I understand more and more how true daddy’s words were when he said “all children must look after their own upbringing.” 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.
P268 / 2020-12-24 14:25
Quite honestly, I can’t imagine how anyone can say: “I’m weak,” and then remain so. After all, if you know it, why not fight against it, why not try to train your character? The answer was: “Because it’s so much easier not to!”
P254 / 2020-12-24 12:49
Stupid people usually can’t take it if other people do better than they do.
P249 / 2020-12-24 12:36
I don’t believe that the big men, the politicians and the capitalists alone, are guilty of the war. Oh no, the little man is just as guilty, otherwise the peoples of the world would have risen in revolt long ago! There’s in people simply an urge to destroy, an urge to kill, to murder and rage, 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.
P223 / 2020-12-22 16:10
Have the two sets of parents forgotten their own youth? It seems like it, at least they seem to take us seriously, if we make a joke, and laugh at us when we are serious.
P187 / 2020-12-20 22:39
I watched him from where I stood, he was obviously doing his best to show off his strength. But I looked out of the open window, too, over a large are of Amsterdam, over all the roofs and on to the horizon, which was such a pale blue that it was hard to see the dividing line.
P158 / 2020-12-17 22:25
Riches can all be lost, but that happiness in your own heart can only be veiled, and it will still bring you happiness again, as long as you live. As long as you can look fearlessly up into the heavens, as long as you know that you are pure within, and that you will still find happiness.
P159 / 2020-12-14 13:52
The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely, or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quite alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and God whishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of Nature.
P158 / 2020-12-14 13:49
I have now reached the stage that I don’t care much whether I live or die. The world will still keep on turning without me. What’s going to happen will happen, and anyway it’s no good trying to resist.
P150 / 2020-12-14 13:33
I have an odd way of sometimes, as it were, being able to see myself through someone else’s eyes. Then I view the affairs of a certain “Anne” at my ease, and browse through the pages of her life as if she were a stranger.
P137 / 2020-12-14 08:30
Mr. Van Daan begins. He is first to be served, takes a lot of everything if it is what he likes. Usually talks at the same time, always gives his opinion as the only one worth listening to, and once he has spoken it is irrevocable. Because if anyone dares to question it, then he flares up at once. Oh, he can spit like a cat — I’d rather not argue, I can tell you — if you’ve once tried you don’t try again. He has the best opinion, he knows the most about everything. All right then, he has got brains, but “self-satisfaction” has reached a high grade with this gentleman.
P100 / 2020-12-12 11:03
Anyone can put on fine coat of varnish outside. Mrs. Van Daan is friendly to strangers and especially men, so it is easy to make a mistake when you have only known her for a short time. Mummy thinks she is too stupid to waste words over, Margot too unimportant, Pim too ugly (literally and figuratively), and I, after long observation — for I was never prejudiced from the start — have come to the conclusion that she is all three and a lot more.
P94 / 2020-12-11 22:53
A person of fifty four who is still so pedantic and small-minded must be so by nature, and will never improve.
P88 / 2020-12-11 22:29
I cling to Daddy because it is only through him that I am able to retain the remnant of family feeling.
P45 / 2020-12-05 20:06
You only really get to know people when you’ve had a jolly good row with them. Then and then only can you judge their true characters.
P34 / 2020-12-05 11:24
Why do grownups quarrel so easily, so much, and over the most idiotic things? Up till now I thought that only children squabbled and that that wore off as you grew up.
P32 / 2020-12-05 11:12