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Just About Everything Malala Yousafzai Says Is Beautifully Inspiring

Oct 10 2014 - 7:56am

At just 17, Malala Yousafzai has already made an incredible impact on the world, and today she made history when she became the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize [1]. It marks just one of Malala's several inspiring moments over the last couple years. This past Summer, Malala wrote about her past in a Washington Post opinion piece [2], highlighting her path to the international spotlight. She said, "I have already lived what many people might say is a lifetime . . . I was 15 when I was shot by the Taliban and almost died but was given another life. I was 16 when I once again raised my voice for girls' rights and education, this time on an international stage."

She turned 17 on July 12, and Malala's birthday was declared Malala Day by the United Nations last year. In 2013, she also became the youngest person to be nominated for a Nobel Peace Price, she was featured on the cover of Time as part of the "100 Most Influential People in the World" piece, and she beat out NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden for the European Parliament's Sakharov Prize For Freedom of Thought. There was also her moving appearance on The Daily Show last Fall, when Jon Stewart [3] quite appropriately called her "one of the finest examples of the human spirit." See some of Malala's most inspiring quotes below, plus a few of her TV appearances.

In a speech [4] delivered at the UN General Assembly:

On The Daily Show:

As part of Glamour's Women of the Year feature [5]:

On ABC News with Diane Sawyer:

In The Washington Post [6]:


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