The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

by Catherine Chiu

  • I want to write, but more than that I want to bring out all kinds of things that lie buried deep in my heart.
  • “Paper is more patient than man.”
  • I don’t want to be cross, love cannot be forced.
  • How can you be so unkind, how can you bring your mother such sorrow?
  • ‘The spirit of man is great,
    How puny are his deeds!”
  • Crying can bring such relief.
  • That is why with everything I do and write I think of the “Mumsie” that I want to be for my children later on. The “Mumsie” who doesn’t take everything is in general conversation so seriously, but who does take what I say seriously.
  • A person can be lonely even if he is loved by many people, because he is still not the “One and Only” to anyone.
  • Because still, in spite of everything, I have not enough faith in God. He has given me so much — which I certainly do not deserve — and I still do so much that is wrong every day.
  • Who would ever think that so much can go on in the soul of a young girl?
  • 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 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.
  • My advice is: “Go outside, to the fields, enjoy nature and the sunshine, go out and try to recapture happiness in yourself and in God. Think of all the beauty that’s still left in and around you and be happy.”
  • On the contrary, I’ve found that there is always some beauty left — in nature, sunshine, freedom, in yourself; these can all help you. Look at these things, then you find yourself again, and God, and then you regain your balance.
    And whoever is happy will make others happy too. He who has courage and faith will never perish in misery.
  • Above all, I must maintain my outward reserve, no one must know that war still reigns incessantly within. War between desire and common sense. The latter has won up till now; yet will the former prove to be stronger of the two? Sometimes I fear that it will and sometimes I long for it to be!
  • Wednesday, 19 April, 1944
    My Darling,
    Is there anything more beautiful in the world than to sit before an open window and enjoy nature, to listen to the birds singing, feel the sun on your cheeks and have a darling boy in your arms? It is so soothing and peaceful to feel his arms around me, to know that he is close by and yet to remain silent, it can’t be bad, for this tranquility is good. Oh, never to be disturbed again, not even by Mouschi.
    Yours, Anne
  • “Is it right? Is it right that I should have yielded so soon, that I am so ardent, just as ardent and eager as Peter himself? May I, a girl, let myself go to this extent?” There is but one answer: “I have longed so much and for so long — I am so lonely — and now I have found my consolation.”
  • It’s not imagination on my part when I say that to look up at the sky, the clouds, the moon, and the stars makes me calm and patient. It’s a better medicine than either valerian or bromine; Mother Nature makes me humble and prepared to face every blow courageously.
  • How can I make it clear to him that what appears easy and attractive will drag him down into the depths, depths where there is no comfort to be found, no friends and no beauty, depths from which it is almost impossible to raise oneself?
  • Laziness may appear attractive, but work gives satisfaction.
  • “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.
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