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Happy 90th Birthday, Anne Frank. ✨

Happy 90th Birthday, Anne Frank. ✨

12th June marks the ninetieth birthday of Anne Frank. We thought it would be nice to celebrate and remember the life of the wonderful young writer in our own small way. Here's a selection of our favourite extracts taken from her published diary entries; insightful, brave, kind and wise beyond her young years - perhaps we should all try to be a little more like Anne.  

‘Writing in a diary is a really strange experience for someone like me. Not only because I’ve never written anything before, but also because it seems to me that later on neither I nor anyone else will be interested in the musings of thirteen-year old school girl. Oh well, it doesn’t matter. I feel like writing.’

‘Let me be myself and then I am satisfied. I know that I am a woman, a woman with inward strength and plenty of courage.’

‘How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.’

‘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.’

‘Women should be respected as well! Generally speaking, men are held in great esteem in all parts of the world, so why shouldn’t women have their share?’

‘In the long run, the sharpest weapon of all is a kind and gentle spirit.’

‘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!’

‘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.’

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

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