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Diary of a Young Girl
QUOTATION: I dont believe that the big men, the politicians
and the capitalists alone are guilty of the war. Oh, no, the little man
is just as keen, otherwise the people of the world would have risen in
revolt long ago! There is an urge and rage in people to destroy, to kill,
to murder, and until all mankind, without exception, undergoes a great
change, wars will be waged, everything that has been built up, cultivated
and grown, will be destroyed and disfigured, after which mankind will
have to begin all over again.
QUOTATION: They mustnt know my despair, I cant let
them see the wounds which they have caused, I couldnt bear their
sympathy and their kind-hearted jokes, it would only make me want to scream
all the more. If I talk, everyone thinks Im showing off; when Im
silent they think Im ridiculous; rude if I answer, sly if I get
a good idea, lazy if Im tired, selfish if I eat a mouthful more
than I should, stupid, cowardly, crafty, etc. etc.
QUOTATION: Chanuka and St. Nicholas Day came almost together this
yearjust one days difference. We didnt make much fuss
about Chanuka: we just gave each other a few little presents and then
we had the candles. Because of the shortage of candles we only had them
alight for ten minutes, but it is all right as long as you have the song.
QUOTATION: The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or
unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with
the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all
is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the
simple beauty of nature. As long as this exists, and it certainly always
will, I know that then there will always be comfort for every sorrow,
whatever the circumstances may be. And I firmly believe that nature brings
solace in all troubles.
QUOTATION: I have often been downcast, but never in despair; I
regard our hiding as a dangerous adventure, romantic and interesting at
the same time. In my diary I treat all the privations as amusing. I have
made up my mind now to lead a different life from other girls and, later
on, different from ordinary housewives. My start has been so very full
of interest, and that is the sole reason why I have to laugh at the humorous
side of the most dangerous moments.
QUOTATION: Is discord going to show itself while we are still
fighting, is the Jew once again worth less than another? Oh, it is sad,
very sad, that once more, for the umpteenth time, the old truth is confirmed:
What one Christian does is his own responsibility, what one Jew
does is thrown back at all Jews.
QUOTATION: Bolkenstein, a Minister, was speaking on the Dutch
programme from London, and he said that they ought to make a collection
of diaries and letters after the war. Of course, they all made a rush
at my diary immediately. Just imagine how interesting it would be if I
were to publish a romance of the Secret Annexe. The title
alone would be enough to make people think it was a detective story.
QUOTATION: And finally I twist my heart round again, so that the
bad is on the outside and the good is on the inside, and keep on trying
to find a way of becoming what I would so like to be, and could be, if
... there werent any other people living in the world.
QUOTATION: Mrs. Van Daans grizzling is absolutely unbearable;
now she cant any longer drive us crazy over the invasion, she nags
us the whole day long about the bad weather. It really would be nice to
dump her in a bucket of cold water and put her up in the loft.
QUOTATION: The radio ... goes on early in the morning and is listened
to at all hours of the day, until nine, ten and often eleven oclock
in the evening. This is certainly a sign that the grown-ups have infinite
patience, but it also means that the power of absorption of their brains
is pretty limited, with exceptions, of courseI dont want to
hurt anyones feelings. One or two news bulletins would be ample
per day! But the old geese, wellIve said my piece!
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