January 12, 1944
"It's funny, but I can sometimes see myself as others see me. I take a leisurely look at the person called 'Anne Frank' and browse through the pages of her life as though she were a stranger. ... Which of the people here would suspect that so much is going on in the mind of a teenage girl?"
February 3, 1944
"I've reached the point where I hardly care whether I live or die. The world will keep on turning without me, and I can't do anything to change events anyway. I'll just let matters take their course and concentrate on studying and hope that everything will be all right in the end."
February 22, 1944
From her essay "The Den of Iniquity":
"And now I have a question for you. Do you also put clothes on the flowers you've picked and refuse to talk about their delicate parts?
"I don't think there's a very big difference between people and nature, and since we're also part of nature, why should we be ashamed of the way nature made us?"
February 23, 1944
"The best remedy for those who are frightened, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere they can be alone with the sky, nature and God."
July 6, 1944
"How noble and good everyone could be if, at the end of each day, they were to review their own behavior and weigh up the rights and wrongs. They would automatically try to do better at the start of each new day and, after a while, would certainly accomplish a great deal."
July 15, 1944
"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. It's utterly impossible for me to build my life on a foundation of chaos, suffering and death."
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