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10 Moving and Inspiring Anne Frank Quotes

In 1942, on her thirteenth birthday, schoolgirl Anne Frank received the gift of a diary. In the midst of World War II, from her hiding place in a secret annex, she recorded her thoughts, feelings, ideas and the turbulent events around her with remarkable maturity and insight. Her diary has been read by millions of people around the world, as have many of Anne's stories and essays. All of her works remain compelling, illuminating and fascinating today. See below for some of her most inspiring beliefs, thoughts and observations.

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1. 'How wonderful it is that no one has to wait, but can start right now to gradually change the world! How wonderful it is that everyone, great and small, can immediately help bring about justice by giving of themselves!'

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2. 'If I read a book that impresses me, I have to take myself firmly by the hand, before I mix with other people; otherwise they would think my mind rather queer.'

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Anne Frank House, Amsterdam

3. '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.'

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4. '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.'

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5. 'Laziness may look inviting, but only work gives you true satisfaction.'

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6. '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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7. 'We all live with the objective of being happy; our lives are all different and yet the same.'

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8. 'I've found that there is always some beauty left - in nature, sunshine, freedom, in yourself; these can all help you.'

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Statue of Anne Frank, Amsterdam

9. 'Even if people are still very young, they shouldn't be prevented from saying what they think.'

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10. 'We all know that a good example is more effective than advice. So set a good example, and it won't take long for others to follow.'

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