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10 Most Powerful Quotes From Whitney Houston's Funeral

On Saturday February 18th, Whitney Houston was honored, eulogized, and given the kind of funeral that a diva like her deserved.

Friends, family, collaborators, co-stars, music and film moguls, and religious leaders took the stage to share their memories, thoughts, tears, and songs about Whitney Houston a woman who died far too young at the age of 48.

The entire funeral was televised, with the Houston family opting to share this tribute with the world. And it was moving, funny, sentimental, and a beautiful celebration of Whitney Houston’s life and work.

There was a full roster of guests who spoke, sang, and shared.  In case you missed any of the funeral or are just looking for a cliff notes version, here are 10 of the most powerful quotes in honor of Whitney.nggallery id=’123963′

  • Kevin Costner 1 of 10
    Kevin Costner
    "Whitney if you could hear me now, you weren't just good enough, you were great. People just don't like you Whitney, they love you." He broke down and had to compose himself for a while after saying, "Off you go Whitney, off you go." <P. He went on to say: "To you, Bobbi Kristina, and to all those young girls who are dreaming that dream, thinking that maybe they aren't good enough, I think Whitney would tell you, guard your bodies. And guard the precious miracle of your own life. Then sing your hearts out."

    Plus check out Carolyn's great piece on Costner's speech right here.

    Image: PR Photos

  • Alicia Keys 2 of 10
    Alicia Keys
    "I was just thinking about the way it's so obvious that she just crept into everybody's heart. The way that she just was such a beautiful human being. Really, really caring, beautiful, thoughtful human being. Call you for no reason at all, just to say hi. That's rare, I think, sometimes. I feel like in so many ways she reached back to so many people ... made us feel strong and capable and loved ... she's an angel to us."

    Photo: PR Photos

  • Clive Davis 3 of 10
    Clive Davis
    "You wait for a voice like that for a lifetime," Davis recounted, "you wait for a face like that, a presence like that, for a lifetime," he added that seeing it all in one person floored him. "Whitney lived music, Whitney loved music, this was her world."

    He added to Whitney's daughter Bobbi, "always be proud of your mother… she will forever be looking after you and always be looking on your path."

    Photo: PR Photos

  • Tyler Perry 4 of 10
    Tyler Perry
    "If God be for you, who can be against you?' So say whatever you want, God was for her, and she is resting, singing with the angels."

    He added, "If there was a grace that carried her all the way through, it was the same grace that carried her home," Perry continued. "God bless you Whitney; we love you so much."

    Photo: PR Photos

  • Patricia Houston 5 of 10
    Patricia Houston
    "She knew deep down in the final analysis it was always between her and God," she said. "It was never between her and the world."

    Photo: PacificCoastNews

  • Kim Burrell 6 of 10
    Kim Burrell
    "As popular and powerful as she was, she was so brilliantly liberal (in her generosity) with others."

    Image: Amazon

  • New Hope Church Pastor Joe Carter 7 of 10
    New Hope Church Pastor Joe Carter
    "We're here today, hearts broken, yet with God's strength, we celebrate the life of Whitney Houston. " He added, "Whitney, you are the only one who could bring all of us together. Whitney, today is your day. We celebrate."

    Photo: New Hope Baptist Church

  • Jesse Jackson 8 of 10
    Jesse Jackson
    On the way into the funeral he said, "The memories are so powerful, the music will be with us forever. We have a lot to rejoice about."

    Photo: Wikipedia

  • Newark Mayor Cory Booker 9 of 10
    Newark Mayor Cory Booker
    "God is in our heaven, and with him is one of our angels, Whitney Houston," Booker said. "We love you, Whitney; thank you."

    Photo: Wikipedia

  • BeBe Winans 10 of 10
    BeBe Winans
    "We talk about her voice, and we talk about her talent, which was a beautiful thing. But what I'm going to miss is crazy Whitney."

    Photo: Wikipedia

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