108+ Best Dolly Parton Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Dolly Rebecca Parton is an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, actress, author, businesswoman, and humanitarian, known primarily for her work in country music. She is The cultural icon and a multi-talented star. Great Dolly Parton quotes will instantly inspire you, brighten up your life and bring the best out of you.

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Dolly Parton Quotes

  • Find out who you are and do it on purpose. – Dolly Parton
  • The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain. – Dolly Parton
  • Storms make trees take deeper roots. – Dolly Parton
  • It costs a lot of money to look this cheap. – Dolly Parton
  • If you don’t like the road you’re walking, start paving another one. – Dolly Parton
  • I’m not offended by all the dumb blonde jokes because I know I’m not dumb… and I also know that I’m not blonde. – Dolly Parton
  • If you talk bad about country music, it’s like saying bad things about my momma. Them’s fightin’ words. – Dolly Parton
  • We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails. – Dolly Parton
  • You’ll never do a whole lot unless you’re brave enough to try. – Dolly Parton
  • I’m not going to limit myself just because people won’t accept the fact that I can do something else. – Dolly Parton
  • When I got somethin’ to say, I’ll say it. – Dolly Parton
  • Don’t get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life. – Dolly Parton
  • It’s hard to be a diamond in a rhinestone world. – Dolly Parton
  • I know who I am, I know what I can and can’t do. I know what I will and won’t do. I know what I’m capable of and I don’t agree to do things that I don’t think I can pull off. – Dolly Parton
  • You gotta keep trying to find your niche and trying to fit into whatever slot that’s left for you or to make one of your own. – Dolly Parton
  • Being a star just means that you just find your own special place, and that you shine where you are. – Dolly Parton
  • I’m not happy all the time, and I wouldn’t want to be because that would make me a shallow person. But I do try to find the good in everybody. – Dolly Parton
  • Smile — it increases your face value. – Dolly Parton
  • I always just thought if you see somebody without a smile, give’em yours! – Dolly Parton
  • You always want your people to be proud of what you have accomplished. – Dolly Parton
  • If your actions create a legacy that inspires others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, then you are an excellent leader. – Dolly Parton
  • My songs are the door to every dream I’ve ever had and every success I’ve ever achieved. – Dolly Parton
  • I will never retire unless I have to. – Dolly Parton
  • Adjusting to the passage of time, I think, is a key to success and to life: just being able to roll with the punches. – Dolly Parton
  • I can’t tell anybody else how to run their life or their business, but I really believe I’ve got a good bead on myself. – Dolly Parton
  • God tells us not to judge one another, no matter what anyone’s sexual preferences are or if they’re black, brown or purple. – Dolly Parton
  • I was born with a happy heart, and I try to keep a good attitude. It’s not true that I’m happy all the time because nobody is, and we all go through our things. – Dolly Parton
  • Songwriting is my way of channeling my feelings and my thoughts. Not just mine, but the things I see, the people I care about. My head would explode if I didn’t get some of that stuff out. – Dolly Parton
  • When I wake up, I expect things to be good. If they’re not, then I try to set about trying to make them as good as I can ’cause I know I’m gonna have to live that day anyway. So why not try to make the most of it if you can? Some days, they pan out a little better than others, but you still gotta always just try. – Dolly Parton
  • I’m old enough and cranky enough now that if someone tried to tell me what to do, I’d tell them where to put it. – Dolly Parton
  • God and I have a great relationship, but we both see other people. – Dolly Parton
  • Every seven years, I sit down and make a whole new plan. – Dolly Parton
  • You can be rich in spirit, kindness, love and all those things that you can’t put a dollar sign on. – Dolly Parton
  • I think country music is popular – has been popular and will always be popular because I think a lot of real people singing about a lot of real stuff about real people. And it’s simple enough for people to understand it. And we kind of roll with the punches. – Dolly Parton
  • I do remember how it was to be poor. I do remember that in my early years, we had to grow and raise all of our food, even our animals. And I remember in my early life, we didn’t even have electricity. So, it was very, very hard times then. – Dolly Parton
  • I thank God for my failures. Maybe not at the time but after some reflection. I never feel like a failure just because something I tried has failed. – Dolly Parton
  • I wanted to write a book that talked about the emotions of children, which is the rainbow. We all have moods. We talk about being blue when we’re sad, and being yellow when we’re cowards, and when we’re mad, we’re red. – Dolly Parton
  • God has his plans and his reasons. Sometimes we are supposed to go through things so that we learn lessons. – Dolly Parton
  • Funny thing is that the poorer people are, the more generous they seem to be. – Dolly Parton
  • I’m trying my best to keep up with all this new technology, and I surround myself with all these wonderful people that are in the know and kind of help me out with all that. – Dolly Parton
  • I feel that sin and evil are the negative part of you, and I think it’s like a battery: you’ve got to have the negative and the positive in order to be a complete person. – Dolly Parton
  • I’m working on my life story. I’m not decided if it’s going to be a musical or a movie with music in it. – Dolly Parton
  • It’s not easy being young. It’s hard to know what to do. – Dolly Parton
  • Stop this attitude that older people ain’t any good anymore! We’re as good as we ever were – if we ever were any good. – Dolly Parton
  • I think everyone should be with who they love. – Dolly Parton
  • I’m always amazed by the people who work on stage who sing night after night, day after day, week in week out. – Dolly Parton
  • I don’t make people bend over backwards, and I don’t like that in people. I am definitely no diva. – Dolly Parton
  • I’m not going to limit myself just because people won’t accept the fact that I can do something else. – Dolly Parton
  • I just don’t feel like I have to explain myself. – Dolly Parton
  • I often joke that 100 years from now I hope people are saying, ‘Dang, she looks good for her age!’ – Dolly Parton
  • Energy begets energy. – Dolly Parton
  • Tell me I have to be somewhere, and I’ll be there 20 minutes early and stay there longer than anybody else. You hold up a lot of people if you’re not on time. – Dolly Parton
  • I love story songs because I’ve always loved books. – Dolly Parton
  • I think your values are always influenced by your family and your community. – Dolly Parton
  • Above everything else I’ve done, I’ve always said I’ve had more guts than I’ve got talent. – Dolly Parton
  • When I’m inspired, I get excited because I can’t wait to see what I’ll come up with next. – Dolly Parton
  • I’ve enjoyed all the parts of my career. – Dolly Parton
  • I have surrounded myself with very smart people. – Dolly Parton
  • I’m not happy all the time, and I wouldn’t want to be because that would make me a shallow person. But I do try to find the good in everybody. – Dolly Parton
  • People get a kick out of my stupidity. – Dolly Parton
  • I don’t like to give advice. I like to give people information because everyone’s life is different, and everyone’s journey is different. – Dolly Parton
  • I love traveling all over the world; but it’s true: there’s nothing like home. – Dolly Parton
  • Most country songs, certainly all the stuff I’ve written, are stories driven by characters. – Dolly Parton
  • I try to see the good in everybody, and I don’t care who people are as long as they’re themselves, whatever that is. – Dolly Parton
  • A lot of my heartbreak songs are inspired by things my sisters are going through, or friends. – Dolly Parton
  • I think so many people live their whole life in fear and doubt and shame. – Dolly Parton
  • I don’t think you ever really know what all you’re doing, so you have to act on faith. – Dolly Parton
  • Writing’s just as natural to me as getting up and cooking breakfast. – Dolly Parton
  • I ain’t never far away from a pencil and paper or a tape recorder. – Dolly Parton
  • I know that I always wanted things. I was always proud of my people, proud of my home, but I always wanted more. I think most people do. – Dolly Parton
  • I’m not intimidated by how people perceive me. – Dolly Parton
  • I’m pretty sure in my older years, I’ll be doing old-time flavored folk-mountain music. – Dolly Parton
  • A lot of dreams can turn to nightmares… if you don’t really work them. – Dolly Parton
  • Everybody has a purpose. – Dolly Parton
  • I don’t have anything to say about other people’s art and their work. – Dolly Parton
  • I do believe that any successful business starts from the top and works its way down. – Dolly Parton
  • I always think of myself as a working girl. – Dolly Parton
  • We just seem to have lost all our morals and principles and values these days. – Dolly Parton
  • I can write a song in about an hour if it’s a simple country song. – Dolly Parton
  • I always ask God to work through me and let me be a light of some kind and help in this world, so I always pray for that, and I always want to do good. – Dolly Parton
  • I never thought, in my lifetime, that you’d be able to watch movies, read books and listen to music from a phone, but I guess the technology of tomorrow is here today. – Dolly Parton
  • No one is ever successful at everything that they do. – Dolly Parton
  • I always thought that if I made it big or got successful at what I had started out to do, that I wanted to come back to my part of the country and do something great, something that would bring a lot of jobs into this area. – Dolly Parton
  • I think people take me as seriously as I want them to. They take me as seriously as I take myself – let’s put it that way. – Dolly Parton
  • I’m very secure about my talents and about who I am. – Dolly Parton
  • I’m comfortable in my own skin, no matter how far it’s stretched. Ha ha. – Dolly Parton
  • People are looking for something a little more stable; people are feeling like they need to get closer to God. – Dolly Parton
  • They say somebody’s ‘street smart.’ I feel like, if I got intelligence, it’s just a country smart. – Dolly Parton
  • When I was a little girl, I always dreamed of being a star. I didn’t really know what all that meant. I didn’t know. – Dolly Parton
  • I am a tender-hearted person, and I feel everything to the ninth degree. – Dolly Parton
  • My philosophy is simple: It’s a down-home, common, horse-sense approach to things. – Dolly Parton
  • I listen to my old records and I think, ‘How did I ever get on the radio?’ – Dolly Parton
  • I think 9/11 affected everybody in one way or another. – Dolly Parton
  • I love being active. – Dolly Parton
  • I don’t think I’m supposed to boss other people around just because I’m a so-called celebrity or star. I hate that when people act that way. No one deserves it. I’ve seen it happen. I don’t call those people out – they know who they are. Some enjoy that reputation. – Dolly Parton
  • I walk tall; I got a tall attitude. – Dolly Parton
  • I think that I’m perfect. – Dolly Parton
  • I think that I know the value of a dollar. – Dolly Parton
  • I think every entertainer’s had nights when things go wrong. I mean you can’t remember everything all the time, and especially if you’re having hard times personally, things going on that you – you know, and then people make it worse. And that makes you feel worse. – Dolly Parton
  • I just kind of wake up with a new idea and new dreams every day, and I follow that dream, as they say. – Dolly Parton
  • Children have always responded to me because I have that cartoon-character look. – Dolly Parton
  • I write for myself things that I’ve gone through. – Dolly Parton
  • I’ve never had a divorce, but I’ve seen so many of my friends, my sister, my family go through that stuff, so I try to write for the people that can’t write about it. I take on their sorrow, so I’m able to kind of express it, or their joy. – Dolly Parton
  • I have a tendency to be awfully big-hearted and it’s very hard for me to say no, even when I need to. – Dolly Parton
  • Every day I pray about all I do. – Dolly Parton
  • Every time I come to Europe, I’m just as excited as I was my very first time, which was many, many years ago. I love that part of the world, and I especially love the fans. – Dolly Parton
  • I try not to go around looking like a hag. – Dolly Parton
  • People just overshoot trying to find God. They’re going outside and trying everything. They don’t realize that it’s right inside themselves. – Dolly Parton

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