Malala Yousafzai is was born on 12 July 1997, a Pakistani activist for female right to education. She is commonly known for human right advocacy for education. She fought for the women in her native Swat Valley in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan, where the Taliban banned the girls from going to school.
Malala Yousafzai was shot by Taliban on her way to home from school. Since that incident her advocacy has grown into an international movement. Malala Yousafzai moved to Birmingham, England after recovering from the accident.
On 12 July, her 16th birthday, she gave a speech regarding women’s access to education, since then 12 July is recognized as “Malala Day” by the UN. On this she quotes:
She won many prizes and award, Nobel Peace Prize, Sakharov Prize, Simone de Beauvoir Prize, Honorary Canadian citizenship, National Youth Peace Prize and many others.
Malala day is not my day. Today is the day of every woman, every boy and every girl who have raised their voice for their rights.
Below are most 34 most inspiring Malala Yousafzai quotation from her interviews and speeches whose main motive was to fight for the children’s right to education.
Powerful Quotes from a Teenager – Malala Yousafzai
“I don’t mind if I have to sit on the floor at school. I want an education and I am afraid of no one. Education is the power terrorists fear most.”
“Let us make our future now, and let us make our dreams tomorrow’s reality.”
“I truly believe the only way we can create global peace is through not only educating our minds, but our hearts and our souls.” Theweek.co.uk
“After the PM presented me with the award and cheque, I presented him with a long list of demands.”
“They only shot a body but they cannot shoot my dreams.”
“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.”
“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.”
“I don’t know why people have divided the whole world into two groups, west and east. Education is neither eastern nor western. Education is education and it’s the right of every human being.”
“I’ve always been a daydreamer, and sometimes in lessons my mind would drift and I’d imagine that on the way home a terrorist might jump out and shoot me on those steps. I wondered what I would do. Maybe I’d take off my shoes and hit him, but then I’d think if I did that there would be no difference between me and a terrorist. It would be better to plead, ‘OK, shoot me, but first listen to me. What you are doing is wrong. I’m not against you personally, I just want every girl to go to school.’” Bloomberg.com
“Then they told me about the call from home and that they were taking the threats seriously. I don’t know why, but hearing I was being targeted did not worry me. 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.”
“I have the right of education. I have the right to play. I have the right to sing. I have the right to talk. I have the right to go to market. I have the right to speak up.”
“I would tell him that shoot me but first listen to me. And I would tell him that education is my right and education is the right of your daughter and son as well. And I’m speaking up for them. I’m speaking up for peace.”
“If a single young girl like Malala can stir the world to fight for a woman’s right to education, why can’t the #PowerOf49?”
“We human beings don’t realize how great God is. He has given us an extraordinary brain and a sensitive loving heart. He has blessed us with two lips to talk and express our feelings, two eyes which see a world of colors and beauty, two feet which walk on the road of life, two hands to work for us, a nose which smells the beauty of fragrance, and two ears to hear the words of love.”
“I think that the best way to solve problems and to fight is through dialogue, is through peaceful way, but for me the best way to fight against terrorism and extremism is just simple thing: educate the next generation. ”
“It feels like this life is not my life. It’s a second life. People have prayed to God to spare me and I was spared for a reason – to use my life for helping people.”
“And if we want to achieve our goal, then let us empower ourselves with the weapon of knowledge and let us shield ourselves with unity and togetherness.”
“I think everyone makes a mistake at least once in their life. The important thing is what you learn from it. That’s why I have problems with our Pashtunwali code. We are supposed to take revenge for wrongs done to us, but where does that end? If a man in one family is killed or hurt by another man, revenge must be exacted to restore nang (honor).”
“She explained that the bullet had entered through the side of my left eye where there was a scar, traveled eighteen inches down to my left shoulder and stopped there. It could have taken out my eye or gone into my brain. It was a miracle I was alive.”
“Peace in every home, every street, every village, every country – this is my dream. Education for every boy and every girl in the world. 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 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.”
“I think life is always dangerous. Some people get afraid of it. Some people don’t go forward. But some people, if they want to achieve their goal, they have to go. They have to move …”
“When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.
“As we crossed the Malakand Pass I saw a young girl selling oranges. She was scratching marks on a piece of paper with a pencil to account for the oranges she had sold, as she could not read or write. I took a photo of her and vowed I would do everything in my power to help educate girls just like her. This was the war I was going to fight.”
“We felt like the Taliban saw us as little dolls to control, telling us what to do and how to dress. I thought if God wanted us to be like that He wouldn’t have made us all different.”
“I believe it’s a woman’s right to decide what she wants to wear and if a woman can go to the beach and wear nothing, then why can’t she also wear everything?” » Conversation About Burqa
“They cannot stop me. I will get my education, if it is in the home, school or anyplace.”
“Why shall I wait for someone else? Why shall I be looking to the government, to the army, that they would help us … for them to help me. Why don’t I raise my voice? Why don’t we speak up for our rights?”
“My father was convinced the Taliban would hunt him down and kill him, but he again refused security from the police. ‘If you go around with a lot of security the Taliban will use Kalashnikovs or suicide bombers and more people will be killed,’ he said. ‘At least I’ll be killed alone.’” Goodreads.com
“Education is the only solution. ”
“You must not treat others with cruelty and that much harshly, you must fight others but through peace and through dialogue and through education.”
Yousafzai’s father, Ziauddin Yousafzai Said:
“My father would say to me, ‘Any organization which works for peace, I will join. If you want to resolve a dispute or come out from conflict, the very first thing is to speak the truth. If you have a headache and tell the doctor you have a stomach-ache, how can the doctor help? You must speak the truth. The truth will abolish fear.’”
“My father used to say the people of Swat and the teachers would continue to educate our children until the last room, the last teacher and the last student was alive. My parents never once suggested I should withdraw from school, ever. Though we loved school, we hadn’t realized how important education was until the Taliban tried to stop us.”
“Education had been a great gift for him [Ziauddin]. He believed that lack of education was the root of all the Pakistan’s problems. Ignorance allowed politicians to fool people and bad administrators to be reelected. He believed schooling should be available for all, rich and poor, boys and girls.”