The Diary of a Young Girl

The Diary of a Young Girl

by Anne Frank

Project by Samuel Marks


Quote Log #5

February 23, 1944

“Riches can all be lost, but that happiness in your own heart can only be veiled…”

Quote Log #4

June 20, 1942

“Still,what does that matter? I want to write, but more than that, I want to bring out all kinds of things that lie buried deep in my heart.”

Quote Log #3

April 14, 1944

“If the truth is told, things are just as bad as you yourself care to make them.”

Quote Log #2

Saturday, July 15

“…I still believe, in spite of everything, that people are truly good at heart.”

Quote Log #1

Tuesday, March 7, 1944

“A person who’s happy will make others happy; a person who has courage and faith will never die in misery!”

This quote becomes all the more meaningful when taken in context:

Anne is contrasting the way she and her mother keep their hopes up. Her mother says roughly to think of all the suffering around you and it will cheer yourself up in retrospect. Anne says that instead you should look at the beauty around you and you will become happy by osmosis. To Anne, she is simply saying that for her it makes more sense to look at happiness to become happy rather than to look at sadness. It can be equated to the difference between pulling yourself up to a new branch rather than to push down on the one below you. The significance of the quote for me, however, I find much more meaningful. One of Anne’s reasons that she prefers her own way is as follows: “…what are you supposed to do if you become part of the suffering? You’d be completely lost.” How are you supposed to push down on a branch when you yourself are part of the branch? What this means to me is that, no matter how hopeless things seem, you can always find some hope and pull yourself up. This has special meaning for the Jews. Throughout history, Jews have been discriminated against and exiled from their own land. At these times, many Jews had hit the rock bottom of misery. The Holocaust is one of these times. By using Anne’s mother’s method, these Jews should have just given up hope! There was no one worse off than them, so the situation was unsalvageable! But that was not what they did. They found hope in the most seemingly desolate of situations in the most seemingly desolate parts of their minds.When the Jews were exiled from Canaan to Babylonia, they did not give up hope! They kept hope alive, and thus their religion survived with them. I would like to be the same way and that is what this quote means to me.

Section 11-12 Vocab


pedantic- of or like a pedant

cynical- believing that people are motivated by self-interest; distrustful of human sincerity or integrity

redoubt- a temporary or supplementary fortification, typically square or polygonal and without flanking defenses


inevitably- certain to happen; unavoidable

foreboding- fearful apprehension; a feeling that something bad will happen

eloquence- fluent or persuasive speaking or writing

Section 9-10 Vocab


livid- furiously angry

suppressed- forcibly put an end to

audible- able to be heard


wheedle- employ endearments or flattery to persuade someone to do something or give one something

boisterous- noisy, energetic, and cheerful; rowdy

epistle- a poem or other literary work in the form of a letter or series of letters

pseudonym- a fictitious name, esp. one used by an author

Section 7-8 Vocab


solitude- the state or situation of being alone

ample- enough or more than enough; plentiful

privations- a state in which things that are essential for human well-being such as food and warmth are scarce or lacking


discord- disagreement between people

optimist- hopefulness and confidence about the future or the successful outcome of something

pessimist- a person with a tendency to see the worst aspect of things or believe that the worst will happen; someone with a lack of hope or confidence in the future

adroit- clever or skillful in using the hands or mind

Section 6 Vocab

suffice- be enough or adequate

pensive- having deep thoughts

manifest- clear or obvious to the eye or mind

fatuous- silly and pointless