Over the course of her career, Whitney Houston’s remarkable talent not only penetrated through pop culture, she also managed to touch the lives of legions of fans across the globe. Although Houston’s tragic passing earlier this year has left many heart-broken, her illustrious catalog of music and films has kept her spirit alive.

In celebration of what would have been the six-time Grammy Award-winner’s 49th birthday today, we take a reflective look at some of her most memorable quotes.

Let us know what your favorite Whitney quote is in the comments section below.

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  • On Being Destined For The Spotlight

    "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." -- <a href="http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,964980,00.html" target="_hplink">Time Magazine, 1987</a>

  • On Her Relationship With Clive Davis

    "[C]ritics 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." -- <a href="http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/whitney-houston-opens-up-about-her-marriage-the-pressures-of-fame-and-more-20120212" target="_hplink">Rolling Stone Magazine, 1993</a>

  • On Being A Loner

    ''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." -- <a href="http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,964980,00.html" target="_hplink">Time Magazine, 1987</a>

  • On Her Sexuality

    "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." -- <a href="http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/whitney-houston-opens-up-about-her-marriage-the-pressures-of-fame-and-more-20120212" target="_hplink">Rolling Stone Magazine, 1993</a>

  • On Her Then Relationship With Bobby Brown

    "There were some times 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." -- <a href="http://www.oprah.com/entertainment/Oprahs-Exclusive-Interview-with-Whitney-Houston/1" target="_hplink">The Oprah Winfrey Show, 2009</a>

  • On Her Party Lifestyle

    "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?" -- <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/transcript-whitney-houston-im-person-life/story?id=15574357#.UCNHF6DPauJ" target="_hplink">ABC World News With Diane Sawyer, 2002</a>

  • On Her Alleged Drug Expenses

    "C'mon. 730!? I wish. I wish whoever made that money off of me could share it with me...No way...No way. I want to see the receipts from the drug dealer that I brought $730,000 worth of drugs from. I want to see the receipts!" -- <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/transcript-whitney-houston-im-person-life/story?id=15574357#.UCNHF6DPauJ" target="_hplink">ABC World News With Diane Sawyer, 2002</a>

  • On Bobby Brown's Infidelity

    "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." -- <a href="http://www.oprah.com/entertainment/Oprahs-Exclusive-Interview-with-Whitney-Houston/1" target="_hplink">The Oprah Winfrey Show, 2009</a>

  • On Michael Jackson's Death

    "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 ... and then looking at myself going: 'No, I don't want this to be like this. This can't happen. Not both of us.'" -- <a href="http://www.oprah.com/entertainment/Oprahs-Exclusive-Interview-with-Whitney-Houston/1" target="_hplink">The Oprah Winfrey Show, 2009</a>

  • On Filming "Sparkle"

    "Part of the fun of making this movie is definitely the costumes and the hairstyles. The movie is set in 1963, and we had a great wardrobe, hair and makeup person and I loved wearing the outfits." -- <a href="http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20563718,00.html" target="_hplink">People Magazine, 2012</a>