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Just About Everything Malala Yousafzai Says Is Beautifully Inspiring

Dec 8 2015 - 11:50am

Jon Stewart [1] pretty much nailed it when he called Malala Yousafzai "one of the finest examples of the human spirit." As the 18-year-old has grown up, she has become not just an advocate for women and girls but for humans. Just reading her powerful quotes proves that no one deserves more recognition this Human Rights Day on Dec. 10.

Of course, we're not the only ones who have noticed Malala's impact. Last year, she made history when she became the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize [2], and her recent interview with Emma Watson [3] turned into an inspiring lesson on feminism. Meanwhile, this week she came in second place in the readers' poll for Time's Person of the Year [4] title, showing just how much of an effect she's had in a short time.

In 2014, she wrote a moving Washington Post opinion piece [5], highlighting her path to the global spotlight. "I have already lived what many people might say is a lifetime," she said. "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."

Malala has our attention, and we're ready to listen. Take a look at her most inspiring quotes and interviews over the years.

In a speech [6] delivered at the UN General Assembly:

On The Daily Show:

As part of Glamour's Women of the Year feature [7]:

On ABC News with Diane Sawyer:

In The Washington Post [8]:

In her Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech [9]:


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