Dolly Parton’s 50 Best Quotes

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50 quotes by Dolly Parton showcasing her wit, wisdom, and unique perspective on life, love, and success.

  1. “If you don’t like the road you’re walking, start paving another one.” – Dolly Parton
  2. “The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.” – Dolly Parton
  3. “Find out who you are and do it on purpose.” – Dolly Parton
  4. “You’ll never do a whole lot unless you’re brave enough to try.” – Dolly Parton
  5. “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
  6. “Never get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.” – Dolly Parton
  7. “It’s hard to be a diamond in a rhinestone world.” – Dolly Parton
  8. “Storms make trees take deeper roots.” – Dolly Parton
  9. “We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails.” – Dolly Parton
  10. “When I’m inspired, I get excited because I can’t wait to see what I’ll come up with next.” – Dolly Parton
  11. “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
  12. “Being a star just means that you just find your own special place, and that you shine where you are.” – Dolly Parton
  13. “Laughter through tears is my favorite emotion.” – Dolly Parton
  14. “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. These small actions help remind me that there are so many great things about life.” – Dolly Parton
  15. “To thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man.” – Dolly Parton
  16. “I always just thought if you see somebody without a smile, give’em yours!” – Dolly Parton
  17. “Love is something sent from Heaven to worry the Hell out of you.” – Dolly Parton
  18. “The magic is inside you. There ain’t no crystal ball.” – Dolly Parton
  19. “You’d be surprised how much it costs to look this cheap!” – Dolly Parton
  20. “I’m not going to limit myself just because people won’t accept the fact that I can do something else.” – Dolly Parton
  21. “Above everything else I’ve done, I’ve always said I’ve had more guts than I’ve got talent.” – Dolly Parton
  22. “People always ask me how long it takes to do my hair. I don’t know, I’m never there.” – Dolly Parton
  23. “I have a strict policy that nobody cries alone in my presence.” – Dolly Parton
  24. “My weaknesses have always been food and men—in that order.” – Dolly Parton
  25. “I would never stoop so low as to be fashionable.” – Dolly Parton
  26. “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
  27. “If you see someone without a smile today, give ’em yours.” – Dolly Parton
  28. “It costs a lot of money to look this cheap.” – Dolly Parton
  29. “When someone shows you their true colors, believe them.” – Dolly Parton
  30. “I’m not just a big-haired redhead country singer who dresses flamboyantly, has this wicked sense of humor, and has a heart of gold.” – Dolly Parton
  31. “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
  32. “I’m like that old song, ‘You may not be his first, his last, or his only—He loved before, he may love again. But if he loves you now, what else matters?'” – Dolly Parton
  33. “Don’t get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.” – Dolly Parton
  34. “I believe that if you see somebody without a smile, give ’em yours!” – Dolly Parton
  35. “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 am capable of and I don’t agree to do things that I don’t think I can pull off.” – Dolly Parton
  36. “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
  37. “A peacock that rests on his feathers is just another turkey.” – Dolly Parton
  38. “Adjusting my sails to the wind, that’s how I survive.” – Dolly Parton
  39. “I look just like the girls next door… if you happen to live next door to an amusement park.” – Dolly Parton
  40. “I’ve had to go against all kinds of people through the years just to be myself. I think everybody should be allowed to be who they are, and to love who they love.” – Dolly Parton
  41. “You’ll never do a whole lot unless you’re brave enough to try.” – Dolly Parton
  42. “Life is a series of changes and reactions.” – Dolly Parton
  43. “If I can hold God’s attention, I can hold the world’s.” – Dolly Parton
  44. “I was the first woman to burn my bra – it took the fire department four days to put it out.” – Dolly Parton
  45. “My songs are the door to every dream I’ve ever had and every success I’ve ever achieved.” – Dolly Parton
  46. “I don’t lose my temper often; but when I do, it’s pretty bad. I’ve been known to get angry and throw my glass against the wall. But it only happened once in my life, and it was enough. I try to keep my cool at all times.” – Dolly Parton
  47. “Books are just the beginning, the beginning of dreams.” – Dolly Parton
  48. “When I got something to say, I’ll say it.” – Dolly Parton
  49. “There’s more to light than the opposite of dark.” – Dolly Parton
  50. “I’m not a natural beauty. If I’m gonna have any looks at all, I’m gonna have to create them.” – Dolly Parton

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