Annelies Marie Frank aka Anne Frank, born 12 June 1929 – murdered February or March 1945, in Bergen Belsen. She was a German-Dutch teenager of Jewish heritage, kept a diary. One of the most discussed Jewish victims of the Holocaust, she gained fame posthumously with the 1947 publication of The Diary of a Young Girl -originally Het Achterhuis in Dutch; English: The Secret Annex- in which she documented her life in hiding from 1942 to 1944, during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands in World War II. It is one of the world’s best-known books and has been the basis for several plays and films.
But most of all she was a child, who was wise beyond her years. Below are just some of her pearls of wisdom.
“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”
“Whoever is happy will make others happy too.”
“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!”
“Look at how a single candle can both defy and define the darkness.”
“I firmly believe that nature brings solace in all troubles.”
“I don’t think of all the misery but of the beauty that still remains.”
“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.”
“We all know that a good example is more effective than advice. So set a good example, and it won’t take long for others to follow.”
“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.”
“Human greatness does not lie in wealth or power, but in character and goodness.”