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

Anne Frank

Anne Frank

Profession: Author
Nationality: German

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But I can see that a little hypocrisy gets me a lot further than my old method of saying exactly what I think (even though no one ever asks my opinion or cares one way or another).

I want to take a fresh look at things and form my own opinion, not just ape my parents, as in the proverb The apple never falls far from the tree.

When looked outside, right into the depth of Nature and God, then I was happy, really happy.

It's obvious that Mummy would stick up for Margot; she and Margot always do back each other up... He doesn't notice that he treats Margot differently from me.

Dussel promised her the moon, but, as usual, we haven't seen so much as a beam.

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.

We, too, shall have to move on again with our little bundles, and leave this beautiful country, which offered us such warm welcome and which now turns it back on us. I love Holland, I who, having no native country, had hoped that it might become my fatherland, and I still hope it will!

O ja, ich will nicht umsonst gelebt haben wie die meisten Menschen. Ich will den Menschen, die um mich herum leben und mich doch nicht kennen, Freude und Nutzen bringen. Ich will fortleben, auch nach meinem Tod.

I know I have my faults and shortcomings, but the blow them all out of proportion!

We're all alive, but we don't know why or what for; we're all searching for happiness; we're all leading lives that are different and yet the same.

Is there anything more beautiful in the world than to sit before an open window and enjoy nature, to listen to the birds singing, feel the sun on your cheeks and have a darling boy in your arms?

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.

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

A quiet conscience makes one strong!