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I keep my ideals, because in spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart. Ideals and Idealism
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And finally I twist my heart round again, so that the bad is on the outside and the good is on the inside, and keep on trying to find a way of becoming what I would so like to be, and could be, if there weren't any other people living in the world. other people
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I feel the suffering of millions. And yet, when I look up at the sky, I somehow feel that every-thing will change for the better, that this cruelty too shall end, that peace and tranquility will return once more.
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Laziness may appear attractive but work gives satisfaction. Work
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Besides, I can't confide in anyone unless they tell me a lot about them-
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And, in most things, my mother is an example for me, but precisely an example of how it shouldn't be."
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‘Now our secret annexe has truly become secret. Mr Kugler thought it would be better to have a bookcase built in front of the entrance to our hiding place. It swings out on its hinges and opens like a door’.
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"I still have a whole lot to write in my diary, on Sunday Hello came over to our place, on Saturday we went out with Freddie Weiss, and over to the Oasis ice cream parlour of course. On Sunday morning Hello and I lay on our balcony in the sun, on Sunday afternoon he was going to come back, but at about 3 o'clock a policeman arrived and called from the door downstairs, ‘Miss Margot Frank!’, Mummy went down and the policeman gave her a card which said that Margot Frank had to report to the SS."
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I want to be useful, or bring enjoy-ment to all people, even those I've never met. I want to go on living even after my death!
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That night I thought I was going to die. I waited for the police and I was ready for death, like a soldier on a battlefield. I'd gladly have given my life for my country.
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***“If you analyze the discussions, you realize she's not the subject, but the guilty party! … Stirring up trouble, now that's what [she] calls fun. Stirring up trouble between Mrs. Frank and Anne. Margot and Mr. [Frank] aren't quite as easy. One, she's hard working; two, cheerful; three, coquettish - and sometimes a cute face. That’s Auguste van Pels.”
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How wonderful is is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.
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They mustn't know my despair, I can't let them see the wounds which they have caused, I couldn't bear their sympathy and their kind-hearted jokes, it would only make me want to scream all the more. If I talk, everyone thinks I'm showing off; when I'm silent they think I'm ridiculous; rude if I answer, sly if I get a good idea, lazy if I'm tired, selfish if I eat a mouthful more than I should, stupid, cowardly, crafty, etc. etc. Adolescence
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I don't believe that the big men, the politicians and the capitalists alone are guilty of the war. Oh, no, the little man is just as keen, otherwise the people of the world would have risen in revolt long ago! There is an urge and rage in people to destroy, to kill, to murder, and until all mankind, without exception, undergoes a great change, wars will be waged, everything that has been built up, cultivated and grown, will be destroyed and disfigured, after which mankind will have to begin all over again. War
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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! Potential
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Whoever is happy will make others happy too. Happiness
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I have often been downcast, but never in despair; I regard our hiding as a dangerous adventure, romantic and interesting at the same time. In my diary I treat all the privations as amusing. I have made up my mind now to lead a different life from other girls and, later on, different from ordinary housewives. My start has been so very full of interest, and that is the sole reason why I have to laugh at the humorous side of the most dangerous moments. Adversity
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''Because we're Jewish, my father emigrated to Holland in 1933.''
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The final forming of a person's character lies in their own hands. Character
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I finally realized that I must do my schoolwork to keep from being ignorant, to get on in life, to become a journalist, because that's what I want. I know I can write....
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When I write I can shake off all my cares. My sorrow disappears, my spirits are revived! But, and that's a big question, will I ever be able to write something great?
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... I stuck the craziest things in the bag, but I'm not sorry. Memories mean more to me than dresses.
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As long as this exists, '' I thought, ''this sunshine and this cloudless sky, and as long as I can enjoy it, how can I be sad?
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I'm used to not being taken seriously, but only the "lighthearted" Anne is used to it and can put up with it; the "deeper" Anne is too weak.
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“The more quiet and serious I am on the inside, the noisier I get on the outside! Who will be the first to discover the chink in my armor?”
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“Sometimes I think it's horrible that you can't ever confide in anyone, not even those closest to you.”
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“My fountain pen was always one of my most prized possessions; I valued it highly, especially because it had a thick nib, and I can only write neatly with thick nibs.”
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“Thinking about the suffering of those you hold dear can reduce you to tears; in fact, you could spend the whole day crying.”
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“It's amazing how much these generous and unselfish people do, risking their own lives to help and save others.”
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“I confess that I have absolutely no desire to be like Margot. She's too weak-willed and passive to suit me, she lets herself be swayed by others and always backs down under pressure. I want to have more spunk!”
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"Kleiman, who has been here in the meantime, Kugler and the two men have been looking into the question of how to get this fellow out of the place from every possible angle. Downstairs they think it is too risky. But isn’t it even riskier to leave things as they are?"
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The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, 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. Nature
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.... I know what I want.... If God lets me live, ... I'll make my voice heard, I'll go out into the world and work for mankind. I now know that courage and happiness are needed first.
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Last night, just as I was falling asleep, Hanneli suddenly appeared before me. I saw her there, dressed in rags, her face thin and worn.
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''My father, the most precious father I've ever seen, didn't marry my mother until he was thirty-six and she was twenty-five.''
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"So there we were, Father, Mother and I, walking in the pouring rain, each of us with a satchel and a shopping bag filled to the brim with the most varied assortment of items. The people on their way to work at that early hour gave us sympathetic looks; you could tell by their faces that they were sorry they couldn’t offer us some kind of transport; the conspicuous yellow star spoke for itself."
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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. 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. Ideals and Idealism
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Usually joins in the conversation, never fails to give his opinion. Once he's spoken, his word is final. If anyone dares to suggest otherwise, Mr. Van D. can put up a good fight. Oh, he can hiss like a cat ... but I'd rather he didn't (...) His opinion is the best, he knows the most about everything. Granted, the man has a good head on his shoulders, but it's swelled to no small degree.
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“Who could have our key? Why didn't the burglar go to the warehouse? Was it one of our own warehouse employees, and will he turn us in, now that he's heard Mr. Van Daan and maybe even seen him?”
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“Miep came to tell us that she'd been to see Dr. Dussel. He asked her the moment she entered the room if she knew of a hiding place and was enormously pleased when Miep said she had something in mind.”
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“Great news! We're planning to take an eighth person into hiding with us! Yes, really. We always thought there was enough room and food for one more person.”
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“Yesterday was Peter's birthday, his sixteenth. I was upstairs by eight, and Peter and I looked at his presents.” Peter van Pels, Birthday
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“We lit the stove a few days ago and the entire room is filled with smoke. I prefer central heating, and I'm probably not the only one.” Diary
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“Because this diary has become a kind of memory book, it means a great deal to me, but I could easily write "over and done with" on many of its pages.”
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“When we first went into hiding, Father often told me about things I'd rather have heard from Mother, and I learned the rest from books or things I picked up in conversations.”
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“By the way, speaking of Jews, I saw two yesterday when I was peeking through the curtains. I felt as though I were gazing at one of the seven wonders of the world. It gave me such a funny feeling, as if I'd denounced them to the authorities and was now spying on their misfortune.”
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“Mr. Van Pels used to be in the meat, sausage, and spice business. He was hired for his knowledge of spices, and yet, to our great delight, it's his sausage talents that have come in handy now.”
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Mr. Pfeffer has told us much about the outside world we've missed for so long. He had sad news. Countless friends and acquaintances have been taken off to a dreadful fate.
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No matter what I'm doing, I can't help thinking about those who are gone. I catch myself laughing and remember that it's a disgrace to be so cheerful.
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“The closer it got to St. Nicholas Day, the more we all thought back to last year's festively decorated basket. More than anyone, I thought it would be terrible to skip a celebration this year.”
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