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 Malala Yousafzai ( born 12 July 1997) is a Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest Nobel Prize laureate. She is known for human rights advocacy, especially education of women in her native Swat Valley in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, northwest Pakistan, where the local Taliban had at times banned girls from attending school. Her advocacy has grown into an international movement. (from Wikipedia)



“If people were silent nothing would change.” ― Malala Yousafzai

“One year ago I left my home for school and never returned.” ― Malala Yousafzai

“I was a girl in a land where rifles are fired in celebration of a son, while daughters are hidden away behind a curtain, their role in life simply to prepare food and give birth to children.” ― Malala Yousafzai

“Is Islam such a weak religion that it cannot tolerate a book written against it? Not my Islam!” ― Malala Yousafzai

“I don’t want revenge on the Taliban, I want education for sons and daughters of the Taliban.” ― Malala Yousafzai

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

“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

“Life isn’t just about taking in oxygen and giving out carbon dioxide.” ― Malala Yousafzai


“He believed that lack of education was the root of all of Pakistan’s problems. Ignorance allowed politicians to fool people and bad administrators to be re-elected.” ― Malala Yousafzai

“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 raise my voice not so that i can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard” ― Malala Yousafzai

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

“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

“Outside his office my father had a framed copy of a letter written by Abraham Lincoln to his son’s teacher, translated into Pashto. It is a very beautiful letter, full of good advice. “Teach him, if you can, the wonder of books…But also give him quiet time to ponder the eternal mystery of birds in the sky, bees in the sun, and the flowers on a green hillside,” it says. “Teach him it is far more honorable to fail than to cheat.” ― Malala Yousafzai

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

“In Pakistan when women say they want independence, people think this means we don’t want to obey our fathers, brothers or husbands. But it does not mean that. It means we want to make decisions for ourselves. We want to be free to go to school or to go to work. Nowhere is it written in the Quran that a woman should be dependent on a man. The word has not come down from the heavens to tell us that every woman should listen to a man.” ― Malala Yousafzai


“I reassured my mother that it didn’t matter to me if my face was not symmetrical. Me, who had always cared about my appearance, how my hair looked! But when you see death, things change. “It doesn’t matter if I can’t smile or blink properly,” I told her. “I’m still me, Malala. The important thing is God has given me my life.” ― Malala Yousafzai

“There are two powers in the world; one is the sword and the other is the pen. There is a third power stronger than both, that of women.” ― Malala Yousafzai

“read thousands of books and I will power myself with knowledge. Pens and books are the weapons that defeat terrorism.” ― Malala Yousafzai

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

“It seemed to me that everyone knows they will die one day. My feeling was nobody can stop death; it doesn’t matter if it comes from a Talib or cancer. So I should do whatever I want to do.” ― Malala Yousafzai

“Now, every morning when I open my eyes, I long to see my old room full of my things, my clothes all over the floor and my school prizes on the shelves.” ― Malala Yousafzai

“Education is our right, I said. Just as it is our right to sing. Islam has given us this right and says that every girl and boy should go to school. The Quran says we should seek knowledge, study hard and learn the mysteries of our world.” ― Malala Yousafzai

“Tell me how can one live without daughters.” ― Malala Yousafzai

“Mahatma Gandhi said, “Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.” ― Malala Yousafzai

“Some people are afraid of ghosts, some of spiders or snakes- in those days we were afraid of our fellow human beings.” ― Malala Yousafzai

“We felt like the Taliban saw us as like little dolls to control, telling us what to do and how to dress. I thought if God wanted us to be like that He would not have made us all different.” ― Malala Yousafzai

“What a strange world it was when a girl who wanted to go to school had to defy militants with machine guns – as well as her own family.” ― Malala Yousafzai


“We realize the importance of our voices only when we are silenced.” ― Malala Yousafzai

“One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.” ― Malala Yousafzai

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

“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.” ― Malala Yousafzai

“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


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

“If one man can destroy everything, why can’t one girl change it?” ― Malala Yousafzai

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

“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

“Let us pick up our books and our pens,” I said. “They are our most powerful weapons. One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world.” ― Malala Yousafzai

“My mother always told me,” hide your face people are looking at you.” I would reply,” it does not matter; I am also looking at them.” ― Malala Yousafzai

“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

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