It’s hard to remain brave amid despicable horrors. It’s even harder to keep your faith when you live in constant fear. Anne Frank lived during a time where it was impossible to feel gratitude, and yet she did. Read these Anne Frank quotes to get an insight into her untainted soul.
Anne Frank was born on June 12, 1929 in Frankfurt, Germany. She lived most of her life in the Netherlands when she and her family relocated in 1934. The German occupation in the country in 1940 forced the Franks to go into hiding. For about two years, the family hid in some concealed rooms behind a bookcase in a building where Anne’s father, Otto Frank, worked.
Hiding in a confined space as the Nazis persecute the Jewish population, Frank turned to her writing for comfort. She wrote in her diary from June 1942 and continued writing regularly until her last entry on August 1, 1944. Anne and her family were arrested by the German police on August 4, 1944.
After being transported to the Auschwitz concentration camp, Anne and her sister, Margot, were separated from their father. Their mother died of starvation shortly after. Up until her death in February or March 1945, Frank worked in concentration camps with her sister. She is believed to have died of typhus. After the war, her diary found its way to her father, whose efforts led the diary’s first publication in 1947.
The first American version titled Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl was published in 1952. Anne Frank’s only book has since been translated into over 60 languages. With her posthumous success as an author, Anne Frank is one of the most discussed victims of the Holocaust.
Here are 30 Anne Frank quotes because her resilience and her faith are truly awe-inspiring.
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
Where there’s hope, there’s life. It fills us with fresh courage and makes us strong again. – Anne Frank
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. – Anne Frank
Think of all the beauty still left 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 don’t think of all the misery, but of the beauty that still remains. – Anne Frank
I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn. – Anne Frank
We all live with the objective of being happy; our lives are all different and yet the same. – 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
No one has ever become poor by giving. – 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
But feelings can’t be ignored, no matter how unjust or ungrateful they seem. – 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
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
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
Look at how a single candle can both defy and define the darkness. – Anne Frank
People can tell you to keep your mouth shut, but that doesn’t stop you from having your own opinion. – Anne Frank
Dead people receive more flowers than living ones because regret is stronger than gratitude. – Anne Frank
Memories mean more to me than dresses. – 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
The weak fall, but the strong will remain and never go under! – Anne Frank
In the long run, the sharpest weapon of all is a kind and gentle spirit. – 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! – 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
A quiet conscience makes one strong! – 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
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
Sympathy, Love, Fortune… We all have these qualities but still, tend to not use them! – Anne Frank
People who have a religion should be glad, for not everyone has the gift of believing in heavenly things. – Anne Frank
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