Malala Yousafzai turns 20 today. She is one of two Pakistanis to win the Nobel Peace Prize and the youngest Nobel Laureate ever. A brilliant and outstanding woman, she continues to inspire people all over the world. Her traumatic story and ability to overcome adversity is the stuff legends are made of. Malala Yousafzai proves that Pakistani women are strong and will continue to fight for what they believe in.
In honour of her birthday, we look back at nine of her most inspiring quotes.
On fighting for what you believe in
“We realize the importance of our voices only when we are silenced.”
“One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.”
“Let us pick up our books and our pens, they are the most powerful weapons.”
On her legacy
“If one man can destroy everything, why can’t one girl change it?”
“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.”
“The Taliban could take our pens and books, but they couldn’t stop our minds from thinking.”
“We were scared, but our fear was not as strong as our courage.”
“If people were silent nothing would change.”
“I think everyone makes a mistake at least once in their life. The important thing is what you learn from it.”
Keep Rising, Queen!