Courageous writer Anne Frank (1929-1945) was 13 when she started pouring her heart out to the diary she named Kitty. For two years, she and her family hid from Hitler's Nazis in a cramped office annex in Amsterdam while Dutch friends smuggled them food.
"I don't think of all the misery," the gifted teenager wrote about the experience, "but of all the beauty that still remains."
With honesty and insight, she was able to find optimism amid the isolation and horrors of her life in hiding. To cope with the misery around her, she maintained a positive look at life and held on to the Good News--the indelible spiritual magic--that always radiates inside each of us.
"In spite of everything," she wrote a month before her hiding place was discovered. "I still believe that people are really good at heart."
Read by millions since its 1947 publication, Anne's diary celebrates the power of the written word and inspired South African President Nelson Mandela in his quest for freedom. Her legacy is a tribute to the strength of the human spirit. As a symbol of innocence amid the terrors of the Holocaust, her heart glows eternal through her words of radiant hope.
Italian writer and Holocaust survivor Primo Levi observed, "One Anne Frank moves us more than countless others who suffered just as she did, but whose faces have remained in the shadows."
"How wonderful it is," Frank wrote, "that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world."
More ANNE FRANK Quotations
There is no end to the Good News inside you.