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144 Inspiring Quotes by Anne Frank

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Wikipedia Summary for Anne Frank

Annelies Marie "Anne" Frank (German pronunciation: [ˈanəˌliːs maˈʁiː ˈʔanə ˈfʁaŋk], Dutch: [ˈɑnəˌlis maːˈri ˈʔɑnə ˈfrɑŋk]; 12 June 1929 – February or March 1945) was a German-Dutch diarist of Jewish heritage. One of the most discussed Jewish victims of the Holocaust, she gained fame posthumously with the 1947 publication of The Diary of a Young Girl (originally Het Achterhuis in Dutch; English: The Secret Annex), in which she documents her life in hiding from 1942 to 1944, during the German occupation of the Netherlands in World War II. It is one of the world's best-known books and has been the basis for several plays and films.

Born in Frankfurt, Germany, she lived most of her life in or near Amsterdam, Netherlands, having moved there with her family at the age of four and a half when the Nazis gained control over Germany. Born a German national, she lost her citizenship in 1941 and thus became stateless. By May 1940, the Franks were trapped in Amsterdam by the German occupation of the Netherlands.

As persecutions of the Jewish population increased in July 1942, the Franks went into hiding in some concealed rooms behind a bookcase in the building where Anne's father, Otto Frank, worked. From then until the family's arrest by the Gestapo in August 1944, she kept a diary she had received as a birthday present, and wrote in it regularly. Following their arrest, the Franks were transported to concentration camps. In October or November 1944, Anne and her sister, Margot, were transferred from Auschwitz to Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, where they died (probably of typhus) a few months later. They were originally estimated by the Red Cross to have died in March, with Dutch authorities setting 31 March as their official date of death, but research by the Anne Frank House in 2015 suggests it is more likely that they died in February.

Otto, the only survivor of the Frank family, returned to Amsterdam after the war to find that her diary had been saved by his secretary, Miep Gies, and his efforts led to its publication in 1947. It was translated from its original Dutch version and first published in English in 1952 as The Diary of a Young Girl, and has since been translated into over 70 languages.

white sand

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

person in red shirt walking on brown field under gray sky during daytime

Crying can bring relief, as long as you don't cry alone.

--Anne Frank

pair of white lace-up shoes

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

--Anne Frank

selective photography of green leaf plant

The nicest part is being able to write down all my thoughts and feeling; otherwise, I might suffocate.

--Anne Frank

silhouette of mountain during golden hour

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.

--Anne Frank

Longer Version:

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.


laughing woman photo

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

--Anne Frank

dirt road to sunset

And you can always, always, give kindness.

--Anne Frank

aerial photography of mountain range covered with snow under white and blue sky at daytime

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

woman standing on cliff

I don't think of all the misery, but of all the beauty that still remains.

--Anne Frank

tree and pink sky painting

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).

--Anne Frank

mountains under starry sky during nighttime

You can always, always give something, even if it is only kindness!

--Anne Frank

Longer Version:

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!


woman signing on white printer paper beside woman about to touch the documents

A person can be lonely even if he is loved by many people, because he is still not the "One and Only" to anyone.

--Anne Frank

white petaled flower

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!

--Anne Frank

blooming pink flower

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


gold round wall clock on white painted wall

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

--Anne Frank

snow-covered mountain near lake under blue sky

I looked up in the sky and trusted in God.

--Anne Frank



flock of birds flying under blue sky during daytime

Even when I was older, I couldn't stop asking questions.

--Anne Frank


A white stripe pattern made up of concrete facade ribs

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

closeup photography of wall

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

boy standing on grass and facing fence during daytime

Boys will be boys. And even that wouldn't matter if only we could prevent girls from being girls.

--Anne Frank

selective focus photography of stones on sand

Paper is more patient than man.

--Anne Frank

blue ocean

We can't control our destiny, but we can control who we become.

--Anne Frank

body of water under blue sky during sunset

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.

--Anne Frank

silhouette of flying bird

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.

--Anne Frank

milky way galaxy

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

person in black shoes standing on gray concrete floor

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

--Anne Frank

man on running field

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

--Anne Frank

silhouette of person standing beside bare tree under stary sky

You only really get to know a person after a fight. Only then can you judge their true characters!

--Anne Frank

shallow focus photography of hand with red paint

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

pink rose in bloom close up photo

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

silver round analog wall clock

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


blue

Whoever doesn't know it must learn and find by experience that a quiet conscience makes one strong.

--Anne Frank




focus photo of a hummingbird on leaf

Work, love, courage and hope. Make me good and help me cope.

--Anne Frank


mountains under white clouds at daytime

Little bundle of contradictions.

--Anne Frank

three pink tulip flowers

There's something happening everyday, but I'm too tired and lazy to write it all down.

--Anne Frank

man and woman holding hand while walking on bridge

Jews and Christians wait, the whole world waits,and there are many who wait for death.

--Anne Frank


person wearing black top

Tossing away a piece of paper is clearly taboo.

--Anne Frank

silhouette photo of trees during night time

Make the most of your carefree young life as you can.

--Anne Frank

green mountain ]

I'm sentimental -- I know. I'm desperate and silly -- I know that too. Oh, help me!

--Anne Frank



person with flashlight near lighted green tree on mountain under starry night

Se possiamo salvare qualcuno tutto il resto è secondario.

--Anne Frank

sunset

Because paper has more patience than people.

--Anne Frank

red and white led lighted heart decor

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


white cow eating green grass

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

shallow focus photography of orange flower

Everyone has inside of her a piece of good news. The good news is that you don't know how great you can be!

--Anne Frank

raging waves through shores

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

woman doing yoga meditation on brown parquet flooring

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

--Anne Frank

Russian Blue cat sleeping on whit textile

Where there is hope...there is life.

--Anne Frank


green and white painted wall

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

person's hand holding round silver analog watch with black leather strap

If only I can be myself, I'll be satisfied.

--Anne Frank



brown and white butterfly on purple petaled flower

An empty day, though clear and bright, Is just as dark as any night.

--Anne Frank

silhouette of off-road car

It's good that somebody has finally cut me down to size, has broken my pride, because I've been far too smug.

--Anne Frank


pink rose flower

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

silhouette of man standing on rock while looking in sky

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

--Anne Frank


silhouette of person's hands forming heart

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

--Anne Frank

pink and yellow flower painting

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

--Anne Frank


blue rose in close up photography

Even if people are still very young, they shouldn't be prevented from saying what they think.

--Anne Frank

iceberg near mountain during day

I still believe that people are really good at heart.

--Anne Frank

orange flowers

Deep down, the young are lonelier than the old.

--Anne Frank


white flower in grayscale photography

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

--Anne Frank

brown wooden hanging bridge surrounded by green trees during daytime

Ajungi să cunoști bine oamenii abia după ce te-ai certat cu ei o dată. Abia atunci poți să le judeci caracterul!

--Anne Frank

Longer Version:

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!


white and red flower with green leaves

I've found that there is always some beauty left -- in nature, sunshine, freedom, in yourself.

--Anne Frank

Longer Version:

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!



brown and white dog in close-up photography

When I write, I can shake off all my cares.

--Anne Frank

selective focus photo of green snake plant

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

--Anne Frank

yellow sunflower field under blue sky during daytime

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.

--Anne Frank


green leaf tree near mountain covered by snow at daytime

I think a lot, but I don't say much.

--Anne Frank

round black clock on linen

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

--Anne Frank

Longer Version:

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.




black and gray floral textile

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

brown and white abstract painting

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

brown sand under blue sky during daytime

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

--Anne Frank

pink and red flowers

People who are religious should be glad, since not everyone is blessed with the ability to believe in a higher order.

--Anne Frank


red tulip in bloom close up photo

But feelings can't be ignored, no matter how unjust or ungrateful they seem.

--Anne Frank

red textile in close up photography

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

--Anne Frank

purple flower in tilt shift lens

The art of living. Isn't that a funny expression?

--Anne Frank

brown mountain under starry sky

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


landscape photography of mountain

There is a saying that, paper is more patient than man.

--Anne Frank

person doing yoga exercises

A quiet conscience makes one strong!

--Anne Frank

purple moth orchids in bloom close up photo

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.

--Anne Frank

white wooden dock on white sand

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

shallow focus photography of brown and black bird

I wish to go on living even after my death.

--Anne Frank

rocks near shore during nighttime

I believe in the sun, even when it rains.

--Anne Frank

green plant

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!

--Anne Frank


white Starbuck plastic cup on brown fabric armchair

Don't condemn me, remember rather that sometimes I, too, can reach the bursting point.

--Anne Frank

silhouette photography of person in gray sailing boat in the middle of body of water

Deep down I know I could never be that innocent again, however much I'd like to be.

--Anne Frank


close up photo of tree

Laziness may appear attractive, but work gives satisfaction.

--Anne Frank

two women making peace sign near the Golden Gate bridge

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

--Anne Frank



selective focus photo of woman holding sunflower surrounded by sunflowers

As long as you're in the food business, why not make sweets?

--Anne Frank

landscape photography of mountain hit by sun rays

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

blue flowers in tilt shift lens

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

--Anne Frank

white tulips in white background

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

--Anne Frank



white petaled flower

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

lion on green grass during golden hour

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

--Anne Frank

selective focus photo of green snake plant

I know I'm far from being what I should; will I ever be?

--Anne Frank


white flowers in brown stem

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.

--Anne Frank

woman in black sports bra and black leggings

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

pink tulip flower

In the future I'm going to devote less time to sentimentality and more time to reality.

--Anne Frank

red and white led lighted heart decor

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


silhouette of person on top of mountain pointing flashlight on sky filled with stars at night time

The young are not afraid of telling the truth.

--Anne Frank


black and white giraffe on brown grass field

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


sunset

I don't think my opinions are stupid but other people do, so it's better to keep them to myself.

--Anne Frank

black pug puppy on white and pink textile

The weak die out and the strong will survive, and will live on forever.

--Anne Frank

rock mountain during starry night

What's done can't be undone, but at least you can keep it from happening again.

--Anne Frank

brown and grey trees and rock formation painting

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

--Anne Frank

aerial photography of forest

Who would ever think that so much went on in the soul of a young girl?

--Anne Frank

people raises hands

Despite everything, I believe people are really good at heart.

--Anne Frank

white wooden dock on white sand

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

blue and white painted wall

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


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