"Greatest Love Of All" as written by Michael Masser and Linda Creed....
I believe the children are our are future
Teach them well and let them lead the way
Show them all the beauty they possess inside
Give them a sense of pride to make it easier

Let the children's laughter remind us how we used to be
Everybody searching for a hero
People need someone to look up to
I never found anyone who fulfill my needs

A lonely place to be
So I learned to depend on me

I decided long ago, never to walk in anyone's shadows
If I fail, if I succeed
At least I'll live as I believe
No matter what they take from me
They can't take away my dignity
Because the greatest love of all
Is happening to me
I found the greatest love of all
Inside of me
The greatest love of all
Is easy to achieve
Learning to love yourself
It is the greatest love of all

I believe the children are our future
Teach them well and let them lead the way
Show them all the beauty they possess inside
Give them a sense of pride to make it easier
Let the children's laughter remind us how we used to be

I decided long ago, never to walk in anyone's shadows
If I fail, if I succeed
At least I'll live as I believe
No matter what they take from me
They can't take away my dignity
Because the greatest love of all
Is happening to me
I found the greatest love of all
Inside of me
The greatest love of all
Is easy to achieve
Learning to love yourself
It is the greatest love of all

And if by chance, that special place
That you've been dreaming of
Leads you to a lonely place
Find your strength in love


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"Greatest Love of All" as written by Michael Masser Linda Creed

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    General CommentVery insightful lyrics written by Michael Masser and Linda Creed. To quote from THE WOMEN'S CLINIC HOME PAGE
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    'This is a very popular song. If you want to get an idea of how hard it is for people to love themselves, pose this question, "You know the song "Greatest Love of All" by Whitney Houston. What does she say is the greatest love of all?" Many know the song well, but can't give the correct answer, because they are too uncomfortable to have heard the real message.'
    Sunnyhillon January 07, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song could be interpreted by some as a person who can't find love and so, sadly, chooses to turn to just themselves. On the contrary, this song is all about loving yourself because that's the most important thing to do.
    MusicAndHockeyon May 06, 2016   Link
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    General CommentIf I fail if I succeed as least i'll live as I believed

    I love that line in the song as it makes me believe that i really don't need to follow in anyone's footsteps to succeed, but to follow my own heart. One of the most inspirational songs ever. Thank you Whitney for moving us with this song. I love it.
    jerseychickon January 28, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthe chorus is wrong:

    I decided long ago never to walk in anyone’s shadow;
    If I fail, if I succeed, at least I’ll live as I believe
    No matter what they take from me, they can’t take away my dignity
    Because the greatest love of all is happening to me
    I found the greatest love of all inside of me

    The greatest love of all is easy to achieve
    Learning to love yourself it is the greatest love of all
    Ian-samaon July 12, 2007   Link
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    General CommentGreat great great song.. whitney is a legend
    leahdelongeon August 26, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIt's hard to choose a favorite among so many great tracks, but "The Greatest Love of All" is one of the best, most powerful songs ever written about self-preservation, dignity.

    Its universal message crosses all boundaries and instills one with the hope that it's not too late to better ourselves. Since, Elizabeth, it's impossible in this world we live in to empathize with others, we can always empathize with ourselves. It's an important message, crucial really. And it's beautifully stated on the album.
    getcarter95on December 05, 2013   Link
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    General CommentI think as humans evolve, grow and assess their life and life experiences they most likely come to this realization. This song is real and she told it like it was/is.
    oasisnesson October 02, 2016   Link
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    My Interpretationfirst verse:
    first is the perspective of our future. song talks about our future. the children.

    I believe the children are our future - perspective, setting the tone in looking forward.

    Teach them well and let them lead the way - if they are the future, we should lead them.

    Show them all the beauty they possess inside - encourage the future.

    Give them a sense of pride to make it easier - sense of accountability, ownership.

    Let the children's laughter remind us how we used to be - they are the direct reflection of ourselves

    2nd verse:
    second is, the tone of a normal person. 9 out of 10 a person thinks.

    Everybody's searching for a hero - this is us
    People need someone to look up to - yes we do

    I never found anyone who fulfilled my needs - this however, the composer inserted his own perspective.

    A lonely place to be
    And so I learned to depend on me - based on the composer's experience he learned.

    Chorus:
    The composer talks about his experience, life is full of failure and success.

    I decided long ago, never to walk in anyone's shadows - dont imitate someone, be yourself.

    If I fail, if I succeed
    At least I'll live as I believe - your own experiences teaches you, and gives you accountability and ownership of your failures.

    No matter what they take from me
    They can't take away my dignity - other people say your wrong but you know you can trust to depend on what you believe in, and be strong that way.

    Because the greatest love of all
    Is happening to me - the composer says the reason is that the greatest love is evident in his life.

    I found the greatest love of all
    Inside of me - again declaration, that greatest love is within

    The greatest love of all
    Is easy to achieve - if its easy you and I can probably do it too.

    Learning to love yourself
    It is the greatest love of all - this is very deep.
    let me try to enumerate. loving ourselves amounts to many different things.
    - we respect ourselves
    - we are confident
    - we know that God is actually Love itself.
    ok the reason why this is, is because God teaches love. here is the love that Jesus is talking about.

    “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’c This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’

    if you love God, you will love everyone else and yourself too.

    if you love God, it means you will know respect, you will know peace, you will know how important self esteem is. God is love and this is what the song is saying. the composer found the greatest Love of all.
    zosimo1152on September 11, 2017   Link
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    General CommentEverybody’s searching for a hero
    People need someone to look up to
    I never found anyone who fulfilled my needs
    A lonely place to be
    And so I learned to depend on me

    sometiems thats what happens..i love this song, dont quite get the beginning, but love it nonetheless
    Rllngstn72on January 15, 2006   Link

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