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Just About Everything Malala Yousafzai Says Is Beautifully Inspiring

Jul 14 2014 - 9:15am

At just 17, Malala Yousafzai has already made an incredible impact on the world, so in honor of Malala Day, we're taking a look at some of her most inspiring quotes. In this weekend's Washington Post opinion piece [1], Malala wrote about her recent birthday and her past, 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."

Over the weekend, she turned 17, and Malala's birthday — July 12 — 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" feature, 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 [2] 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 [3] delivered at the UN General Assembly:

On The Daily Show:

As part of Glamour's Women of the Year feature [4]:

On ABC News with Diane Sawyer:

In The Washington Post [5]:


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