By Anne Frank
Your opinion of me doesn’t define who I am.
We write our names in the sand: and then the waves roll in and wash them away.
To a poet every curve of her was a well place word.
Poetry is composing, you are writing words to move the world like music.
One day I’ll paint the perfect sunset – if I can only find the words.
No one writes anything worth writing, unless he writes entirely for the sake of his subject.
A man who has not enough originality to think out a new title for his book will be much less capable of giving it new content.
There are very few who can think, but every man wants to have an opinion; and what remains but to take it ready-made from others, instead of forming opinions for himself?
Opinion is like a pendulum and obeys the same law. If it goes past the center of gravity on one side, it must go a like distance on the other; and it is only after a certain time that it finds the true point at which it can remain at rest.
If you want to know your true opinion of someone, watch the effect produced in you by the first sight of a letter from him.
He who writes carelessly confesses thereby at the very outset that he does not attach much importance to his own thoughts.
The discovery of truth is prevented more effectively, not by the false appearance things present and which mislead into error, not directly by weakness of the reasoning powers, but by preconceived opinion, by prejudice.
The business of the novelist is not to relate great events, but to make small ones interesting.
To find out your real opinion of someone, judge the impression you have when you first see a letter from them.
The person who writes for fools is always sure of a large audience.
I have not the slightest pretension to call my verses poetry; I write now and then for no other purpose than to relieve depression or to improve my English.
A recluse without books and ink is already in life a dead man.
For me writing biographies is impossible, unless they are brief and concise, and these are, I feel, the most eloquent.
The savants will write excellent volumes. There will be laureates. But wars will continue just the same until the forces of the circumstances render them impossible.
True ease in writing comes from art, not chance, As those move easiest who have learn’d to dance.