Our Favorite Quotes from Malala


Today is an amazing day for Malala Yousafzai who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize at age seventeen. She is the youngest recipient in the history of the award, and received the news during chemistry class, a wonderful bit of irony for the young woman who almost lost her life fighting for an education. United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-moon said it best when he quoted Malala during his congratulations, “With her courage and determination, Malala has shown ‘what terrorists fear most: a girl with a book.‘”

Here are some of my favorite quotes from Malala. We are all so grateful that no one has clipped your wings:

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

“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.”

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

“I thanked President Obama for the United States’ work in supporting education in Pakistan and Afghanistan and for Syrian refugees. I also expressed my concerns that drone attacks are fueling terrorism. Innocent victims are killed in these acts, and they lead to resentment among the Pakistani people. If we refocus efforts on education it will make a big impact.”

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