Malala Yousafzai is a Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest Nobel Prize laureate.

Malala Yousafzai is known for human rights advocacy, especially the education of women and children in her native Swat Valley in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, northwest Pakistan, where the local Taliban had at times banned girls from attending school.

Malala Yousafzai was born to a Pashtun family in Mingora, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan.

Her family came to run a chain of schools in the region. Considering Muhammad Ali Jinnah and Benazir Bhutto as her role models, she was particularly inspired by her father’s thoughts and humanitarian work.

On 9 October 2012, while on a bus in the Swat District, after taking an exam, Malala Yousafzai and two other girls were shot by a Taliban gunman in an assassination attempt in retaliation for her activism; the gunman fled the scene. Yousafzai was hit in the head with a bullet and remained unconscious and in critical condition.

Following her recovery, Yousafzai became a prominent activist for the right to education.

In 2014, she was the co-recipient of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize, along with Kailash Satyarthi of India. Aged 17 at the time, this made her the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate.

Malala Yousafzai Quotes:

1. “Education is education. We should learn everything and then choose which path to follow.” Education is neither Eastern nor Western, it is human.”

2. “Life isn’t just about taking in oxygen and giving out carbon dioxide.”

3. “If people were silent nothing would change.”

4. “We like to put sacred texts in flowing waters, so I rolled it up, tied it to a piece of wood, placed a dandelion on top, and floated it in the stream which flows into the Swat River. Surely God would find it there.”

5. “Kindness can only be repaid with kindness. It can’t be repaid with expressions like ‘thank you’ and then forgotten.”

6. “Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world.”

7. “I think everyone makes a mistake at least once in their life. The important thing is what you learn from it.”

8. “Don’t be afraid – if you are afraid you can’t move forward.”

9. “Ignorance allowed politicians to fool people and bad administrators to be re-elected.”

10. “Does not matter what language you choose, the important thing is the words you use to express yourself.”

11. “When the whole world is silent, Even one voice becomes powerful.”

12. “When you want something all the universe conspires in helping you achieve it,”

13. “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.”

14. “It was as if God had at long last granted my wish for that magic pencil.”