Diary of a Young Girl
Important Quotations Explained
hope I will be able to confide everything to you, as I have never
been able to confide in anyone, and I hope you will be a great source
of comfort and support.
see the eight of us in the Annex as if we were a patch of blue sky
surrounded by menacing black clouds. . . . [They loom] before us
like an impenetrable wall, trying to crush us, but not yet able
to. I can only cry out and implore, “Oh ring, ring, open wide and
let us out!”
sometimes wonder if anyone will ever understand what I mean, if
anyone will ever overlook my ingratitude and not worry about whether
or not I’m Jewish and merely see me as a teenager badly in need
of some good, plain fun.
difficult in times like these: ideals, dreams and cherished hopes
rise within us, only to be crushed by grim reality. It’s a wonder
I haven’t abandoned all my ideals, they seem so absurd and impractical.
Yet I cling to them because I still believe, in spite of everything,
that people are truly good at heart.
get cross, then sad, and finally end up turning my heart inside
out, the bad part on the outside and the good part on the inside,
and keep trying to find a way to become what I’d like to be and
what I could be if . . . if only there were no other people in the