Diary of a Wimpy Kid

by

Jeff Kinney

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Greg Heffley Character Analysis

Greg Heffley, the author of the diary, has just started middle school. He is best friends with Rowley Jefferson, who is extremely unpopular and cares little about the middle school social hierarchy. Greg, however, is much more conscious of his social status and how others perceive him now that he’s in middle school. For example, although he writes in a notebook throughout his first year of middle school, he is adamant that it is not a “diary” because he is afraid his classmates would make fun of him for writing about his feelings. Despite his reluctance to admit that he has a diary, he is highly creative and sensitive, which his observations and comics about his family, friends, and teachers reflect. Greg constantly gets in trouble with his mom and dad, is wary of his bully of an older brother, Rodrick, and is jealous of his little brother Manny’s ability to get away with anything. Greg is often selfish and prioritizes his own self-interest, like when he allows Rowley to take the blame for bullying local kindergartens. At other times, however, he shows loyalty to his friends and family, like when he protects Rowley from social isolation or feels bad for his grandmother when teenagers cover her house in toilet paper.

Greg Heffley Quotes in Diary of a Wimpy Kid

The Diary of a Wimpy Kid quotes below are all either spoken by Greg Heffley or refer to Greg Heffley. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Abrams edition of Diary of a Wimpy Kid published in 2007.
September Quotes

I try to explain all this popularity stuff to Rowley (who is probably hovering around the 150 mark, by the way), but I think it just goes in one ear and out the other with him.

Related Characters: Greg Heffley (speaker), Rowley Jefferson
Page Number: 8
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I have told Rowley at least a billion times that now we’re in middle school, you’re supposed to say “hang out,” not “play.” But no matter how many noogies I give him, he always forgets the next time. I’ve been trying to be a lot more careful about my image since I got to middle school. But having Rowley around is definitely not helping.

Related Characters: Greg Heffley (speaker), Rowley Jefferson
Page Number: 18
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October Quotes

Mom made the chainsaw guy show us where the exit was, and that was the end of our haunted house experience right there. I guess it was a little embarrassing when Mom did that, but I’m willing to let it go this one time.

Related Characters: Greg Heffley (speaker), Greg’s Mom
Page Number: 53
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November Quotes

I figure if I bulk up now, it could actually come in handy down the road. The football unit is coming in the spring, and they split the teams up into shirts and skins. And I ALWAYS get put on skins. I think they do that to make all the out-of-shape kids feel ashamed of themselves.

Related Characters: Greg Heffley (speaker)
Page Number: 86
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I did my singing tryouts with a bunch of other boys whose moms made them come, too. I tried to sing as quietly as possible, but of course I got singled out, anyway. I have no idea what a “soprano” is, but from the way some of the girls were giggling, I knew it wasn’t a good thing.

Related Characters: Greg Heffley (speaker), Greg’s Mom
Page Number: 97-98
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December Quotes

Well, if one good thing came out of the play, it's that I don't have to worry about the “Bubby” nickname anymore. I saw Archie Kelly getting hassled in the hallway after fifth period today, so it looks like I can finally start to breathe a little easier.

Related Characters: Greg Heffley (speaker), Manny Heffley , Archie Kelly
Page Number: 114
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When Mom and Dad saw my wish list that year, they got in a big fight over it. Dad said there was no way he was getting me a doll’s house, but Mom said it was healthy for me to “experiment” with whatever kind of toys I wanted to play with.

Related Characters: Greg Heffley (speaker), Greg’s Mom, Greg’s Dad
Page Number: 117
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January Quotes

I WANTED to sign up for Home Economics 2, because I was pretty good at Home Ec 1. But being good at sewing does not exactly buy you popularity points at school.

Related Characters: Greg Heffley (speaker)
Page Number: 145
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In school today they had a general assembly and showed the movie “It’s Great to Be Me,” which they show us every year. The movie is all about how you should be happy with who you are and not change anything about yourself. To be honest with you, I think that’s a really dumb message to be telling kids, especially the ones at my school.

Related Characters: Greg Heffley (speaker)
Page Number: 150
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February Quotes

I sat at the end of the lunch table so there would be plenty of room for me to start signing autographs for my new fans. But nobody was coming over to tell me how great my comic was, and I started to get the feeling something was wrong.

Related Characters: Greg Heffley (speaker), Mr. Ira
Page Number: 165
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March Quotes

I can’t believe Rowley went and backstabbed me like that. While I was sitting there getting chewed out by Mr. Winsky, I was thinking, I need to remember to give my friend a lecture about loyalty.

Related Characters: Greg Heffley (speaker), Rowley Jefferson, Mr. Winsky
Page Number: 187
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April Quotes

Ever since the worm incident, Rowley has been hanging out with Collin Lee every day after school. What really stinks is that Collin is supposed to be MY backup friend. These guys are acting totally ridiculous. Today, Rowley and Collin were wearing these matching T-shirts, and it made me just about want to vomit.

Related Characters: Greg Heffley (speaker), Rowley Jefferson, Collin Lee
Page Number: 190
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May Quotes

If the truth ever came out about how the Cheese disappeared, Rowley would be finished. He’d have to move out of the state, and maybe even the country. That’s when I decided to speak up. I told everyone that I knew what happened to the Cheese. I said I was sick of it being on the court, and I just decided to get rid of it once and for all…if I threw away the Cheese, guess what that meant? It meant that I have the Cheese Touch.

Related Characters: Greg Heffley (speaker), Rowley Jefferson
Related Symbols: The Cheese Touch
Page Number: 214-215
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June Quotes

Well, if Rowley appreciated what I did for him last week, he hasn’t said it. But we’ve started hanging out after school again, so I guess that means me and him are back to normal. I can honestly say that so far, having the Cheese Touch hasn’t been all that bad.

Related Characters: Greg Heffley (speaker), Rowley Jefferson
Related Symbols: The Cheese Touch
Page Number: 216
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Greg Heffley Character Timeline in Diary of a Wimpy Kid

The timeline below shows where the character Greg Heffley appears in Diary of a Wimpy Kid. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
September
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Tuesday. Greg explains that the book he is writing at the moment is definitely not a “diary,”... (full context)
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Greg writes that he goes to middle school with a bunch of “morons.” He complains that... (full context)
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Greg identifies his place in the middle school social hierarchy. Bryce Anderson is the most popular... (full context)
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Wednesday. In physical education class, Greg takes a look at “The Cheese,” a moldy bit of cheese left on the basketball... (full context)
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Thursday. Greg is having a hard time readjusting to waking up early, now that school is in... (full context)
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Friday. Greg is disappointed that he is placed in the “Gifted” reading group instead of the “Easy”... (full context)
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Saturday. Greg wakes up and goes to his friend Rowley’s house. Although Rowley is “technically” his best... (full context)
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Monday. Greg resents the attention given to his younger brother, Manny, who can do no wrong in... (full context)
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Tuesday. Greg loves playing video games, but his dad thinks he needs to be more physically active... (full context)
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Wednesday. Greg’s dad makes Greg go outside again, and on his way to Rowley’s he runs into... (full context)
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Greg doesn’t mind going outside, since he would have wanted to be out of the house... (full context)
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Thursday and Friday. When Greg finds out that Rodrick has bought a CD with a “Parental Warning” sticker, Greg is... (full context)
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Monday. Greg is pleased to see that Rodrick is also in trouble with their mom. One of... (full context)
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Wednesday. Greg is frustrated that he’s still banned from playing video games, since Manny now uses Greg’s... (full context)
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Thursday. Student government elections are coming up, and Greg decides to run for treasurer because he thinks the position will give him social influence... (full context)
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Friday and Monday. Greg finds out that he’s running against Marty Porter, which is a problem since Marty is... (full context)
October
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Monday. It’s the first day of October, and Greg is already looking forward to Halloween. He loves trick-or-treating, although his mom says he’s too... (full context)
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Saturday. Greg decides to make a haunted house of his own in Rowley’s basement (without parental permission).... (full context)
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Sunday and Tuesday. Rowley is grounded as a punishment for the haunted house, and Greg is annoyed that he can’t play video games at Rowley’s house anymore. To make it... (full context)
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Halloween. Greg is still stumped about his costume, but his mom brings him a pirate costume at... (full context)
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On their way home, Greg and Rowley have a run-in with a few teenagers who spray them with a fire... (full context)
November
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Thursday. When the school bus passes by his grandmother’s house the next day, Greg sees that the teenagers have covered it in toilet paper. He feels bad, although he... (full context)
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Wednesday and Thursday. In anticipation of a wrestling unit in physical education, Greg begins practicing some moves at home with Rowley. He doesn’t want to get too good,... (full context)
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Tuesday. Wrestling has taken over the school, even involving matches during lunch breaks. Greg is annoyed at having to wrestle Fregley every day, but he has no escape since... (full context)
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Saturday. Greg makes an improvised bench press and barbells from old milk cartons and boxes. He invites... (full context)
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Wednesday. Greg is excited for a quiz in geography on US state capitals, since he sits next... (full context)
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Thursday and Friday. Greg’s mom makes Greg sign up for the school play, since she thinks trying different activities... (full context)
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Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Greg is disappointed when Mrs. Norton says that everyone who auditioned will receive a part. He... (full context)
December
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...Also, Mrs. Norton keeps adding new characters and songs—including a song for the trees, to Greg’s dismay—because she thinks everyone “deserves” a chance to sing in the play. Greg is thankful... (full context)
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...one student has stage fright, and the student who plays Toto brings a book onstage. Greg is embarrassed that Rodrick has come to see him sing. Perhaps even worse, Manny shouts... (full context)
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Tuesday and Wednesday. Seeing that Rodrick is videotaping the song and will mock him, Greg simply refuses to sing, and the other trees follow suit. Mrs. Norton tries to remind... (full context)
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Sunday. After all this excitement, Greg remembers that Christmas is coming up, and it’s time to make his wish list. Manny... (full context)
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Thursday and Christmas. Greg’s mom takes Greg to the Giving Tree, a gift donation program for the homeless. She... (full context)
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Greg thinks one final wrapped present will contain the Twisted Wizard video game, but instead he... (full context)
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New Year’s Eve. Greg resentfully explains that he is grounded on New Year’s Eve because he told Manny that... (full context)
January
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Thursday. Greg’s mom tells Greg that he has to write thank-you notes before he can go over... (full context)
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Friday and Monday. Greg knocks Rowley off the Big Wheel, accidentally breaking his hand. Rowley has to wear a... (full context)
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Tuesday. Jealous of Rowley’s popularity at school, Greg tries to fake an injury to garner similar sympathy. However, telling people he has a... (full context)
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Monday and Tuesday. Greg signs up for a class called Independent Study. He’d rather take Home Economics 2, since... (full context)
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Thursday. At school, the students watch a film called “It’s Great to Be Me,” which Greg thinks is pretty bad advice, given how many kids are bullied for being who they... (full context)
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Tuesday. Greg and Rowley take advantage of the free hot chocolate available to Safety Patrols in the... (full context)
February
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Wednesday and Thursday. It’s a snow day, and Greg is excited about building the “world’s biggest snowman” with Rowley. Their snowball is so big... (full context)
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Wednesday and Thursday. The school announces an opening for a cartoonist for the school newspaper. Greg is eager to take the slot, since he thinks it will make him a “celebrity”... (full context)
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Friday. Greg comes up with an idea for another comic called “Creighton the Cretin,” which makes fun... (full context)
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Thursday. Greg’s scheme backfires spectacularly when Mr. Ira chooses to publish his comic—but with some “minor edits.”... (full context)
March
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...the kindergarteners during Safety Patrol. What Mr. Winsky doesn’t know is that it was actually Greg who terrified the children with a worm—he was misrecognized by a neighbor because he was... (full context)
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Thursday. Greg decides to “let Rowley take one for the team” this time, so Rowley has to... (full context)
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Tuesday. Mr. Winsky calls Greg to his office and tells him that an “anonymous source” has revealed that he was... (full context)
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Wednesday. Greg has now lost his hot chocolate privileges, and worse, Rowley doesn’t make any effort to... (full context)
April
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...incident, Rowley has been hanging out with Collin Lee every day after school instead of Greg. This particularly annoys Greg because “Collin is supposed to be MY backup friend.” Rowley and... (full context)
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Monday. Greg claims that he is better off without having to carry around Rowley’s “dead weight,” socially.... (full context)
May
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Thursday and Friday. Greg is thrilled by the news that the students will have a substitute teacher in history... (full context)
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Wednesday. Greg had resigned as school cartoonist after Mr. Ira’s intervention, and he is shocked to see... (full context)
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Monday. Greg confronts Rowley and accuses him of stealing the “Zoo-Wee-Mama” idea, but Rowley refuses to put... (full context)
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...drags Rowley over to the Cheese and makes him eat it. They try to make Greg eat it too, but Greg thinks quickly and claims he is lactose-intolerant. After making Rowley... (full context)
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...the next day, the students quickly begin speculating about how and why the Cheese vanished. Greg suspects that some of the students will eventually figure out that he and Rowley had... (full context)
June
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Friday. Since getting the Cheese Touch, life hasn’t been too bad for Greg. He and Rowley are friends again, and he didn’t have to square dance in P.E.... (full context)