Anne Frank’s The Diary of a Young Girl is one of those required books everybody reads at a young age and you never hear anybody complaining about. It’s obviously emotional, but it’s also surprisingly uplifting and humorous. She showed such wisdom at such a young age, and her idealism in the face of cruel Naziism can give anyone a reason to keep their chin up.
Anne Frank’s diary is rightfully required reading, and should be required re-reading and re-re-reading. But in the situation that a re-reading has thus far eluded you, here are some of the most insightful thoughts that Anne Frank left us.
1. I’ve found that there is always some beauty left—in nature, sunshine, freedom, in yourself; these can all help you.
2. I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn.
3. People can tell you to keep your mouth shut, but that doesn’t stop you from having your own opinion.
4. How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.
5. In the long run, the sharpest weapon of all is a kind and gentle spirit.
6. Where there’s hope, there’s life. It fills us with fresh courage and makes us strong again.
7. Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.
8. You can be lonely even when you are loved by many people, since you are still not anybody’s one and only.
9. I don’t think of all the misery, but of the beauty that still remains.
10. 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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