20 of Whitney Houston’s Most Memorable Quotes Through The Years

Remembering Whitney Houston Through Her Most Memorable Quotes.

Goodbye Whitney Houston
"Goodbye Whitney Houston. We miss you." sign at the Los Angeles Theatre after Whitney Houston's death on February 11, 2012.

In 2012 the world lost pop music legend Whitney Houston. News of the 48 years old’s death sent shockwaves across the globe. The American vocalist, actress, producer, and model was one of the world’s best-selling music artists with over 200 million records worldwide. In 2009, Guinness World Records cited her as the most awarded female act of all time.

Houston accidentally drowned on February 11, 2012 while taking a bath in her the Beverly Hilton Hotel room. Toxicology reports showed that she had been using cocaine. It was a tragic end to such a beloved figure in American culture.

RIP Whitney Houston: 1963 - 2012

As a way to help remember her, we pulled together 20 memorable Whitney Houston quotes through the years. The quotes below are listed chronologically. It’s interesting to see how her life, priorities, and feelings changed through the years.

1980s

01) Being Lonely (1987)

“In grammar school, some of the girls had problems with me. My face was too light. My hair was too long. It was the black-consciousness period, and I felt really bad. I finally faced the fact that it isn’t a crime not having friends. Being alone means you have fewer problems. When I decided to be a singer, my mother warned me I’d be alone a lot. Basically, we all are. Loneliness comes with life.”


Via Time Magazine

02) Her Strict Parents (1987)

“Cracking gum or sitting with your legs open were considered unacceptable … and I’d better not come back from the yard with scratched knees.”

Via Time Magazine

03) Singing Solo in Church for the First Time at Age 11 (1987)

“I was scared to death… I was aware of people staring at me. No one moved. They seemed almost in a trance. I just stared at the clock in the center of the church. When I finished, everyone clapped and started crying. From then on, I knew God had blessed me.”

Via Time Magazine

04) Being Photographed (1987)

“From the beginning, the camera and I were great friends. I know the eye of the camera is on me — eye to eye. It loves me, and I love it.”

Via Time Magazine

1990s

05) Music Executive Clive Davis (1993)

“Critics would say that Clive told me what to do and how to do it because that’s all bulls**t. I don’t like it when they see me as this little person who doesn’t know what to do with herself — like I have no idea what I want like I’m just a puppet and Clive’s got the strings. That’s bullsh*t. That’s demeaning to me, because that ain’t how it is, and it never was. And never will be. I wouldn’t be with anybody who didn’t respect my opinion. Nobody makes me do anything I don’t want to do… Clive and I work well together… We get on each other’s nerves sometimes, but we’ve been together 10 years now. Anybody can get on anybody’s nerves over that long a time.”

Via Rolling Stone

06) Her Relationship With Her Mother (1993)

“You learn, you grow up, and you become your own woman. But we’re still very close. When other people are talking s**t to my ear, I know my mother won’t blow smoke up my a**, and I know she’ll tell me the truth. She’s honest with me.”

Via Rolling Stone

07) Lesbian Rumors (1993)

“I am so tired of this. I’m really sick of it… You mean to tell me that if I have a woman friend, I have to have a lesbian relationship with her? That’s bullsh*t. There are so many, many female artists who have women as their confidantes, and nobody questions that. So I realize that it’s like, ‘Whitney Houston — she’s popular, let’s f**k with her.’ I have denied it over and over again, and nobody’s accepted it. Or the media hasn’t.”

Via Rolling Stone

08) Her Childhood Dreams of Being a Teacher or a Veterinarian (1993)

“I wanted to be a teacher. I love children, so I wanted to deal with children. Then I wanted to be a veterinarian. But by the age of 10 or 11, when I opened my mouth and said, ‘Oh God, what’s this?’ I kind of knew teaching and being a veterinarian were going to have to wait. What’s in your soul is in your soul.”

Via Rolling Stone

09) Was Bobby Brown a Womanizer? (1993)

“I don’t think that my husband womanized anybody, because I know that if he wanted them, they definitely wanted him, you know. I don’t think, you know, it was about womanizing… boys will be boys, and they have their fun and they play. When they really become smart and they find a good woman, they marry her. And that’s what he did.”

Via an ABC television interview with Barbara Walters

10) Her Miscarriage (1993)

“I had a miscarriage during the filming of ‘The Bodyguard.’ It was very painful, emotionally and physically… I was back on the set the next day. And it’s over. But I had Bobbi Kristina one year later, and I am blessed.”

Via an ABC television interview with Barbara Walters

11) Criticism of Marriage to Bobby Brown (1996)

“I’m like an American princess. White America wanted me to marry someone white. They don’t understand why I’d want a strong black man.”

Via Redbook Magazine

12) Her Opinion of the Media (1996)

“They’re devils to me … and they’re out to eat my flesh.”

Via Redbook Magazine

2000s

13) Wanting to Live (2001)

“I can tell you that I am not self-destructive. I’m not a person who wants to die. I’m a person who has a life, who wants to live. And I always have. And I wouldn’t mistake it for anything else other than that.”

Via an interview with Diane Sawyer on “Primetime

14) Sex, Drugs & Rock ‘N Roll (2002)

“My business is sex, drugs, rock ‘n’ roll. You know? I mean, my friends, we have a good time. But as you get older, you get wiser. You know? You stop a lot of the kid stuff. I had no time to grow up, had no time to party. I didn’t even date in my, date in my 20s. It was rough… I think I kind of reverted back as I got older. And I said, ‘Well, I’m just gonna party, you know?’ It was kind of a rebel in me, you know?”

Via an interview with Diane Sawyer on “Primetime

15) The Biggest Devil Is Me (2002)

“Nobody makes me do anything I don’t want to do. It’s my decision. So the biggest devil is me. I’m either my best friend or my worst enemy. And that’s how I have to deal with it.”

Via an interview with Diane Sawyer on “Primetime

16) Does Whitney Smoke Crack? (2002)

“Crack is cheap. I make too much money to ever smoke crack. Let’s get that straight. OK? We don’t do crack. We don’t do that. Crack is whack.”

Via an interview with Diane Sawyer on “Primetime

17) Drug Use During Her Marriage to Bobby Brown (2009)

“There were sometimes we’d laugh our tails off. We had a ball. Sometimes you do have a good time. But when it gets to the point where you’re sitting in your home and you’re just trying to cover what you don’t want people to know. It’s painful. And then you want more just so that you don’t let anybody see you cry. Or anybody to see we’re not happy.”

Via an interview with Oprah Winfrey on Oprah.com

18) Michael Jackson’s Death (2009)

“I have so many good memories of spending time with him. I’ve known his family for so many years. For at least 20. I thought: ‘This can’t be true. This can’t be true.’ I knew he was on painkillers at one time. I didn’t know how far and how deep it was. I just remember doing the anniversary special, the 30th anniversary, and I remember looking at Michael Jackson … and then looking at myself going: ‘No, I don’t want this to be like this. This can’t happen. Not both of us.'”

Via an interview with Oprah Winfrey on Oprah.com

19) Running Away With Her Daughter (2009)

Houston said she considered, “growing organic fruit with my daughter on a little island on the beach and everything, living the simple life. You have to understand, I have been all around the world … and I’d done it all at that point in time, or I thought. However, I wasn’t remembering the gift that God had given me. I had totally put all that aside. And my daughter was growing up before my eyes, and I just wanted to grab hold of that.”

Via an interview with Oprah Winfrey on oprah.com

Whitney Houston Quotes - 2009 Concert in Central Park

20) Bobby Brown’s Infidelity & The End of Her Marriage (2009)

“I just knew. I was like, ‘You don’t smell right. You don’t look right. Something’s going on.’ And then all this other stuff started coming out about him being with this one or that one or being too promiscuous. Dragging dirt into my home… We had a big, big giant portrait of me and him and my child. He cut my head off the picture. Stuff like that. And I thought, ‘This is really strange.’ So I figured, cutting my head off a picture, that was a little much for me.”

Via an interview with Oprah Winfrey on Oprah.com

Whitney Houston Quotes

Whitney was always candid in the interviews she gave throughout her life. She revealed everything from her ambitions to her demons. Although Whitney is no longer with us, her music is and she will always be immortal. What are your thoughts on Whitney? What did you think about our list of Whitney Houston quotes? Please post a comment below.

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