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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 More
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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 More
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Laziness may appear attractive but work gives satisfaction.Work More
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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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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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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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Besides, I can't confide in anyone unless they tell me a lot about them-
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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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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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''Because we're Jewish, my father emigrated to Holland in 1933.''
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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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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 More
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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 More
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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 More
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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 More
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new! 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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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 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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Whoever is happy will make others happy too.Happiness More
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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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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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.... 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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"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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''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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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 More
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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 More
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The final forming of a person's character lies in their own hands.Character More
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Daddy, Mummy and Margot can't get used to the sound of the Westertoren clock yet, which telles us the time every quarter of an hour. I can. I loved it from the start, and especially in the night it's like a faithful friend."
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“Margot is very kind and would like me to confide in her, but I can't tell her everything. She takes me too seriously, far too seriously, and spends a lot of time thinking about her loony sister, looking at me closely whenever I open my mouth and wondering: is she acting, or does she really mean it?”
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Is discord going to show itself while we are still fighting, is the Jew once again worth less than another? Oh, it is sad, very sad, that once more, for the umpteenth time, the old truth is confirmed: What one Christian does is his own responsibility, what one Jew does is thrown back at all Jews.Judaism and Jews More
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The two of us looked out at the blue sky, the bare chestnut tree glistening with dew, the seagulls and other birds glinting with silver as they swooped through the air, and we were so moved and entranced that we couldn't speak.
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“I've written an amusing story called Blurry the Explorer, which was a big hit with my three listeners.”
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Mrs. Van Daan's grizzling is absolutely unbearable; now she can't any longer drive us crazy over the invasion, she nags us the whole day long about the bad weather. It really would be nice to dump her in a bucket of cold water and put her up in the loft.Nagging More
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“Yesterday I discovered a new pastime: using a good pair of binoculars to peek into the lighted rooms of the neighbors. During the day our curtains can't be opened, not even an inch, but there's no harm when it's so dark.”
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“This afternoon, for the first time in ages, Jan gave us some news of the outside world. You should have seen us gathered around him; it looked exactly like a print: ‘At Grandmother's Knee.’ “
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I was stunned. A call-up: Everyone knows what that means. Visions of concentration camps and lonely cells raced through my head.
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“Bep had a picture postcard of the entire royal family copied for me. Juliana looks very young, and so does the queen. The three little girls are adorable”
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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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“Friday evening, for the first time in my life, I received a Christmas present. Mr. Kleiman, Mr. Kugler and the girls had prepared a wonderful surprise for us. Miep made a delicious Christmas cake with "Peace 1944" written on top.”
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“Hanukkah and St. Nicholas Day nearly coincided this year; they were only one day apart. We didn't make much of a fuss with Hanukkah, merely exchanging a few small gifts and lighting the candles.”
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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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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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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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“Mr. Pfeffer has arrived. Everything went smoothly. Miep told him to be at a certain place in front of the post office at 11:00 A.M., where a man would meet 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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