On what would have been her 86th birthday

On my corkboard, clipped from Art Sheep:
In commemoration of Anne Frank, on what would have been her 86th birthday.

”We aren’t allowed to have any opinions. 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.”

”No one has ever become poor by giving.”

”Women should be respected as well! Generally speaking, men are held in great esteem in all parts of the world, so why shouldn’t women have their share? Soldiers and war heroes are honored and commemorated, explorers are granted immortal fame, martyrs are revered, but how many people look upon women too as soldiers?”

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

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A page from the diary of Anne Frank, circa 1944, showing a photo of her father, Otto Frank, who survived three years of hiding in Amsterdam and his deportation to Auschwitz.

”Writing in a diary is a really strange experience for someone like me. Not only because I’ve never written anything before, but also because it seems to me that later on neither I nor anyone else will be interested in the musings of a thirteen-year old school girl. Oh well, it doesn’t matter. I feel like writing.”

”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.”

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Anne Frank, age twelve, at her school desk.

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

”I’ve found that there is always some beauty left — in nature, sunshine, freedom, in yourself; these can all help you.”

Anne Frank with her mother and sister on March 10, 1933 at the Hauptwache, a well-known square in the centre of Frankfurt am Main.
Anne Frank with her mother and sister on March 10, 1933 at the Hauptwache, a well-known square in the centre of Frankfurt am Main.

”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 longs as this exists, and it certainly always will, I know that then 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 too.”

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Anne-1934

”I have one outstanding trait in my character, which must strike anyone who knows me for any length of time, and that is my knowledge of myself. I can watch myself and my actions, just like an outsider. The Anne of every day I can face entirely without prejudice, without making excuses for her, and watch what’s good and what’s bad about her. This ‘self-consciousness’ haunts me, and every time I open my mouth I know as soon as I’ve spoken whether ‘that ought to have been different’ or ‘that was right as it was.’ There are so many things about myself that I condemn; I couldn’t begin to name them all. I understand more and more how true Daddy’s words were when he said: ‘All children must look after their own upbringing.’ 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.”

”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!”

”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 Frank playing
Anne Frank playing

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

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

Anne Frank wrote her diary from June 12, 1942 to August 1, 1944.
Anne Frank wrote her diary from June 12, 1942 to August 1, 1944.

1 Comment

  1. That she lived at all is amazing to me. That her pencil scratched out those words and that the sheets of paper did not disintegrate. That we have so much of her when she received so little from us. Amazing.

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