Dolly Parton Quotes That Will Inspire You

Dolly Rebecca Parton (born January 19, 1946) is an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, actress, author and businesswoman. She has had 25 number-one hits on the Billboard country music charts, which makes her the most successful female country artist of all time. In this blog post we have shared some of the most famous and inspiring Dolly Parton quotes

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Parton is the most honored female country performer of all time. She has garnered 50 Grammy nominations, winning eleven awards, including two for Producer of the Year. She has also been nominated for an Oscar and a Tony Award. In 1999, she was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. 

Dolly Parton is one of the world’s best-known entertainers and the most influential female country singer of all time.

63 Dolly Parton Quotes

  1. “If you don’t like the road you’re walking, start paving another one.”

2. “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.”

3. “I’m not going to limit myself just because people won’t accept the fact that I can do something else.”

4. “Don’t get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.”

5. “Be whatever your dreams and your luck will let you be.”

6. “I have a strict policy that nobody cries alone in my presence.”

7. “We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails.”

8. “When someone shows you their true colors, believe them.”

9. “Sometimes my mouth is a little too big and a little too open and sounds too much like a sailor.”

10. “If you talk bad about country music, it’s like saying bad things about my momma. Them’s fightin’ words”

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Famous Dolly Parton Quotes

11. “You’re only poor if you choose to be. Meaning: you can be rich in spirit, you can be rich in thought, you can be rich in talent and you can be rich in all those wonderful things.”

12. “I’ve had heartaches, headaches, toothaches, earaches, and I’ve had a few pains in the ass, but I’ve survived to tell about it.”

13. “Sometimes you could see the scars and sometimes you couldn’t. But everybody had them.”

14. “It takes a lot of money to look this cheap.”

15. “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.”

16. “Its hard to be a diamond in a rhinestone world.”

17. “I’m not intimidated by how people perceive me.” 

18. “Storms make trees take deeper roots.”

19. “I’m not offended by all the dumb blonde jokes because I know I’m not dumb – and I’m not blonde either.”

20. “The magic is inside you. There ain’t no crystal ball.”

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Inspirational Dolly Parton Quotes

21. “I strengthen the muscles around my heart, but I can’t harden it.”

22. “You don’t even have to believe in anything to be good to people. You should just know you should be a good human being.”

23. “If you want the rainbow, you have to put up with the rain.”

24. “I tried every diet in the book. I tried some that weren’t in the book. I tried eating the book. It tasted better than most of the diets.”

25. “I make a point to appreciate all the little things in my life. I go out and smell the air after a good, hard rain. I re-read passages from my favorite books. I hold the little treasures that somebody special gave me. These small actions help remind me that there are so many great, glorious pieces of good in the world.”

26. “I think everyone should be free to love who they want, there’s not enough love in this world, so find love where you can. And if you find it, consider yourself lucky.”

27. “I don’t know what the big deal is about old age. Old people who shine from the inside look 10 to 20 years younger.”

28. “If you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.”

29. “If you see someone without a smile give them yours.”

30. “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 Quotes About Life

31. “Find out who you are and do it on purpose.”

32. “I know how to stand my ground. I know how to speak up. I know how to stand sturdy. But that doesn’t mean I’ve hardened my heart.” 

33. “It doesn’t bother me when someone calls me a ‘dumb blonde.’ I’m neither dumb or blonde.”

34. “Don’t ever be late. It’s like proclaiming that your time is more important than someone else’s.”

35. “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.” 

36. “Wouldn’t it be something if we could have things we love in abudance without their losing that special attraction the want of them held for us.”

37. “A minute to Dolly’s like a lifetime to everybody else.”

38. “If you want to make it in this town, being talented is just one little tiny part of the battle. Fearlessness is mandatory. And shamelessness sure as hell don’t hurt.”

39. “My husband calls me ‘catfish.’ He says I’m all mouth and no brains.”

40. “It costs a lot of money to look this cheap”

Thought-Provoking Dolly Parton Quotes

41. “Me and God have a great relationship, but we’re both seeing other people.”

42. “She cared so much about her words, her creative expression, when what mattered to everyone else was the bottom line.”

43. “I’ll never harden my heart, but I’ve toughened the muscles around it.”

44. “The way I see it, if you want a rainbow you have to put up with the rain.”

45. “I would never stoop so low as to be fashionable.”

46. “The seeds of dreams are often found in books, and the seeds you help plant in your community can grow across the world.”

47. “I was the first woman to burn my bra – it took the fire department four days to put it out.”

48. “I wish you joy and happiness, but above all of this I wish you love.”

49. “It’s a good thing I was born a girl, otherwise I’d be a drag queen.”

50. “People always ask me how long it takes to do my hair. I don’t know, I’m never there.”

More Dolly Parton Quotes

51. “I have little feet because nothing grows in the shade.”

52. “In order to get to the rainbow you must be able to deal with the rain.”

53. “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.”

54. “I always just thought if you see somebody without a smile, give’em yours!”

55. “You’ll never do a whole lot unless you’re brave enough to try.”

56. “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.”

57. “The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.”

58. “Yes, I support gay marriage. They have every right to be as miserable as straight people.”

59. “God is in everything I do and all my work glorifies Him.”

60. “My weaknesses have always been food and men – in that order.”

61. “The way I see it, you’ve gotta put up with the rain to get a rainbow.”

62. “Smile, it increases your face value.”

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