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Motivational quotes by Malala Yousafzai on education, women's rights, courage, peace and culture.

92 Inspiring Quotes By Malala Yousafzai That Every Girl Should Read

Quick Facts

Famous As: Youngest Nobel Laureate

Born On: July 12, 1997

Born In: Mingora

Malala Yousafzai is the youngest recipient of Nobel Peace Prize. The brave soul was shot in head by Taliban militants while she was on her way back home in her school bus. The fighter nonetheless made a full recovery and continues to voice her opinion on female education. Here are a few interesting tidbits from the life of Malala.

Fighting a battle with death this activist emerged victorious. She was only 15 when terrorist outfit Taliban issued death threat against her for advocating female education. Despite the looming dangers she did not deter and as a result was shot by militants in cold blood.

The incident caused a ripple across the globe and offers for treating her flooded from all corners. The global community condemned the attacks and Malala became an icon almost overnight.

For her efforts in the direction of women emancipation she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. She even co-authored the book 'I Am Malala' along with Christina Lamb.

A documentary 'He Named Me Malala' based on her ordeal was released in October 2015.

The accident left her hard of hearing and she uses cochlear implants. However, nothing has deterred this brave teenager from completing her education and she is currently studying in Edgbaston High School in Birmingham, UK.

Here are a few inspirational quotes by the famous activist Malala Yousafzai.

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We realize the importance of our voices only when we are silenced.

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One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.

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

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

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

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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.

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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.

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I don't want revenge on the Taliban, I want education for sons and daughters of the Taliban.

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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.

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I raise my voice not so that i can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard

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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

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If one man can destroy everything, why can't one girl change it?

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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Read thousands of books and I will power myself with knowledge. Pens and books are the weapons that defeat terrorism.

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One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world.

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

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

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

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Let us pick up our books and our pens. They are our most powerful weapons. One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world.

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I think of it often and imagine the scene clearly. 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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I don't want awards, I want my daughter. I wouldn't exchange a single eyelash of my daughter for the whole world.

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One year ago I left my home for school and never returned.

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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.

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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.

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I raise up my voice-not so that I can shout, but so those without a voice can be heard.

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If people were silent nothing would change.

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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.

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Weakness, fear and hopelessness died. Strength, power and courage was born.

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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.

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Is Islam such a weak religion that it cannot tolerate a book written against it? Not my Islam!

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At night our fear is strong . . . but in the morning, in the light, we find our courage again.

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They told us if they kill all the lions the wildlife will disappear, so now those who become warriors are those with higher education, not those who kill lions.

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I am in a country which is five hours behind my beloved homeland Pakistan and my home in the Swat Valley.

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If people volunteered in the same way to construct schools or roads or even clear the river of plastic wrappers, by God, Pakistan would become a paradise within a year.

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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.

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Told him that instead of focusing on eradicating terrorism through war, he should focus on eradicating it through education.

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The boys learn the Quran by heart, rocking back and forth as they recite. They learn that there is no such thing as science or literature, that dinosaurs never existed and man never went to the moon.

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Tell me how can one live without daughters.

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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.

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That's when he lifted up a black pistol. I later learned it was a Colt .45. Some of the girls screamed. Moniba tells me I squeezed her hand.

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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.

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I love physics because it is about truth, a world determined by principles and laws—no messing around or twisting things like in politics, particularly those in my country.

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The only solution is education, education, education.

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Ignorance allowed politicians to fool people and bad administrators to be re-elected.

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Education is education. We should learn everything and then choose which path to follow. Education is neither eastern or western, it is human

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I was a girl in a land where rifles are fired in celebration of a son, while daughters are hidden away

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Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world.

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Some people say I will never return home

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When we decorated our hands with henna for holidays and weddings, we drew calculus and chemical formulae instead of flowers and butterflies.

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Is not at all uncommon for women in my country to be illiterate, but to see my mother, a proud and intelligent woman, struggle to read the prices in the bazaar was an unspoken sadness for both of us, I think.

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I will protect your freedom, Malala. Carry on with your dreams.

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Rather I receive your bullet riddled body with honor that us of your cowardliness on the battlefield.

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I told him that instead of focusing on eradicating terrorism through war, he should focus on eradicating it through education.

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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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It is my belief God sends the solution first and the problem later,” replied Dr. Javid.

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To sit down on a chair and read my books with all my friends at school is my right. To see each and every human being with a smile of happiness is my wish. I am Malala. My world has changed but I have not.

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We Pashtuns are split between Pakistan and Afghanistan and don’t really recognize the border that the British drew more than 100 years ago.

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

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Our news bulletins were full of killings and death, so it was natural for Atal to think of coffins and graves. Instead of hide-and-seek and cops and robbers, children were now playing army vs. Taliban.

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

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Though we loved school, we hadn't realized how important education was until the Taliban tried to stop us. Going to school, reading and doing our homework wasn't just a way of passing time, it was our future.

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When someone takes away your pens you realise quite how important education is.

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Education is education. we should learn everything and then choose which path to follow. education is neither eastern nor western, it is human

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Education is neither eastern nor western. Education is education and it's the right of every human being.

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Who is Malala? I am Malala and this is my story.

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We thought speaking in English meant you were more intelligent. We were wrong of course. It does not matter what language you choose, the important thing is the words you use to express yourself.

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You may belong to any religion or caste or creed – that has nothing to do with the business of the state.

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Don’t kill doves in the garden. / You kill one and the others won’t come.

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At night our fear is strong, Jani," he told me, "but in the morning, in the light, we find our courage again.

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At night our fear is strong, Jani,” he told me, “but in the morning, in the light, we find our courage again.

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I am very proud to be a Pashtun, but sometimes I think our code of conduct has a lot to answer for, particularly where the treatment of women is concerned.

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General Zia brought in Islamic laws which reduced a woman’s evidence in court to count for only half that of a man’s.

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Don’t accept good things from bad people.

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He relayed a saying from a story his father used to tell him: "A child is a child when he's a child, even if he's a prophet.

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If they want every person in the world to be Muslim why don’t they show themselves to be good Muslims first?

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If we believe in something greater than our lives, then our voices will only multiply even if we are dead.

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

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I think everyone makes a mistake at least once in their life. The important thing is what you learn from it.

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Fancy hotels and meetings in palaces cannot replace the sense of home.

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Let us pick up our books and pencils. They are our most powerful weapons.

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Free as a bird,

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We are told that Swat is being sacrificed for the sake of Pakistan, but no one and nothing should be sacrificed for the state. A state is like a mother, and a mother never deserts or cheats her children.

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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.

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The boys learn the Quran by heart, rocking back and forth as they recite. They learn that there is no such thing as science or literature, that dinosaurs never existed and that man never went to the moon.

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In some ways, I decided, women are showpieces in American society, too.

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