38 Truly Inspirational Anne Frank Quotes That’ll Make You Think

At the age of 13, a German-born girl by the name of Anne Frank started writing in a diary; little did she know that it would, one day, become a book famous the world over.

For around 2 years, both prior to and during the time when her family went into hiding from the Nazis, Anne wrote about her life as a young Jewish girl, and the wisdom in her words belies her age.

Many of the following quotes come from this famous diary, while others come from the scribbles she made on other scraps of paper. They have been translated from the original Dutch that Anne wrote in.

What precious lessons we might learn from this young girl who experienced so much before her death in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. We are lucky that her words live on.

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On Happiness

“The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quite alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature. As long as this exists, and it certainly always will, I know, then, that there will always be comfort for every sorrow, whatever the circumstances may be. And I firmly believe that nature brings solace in all troubles.”

“Whoever is happy will make others happy.”

“There’s only one rule you need to remember: laugh at everything and forget everybody else!”

“As long as this exists, this sunshine and this cloudless sky, and as long as I can enjoy it, how can I be sad?”

“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.”

“Riches can all be lost, but the happiness in your own heart can only be veiled, and it will still bring you happiness again, as long as you live. As long as you can look fearlessly up into the heavens, as long as you know that you are pure within, and that you will still find happiness.”

“We all live with the objective of being happy; our lives are all different and yet the same.”

On The Power Of People

“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!”

“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!”

“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.”

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

On Goodness

“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 tranquillity will return again.”

“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.”

“No one has ever become poor by giving.”

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On Beauty

“I don’t think of all the misery, but of the beauty that still remains.”

“I’ve found that there is always some beauty left – in nature, sunshine, freedom, in yourself; these can help you. Look at these things, then find yourself again, and God, and then you regain your balance.”

“Beauty remains, even in misfortune”

On Love

“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.”

“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.”

“Love cannot be forced.”

On Women

“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.”

“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.”

On Friends

“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?”

“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!”

And Some More

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

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

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

“Where there’s hope, there’s life. It fills us with fresh courage and makes us strong again.”

“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.”

“Crying can bring relief, as long as you don’t cry alone.”

“Sympathy, love, fortune…we all have these qualities, but still tend not to use them!”

“In the future, I’m going to devote less time to sentimentality and more time to reality.”

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

“Memories mean more to me than dresses.”

“Chins up, stick it out, better times will come.”

“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.”

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

“I wish to go on living even after my death.”

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