57 Malala Yousafzai Quotes from the Pakistani Activist

Malala Yousafzai, born on July 12, 1997, in Pakistan, is a globally recognized activist who opposed the Pakistani Taliban’s ban on girls’ education.

She gained international acclaim after surviving a Taliban assassination attempt at 15. Awarded the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize with Kailash Satyarthi for championing children’s rights, Malala’s activism began early, inspired by her educator father.

The Taliban, led by Fazlullah, enforced strict rules in the Swat valley, including shutting down girls’ schools.

In 2008, Malala publicly criticized these actions, later blogging anonymously about life under Taliban rule for the BBC.


Her identity was eventually revealed, leading to increased recognition. In 2012, a Taliban gunman shot Malala, drawing global outrage.

After recovery, she resumed activism, speaking at the UN and authoring books.

Malala Yousafzai won the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize laureate.

She pursued her education in the UK, graduating from Oxford University in 2020, continued advocacy on global human rights issues and even opened a school for Syrian refugee girls in Lebanon.

Here are the top quotes by Malala Yousafzai.

Best Malala Yousafzai Quotes


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


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


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


Don’t be afraid – if you are afraid you can’t move forward. ~ Malala Yousafzai.


Even if I am a girl, even if people think I can’t do it, I should not lose hope. ~ 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 tell my story, not because it is unique, but because it is not. It is the story of many girls. ~ Malala Yousafzai.

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

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.


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

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.

Inspiring Malala Yousafzai Quotes


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

They thought that the bullets would silence us, but they failed. And out of that silence came thousands of voices. ~ Malala Yousafzai.

I believe the gun has no power because a gun can only kill, but a pen can give life. ~ Malala Yousafzai.


Extremists have shown what frightens them most: a girl with a book. ~ Malala Yousafzai.

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

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


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

Education is neither eastern nor western. Education is education and it’s the right of every human being. ~ Malala Yousafzai.

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


Don’t accept good things from bad people. ~ Malala Yousafzai.

Kindness can only be repaid with kindness. It can’t be repaid with expressions like ‘thank you.’ ~ Malala Yousafzai.

Famous Malala Yousafzai Quotes


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

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.

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


Don’t be afraid – if you are afraid you can’t move forward. ~ Malala Yousafzai.

It is very important to know who you are. To make decisions. To show who you are. ~ Malala Yousafzai.

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.


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

It’s quite difficult for a parent to know that their daughter is in great danger. ~ Malala Yousafzai.

Popular Malala Yousafzai Quotes

Let us make our future now, and let us make our dreams tomorrow’s reality. ~ 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 am convinced Socialism is the only answer. ~ Malala Yousafzai.

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

I am stronger than fear. ~ Malala Yousafzai.

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.

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.

We should not be followers of traditions that go against human rights… we are human beings and we make traditions. ~ Malala Yousafzai.

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.


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

If people were silent nothing would change. ~ Malala Yousafzai.

Top Malala Yousafzai Quotes

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

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

I think realizing that you’re not alone, that you are standing with millions of your sisters around the world is vital. ~ Malala Yousafzai.

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


If one man can destroy everything, why can’t one girl change it? ~ 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. ~ Malala Yousafzai.

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.


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

Tell me how can one live without daughters. ~ Malala Yousafzai.


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

Who is Malala? I am Malala, and this is my story. ~ Malala Yousafzai.

On 5 May 2009, we became IDPs. Internally displaced persons. It sounded like a disease. ~ Malala Yousafzai.

So these were the 57 top quotes about Malala Yousafzai.

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