9 Inspiring Quotes from Anne Frank's The Diary of a Young Girl

Posted by Hayley on June 12, 2015


June 12, 1942: On this day, Anne Frank received a diary for her thirteenth birthday. "I hope I will be able to confide everything to you," she wrote in her new diary. "I hope you will be a great source of comfort and support."


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When the German occupation of Amsterdam forced her family into hiding, the diary became her main confidant. Nearly two years after she entered the secret annex, Anne heard a special radio report announcing that diaries would be gathered after the war as a record of the Dutch people's experiences. Eager to be included—"just imagine how interesting it would be if I were to publish a novel!"—Anne carefully revised portions of her diary.

After Anne and her family were captured, Miep Gies, a loyal friend, saved the diary and kept it safe until the war ended. She returned it to Anne's father, the only surviving member of the family, who successfully published it in 1947. Read on for incredible words of comfort and support from The Diary of a Young Girl.


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

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

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

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

5. "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 death."

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

7. "Where there's hope, there's life. It fills us with fresh courage and makes us strong again."

8. "Because paper has more patience than people."

9. "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."


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message 1: by Fernando (new)

Fernando Not read yet (shame on me)


message 2: by Shadowdenizen (new)

Shadowdenizen A book (and soul) that should never be forgotten. (And which I'm due for a re-read soon.)


message 3: by Samuel (new)

Samuel Shadowdenizen wrote: "A book (and soul) that should never be forgotten. (And which I'm due for a re-read soon.)"
You and me both, friend. I was just thinking the same thing.


message 4: by Faithc (new)

Faithc I've read this years ago and it is still vivid as a fresh memory...


message 5: by Aisha (new)

Aisha Definitely need to re-read soon


message 6: by Faithc (new)

Faithc Aisha wrote: "Definitely need to re-read soon"
I was really thinking about the same thing ☺


message 7: by Faithc (new)

Faithc Fernando wrote: "Not read yet (shame on me)"

It is never too late to do so... ^^


message 8: by Samuel (new)

Samuel Faithc wrote: "Fernando wrote: "Not read yet (shame on me)"

It is never too late to do so... ^^"


It won't ever be too late to do so with this book.


message 9: by Aisha (new)

Aisha Faithc wrote: "Aisha wrote: "Definitely need to re-read soon"
I was really thinking about the same thing ☺"


Great minds think alike! I was younger when i read it so I don't think fully appreciated it


message 10: by Faithc (new)

Faithc Samuel wrote: "Faithc wrote: "Fernando wrote: "Not read yet (shame on me)"

It is never too late to do so... ^^"

It won't ever be too late to do so with this book."


Exactly!


message 11: by Rosaline (new)

Rosaline (Rosaline's Rolls & Scrolls) And to think what utter nonsense I write in my own diary!

By the way, I think you wrote "I hope I will be able to confide everything to you," she wrote in her new diary twice.


message 12: by Samuel (new)

Samuel Rosaline wrote: "And to think what utter nonsense I write in my own diary!

By the way, I think you wrote "I hope I will be able to confide everything to you," she wrote in her new diary twice."


Good eye!


message 13: by Faithc (new)

Faithc I can relate to that... After reading her diary, mine felt so childish and I questioned my whole existence... but her diary along that of Hellen Keller's are basically my inspirational sanctuariries....the latter is totally worth reading as well.


message 14: by Faithc (new)

Faithc Aisha wrote: "Faithc wrote: "Aisha wrote: "Definitely need to re-read soon"
I was really thinking about the same thing ☺"

Great minds think alike! I was younger when i read it so I don't think fully appreciated it"


I humbly agree


message 15: by Rosaline (new)

Rosaline (Rosaline's Rolls & Scrolls) Samuel wrote: "Rosaline wrote: "And to think what utter nonsense I write in my own diary!

By the way, I think you wrote "I hope I will be able to confide everything to you," she wrote in her new diary twice."

..."


Thanks!


message 16: by Rosaline (last edited Jun 12, 2015 12:39PM) (new)

Rosaline (Rosaline's Rolls & Scrolls) Faithc wrote: "I can relate to that... After reading her diary, mine felt so childish and I questioned my whole existence... but her diary along that of Hellen Keller's are basically my inspirational sanctuaririe..."

Oh, I should check out Helen Keller's diary as well. Thanks for that!


message 17: by Marjorie (new)

Marjorie I am putting this on my to be re-read list!


message 18: by Faithc (last edited Jun 13, 2015 03:24AM) (new)

Faithc Rosaline wrote: "Faithc wrote: "I can relate to that... After reading her diary, mine felt so childish and I questioned my whole existence... but her diary along that of Helen Keller's are basically my inspiration..."

You're welcome:)


message 19: by Landree (new)

Landree Rennpage I listened to this book a few years ago and loved it. Reading it for the first time as an adult, I found it very beautiful, poignant, and insightful. I almost cried several times and find myself tearing up even now while writing this. Since I've been reading Margot (a fictional story about her sister surviving the camps), I know I'll be picking up Anne's diary again soon. What a beautiful example of hope and inspiration in any time or place!


message 20: by shelsel.lh (last edited Jun 12, 2015 01:53PM) (new)

shelsel.lh Such beauty in words that were created by her pen! It is profoundly amazing that a teenage girl could influence the world thru a dairy. Also that she was such an humorous and optimistic person when faced with despair and uncertainties around her. It was such a misfortune for history that her life was cut off young. But her wish to improve and help the world was granted, and now lives on through her words and readers world wide.


message 21: by Melissa (last edited Jun 12, 2015 02:25PM) (new)

Melissa I This book and every single one of the quotes touches me so deeply. First read in the 7th grade and has always been in my Heart. Looking at the page above I don't know why/how it's only marked as four stars as I'd never have given it less than five on purpose.

About two years ago I bought a copy for each of my duaghters. They started reading it, but then teen life started and reading was lost to technology. My heart aches, but I hope someday they'll rediscover the Joy, knowledge and incredible things that reading gives us.

I also have a copy of The Diary of Anne Frank The Revised Critical Edition by Anne Frank which is an amazing book. It explores all the documents from the diary, matching up Anne's writing with her fathers, letters etc., there's simply way too much to post here, but the book is one which just has to be seen and read to truly get how amazing it is. The intricacies of it are one any reader who wants to learn more shouldn't ever go without. My humble opinion.

Quotes:3, 4, 5, 7, 8, and 9 are some which touch me the most profoundly.

Now to go fix that rating........


message 22: by BookWitch_Namine (new)

BookWitch_Namine I feel terribly bad that I have not read this book yet. Well, now I know what to get next time I go to Barnes & Noble.


message 23: by Melissa (new)

Melissa I srhelsel609 wrote: "Such beauty in words that were created by her pen! It is profoundly amazing that a teenage girl could influence the world thru a dairy. Also that she was such an humorous and optimistic person when..."


Wow!! That was so Beautifully said and you're absolutely right. Her wish does live on. I'm all teary eyed now. An inspiration to the world she still is.


message 24: by Sketchbook (new)

Sketchbook Hers is a great and moving story. That said, I'd like to meet the ghost - writer of these Chinese cookie maxims. Several have been named.


message 25: by Halle (new)

Halle Despite every thing I sill belive are really good at heart


message 26: by Logan (new)

Logan Keys Fernando wrote: "Not read yet (shame on me)"

Yes.


message 27: by Jaseena AL (new)

Jaseena AL Read this 10 years ago.Gonna re-read it again very soon !!


message 28: by Sue (new)

Sue Webber I started reading this today, I read it a long time ago and it has stayed with me for years. One paragraph in the 20th June entry, she writes “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.”
Over 35 million copies sold worldwide, oh if only she knew, makes me feel so very sad.


Mac Dubista Keso The Bibliobibuli v(=∩_∩=) +In TO-READ list.

^_^

urggghh.. sucks i still didn't read this.
But i heard from dear friends,that this book is awesome!

:)


message 30: by 소피아 (last edited Jun 13, 2015 12:12AM) (new)

소피아 I think these are great quotes. Is a great book too! But I never had a chance to borrowed it yet from the library. I heard from my friends that this is a great book to read. (+To-Read List)


message 31: by Ramona (new)

Ramona I think that her quotes are really inspirational


message 32: by Bechir (new)

Bechir an other inspiring quote for Anna "...if only there were no other people in the world"


message 33: by Ten (new)

Ten For a kid, she sure has a lot of wisdom in her!


message 34: by Ashli (new)

Ashli Barrera If only society were like that today...


message 35: by Faithc (new)

Faithc Ashli wrote: "If only society were like that today..."

Sometimes I feel the same but thankfully books like this are there to remind us of beauty and goodness...


message 36: by Ashli (last edited Jun 13, 2015 08:23AM) (new)

Ashli Barrera Yeah, it's really nice to get lost in a an untrue world sometimes. Even if its not real, sometimes its better than reality.


message 37: by Michael Cargill (new)

Michael Cargill Cargill This was an odd read for me.

For the most part the contents aren't too dissimilar from the worries of any other teenage girl's diary, yet the way it just suddenly ends shocked me considerably.

It's the closest that a book has come to making me cry.


message 38: by Faithc (new)

Faithc Ashli wrote: "Yeah, it's really nice to get lost in a an untrue world sometimes. Even if its not real, sometimes its better than reality."

But sometimes I wonder if drifting from reality and drowning myself in books is a good thing or a bad one?!


message 39: by T. (new)

T. Soto I read her diary when I was in middle school. I remember being touched and amazed by her unbroken spirit. Thank your for reminding me to re-visit such an important and inspiring work!


message 40: by Dracula (new)

Dracula Raupe I started few weeks ago to read the Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl on page 9 right now. Soon I will continue to read the book. But I feel sad about her life. She is Jewish. They looked for her and her family too. I love to read her life book.

Where I got a book from paperbookswap.com


message 41: by Sharon (new)

Sharon Remon Melton went to Anne Franks house in feb of this year,so had to read it again. If you think the book is moving, go visit the house


message 42: by Veronica (new)

Veronica Bell Aisha wrote: "Faithc wrote: "Aisha wrote: "Definitely need to re-read soon"
I was really thinking about the same thing ☺"

Great minds think alike! I was younger when i read it so I don't think fully appreciated it"

Definitely a book we appreciate so much more when we are older.


message 43: by Veronica (new)

Veronica Bell Sharon wrote: "went to Anne Franks house in feb of this year,so had to read it again. If you think the book is moving, go visit the house"

True! I went years ago and still remember the experience. It was powerful and important.


message 44: by Ashli (new)

Ashli Barrera Faithc wrote: "Ashli wrote: "Yeah, it's really nice to get lost in a an untrue world sometimes. Even if its not real, sometimes its better than reality."

But sometimes I wonder if drifting from reality and drown..."


Trust me its good. Its that feeling u get when the worst,or best thing happens in the book that u wish that it was a real life story.


message 45: by Cintia (new)

Cintia She was truly wise beyond her years. Amazing human being! These 9 quotes are just a glimpse into all the wisdom spread throughout the diary. And I feel that one of the most powerful things about it is that I can't make myself think of it as a sad book. Anne and her beautiful mind, heart and soul don't allow that, despite all their horrible ordeal, despite knowing what happens in the end and dreading it, despite crying over it. Whenever I think of her and her diary, I smile and feel amazed, and remember the life lessons she taught us. And just like many mentioned here, I also feel it's time to read it again!


message 46: by Nrtashi (new)

Nrtashi Holy shit, a Mahou Shoujo!


message 47: by Ramona (new)

Ramona I also love her book (it is amazing)


message 48: by Nilah (new)

Nilah Savage wow i am reading it and may i say it is about a heartbroken girl at the end but she stays strong at heart wow i wish i could be her and live in her secret annexe


message 49: by Rukky (new)

Rukky this makes me want to take keeping my diary more seriously...i look forward to reading it before the end of the year though


message 50: by D.G. (new)

D.G. I started this book on a visit to Amsterdam a couple of years ago. When I went to the Anne Frank's museum and saw the actual place where her and her family stayed for those two years, I couldn't hold back the tears.


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