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50 Best Malala Quotes From The Activist And Nobel Peace Prize Winner

Malala's father always said, "Malala is free as a bird."

Malala is a dynamic young Pakistani social activist who has fought hard for female education and changed many young girls' life stories worldwide.

She was tragically targeted and shot by the Taliban on her way home from school aged 15. This was because she was known to actively campaign for female education.

Fortunately, she made a full and triumphant recovery. She is still an avid campaigner for the importance of female education, even winning the Noble Peace Prize aged 17!

Let's read some Malala Yousafzai quotes. If you like these, you should definitely read these Greta Thunberg quotes and activism quotes too.

Malala Quotes On Bravery

Are you ready to discover the best Malala Yousafzai quotes? Here are some Malala famous quotes on bravery and the importance of refusing to stay silent. Her powerful voice is shared widely all over the world.

1. "If people were silent nothing would change."

- Malala Yousafzai.

2. "They thought that the bullets would silence us, but they failed. And out of that silence came thousands of voices."

- Malala Yousafzai.

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

- Malala Yousafzai.

4. "Don't be afraid—if you are afraid you can’t move forward."

- Malala Yousafzai.

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

- Malala Yousafzai.

Malala Quotes On Education

Let's take a look at some inspiring Malala Yousafzai quotes. She is a leading voice on the importance of education, advocating for children everywhere.

Malala said, "I dreamt of a country where education would prevail."

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

- Malala Yousafzai.

7. "Extremists have shown what frightens them most: a girl with a book."

- Malala Yousafzai.

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

- Malala Yousafzai.

9. "With guns, you can kill terrorists, with the education you can kill terrorism."

- Malala Yousafzai.

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

- Malala Yousafzai.

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

- Malala Yousafzai.

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

- Malala Yousafzai.

13. "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' Quotes With Page Numbers

'I Am Malala' is an autobiography written by Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb published on 8 October 2013. It spreads the message that quality education is a human right. Here are a few Malala Yousafzai quotes from her book.

14. "Who is Malala? I am Malala, and this is my story."

- Malala Yousafzai, 'I Am Malala', prologue, pg. 12.

15. "On 5 May 2009, we became IDPs. Internally displaced persons. It sounded like a disease."

- Malala Yousafzai, 'I Am Malala', chapter 15, pg. 91.

16. "I didn't realize then I wouldn't be going home."

- Malala Yousafzai, 'I Am Malala', chapter 23, pg. 143.

17. "I started writing my own speeches and changing the way I delivered them, from my heart rather than from a sheet of paper."

- Malala Yousafzai, 'I Am Malala', chapter 5, pg. 43.

Malala Quotes About Women

Malala has devoted her time to studying and raising awareness about the importance of young women's education throughout the world. Let's have a look at a few Malala Yousafzai quotes about women that can change the world.

18. "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.

19. "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."

- Malala Yousafzai.

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

- Malala Yousafzai.

21. "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.

22. "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.

Quotations On Power

Malala fought against terrorism whilst defending the honor and importance of studying. Here are some inspiring Malala Yousafzai quotations on terrorism about how to use education to destroy evil.

Malala implied that the strongest weapon against terrorism is education.

23. "I believe the gun has no power at all."

- Malala Yousafzai.

24. "The best way to fight terrorism is to invest in education. Instead of sending weapons, send teachers."

- Malala Yousafzai.

25. "If we want to end terrorism we need to bring quality education so we defeat the mindset of terrorism mentality and of hatred."

- Malala Yousafzai.

26. "I think that the best way to solve problems and fight against war is through dialogue. For me the best way to fight against terrorism and extremism... just a simple thing: educate the next generation."

- Malala Yousafzai.

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

- Malala Yousafzai.

28. "With guns, you can kill terrorists, with the education you can kill terrorism."

- Malala Yousafzai.

Malala Speech Quotes

Malala has many quotations on identity, as well as powerful educate woman quotes. Can you find what you think is the best quote for girls in these Malala Yousafzai quotes from speeches.

29. "I believe the gun has no power because a gun can only kill, but a pen can give life."

- Malala Yousafzai.

30. "We are human beings, and this is the part of our human nature, that we don't learn the importance of anything until it's snatched from our hands."

- Malala Yousafzai.

31. "You know, my father was a great encouragement for me because he spoke out for women's rights, he spoke out for girl's education. And at that time I said that why should I wait for someone else, why should I be looking to the government, to the army that they would help us? Why don't I raise my voice, why don't we speak up for our rights?"

- Malala Yousafzai.

Famous Malala Quotes

Malala advocates for the rights of girls and women while emphasizing the transformative powers of education, dialogue, and peace. Take a look at a few more famous Malala Yousafzai quotes.

32. "Don’t accept good things from bad people."

- Malala Yousafzai.

33. "Why is it, that giving guns is so easy, but giving books is so hard?"

- Malala Yousafzai.

34. "Let us make our future now, and let us make our dreams tomorrow's reality."

- Malala Yousafzai.

35. "There is no greater weapon than knowledge and no greater source of knowledge than the written word."

- Malala Yousafzai.

36. "It gives a message to people of love... it does not matter what's the color of your skin, what language do you speak, what religion do you believe in."

- Malala Yousafzai.

37. "I am stronger than fear."

- Malala Yousafzai.

38. "Tell me how can one live without daughters."

- Malala Yousafzai.

39. "I have a new dream I must be a politician to save this country. There are so many crises in our country. I want to remove these crises."

- Malala Yousafzai.

40. "Kindness can only be repaid with kindness. It can’t be repaid with expressions like ‘thank you.’"

- Malala Yousafzai.

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

- Malala Yousafzai.

42. "Don’t be afraid—if you are afraid you can’t move forward."

- Malala Yousafzai.

43. "I believe in peace. I believe in mercy."

- Malala Yousafzai.

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

- Malala Yousafzai.

45. "In every country, politics is considered to be a waste of time."

- Malala Yousafzai.

46. "I realized that by becoming a doctor, I can only help a small community. But by becoming a politician, I can help my whole country."

- Malala Yousafzai.

47. "It's quite difficult for a parent to know that their daughter is in great danger."

- Malala Yousafzai.

48. "I am convinced Socialism is the only answer."

- Malala Yousafzai.

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

- Malala Yousafzai.

50. "We should not be followers of traditions that go against human rights... we are human beings and we make traditions."

- Malala Yousafzai.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly quotes for everyone to enjoy! Can you pick your favorite among these Malala Yousafzai quotes? If you liked these Malala Yousafzai quotes, why not take a look at these Aung Sun Suu Kyi quotes or these world peace quotes for more inspirational quotes for her (and him!)?

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