Anne Frank: 10 quotes on her birthday

Born on June 12, 1929, Anne Frank was 13 years old when she and her family, Jews living in the Nazi-occupied Netherlands, were forced into hiding. The Frank family – and others who later joined them – lived hidden in a set of secret rooms for nearly two years, until an anonymous tipster betrayed them. The Franks were then shipped to concentration camps where all but, Otto, Anne's father, perished. But the diary that Anne kept while hiding survived as well. Otto had it published in 1947 and its mature messages of hope and comfort have since touched millions around the globe. 

1.The girl who touched the world

“For someone like me, it is a very strange habit to write in a diary. Not only that I have never written before, but it strikes me that later neither I, nor anyone else, will care for the outpouring of a thirteen year old schoolgirl.”

A reminder to us all

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

Women's glory

"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? Soldiers and war heroes are honored and commemorated, explorers are granted immortal fame, martyrs are revered, but how many people look upon women too as soldiers?.... Women, who struggle and suffer pain to ensure the continuation of the human race, make much tougher and more courageous soldiers than all those big-mouthed freedom-fighting heroes put together!”

Growth

"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?"

True wealth

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“No one has ever become poor by giving.”

Unselfish happiness

“Whoever is happy will make others happy too.” 

Self-determination

“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.” 

Light

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“Look at how a single candle can both defy and define the darkness.”

The greatest gift

“You can always, always give something, even if it is only kindness!” 

Depth of character

“Who would ever think that so much went on in the soul of a young girl?”