberty, and she describes her changed vagina in honest detail, saying, “until I was 11 or 12, I didn’t realise there was a second set of labia on the inside, since you couldn’t see them. What’s even funnier is that I thought urine came out of the clitoris.” (Oh Anne, we’ve all been there.) She continues: “In the upper part, between the outer labia, there’s a fold of skin that, on second thought, looks like a kind of blister. That’s the clitoris.” It’s beautiful, visceral writing, and it’s describing something that most young women experience. 
    And yet I can understand that the junior Ms Horalek would have squirmed and wished herself elsewhere when this was read in class. We live in a society in which young women are taught to be ashamed of the changes that their bodies undergo at puberty – to be secretive about them, and even to pretend that they don’t exist. Breasts, the minute they bud, are strapped into harnesses, and the nipples disguised from view. Period paraphernalia must be discreet, with advertisers routinely boasting that their tampons look enough like sweets to circumvent the social horror of discovery. 
    For my generation, removal of post-pubescent hair on the legs and underarms was mandatory. For Ms Horalek’s generation, it is mandatory for pubic hair too. Anne writes: “When you’re standing up, all you see from the front is hair. Between your legs there are two soft, cushiony things, also covered with hair, which press together when you’re standing, so you can’t see what’s inside.” How must reading this feel for pubescent girls who’ve already internalised the message that they must spend the rest of their lives maintaining the illusion that their body hair doesn’t exist.
  • Dealing with this discomfort only involves censoring Anne Frank’s diary if you’re quite, quite odd. For the rest of us, the answer might be a little more free-flowing boob, some brazen Mooncup sterilisation, hairy legs sprinting through the summer grasses and, to use a pun that is intended as the highest compliment, Frankness about masturbation, sexuality and our bodies. Because it isn’t just the Horaleks of this world who teach girls to be shameful rather than celebratory.
  • Emer O’Toole, “Anne Frank’s diary isn’t pornographic – it just reveals an uncomfortable truth”, The Guardian, (2 May 2013).

Tales from the Secret Annex

  • We all know that a good example is more effective than advice. So set a good example, and it won’t take long for others to follow.
    • “Give!” (26 March 1944)
    • Variant translation: People will always follow a good example; be the one to set a good example, then it won’t be long before the others follow.
  • How wonderful it is that no one has to wait, but can start right now to gradually change the world! How wonderful it is that everyone, great and small, can immediately help bring about justice by giving of themselves! […] You can always — always — give something, even if it’s a simple act of kindness!
    • “Give!” (26 March 1944)
    • Variant translation: How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before beginning to improve the world! […] You can always, always give something, even if it is only kindness!

Anne Frank Quotes

Disputed

  • Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news. The good news is that you don’t know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is!
    • As quoted in Networking the Kingdom: A Practical Strategy for Maximum Church Growth (1990) by O. J. Bryson, p. 187; this is the earliest source yet found for this attribution.
  • Look at how a single candle can both defy and define the darkness.
    • As quoted in 7 Laws of Human Nature: The Oneness of Universal Love (2017) by Conrad Spainhower and other self-help books and quotation sites.
  • No one has ever become poor by giving.
    • Attributed to Anne Frank in various self-help books but always without citation.

Quotes about Frank

  • Anne Frank’s legacy is still very much alive and it can address us fully, especially at a time when the map of the world is changing and when dark passions are awakening within people.
    • Vaclav Havel, as quoted in “Anne’s words still strengthen spirits” by Joyce Apsel in The St. Petersburg Times (26 January 2000)
  • Of the multitude who throughout history have spoken for human dignity in times of great suffering and loss, no voice is more compelling than that of Anne Frank.
    • John F. Kennedy, as quoted in “Anne’s words still strengthen spirits” by Joyce Apsel in The St. Petersburg Times (26 January 2000)
  • One single Anne Frank moves us more than the countless others who suffered just as she did, but whose faces have remained in the shadows. Perhaps it is better that way: If we were capable of taking in the suffering of all those people, we would not be able to live.
    • Primo Levi, as quoted in “Anne’s words still strengthen spirits” by Joyce Apsel in The St. Petersburg Times (26 January 2000)
  • Some of us read Anne Frank’s diary on Robben Island and derived much encouragement of it.
    • Nelson Mandela, as quoted in “Anne’s words still strengthen spirits” by Joyce Apsel in The St. Petersburg Times (26 January 2000)

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