“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
For those of you who don’t know, Anne Frank is the author of one of the most read books in the whole world – The Diary of a Young Girl. Anne started her diary at the age of only 13, while she and her family were hiding from the German occupation of Amsterdam during the second world war. And even though Anne never survived – she died when she was 15 years old, her father Otto Frank, the family’s only known survivor later on found her diary and published it, making it a world wide wonder.
I read this beautiful book in 2008 and I remember being so impressed by it. I still am. And that is why I decided to share with you some of the most inspiring quotes from Anne Frank’s Diary of a Young Girl. Here are 25 life changing lessons to learn from this brave and courageous soul:
1. Have the courage to be yourself.
“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
2. Never give up on yourself. Never give up on your dreams.
“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
3. Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news.
“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!” ~ Anne Frank
4. Never stop improving.
“When you are on your bed at night just analyze all the happenings you have been go through whole day and learn from your mistakes, you will be a better person then.” ~ Anne Frank
“How noble and good everyone could be if, every evening before falling asleep, they were to recall to their minds the events of the whole day and consider exactly what has been good and bad. Then without realizing it, you try to improve yourself at the start of each new day.” ~ Anne Frank
5. Human greatness does not lie in wealth or power.
“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
6. Underneath it all, we are all good.
“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
7. Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.
“I don’t think of all the misery, but of the beauty that still remains.” ~ 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
“I simply can’t build up my hopes on a foundation consisting of confusion, misery, and death. I see the world gradually being turned into a wilderness, I hear the ever approaching thunder, which will destroy us too, I can feel the sufferings of millions and yet, if I look up into the heavens, I think that it will all come right, that this cruelty too will end, and that peace and tranquility will return again.” ~ Anne Frank