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.
Crying can bring relief, as long as you don't cry alone.
There's one golden rule to keep before you: laugh about everything and don't bother yourself about the others!
The nicest part is being able to write down all my thoughts and feeling; otherwise, I might suffocate.
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.
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.
People can tell you to keep your mouth shut, but that doesn't stop you from having your own opinion.
And you can always, always, give kindness.
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!
I don't think of all the misery, but of all the beauty that still remains.
I lie in bed at night, after ending my prayers with the words 'Ich danke dir für all das Gute und Liebe und Schöne' (Thank you, God, for all that is good and dear and beautiful).
You can always, always give something, even if it is only kindness!
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!
A person can be lonely even if he is loved by many people, because he is still not the "One and Only" to anyone.
I don't intend to shrink from the truth, because the longer it's postponed, the harder it will be for them to accept it when they do hear it!
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.
If I haven't any talent for writing books or newspaper articles, well, then I can always write for myself.
I looked up in the sky and trusted in God.
Even when I was older, I couldn't stop asking questions.
Give and you shall receive, much more that you ever thought possible. Give and give again. People who give will never be poor!
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!
Boys will be boys. And even that wouldn't matter if only we could prevent girls from being girls.
Paper is more patient than man.
We can't control our destiny, but we can control who we become.
When I think back to my life in 1942, it all seems so unreal. The Anne Frank who enjoyed that heavenly existence was completely different from the one who has grown wise within these walls.
Believe me, if you've been shut up for a year and a half, it can get to be too much for you sometimes. But feelings can't be ignored, no matter how unjust or ungrateful they seem.
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.
Earning happiness means doing good and working, not speculating or being lazy. Laziness may look inviting, but only work gives you true satisfaction.
What one Christian does is his own responsibility, what one Jew does is thrown back at all Jews.
You only really get to know a person after a fight. Only then can you judge their true characters!
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.
I want to write, but more than that, I want to bring out all kinds of things that lie buried deep in my heart.
Sometimes I'm so deeply buried under self-reproaches that I long for a word of comfort to help me dig myself out again.
Whoever doesn't know it must learn and find by experience that a quiet conscience makes one strong.
Work, love, courage and hope. Make me good and help me cope.
Little bundle of contradictions.
There's something happening everyday, but I'm too tired and lazy to write it all down.
Jews and Christians wait, the whole world waits,and there are many who wait for death.
Tossing away a piece of paper is clearly taboo.
Make the most of your carefree young life as you can.
I'm sentimental -- I know. I'm desperate and silly -- I know that too. Oh, help me!
Se possiamo salvare qualcuno tutto il resto è secondario.
Because paper has more patience than people.
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.
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.
Everyone has inside of her a piece of good news. The good news is that you don't know how great you can be!
It seems to me that later on neither I nor anyone else will be interested in the musings of a thirteen-year-old schoolgirl.
The world has plenty of room, riches, money and beauty ... Let us begin by dividing it more fairly.
Where there is hope...there is life.
As long as this exists, this sunshine and this cloudless sky, and as long as I can enjoy it, how can I be sad?
If only I can be myself, I'll be satisfied.
An empty day, though clear and bright, Is just as dark as any night.
It's good that somebody has finally cut me down to size, has broken my pride, because I've been far too smug.
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.
I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn.
What is done cannot be undone, but one can prevent it happening again.
Our lives are fashioned by our choices. First we make our choices. Then our choices make us.
Even if people are still very young, they shouldn't be prevented from saying what they think.
I still believe that people are really good at heart.
Deep down, the young are lonelier than the old.
Look at how a single candle can both defy and define the darkness.
Ajungi să cunoști bine oamenii abia după ce te-ai certat cu ei o dată. Abia atunci poți să le judeci caracterul!
It's difficult in times like these: ideals, dreams and cherished hope 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. still believe, in spite of everything, that people are truly good at 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 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 will end, that peace and tranquility will return once more. In the meantime must hold on to my ideals. Perhaps the day will come when I'll be able to realize them!
I've found that there is always some beauty left -- in nature, sunshine, freedom, in yourself.
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!
When I write, I can shake off all my cares.
He who has courage and faith will never perish in misery!
It's not imagination on my part when I say that to look up at the sky, the clouds, the moon, and the stars make me calm and patient.
I think a lot, but I don't say much.
The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside.
The best remedy for those who are frightened, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere they can be alone, alone with the sky, nature and God. For then and only then can you feel that everything is as it should be and that God wants people to be happy amid nature's beauty and simplicity,
As long as this exists, and that should be forever, I know that there will be solace for every sorrow, whatever the circumstances. I firmly believe that nature can bring comfort to all who suffer.
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?
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.
How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.
People who are religious should be glad, since not everyone is blessed with the ability to believe in a higher order.
But feelings can't be ignored, no matter how unjust or ungrateful they seem.
I am what a romantic movie is to a profound thinker -- a mere diversion, a comic interlude, something that is soon forgotten.
The art of living. Isn't that a funny expression?
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.
There is a saying that, paper is more patient than man.
A quiet conscience makes one strong!
I never utter my real feelings about anything. My lighter, superficial side will always be too quick for the deeper side of me, and that's why it always wins.
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.
I wish to go on living even after my death.
I believe in the sun, even when it rains.
We, who fill our stomachs with nothing but boiled lettuce, raw lettuce, spinach, spinach and more spinach. Maybe we'll end up being as strong as Popeye, though so far I've seen no sign of it!
Don't condemn me, remember rather that sometimes I, too, can reach the bursting point.
Deep down I know I could never be that innocent again, however much I'd like to be.
Laziness may appear attractive, but work gives satisfaction.
Who knows, perhaps he doesn't care about me at all and look at the others in just the same way.
As long as you're in the food business, why not make sweets?
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.
Dead people receive more flowers than the living ones because the regret is stronger than gratitude.
In the long run, the sharpest weapon of all is a kind and gentle spirit.
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!
You can get around to meaningful conversations more quickly in the dark than with the sun tickling your face.
I know I'm far from being what I should; will I ever be?
How noble and good everyone could be if, at the end of each day, they were to review their own behavior and weigh up the rights and wrongs.
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.
In the future I'm going to devote less time to sentimentality and more time to reality.
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.
The young are not afraid of telling the truth.
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.
I don't think my opinions are stupid but other people do, so it's better to keep them to myself.
The weak die out and the strong will survive, and will live on forever.
What's done can't be undone, but at least you can keep it from happening again.
I must uphold my ideals, for perhaps the time will come when I shall be able to carry them out.
Who would ever think that so much went on in the soul of a young girl?
Despite everything, I believe people are really good at heart.
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.
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.