Who the heck is Malala Yousafzai?

Malala Yousafzai is a Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner.

Books by Malala Yousafzai

Quotes by Malala Yousafzai

“Dear friends, on 9 October 2012, the Taliban shot me on the left side of my forehead. They shot my friends, too. They thought that the bullets would silence us, but they failed. And out of that silence came thousands of voices. The terrorists thought they would change my aims and stop my ambitions. But nothing changed in my life except this: weakness, fear and hopelessness died. Strength, power and courage was born. I am the same Malala. My ambitions are the same. My hopes are the same. And my dreams are the same. Dear sisters and brothers, I am not against anyone. Neither am I here to speak in terms of personal revenge against the Taliban or any other terrorist group. I am here to speak for the right of education for every child. I want education for the sons and daughters of the Taliban and all the terrorists and extremists. I do not even hate the Talib who shot me.”

Malala Yousafzai United Nations Speech

“Dear sisters and brothers, we realise the importance of light when we see darkness. We realise the importance of our voice when we are silenced.”

Malala Yousafzai United Nations Speech

“Education is education. We should learn everything and then choose which path to follow. Education is neither Eastern nor Western, it is human.”

Malala Yousafzai I Am Malala

“Education is one of the blessings of life — and one of its necessities.”

Malala Yousafzai Nobel Peace Prize Lecture

“Even if there was a gun in my hand and he was standing in front of me, I would not shoot him. This is the compassion I have learned from Mohamed, the prophet of mercy, Jesus Christ and Lord Buddha. This the legacy of change I have inherited from Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela and Mohammed Ali Jinnah. This is the philosophy of nonviolence that I have learned from Gandhi, Bacha Khan and Mother Teresa. And this is the forgiveness that I have learned from my father and from my mother. This is what my soul is telling me: be peaceful and love everyone.”

Malala Yousafzai United Nations Speech

“Even if they come to kill me, I will tell them what they are trying to do is wrong, that education is our basic right.”

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“Extremists have shown what frightens them most: a girl with a book.”

Malala Yousafzai I Am Malala

“f one man can destroy everything, why can't one girl change it?”

Malala Yousafzai I Am Malala

“I don't want to be thought of as the "girl who was shot by the Taliban" but the "girl who fought for education." This is the cause to which I want to devote my life.”

Malala Yousafzai I Am Malala

“I raise up my voice-not so I can shout but so that those without a voice can be heard... We cannot succeed when half of us are held back.”

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“I tell my story, not because it is unique, but because it is not. It is the story of many girls.”

Malala Yousafzai I Am Malala

“I told myself, Malala, you have already faced death. This is your second life. Don't be afraid — if you are afraid, you can't move forward.”

Malala Yousafzai I Am Malala

“If people were silent nothing would change.”

Malala Yousafzai I Am Malala

“It is my dream that one day, great buildings like this one will exist in every corner of the world so every child can grow up with the opportunity to succeed.”

Malala Yousafzai Inauguration of Library of Birmingham

“It’s important to take the initiative. We cannot wait around for any one else to come and do it. Why are we waiting for someone else to come and fix things? Why aren’t we doing it ourselves?”

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“Kindness can only be repaid with kindness. It can’t be repaid with expressions like ‘thank you’ and then forgotten.”

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“Let us make our future now, and let us make our dreams tomorrow’s reality.”

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“Let us not forget that even one book, one pen, one child and one teacher can change the world.”

Malala Yousafzai Inauguration of Library of Birmingham

“Let us pick up our books and our pens, they are the most powerful weapons.”

Malala Yousafzai I Am Malala

“Life isn't just about taking in oxygen and giving out carbon dioxide.”

Malala Yousafzai I Am Malala

“My father says that education is neither Eastern or Western. Education is education: it's the right of everyone.”

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“On my way from school to home I heard a man saying “I will kill you.” I hastened my pace and after a while I looked back if the man was still coming behind me. But to my utter relief he was talking on his mobile and must have been threatening someone else over the phone.”

Malala Yousafzai I am affaid

“On the day when I was shot, and on the next day, people raised the banners of 'I am Malala'. They did not say 'I am Taliban'.”

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“Once I had asked God for one or two extra inches in height, but instead he made me as tall as the sky, so high that I could not measure myself”

Malala Yousafzai I Am Malala

“Our men think earning money and ordering around others is where power lies. They don't think power is in the hands of the woman who takes care of everyone all day long, and gives birth to their children.”

Malala Yousafzai I Am Malala

“Sometimes people like to ask me why should girls go to school, why is it important for them. But I think the more important question is why shouldn't they, why shouldn't they have this right to go to school.”

Malala Yousafzai Nobel Peace Prize Lecture

“The content of a book holds the power of education and it is with this power that we can shape our future and change lives.”

Malala Yousafzai Inauguration of Library of Birmingham

“The extremists are afraid of books and pens, the power of education frightens them. they are afraid of women.”

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“The Taliban could take our pens and books, but they couldn’t stop our minds from thinking.”

Malala Yousafzai I Am Malala

“The world can no longer accept, the world can no longer accept that basic education is enough. Why do leaders accept that for children in developing countries, only basic literacy is sufficient, when their own children do homework in Algebra, Mathematics, Science and Physics?”

Malala Yousafzai Nobel Peace Prize Lecture

“There is no greater weapon than knowledge and no greater source of knowledge than the written word.”

Malala Yousafzai Inauguration of Library of Birmingham

“Thousands of people have been killed by the terrorists and millions have been injured. I am just one of them. So here I stand, one girl among many. I speak not for myself, but so those without a voice can be heard. Those who have fought for their rights. Their right to live in peace. Their right to be treated with dignity. Their right to equality of opportunity. Their right to be educated.”

Malala Yousafzai United Nations Speech

“We liked to be known as the clever girls. When we decorated our hands with henna for holidays and weddings, we drew calculus and chemical formulae instead of flowers and butterflies.”

Malala Yousafzai I Am Malala

“We were scared, but our fear was not as strong as our courage.”

Malala Yousafzai I Am Malala

“When someone takes away your pens you realize quite how important education is.”

Malala Yousafzai I Am Malala

“When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.”

Malala Yousafzai I Am Malala

“Why is it that countries which we call strong are so powerful in creating wars but are so weak in bringing peace? Why is it that giving guns is so easy but giving books is so hard? Why is it that making tanks is so easy, but building schools is so hard?”

Malala Yousafzai Nobel Peace Prize Lecture

“With guns you can kill terrorists, with education you can kill terrorism.”

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