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10 Encouraging Quotes from Whitney Houston

Born on August 9, 1963 in Newark, New Jersey, singer and actress Whitney Houston come from a family of legendary singers where she called Donnie Warwick and Dee Dee Warwick her cousins, Darlene Love her godmother and Aretha Franklin her aunt. Houston is the only artist to chart seven consecutive No.1 Billboard Hot 100 hits, and the only woman to have two number-one Billboard 200 album awards. Her debut album, Whitney Houston (1985), became the best-selling debut album by a woman in history, and her second studio album, Whitney (1987), became the first by a woman to debut at number one on the Billboard 200 albums chart. Houston is one of the best-selling music artists of all-time as her albums have estimatedly sold 170 to 200 million copies, and she is cited by Guinness World Records as the most awarded female act of all time with a total of 415 career awards. Together with Michael Jackson and Sade, Houston broke down the color barrier for both African-American men and women in the popular music. In her honor, we share the 10 things that she said:

 

On self-belief:

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"I decided long ago never to walk in anyone's shadow; if I fail, or if I succeed at least I did as I believe."

 

On self-love:

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"Learning to love yourself, is the greatest love of all."

 

On the truth:

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"My mother taught me that when you stand in the truth and someone tells a lie about you, don't fight it."

 

On being a woman:

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"I like being a woman, even in a man's world. After all, men can't wear dresses, but we can wear the pants."

 

On being alone:

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"I'd rather be alone than unhappy."

"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."

 

On being yourself:

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"You can fool people. You can fool anybody anytime of the day, but you can't fool yourself. At night, when you
go home, you've got to be straight up with you."

"I've always been a thin girl. I'm not going to be fat, ever. Let's get that straight. Whitney is not going to be fat,
ever. Okay?"

 

On the future generation:

"I believe that children are our future. Teach them well and let them lead the way. Show them all the beauty
they possess inside."

 

On being protective of her family:

"I'm just fiercely protective. It's like, that's my lair and nobody messes with my lair."

 

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