April 17, 1942-Etty Hilllesum

80 years ago today.

“Lord, free me from all these petty vanities. They take up too much of my inner life, and I know only too well that other things matter much more than being thought nice and charming by one’s fellows.”

Etty Hillesum

They called Etty the French term, enfant terrible, as she jumped around on the divan (sofa).

Enfant terrible is a French expression, a person whose unconventional or controversial behavior or ideas shock, embarrass, or annoy others.

Today’s quote is a result of her thoughts about being judged by others. And, a result of the wrestling she did to strike a balance between her playful and serious sides.


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