Malala Yousafzai's Most Inspirational Quotes

Inspirational quotes that prove why Malala is a strong contender for the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize.

Malala Yousafzai
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Malala Yousafzai, an education and women's rights activist from Pakistan, is wise beyond her years and has even left the uber talkative Jon Stewart speechless. She is also the favorite to win the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize. The following inspirational quotes from Malala are just some of the reasons why we think she'll win:

1. "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." — The Guardian

2. "Education is the power terrorists fear most." — Christian Science Monitor

3. "In Pakistan when we were stopped from going to school, at 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 don't want women to get education because then women will become more powerful." — Christian Science Monitor

4. "The terrorists thought that 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." — The Washington Post

5. "If you hit a Talib, then there would be no difference between you and the Talib, You must not treat others with cruelty. … You must fight others through peace and through dialogue and through education." — The Daily Show

6. "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." — Class Dismissed

7. "I think of it often and imagine the scene clearly. Even if they come to kill me, I will tell them what they are trying to do is wrong, that education is our basic right" — The New Yorker

8. "Dear friends, on the 9th of October, 2012, the Taliban shot me on the left side of my forehead. They shot my friends too. They thought that the bullets would silence us, but they failed... I raise up my voice – not so that I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard." — United Nations Speech

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