Inspiration October 6, 2017
"When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful."
Malala Yousafzai is far from the ordinary activist. When she advocated for girls’ education, she was shot in the head by the Taliban. When she survived the bullet, she didn’t give up her activism. She only became stronger and more devoted to her mission.
She’s even received a Nobel Peace Prize for her dedication to giving every girl the opportunity to learn. Yousafzai isn’t your average 20-year-old struggling through college trying to make time for her classes and her social life. For her 18th birthday, Yousafzai opened a school for Syrian refugee girls in Lebanon. Yousafzai is definitely a woman that does. She’s strong and a major badass yet still completely generous and caring of others.
With Yousafzai’s drive and wisdom, we compiled a list famous Malala Yousafzai quotes to empower the badass in you.
“When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.”
“When God created man and woman, he was thinking, ‘Who shall I give the power to, to give birth to the next human being?’ And God chose woman. And this is the big evidence that women are powerful.”
“We women are going to bring change. We are speaking up for girls’ rights, but we must not behave like men, like they have done in the past.”
“If you hit a Talib with your shoe, then there would be no difference between you and the Talib. You must not treat others with cruelty and that much harshly, you must fight others but through peace and through dialogue and through education.”
“I am not telling men to step away from speaking for women’s rights; rather, I am focusing on women to be independent to fight for themselves.”
“There are so many figures in our history that did not believe they could make a change, and they did.”
“I think life is always dangerous. Some people get afraid of it. Some people don’t go forward. But some people, if they want to achieve their goal, they have to go. They have to move… We have seen the barbaric situation of the 21st century in Swat. So why should I be afraid now?”
“When I was young I used to listen to other people and to try and understand what they thought and where they were coming from. I listened and didn’t speak.”
“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.”
“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. It means we want to make decisions for ourselves. We want to be free to go to school or to go to work. Nowhere is it written in the Quran that a woman should be dependent on a man. The word has not come down from the heavens to tell us that every woman should listen to a man.”
“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.”
“I think everyone makes a mistake at least once in their life. The important thing is what you learn from it.”
“It’s important to speak out for internally displaced girls because I was displaced for three months, so
I know how hard it is to get an education when you don’t have a home.”
Malala Yousafzai’s self-sacrifice is more than just admirable. She’s a symbol of all the change and peace strong women can bring to the world.
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