105+ Best Malala Yousafzai Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Malala Yousafzai, also known mononymously as Malala, is a Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest Nobel Prize laureate. Profoundly inspirational Malala Yousafzai quotes will challenge the way you think, change the way you live and transform your whole life.

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Famous Malala Yousafzai Quotes

My goal is to get peace and my goal is to see education of every child. – Malala Yousafzai

Let us become the first generation to decide to be the last that sees empty classrooms, lost childhoods and wasted potential – Malala Yousafzai

It is the woman who controls the whole house…it’s her job, that’s what she’s supposed to do…We have to change this idea that women are not only supposed to work in the house…but she also has the ability to go outside and do business, to be a doctor, to be a teacher, to be an engineer, she should be allowed to have any job she likes. She should be treated equally, as men are. – Malala Yousafzai

We must Bring Back Our Girls and support Nigerians working every day to create change. Please donate now to support Nigerian organizations educating and standing up for girls – Malala Yousafzai

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. – Malala Yousafzai

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. – Malala Yousafzai

We are stronger than those who oppress us, who seek to silence us. We are stronger than the enemies of education. We are stronger than fear, hatred, violence and poverty. – 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

I want poverty to end in tomorrow’s Pakistan. I want every girl in Pakistan to go to school. – Malala Yousafzai

I do not even hate the Talib who shot me. 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 Mohammed, 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

I don’t want to be remembered as the girl who was shot. I want to be remembered as the girl who stood up. – Malala Yousafzai

I am proud to be a girl, and I know that girls can change the world. – Malala Yousafzai

I tell my story, not because it is unique, but because it is not. It is the story of many girls. – Malala Yousafzai

We cannot succeed when half of us are held back. We call upon our sisters around the world to be brave, to embrace the strength within themselves and realize their full potential. – Malala Yousafzai

It gives a message to people of love… it does not matter what’s the colour of your skin, what language do you speak, what religion do you believe in. It is that we should all consider each other as human beings and we should respect each other. – 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

I am not here to speak against the Taliban. I’m here to speak up for the right of every child. – Malala Yousafzai

I had two options. One was to remain silent and wait to be killed. And the second was to speak up and then be killed. I chose the second one. I decided to speak up. – Malala Yousafzai

Why is it, that giving guns is so easy, but giving books is so hard? – Malala Yousafzai

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. – Malala Yousafzai

I want every girl, every child, to be educated. – Malala Yousafzai

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

Books are a better investment in our future than bullets. Books, not bullets, will pave the path towards peace and prosperity. – Malala Yousafzai

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. – Malala Yousafzai

When someone tells me about Malala, the girl who was shot by the Taliban – that’s my definition for her – I don’t think she’s me. Now I don’t even feel as if I was shot. Even my life in Swat feels like a part of history or a movie I watched. Things change. God has given us a brain and a heart which tell us how to live. – Malala Yousafzai

We call upon all communities to be tolerant, to reject prejudice based on caste, creed, sect, colour, religion or agenda to ensure freedom and equality for women so they can flourish. We cannot all succeed when half of us are held back. – Malala Yousafzai

With guns you can kill terrorists, with education you can kill terrorism. – Malala Yousafzai

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

I am stronger than fear. – Malala Yousafzai

It is not time to tell the leaders to realize how important education is – they already know it – their own children are in good schools. Now it is time to call them to take action. – Malala Yousafzai

The best way to fight terrorism is to invest in education. Instead of sending weapons, send teachers. – Malala Yousafzai

Do not wait for me to do something for your rights. It’s your world and you can change it. – Malala Yousafzai

Education is neither Eastern nor Western, it is human. – Malala Yousafzai

We must believe in the power and strength of our words. Our words can change the world. – Malala Yousafzai

I’m still me, Malala. The important thing is God has given me my life. – Malala Yousafzai

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.’ – 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

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. – Malala Yousafzai

My dream is to empower myself with education, and then it is a weapon. – Malala Yousafzai

My family and I are heartbroken after hearing the news that more than 100 innocent children and teachers have lost their lives… – Malala Yousafzai

I believe the gun has no power at all. – Malala Yousafzai

In many parts of the world, especially Pakistan and Afghanistan, terrorism, war and conflict stop children to go to their schools. We are really tired of these wars. Women and children are suffering. – Malala Yousafzai

I don’t want awards; I want my daughter. I wouldn’t exchange a single eyelash of my daughter for the whole world. – Malala Yousafzai

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. – Malala Yousafzai

There should be no discrimination against languages people speak, skin color or religion. – Malala Yousafzai

I think that the best way to solve problems and to 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

They only can shoot a body, but they cannot shoot my dreams. – Malala Yousafzai

When I look at my goal, my goal is peace. – Malala Yousafzai

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

This is the philosophy of nonviolence that I have learned from Gandhi, Bacha Khan and Mother Teresa. – Malala Yousafzai

My father always says that heroism is in the Pashtun DNA. – Malala Yousafzai

We are starving for education… it’s like a precious gift. It’s like a diamond. – Malala Yousafzai

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. 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. – Malala Yousafzai

Let us make our future now, and let us make our dreams tomorrow’s reality. – Malala Yousafzai

Fifty-seven million children across the world don’t want an iPhone, Xbox or chocolates. They want a book and pen. – Malala Yousafzai

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. – Malala Yousafzai

For my brothers it was easy to think about the future. They can be anything they want. But for me it was hard and for that reason I wanted to become educated and empower myself with knowledge. – Malala Yousafzai

There is no greater weapon than knowledge and no greater source of knowledge than the written word. – Malala Yousafzai

You must fight others, but through peace, and through dialogue, and through education. – Malala Yousafzai

In Islam, it is not just your right, but your responsibility to get education. – Malala Yousafzai

If a woman can go to the beach and wear nothing, then why can’t she also wear everything? – Malala Yousafzai

A girl has the power to go forward in her life. And she’s not only a mother, she’s not only a sister, she’s not only a wife. But a girl has the – she should have an identity. She should be recognized, and she has equal rights as a boy. – Malala Yousafzai

We cannot all succeed when half of us are held back. – Malala Yousafzai

I want to just stay focused on my mission. That is to see every girl get the right to education. And I think this is such an important thing that girls get their right to go to school, and we are losing the potential that these young girls have in this region, like Iraq. – Malala Yousafzai

I believe in the power of the voice of women. – Malala Yousafzai

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

We are human behind and this part of our human nature that we don’t learn the importance of anything until it’s snatched from our hands. In Pakistan, when we were stopped from going to school, and that time I realized that education is very important, and education is the power for women. And that’s why the terrorists are afraid of education. They do not want women to get education because then women will become more powerful. – Malala Yousafzai

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. – Malala Yousafzai

Extremists have shown what frightens them most. A girl with a book. – Malala Yousafzai

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. – Malala Yousafzai

Every girl deserves to take part in creating the technology that will change our world and change who runs it. – Malala Yousafzai

The important thing to note is that it is not important whether Malala was shot or not – Malala is not asking for personal favors or support. She is asking for support with girls’ education and women’s rights. So don’t support Malala, support her campaign for girls’ education and women’s rights. – Malala Yousafzai

Education is the power terrorists fear most. – Malala Yousafzai

I had a terrible dream yesterday with military helicopters and the Taliban. I have had such dreams since the launch of the military operation in Swat. My mother made me breakfast and I went off to school. I was afraid going to school because the Taliban had issued an edict banning all girls from attending schools. – Malala Yousafzai

I don’t mind if I have to sit on the floor at school. All I want is education. And I’m afraid of no one. – 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

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

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.’ – Malala Yousafzai

I want world leaders to choose books over bullets…We can afford to give every girl 12 years of free education. It is absolutely in our power, and when we do, we will realize a whole new world of possibility. – Malala Yousafzai

I had 2 choices, be silent and get killed, or speak up and be killed, I chose the second option. – Malala Yousafzai

In the future, women, rather than men, will be the ones to change the world. – Malala Yousafzai

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. – Malala Yousafzai

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? – Malala Yousafzai

Pakistanis can’t trust. They’ve seen in history that people, particularly politicians, are corrupt. And they’re misguided by people in the name of Islam. They’re told: ‘Malala is not a Muslim, she’s not in purdah, she’s working for America. – Malala Yousafzai

We have to change this idea that women are only supposed to work in the house… Women should go out and be what they want – Malala Yousafzai

If you go anywhere, even paradise, you will miss your home. – Malala Yousafzai

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

If he [the Talib] comes, what would you do Malalala? If you hit a Talib with your shoe, then there will be no difference between you and the Talib. You must not treat otherswith cruelty…you must fight others but through peace, through dialogue and through educationthen I’ll tell him [the Talib] how important education is and that I even want education for your children as well that’s what I want to tell you, now do what you want. – Malala Yousafzai

Let us pick up our books and pencils. They are our most powerful weapon. – Malala Yousafzai

We realize the importance of light when we see darkness. We realize the importance of our voice when we are silenced. In the same way when we were in Swat, we realized the importance of pens and books when we saw the guns. – Malala Yousafzai

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

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

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. – Malala Yousafzai

Some people only ask others to do something. I believe that, why should I wait for someone else? Why don’t I take a step and move forward. – Malala Yousafzai

I believe in peace. I believe in mercy. – Malala Yousafzai

In some parts of the world, students are going to school every day. It’s their normal life. But in other part of the world, we are starving for education… it’s like a precious gift. It’s like a diamond. – Malala Yousafzai

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). – Malala Yousafzai

In countries other than Pakistan – I won’t necessarily call them ‘Western’ – people support me. This is because people there respect others. They don’t do this because I am a Pashtun or a Punjabi, a Pakistani, or an Iranian, they do it because of one’s words and character. This is why I am being respected and supported there. – Malala Yousafzai

Education is the best weapon through which we can fight poverty, ignorance and terrorism. – Malala Yousafzai

I am convinced Socialism is the only answer. – Malala Yousafzai

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

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

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. – Malala Yousafzai

And also I didn’t want my future to be just sitting in a room and be imprisoned in my four walls and just cooking and giving birth to children. I didn’t want to see my life in that way. – 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

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