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  • 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
  • I’ve drawn myself apart from them all; I am my own skipper and later on I shall see where I come to land. ― 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
  • And yet not every sense of what’s good and right can be trusted, for what else is war but two sides going to battle over what each thinks is right? ― Anne Frank
  • Don’t condemn me, remember rather that sometimes I, too, can reach the bursting point. ― Anne Frank
  • How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. ― 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

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

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

Because paper has more patience than people. ― Anne Frank


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

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

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

Laziness may appear attractive, but work gives satisfaction. ― Anne Frank


No one has ever become poor by giving. ― 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

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

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


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

Whoever is happy will make others happy. ― Anne Frank

Human greatness does not lie in wealth or power, but in character and goodness. People are just people, and all people have faults and shortcomings, but all of us are born with a basic goodness. ― 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

A quiet conscience makes one strong! ― 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

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

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

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

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

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

Memories mean more to me than dresses. ― Anne Frank

Those who have courage and faith shall never perish in misery. ― 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


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

I think a lot, but I don’t say much. ― 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

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

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


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

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

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

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


Deep down, the young are lonelier than the old. ― 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

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 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

No one must know that my heart and mind are constantly at war with each other. Up to know reason has always won the battle, but will my get the upper hand? Sometimes I they will, but more often I actually hope they do! ― Anne Frank


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

We all live, but we don’t know the why or the wherefore. We all live with the object of being happy; our lives are all different and yet the same. ― Anne Frank

So much has happened it’s as if the whole world had suddenly turned upside down. ― 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. ― Anne Frank

I’m happy when I see him, and happier still if the sun shines when we’re together. ― Anne Frank


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

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

But it’s the same with all my friends, just fun and joking, nothing more. I can never bring myself to talk of anything outside the common round. ― Anne Frank

If young people wished, they have it in their hands to make a bigger, more beautiful and better world, but that they occupy themselves with superficial things, without giving a thought to real beauty. ― Anne Frank

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Sympathy, Love, Fortune… We all have these qualities but still tend to not use them! ― Anne Frank


I’m my best and harshest critic. I know what’s good and what isn’t. ― 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

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I want to go on living even after my death! And therefore I am grateful to God for giving me this gift, this possibility of developing myself and of writing, of expressing all that is in me. ― Anne Frank

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

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


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

I feel wicked sleeping in a warm bed, while somewhere out there my dearest friends are dropping from exhaustion or being knocked to the ground. ― Anne Frank

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

It is the silence that frightens me so in the evenings and at night…I can’t tell you how oppressive it is never to be able to go outdoors, also I am very afraid that we will be discovered and be shot. ― Anne Frank

Paper is more patient than man. ― Anne Frank


So why am I often miserable about what goes on here? Shouldn’t I be happy, contented, and glad. ― Anne Frank

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

I’ve learned one thing: you can only really get to know a person after a row. Only then can you judge their true character! ― 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


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

The reason for my starting a diary is that I have no real friend. ― 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

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

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

An empty day, though clear and bright, Is just as dark as any night. ― 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 want be a writer. ― 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


I get cross, then sad, and finally end up turning my heart inside out, and 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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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It must be awful to feel you’re not needed. ― 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

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

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


Misfortunes never come singly. ― Anne Frank

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

One gets on better in life if one is not over modest. ― 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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

What’s the point of the war? Why, oh why can’t people live together peacefully? Why all this destruction? ― Anne Frank

Leave me alone, let me have at least one night when I don’t cry myself to sleep with eyes burning and my head pounding. Let me get away, away from everything, away from this world! ― 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

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

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

Things were different when I was growing up. ― Anne Frank


Anne Frank Quotes Explained

  • Quote:
    I get cross, then sad, and finally end up turning my heart inside out, the bad part on the outside and the good part on the inside, and 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.

Explanation:
This statement ends Anne Frank’s last diary entry, written on August 1, 1944. Anne does not intend to end her diary at this point: to her, it is just the end of a regular day of hiding in the annex.

However, this turns out to be her last entry because the Nazis arrest her and her family just three days later. It serves as a fitting conclusion to Anne’s development and personal growth during her time in the annex.

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Since her time in hiding coincides with puberty, Anne constantly struggles with her identity and her evolving sense of self. She tries to figure out her role within the annex and how she fits into the war and suffering in the outside world.

Anne believes that she is a good person, but she also realizes that because of her confinement, she is unable to reach her true potential until she is released back to her normal life after the war.

Anne’s words resonate even more profoundly because we know that within months these “other people” kill her in the concentration camp. Anne is never allowed to reach her full potential and never gets the chance to become the good person she has in mind.


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    I hope I will be able to confide everything to you, as I have never been able to confide in anyone, and I hope you will be a great source of comfort and support.
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Explanation:
Anne writes this on the inside cover of her diary just after she receives it for her thirteenth birthday. At the time, she feels that she does not have any true confidants, which makes her feel lonely and misunderstood.

Anne does, however, have many friends and admirers, and she is a playful, amusing, and social young girl. Thus, her sentiments in this passage may seem odd and a bit exaggerated, but she later explains that even though she has friends, she is never fully able to open up to them.

Anne finds that she and her friends talk only about trivial things, even when she has deeper things on her mind that she wishes to share. For example, she never broaches the subjects of her developing body or Germany’s occupation of Holland.

Having a diary—which she addresses as “Kitty,” like a friend—enables her to express her thoughts without fear of being criticized by others. Anne’s relationship with her diary helps comfort her through her insecure, lonely, and fearful time in hiding.

  • Quote:
    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 writes this on July 15, 1944, less than one month before the Nazis arrest her and her family, sending them all to the concentration camps. This is perhaps the most well-known quotation from Anne’s diary because it is a brazen expression of optimism in the face of imminent and incomprehensible cruelty.


The passage also provides a brief glimpse into Anne’s mind during her last days in the annex and demonstrates how much she has changed from when her family first went into hiding. At the beginning of her diary, Anne would likely never have had the self-insight to make such a sweeping statement.

After two years of growth while living in extremely difficult circumstances, however, she is able to find within herself a core of hope and optimism. This passage is an example of Anne’s occasional and brilliant glimpses of lucidity and insight into her horrific situation.

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    I sometimes wonder if anyone will ever understand what I mean, if anyone will ever overlook my ingratitude and not worry about whether or not I’m Jewish and merely see me as a teenager badly in need of some good, plain fun.

Explanation:
In this passage from December 24, 1943, Anne reminds us that she is just a normal young girl who has been forced into extraordinary circumstances. She willingly makes sacrifices and deals with the restrictions of the annex without much complaint because she knows that she is more fortunate than her friends who have already been arrested and sent to concentration camps.

This attitude demonstrates Anne’s remarkable maturity, but it clearly takes its toll on her spirit. Aside from wanting to return to the freedoms and comforts she had before the war, Anne simply wants to experience a normal childhood.

She does not want to live in a world that places such significance on where she is from, what her religion is, or whether she behaves well with adults. She wants to be in a place where she does not have to worry whether she will live or whether her friends are suffering.


The diary has such an emotional impact because we see Anne not as a saint, but as a normal girl with real human feelings and imperfections who falls victim to the tragedy of the Holocaust.

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