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In spite of everything I still believe that people are really good
at heart.  I simply can't build up my hopes on a foundation
consisting of confusion, misery and death.

   

Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.

      
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 that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature. As longs 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.
  
  
I don't have much in the way of money or worldly possessions, I'm not beautiful, intelligent or clever, but I'm happy, and I intend to stay that way! I was born happy, I love people, I have a trusting nature, and I'd like everyone else to be 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!
  
  
Although I'm only fourteen, I know quite well what I want, I know who is right and who is wrong. I have my opinions, my own ideas and principles, and although it may sound pretty mad from an adolescent, I feel more of a person than a child, I feel quite independent of anyone.
   

Human greatness does not lie in wealth or power, but in character and goodness. People are just people, and all people have faults and shortcomings, but all of us are born with a basic goodness.
  
I know what I want, I have a goal, an opinion, I have a religion and love. Let me be myself and then I am satisfied. I know that Iím a woman, a woman with inward strength and plenty of courage.

   

Earning happiness means doing good and working, not speculating and being lazy.
Laziness may look inviting, but only work gives you true satisfaction.

    

   
There's only one rule you need to remember: laugh at everything
and forget everybody else! It sound egotistical, but it's actually
the only cure for those suffering from self-pity.
  

Everyone has inside of him or her a piece of good news.  The good news is
that you don't know how great you can be!  How much you can love!
What you can accomplish!  And what your potential is!

   

    

I don't have much in the way of money or worldly possessions,
I'm not beautiful, intelligent or clever, but I'm happy, and I intend
to stay that way! I was born happy, I love people, I have a
trusting nature, and I'd like everyone else to be happy too.

   
How noble and good everyone could be if, every evening before falling
asleep, they were to recall to their minds the events of the whole day
and consider exactly what has been good and bad. Then without
realizing it, you try to improve yourself at the start of each new day.
   

I know what I want, I have a goal, an opinion, I have a religion
and love. Let me be myself and then I am satisfied. I know that Iím
a woman, a woman with inward strength and plenty of courage.

   

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Annelies Marie "Anne" Frank (June 12, 1929 Ė ca. March 1945) was a German Jewish girl who wrote a diary while in hiding with her family and four friends in Amsterdam during the German occupation of the Netherlands in World War II.  Her family had moved to Amsterdam after the Nazis gained power in Germany but were trapped when the Nazi occupation extended into The Netherlands.  As persecutions against the Jewish population increased, the family went into hiding in July 1942 in hidden rooms in Otto Frank's office building.  After two years in hiding, the group was betrayed and transported to the concentration camp system where Anne died of typhus (in Bergen-Belsen) within days of her sister, Margot, in February or March 1945.  Her father, Otto, the only survivor of the group, returned to Amsterdam after the war ended, to find that her diary had been saved.  Convinced that it was a unique record he took action to have it published.

The diary was given to Anne Frank for her thirteenth birthday and chronicles the events of her life from June 12, 1942 until its final entry of August 1, 1944.  It was eventually translated from its original Dutch into many languages and became one of the world's most widely read books. There have also been many theatrical productions, and an opera, based on the diary.  Described as the work of a mature and insightful mind, it provides an intimate examination of daily life under Nazi occupation; through her writing, Anne Frank has become one of the most renowned and discussed of the Holocaust victims.

  

    

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Yes, life can be mysterious and confusing--but there's much of life that's actually rather dependable and reliable.  Some principles apply to life in so many different contexts that they can truly be called universal--and learning what they are and how to approach them and use them can teach us some of the most important lessons that we've ever learned.
My doctorate is in Teaching and Learning.  I use it a lot when I teach at school, but I also do my best to apply what I've learned to the life I'm living, and to observe how others live their lives.  What makes them happy or unhappy, stressed or peaceful, selfish or generous, compassionate or arrogant?  In this book, I've done my best to pass on to you what I've learned from people in my life, writers whose works I've read, and stories that I've heard.  Perhaps these principles can be a positive part of your life, too!
Universal Principles of Living Life Fully.  Awareness of these principles can explain a lot and take much of the frustration out of the lives we lead.

        

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