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.

Dear sisters and brothers, we realize the importance of light when we see darkness.

I want to have fun, but I don't quite know how.

Peace is a necessity for education.

Education is neither eastern nor western.

And also I didn't want my future to be just sitting in a room and be imprisoned in my four walls and just cooking and giving birth to children. I didn't want to see my life in that way.

I believe it's a woman's right to decide what she wants to wear and if a woman can go to the beach and wear nothing, then why can't she also wear everything?

I haven't chosen any party yet because people choose parties when they get older. When it's time, I'll look, and if I can't find one to join, I'll make another party.

I hope that one day when I'll go back to Pakistan, I will build a university like Harvard.

It is very important to know who you are. To make decisions. To show who you are.

We realize the importance of our voices only when we are silenced.

I want to serve the people.

Let us make our future now, and let us make our dreams tomorrow's reality.

The terrorists thought they would change my aims and stop my ambitions, but nothing changed in my life except this: weakness, fear and hopelessness died. Strength, power and courage were born.

One child, one teacher, one pen, and one book can change the world.

We were scared, but our fear was not as strong as our courage.

I like reading books because we learn from books, we learn about history, we learn even about future.

I'm not a character like Rapunzel or Cinderella; my story looks like any other.

Sometimes I play cricket, and I play badminton.

There should be no discrimination against languages people speak, skin color, or religion.

I only get angry at my brothers and at my father.

I don't know why people have divided the whole world into two groups, west and east. Education is neither eastern nor western. Education is education and it's the right of every human being.

Islam tells us every girl and boy should be educated. I don't know why the Taliban have forgotten it.

It's an honor to be awarded the Liberty Medal.

In Swat, there are two jobs a woman's going to do: a teacher or a doctor. If not, then become a housewife.

My story is the story of thousands of children from around the world. I hope it inspires others to stand up for their rights.

Education is education. We should learn everything and then choose which path to follow. Education is neither Eastern nor Western, it is human.

Books can capture injustices in a way that stays with you and makes you want to do something about them. That's why they are so powerful.

I'm not becoming western; I am still following my Pashtun culture, and I'm wearing a shalvar kamiz, a dupatta on my head.

Girls are going to school again in Swat Valley. And that is great.

We need to increase education budgets.

Dear sisters and brothers, I am not against anyone.

When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.

My father always says that heroism is in the Pashtun DNA.

A doctor can only treat patients. A doctor can only help the people who are shot or who are injured. But a politician can stop people from injuries. A politician can take a step so that no person is scared tomorrow.

I want to make this world perfect.

I believe in peace. I believe in mercy.

Education is the only solution. Education first.

I like writers who can show me worlds I know nothing about, but my favorites are those who create characters or worlds which feel realistic and familiar to me, or who can make me feel inspired.

I was a girl in a land where rifles are fired in celebration of a son, while daughters are hidden away behind a curtain, their role in life simply to prepare food and give birth to children.

I fully support U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in his Global Education First Initiative and the work of U.N. Special Envoy for Global Education Gordon Brown and the respectful president of the U.N. General Assembly Vuk Jeremic. I thank them for the leadership they continue to give.

Education is the best solution to fight many other issues as well. Through education you can fight child labor. Through education you can fight child trafficking. Through education you can also fight poverty.

So here I stand. So here I stand, one girl, among many. I speak not for myself, but so those without a voice can be heard. Those who have fought for their rights. Their right to live in peace. Their right to be treated with dignity. Their right to equality of opportunity. Their right to be educated.

If you kill someone, it shows that you are afraid of that person.

I will only miss school for an engagement if it is going to bring real change.

It's quite difficult for a parent to know that their daughter is in great danger.

To every child – I dream of a world where you can laugh, dance, sing, learn, live in peace and be happy.

Once I had asked God for one or two extra inches in height, but instead, he made me as tall as the sky, so high that I could not measure myself... By giving me this height to reach people, he has also given me great responsibilities.

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.