Born on 12th July 1997, Malala Yousafzai is a Pakistani activist for female education who also won a Nobel Peace Prize, being the youngest ever to receive it, in 2014.
On demanding that girls be allowed to receive education and defying Taliban, Malala was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman in 2012 for her activism for female education. She was only 15 years old at the time. But the attempted murder haven’t stop Yousafzai from continuing her activism.
On various occasions, she has spoken about how she holds no anger or grudges against the Taliban and in fact, after the incident, she says she came out stronger. Yousafzai has also said how she doesn’t want revenge on the Taliban but want education for sons and daughters of the Taliban.
Such an inspiration Yousafzai is and she has already made a huge difference to this world at such a young age.
Today is the international day of living together in peace which promotes peace, tolerance, inclusion, understanding, solidarity, accepting differences, forgiveness, reconciliations and compassion in the world.
To commemorate today’s day, here are the 10 Quotes by the courageous Malala Yousafzai which promotes peace and education:
1.“There should be no discrimination against languages people speak, skin color, or religion.”
2.“I do not even hate the Talib who shot me. Even if there is a gun in my hand and he stands in front of me, I would not shoot him. This is the compassion that I have learnt from Muhammad the Prophet of Mercy, Jesus Christ and Lord Buddha. This is the legacy of change that I have inherited from Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela and Muhammad Ali Jinnah. This is the philosophy of non-violence that I have learnt from Gandhi Jee, Bacha Khan and Mother Teresa. And this is the forgiveness that I have learnt from my mother and father. This is what my soul is telling me, be peaceful and love everyone.”
3.”Why is it that giving guns is so easy, but giving books is so hard?”
4.“Kindness can only be repaid with kindness. It can’t be repaid with expressions like ‘thank you’ and then forgotten.”
5. “Because we are all together, united for the cause of education. And if we want to achieve our goal, then let us empower ourselves with the weapon of knowledge and let us shield ourselves with unity and togetherness.”
6.“One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.”
7. “Education is education. We should learn everything and then choose which path to follow.” Education is neither Eastern nor Western, it is human.”
8. “If one man can destroy everything, why can’t one girl change it?”
9.“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.”
10. “With guns you can kill terrorists; with education you can kill terrorism.”