112 Best Anne Frank Quotes from The Diary of a Young Girl

Anne Frank, born Annelies Marie Frank on June 12, 1929, in Frankfurt, Germany, is widely known for her deeply touching diary entries written during her family’s two-year hiding from the Nazis in Amsterdam.

Forced into hiding when her sister Margot was threatened with deportation, Anne and her family took refuge in the secret annex of Otto Frank’s office.

Aided by non-Jewish friends, the Frank family and four other Jews lived concealed, with Anne diligently documenting their lives, her adolescent struggles and future dreams.


After their capture Anne’s diary was discovered and later published as “Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl”.

Despite its depiction of immense adversity it conveys Anne’s unwavering belief in the inherent goodness of people.

The diary, now translated into over 65 languages, remains the most widely read Holocaust account, immortalizing Anne as one of the best-known victims.

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Her life’s story is preserved in the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, a poignant reminder of her journey.

I have outlined some of the heart-touching quotes by Anne Frank in this post.

Best Anne Frank Quotes


An empty day, though clear and bright, Is just as dark as any night. ~ Anne Frank.


Misfortunes never come singly. ~ Anne Frank.


People who give will never be poor. ~ Anne Frank.


I believe in the sun, even when it rains. ~ Anne Frank.


Those who have courage and faith shall never perish in misery. ~ Anne Frank.


People can tell you to keep your mouth shut, but that doesn’t stop you from having your own opinion. ~ Anne Frank.


One gets on better in life if one is not over modest. ~ Anne Frank.


Who else but me is ever going to read these letters? ~ Anne Frank.


As long as you’re in the food business, why not make sweets? ~ Anne Frank.


I don’t think of all the misery, but of the beauty that still remains. ~ Anne Frank.

Memories mean more to me than dresses. ~ Anne Frank.

I wish to go on living even after my death. ~ Anne Frank.


The weak die out and the strong will survive, and will live on forever. ~ Anne Frank.

Look at how a single candle can both defy and define the darkness. ~ Anne Frank.

Sometimes I believe that God wants to try me, both now and later on; I must become good through my own efforts, without examples and without good advice. ~ Anne Frank.

In the future I’m going to devote less time to sentimentality and more time to reality. ~ Anne Frank.

Famous Anne Frank Quotes


What is done cannot be undone, but one can prevent it happening again. ~ Anne Frank.

But feelings can’t be ignored, no matter how unjust or ungrateful they seem. ~ Anne Frank.

The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside. ~ Anne Frank.

I don’t believe that the big men, the politicians and capitalists alone, are guilty of war. Oh no, the little man is just as guilty, otherwise the peoples of the world would have risen in revolt long ago! ~ Anne Frank.

I think it’s odd that grown-ups quarrel so easily and so often and about such petty matters. Up to now I always thought bickering was just something children did and that they outgrew it. ~ Anne Frank.


Don’t be too assuming, it doesn’t get you anywhere. ~ Anne Frank.

We all live with the objective of being happy; our lives are all different and yet the same. ~ Anne Frank.

No one has ever become poor by giving. ~ Anne Frank.

Sleep makes the silence and the terrible fear go by more quickly, helps pass the time, since it’s impossible to kill. ~ Anne Frank.


Dead people receive more flowers than the living ones because the regret is stronger than gratitude. ~ Anne Frank.

Top Anne Frank Quotes

Earning happiness means doing good and working, not speculating and being lazy. Laziness may look inviting, but only work gives you true satisfaction. ~ Anne Frank.

I’m currently in the middle of a depression. I couldn’t really tell you what set it off, but I think it stems from my cowardice, which confronts me at every turn. ~ Anne Frank.

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. ~ Anne Frank.

Sometimes I think God is trying to test me, both now and in the future. I’ll have to become a good person on my own, without anyone to serve as a model or advise me, but it’ll make me stronger in the end. ~ Anne Frank.


Don’t condemn me, remember rather that sometimes I, too, can reach the bursting point. ~ Anne Frank.

I firmly believe that nature brings solace in all troubles. ~ Anne Frank.

Where there’s hope, there’s life. It fills us with fresh courage and makes us strong again. ~ Anne Frank.

Parents can only advise their children or point them in the right direction. Ultimately people shape their own characters. ~ Anne Frank.

To be honest, I can’t imagine how anyone could say ‘I’m weak’ and then stay that way. If you know that about yourself, why not fight it, why not develop your character? ~ Anne Frank.

I do my best to please everybody, far more than they’d ever guess. I try to laugh it all off, because I don’t want to let them see my trouble. ~ Anne Frank.

I don’t dare do anything anymore, ’cause I’m afraid it’s not allowed. ~ Anne Frank.


Give and you shall receive, much more than you ever thought possible. Give and give again. People who give will never be poor! ~ Anne Frank.

Riches can all be lost, but that happiness in your own heart can only be veiled, and it will bring you happiness again, as long as you live. ~ Anne Frank.

We aren’t allowed to have any opinions. People can tell you to keep your mouth shut, but it doesn’t stop you having your own opinion. Even if people are still very young, they shouldn’t be prevented from saying what they think. ~ Anne Frank.

I love you, with a love so great that it simply couldn’t keep growing inside my heart, but had to leap out and reveal itself in all its magnitude. ~ Anne Frank.


We can’t control our destiny, but we can control who we become. ~ Anne Frank.

The Annex is an ideal place to hide in. It may be damp and lopsided, but there’s probably not a more comfortable hiding place in all of Amsterdam. No, in all of Holland. ~ Anne Frank.

A quiet conscience makes one strong! ~ Anne Frank.

Don’t aim for success if you want it; just do what you love and believe in, and it will come naturally. Despite everything, I believe that people are really good at heart. ~ Anne Frank.


The young are not afraid of telling the truth. ~ Anne Frank.

There’s only one rule you need to remember: laugh at everything and forget everybody else! It sound egotistical, but it’s actually the only cure for those suffering from self-pity. ~ Anne Frank.

Great Anne Frank Quotes

I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn. ~ Anne Frank.

Laziness may appear attractive, but work gives satisfaction. ~ Anne Frank.

I want to write, but more than that, I want to bring out all kinds of things that lie buried deep in my heart. ~ Anne Frank.

Human greatness does not lie in wealth or power, but in character and goodness. ~ Anne Frank.


You must work and should not be lazy if you want to be happy. ~ Anne Frank.

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.

Our lives are fashioned by our choices. First we make our choices. Then our choices make us. ~ Anne Frank.

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. ~ Anne Frank.

People who have a religion should be glad, for not everyone has the gift of believing in heavenly things. ~ Anne Frank.


Ordinary people simply don’t know what books mean to us, shut up here. Reading, learning, and the radio are our amusements. ~ Anne Frank.

Let’s not talk about it any more, but if you still want anything please write to me about it, because I can say what I mean much better on paper. ~ Anne Frank.

How wonderful it is that we can start doing good at this very moment. ~ Anne Frank.

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. ~ Anne Frank.

Anyhow, I’ve learned one thing now. You only really get to know people when you’ve had a jolly good row with them. Then and then only can you judge their true characters! ~ Anne Frank.

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. ~ Anne Frank.

Wise Anne Frank Quotes

If we bear all this suffering and if there are still Jews left, when it is over, then Jews, instead of being doomed, will be held up as an example. ~ Anne Frank.


A person who’s happy will make others happy; a person who has courage and faith will never die in misery. ~ Anne Frank.

I live in a crazy time. ~ Anne Frank.

Our blessed radio. It gives us eyes and ears out into the world. We listen to the German station only for good music. And we listen to the BBC for hope. ~ Anne Frank.

If God lets me live, I shall attain more than Mummy ever has done, I shall not remain insignificant, I shall work in the world and for mankind! ~ Anne Frank.

Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy. ~ Anne Frank.

Everyone thinks I’m showing off when I talk, ridiculous when I’m silent, insolent when I answer, cunning when I have a good idea, lazy when I’m tired, selfish when I eat one bite more than I should. ~ Anne Frank.

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. ~ Anne Frank.

And you can always, always, give kindness. ~ Anne Frank.

I must uphold my ideals, for perhaps the time will come when I shall be able to carry them out. ~ Anne Frank.

In the long run, the sharpest weapon of all is a kind and gentle spirit. ~ Anne Frank.

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. ~ Anne Frank.

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.

I want friends, not admirers. People who respect me for my character and my deeds, not my flattering smile. The circle around me would be much smaller, but what does that matter, as long as they’re sincere? ~ Anne Frank.

I don’t have much in the way of money or worldly possessions, I’m not beautiful, intelligent or clever, but I’m happy, and I intend to stay that way! I was born happy, I love people, I have a trusting nature, and I’d like everyone else to be happy too. ~ Anne Frank.

Powerful Anne Frank Quotes

Paper is more patient than man. ~ Anne Frank.


If the truth is told, things are just as bad as you yourself care to make them. ~ Anne Frank.

I can recapture everything when I write, my thoughts, my ideals and my fantasies. ~ Anne Frank.

Deep down, the young are lonelier than the old. ~ Anne Frank.

We’re all alive, but we don’t know why or what for; we’re all searching for happiness; we’re all leading lives which are different and yet the same. ~ Anne Frank.

There’s plenty of room for everyone in the world. Enough money, riches, and beauty for all to share. God has made enough for everyone, so let us all begin then by sharing it fairly. ~ Anne Frank.

Whoever is happy will make others happy. ~ Anne Frank.

How lovely to think that no one need wait a moment, we can start now, start slowly changing the world! ~ Anne Frank.

As long as you can look fearlessly at the sky, you’ll know that you’re pure within and will find happiness once more. ~ Anne Frank.

I love the time I spend with you. You make my living worth-while. Why didn’t I meet you before. I wish I could start my life From the beginning with you because the time I spend with you is never enough. I need you more everyday. ~ Anne Frank.

What a wonderful thought it is that some of the best days of our lives haven’t even happened yet. ~ Anne Frank.

I looked up in the sky and trusted in God. ~ Anne Frank.

There’s one golden rule to keep before you: laugh about everything and don’t bother yourself about the others! ~ Anne Frank.

Go outside amidst the simple beauty of nature and know that as long as places like this exist, there will be comfort for every sorrow, whatever the circumstances may be. ~ Anne Frank.

When I write I can shake off all my cares. My sorrow disappears, my spirits are revived. ~ Anne Frank.

You must work and do good, not be lazy and gamble, if you wish to earn happiness. Laziness may appear attractive, but work gives satisfaction. ~ 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.

Profound Anne Frank Quotes

I’ve found that there is always some beauty left – in nature, sunshine, freedom, in yourself; these can all help you. ~ Anne Frank.

I had to hold my head up high and put a bold face on things, but the thoughts keep coming anyways. ~ Anne Frank.

The only way to truly know a person is to argue with them. For when they argue in full swing, then they reveal their true character. ~ Anne Frank.

I’m sentimental – I know. I’m desperate and silly – I know that too. Oh, help me! ~ Anne Frank.

Not being able to go outside upsets me more than I can say, and I’m terrified our hiding place will be discovered and that we’ll be shot. ~ Anne Frank.

You can always give something, even if it is only kindness. ~ Anne Frank.

Why can’t people live with each other in peace? Why must everything be destroyed? Why must people go hungry while surplus food elsewhere in the world rots away? Oh why must people be so crazy? ~ Anne Frank.


It won’t take long before I explode with pent-up rage. ~ Anne Frank.

This week I’ve been reading a lot and doing little work. That’s the way things ought to be. That’s surely the road to success. ~ Anne Frank.

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.

Despite everything, I believe that people are really good at heart. ~ Anne Frank.

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.

The reason for my starting a diary is that I have no real friend. ~ Anne Frank.

I never utter my real feelings about anything. My lighter, superficial side will always be too quick for the deeper side of me, and that’s why it always wins. ~ Anne Frank.

Crying can bring relief, as long as you don’t cry alone. ~ Anne Frank.

So these were the 112 top Anne Frank quotes and sayings.

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