Dolly Parton Quotes On Song, Love, Life, Smile, Feminism, Marriage.

The full name of Dolly Parton is Dolly Rebecca Parton. She is an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, actress, author, businesswoman, and humanitarian. Here we have shared inspirational Dolly Parton quotes on song, love, smile, feminism, marriage.

Dolly Parton was born on January 19, 1946, in Locust Ridge, Tennessee, United States. Her father’s name is Robert Lee Parton Sr. and her mother’s name is Avie Lee Caroline. Her husband’s name is Carl Thomas Dean.

Dolly Parton Quotes

I still close my eyes and go home – I can always draw from that. -Dolly Parton

I’ve always been fascinated by everything with wings. -Dolly Parton

I hated school. Even to this day, when I see a school bus it’s just depressing to me. The poor little kids. -Dolly Parton

If you don’t like the road you’re walking, start paving another one. -Dolly Parton

When you’re 40, you can’t ride the fence anymore. You gotta make definite decisions about your life. -Dolly Parton

It costs a lot of money to look this cheap. -Dolly Parton

I just don’t feel like I have to explain myself. -Dolly Parton

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Energy begets energy. -Dolly Parton

If you talk bad about country music, it’s like saying bad things about my momma. They’re fighting’ words. -Dolly Parton

There’s nothing like white trash at the White House. -Dolly Parton

Everybody has a purpose. -Dolly Parton

I have surrounded myself with very smart people. -Dolly Parton

I love being busy. -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

You can be rich in spirit, kindness, love, and all those things that you can’t put a dollar sign-on. -Dolly Parton

If I see something sagging, bagging, or dragging I’ll get it nipped, tucked, or sucked. -Dolly Parton

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You’d be surprised how much it costs to look this cheap! -Dolly Parton

My weaknesses have always been food and men – in that order. -Dolly Parton

We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails. -Dolly Parton

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

If people work for me over the years, I expect them to be paid what they’re owed, but I don’t expect them to be paid more than they earn. -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 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

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

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

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

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’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

I was probably 7 years old when I started playing the guitar and writing some serious songs. -Dolly Parton

If I hadn’t been a woman, I’d be a drag queen for sure. I like all that flair and I’d be dressing up in the high heels and putting on the big hair. I’d be like Ru Paul. -Dolly Parton

I had nothing growing up, but I always wanted to be ‘sexy,’ even before I knew what the word was. -Dolly Parton

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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

I’m not going to limit myself just because people won’t accept the fact that I can do something else. -Dolly Parton

I’m no natural beauty. If I’m gonna have any looks at all, I’m gonna have to create them. -Dolly Parton

Writing’s just as natural to me as getting up and cooking breakfast. -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

I modeled my looks on the town tramp. -Dolly Parton

I think your values are always influenced by your family and your community. -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

I don’t make people bend over backward, and I don’t like that in people. I am definitely no diva. -Dolly Parton

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Storms make trees take deeper roots. -Dolly Parton

My first phone was two tin cans tied together with string, and it worked pretty well. -Dolly Parton

I write for myself things that I’ve gone through. -Dolly Parton

When I do listen to music, I’m more prone to listen to the people I’ve always listened to George Jones, Otis Redding, Alison Krauss, and Emmylou Harris. -Dolly Parton

Believe it or not, I was just given an honorary doctorate degree from the University of Tennessee. -Dolly Parton

I love to flirt, and I’ve never met a man I didn’t like. -Dolly Parton

I have tennis shoes with little rhinestones that I slip on if I exercise. But I always wear heels, even around the house. I’m such a short little thing, I can’t reach my kitchen cabinets. -Dolly Parton

They say somebody’s ‘street smart.’ I feel like, if I got intelligence, it’s just a country smart. -Dolly Parton

I used to always sit in church looking out the windows at the boys, wondering if I could make an excuse to go out and, you know, go to the bathroom because of all the outdoor toilets. But anyhow, I was only going out to see the boys. -Dolly Parton

If I can get my dress on, my weight is under control. -Dolly Parton

Sometimes if you jump into something too quickly, you can screw up something that might have been good two years down the road. -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 on it. -Dolly Parton

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I walk tall; I got a tall attitude. -Dolly Parton

Kitty Wells was the first and only Queen of Country Music, no matter what they call the rest of us. She was a great inspiration to me as well as every other female singer in the country music business. In addition to being a wonderful asset to country music, she was a wonderful woman. -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

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’m not a politician. And I don’t want to be. -Dolly Parton

A gypsy told me I was going to do great things. I was going to make all kinds of money. -Dolly Parton

Children have always responded to me because I have that cartoon-character look. -Dolly Parton

People say I look so happy – and I say, ‘That’s the Botox. -Dolly Parton

My songs are the door to every dream I’ve ever had and every success I’ve ever achieved. -Dolly Parton

If you like good old’ fashion Southern soul food then, yes, I am a good cook! My specialty is chicken dumplings and pokes salad. -Dolly Parton

When I’m home, I spend Sunday with my husband. If we’re not cooking, we travel around in our camper, stop at fast-food restaurants, and picnic. We love that stuff that will harden your arteries in a hurry. -Dolly Parton

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When I got something’ to say, I’ll say it. -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 didn’t know any gay people in my childhood. -Dolly Parton

If I’d married someone in show business, there’d be too much competition. -Dolly Parton

I’ve been around longer than most of my fans have been alive. -Dolly Parton

I’ve enjoyed all the parts of my career. -Dolly Parton

I’ve used my femininity and my sexuality as a weapon and a tool… but that’s just natural. -Dolly Parton

I grew up around lots of men – my father, my brothers, my uncles – so I wasn’t intimidated by them. -Dolly Parton

Dollywood is a family park, and all families are welcome. We do have a policy about profanity or controversial messages on clothing or signs. It is to protect the individual wearing or carrying them, as well as to keep down fights or problems by those opposed to it at the park. -Dolly Parton

Funny thing is that the poorer people are, the more generous they seem to be. -Dolly Parton

I look just like the girls next door… if you happen to live next door to an amusement park. -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

God and I have a great relationship, but we both see other people. -Dolly Parton

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My fat never made me less money. -Dolly Parton

I know it’s corny – but I love ‘Jingle Bells!’ -Dolly Parton

Plastic surgeons are always making mountains out of molehills. -Dolly Parton

I did not, thank the Lord, have to have a hysterectomy. -Dolly Parton

Everywhere I go, the kids call me ‘the book lady.’ The older I get, the more appreciative I seem to be of the ‘book lady’ title. It makes me feel more like a legitimate person, not just a singer or an entertainer. But it makes me feel like I’ve done something good with my life and with my success. -Dolly Parton

I used to sing songs and write with my uncle, Bill Owens. -Dolly Parton

We just seem to have lost all our morals and principles and values these days. -Dolly Parton

I’ve never been pregnant, so I just feel God didn’t mean for me to have kids so that everybody else’s children could be mine. -Dolly Parton

I’m gonna be making records anyway, even if I had to sell ’em out of the trunk of my car. I’m that kind of musician and singer. -Dolly Parton

I ain’t never far away from a pencil and paper or a tape recorder. -Dolly Parton

I’m comfortable in my own skin, no matter how far it’s stretched. Haha. -Dolly Parton

I listen to my old records and I think, ‘How did I ever get on the radio?’ -Dolly Parton

I’m an energy vampire. I just suck off everybody’s energy. But I give it back. -Dolly Parton

Every single diet I ever fell off of was because of potatoes and gravy of some sort. -Dolly Parton

For some reason, I have better luck when I work with women. I guess I have a good sense of sisterhood. -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

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Never leave a rhinestone unturned. -Dolly Parton

My lips, I’ve used collagen. I line my lips with collagen. –Dolly Parton

A lot of people don’t realize I came out of the Smoky Mountains with a load of songs. -Dolly Parton

My songs are like my children – I expect them to support me when I’m old. -Dolly Parton

My philosophy is simple: It’s a down-home, common, horse-sense approach to things. -Dolly Parton

Every seven years, I sit down and make a whole new plan. -Dolly Parton

Mine is only one of the millions of hearts broken over the death of Whitney Houston, I will always be grateful and in awe of the wonderful performance she did on my song, and I can truly say from the bottom of my heart, ‘Whitney, I will always love you. You will be missed.’ -Dolly Parton

I had to get rich so I could sing like I was poor again. -Dolly Parton

I think I became more productive through not having children. I never really had the desire to have them. My husband didn’t want them either, so it worked out well. -Dolly Parton

I’m pretty sure in my older years, I’ll be doing old-time flavored folk-mountain music. -Dolly Parton

I think I’ve got my business notions and my sense of that sort of thing from my dad. My dad never had a chance to go to school. He couldn’t read and write. But he was so smart. He was just one of those people that could just make the most of anything and everything that he had to work with. -Dolly Parton

I wear wigs all the time on shows, and every day when I’m in public, at Dollywood. People say, ‘How many wigs do you have?’ And I say, ‘Well, at least 365 because I wear at least once a day.’ -Dolly Parton

I have a big gay and lesbian following and they’ve been very loyal and kind to me. -Dolly Parton

My mama never wore a pair of pants when I was growing up, and now that’s all she wears. It was so funny for me when I first started seeing Mama wear pants. It was like it wasn’t Mama. Now I’ve bought her many a pantsuit because she just lives in them. -Dolly Parton

The first thing I do in the morning after I have my breakfast and do my spiritual work is put on my makeup and fix my hair, and I can do my makeup in 15 minutes. -Dolly Parton

I think that I know the value of a dollar. -Dolly Parton

I usually get up at 3 A.M. I don’t require a lot of sleep, and if I get tired, I’ll take a power nap during the day. -Dolly Parton

God has his plans and his reasons. Sometimes we are supposed to go through things so that we learn lessons. -Dolly Parton

I will not play just an evil part. In fact, I got offered $7 million several years ago to play the part that Faye Dunaway played in ‘Supergirl.’ I was kind of insulted. I was impressed with the money, but I said, ‘Why are you asking me to play an evil witch? Do I come across as an evil witch to you?’ -Dolly Parton

We’re all just a bunch of sinners, but we do the best we can. -Dolly Parton

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No one is ever successful at everything that they do. -Dolly Parton

The only way I’d be caught without makeup is if my radio fell in the bathtub while I was taking a bath and electrocuted me and I was in between makeup at home. I hope my husband would slap a little lipstick on me before he took me to the morgue. -Dolly Parton

Someone once asked me, ‘How long does it take to do your hair.’ I said, ‘I don’t know, I’m never there.’ -Dolly Parton

I’ve done everything every fat person ever has. I’ve tried every diet. -Dolly Parton

Actually, I hear a lot of rock music. My husband is a big rock fan. -Dolly Parton

I’m a singer, a writer, and an actress – when I find something that I feel good enough about doing. -Dolly Parton

People don’t realize that we, meaning people in show business, have the same problems as everyone else. Money doesn’t change that. Fame doesn’t change that. Sometimes that brings on more problems. You know, it’s just a different kind of problem. -Dolly Parton

I love being active. -Dolly Parton

A lot of people have said I’d have probably done better in my career if I hadn’t looked so cheap and gaudy. But I dress to be comfortable for me, and you shouldn’t be blamed because you want to look pretty. -Dolly Parton

People are looking for something a little more stable; people are feeling like they need to get closer to God. -Dolly Parton

My husband calls me ‘catfish.’ He says I’m all mouth and no brains. -Dolly Parton

I think there is a little magic in the fact that I’m so totally real but look so artificial at the same time. -Dolly Parton

I think so many people live their whole life in fear and doubt and shame. -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

Above everything else I’ve done, I’ve always said I’ve had more guts than I’ve got talent. -Dolly Parton

I often joke that 100 years from now I hope people are saying, ‘Dang, she looks good for her age!’ -Dolly Parton

People make jokes about my bosoms, why don’t they look underneath the breasts at the heart? It’s obvious I’ve got big ones and if people want to assume they’re not mine, then let them. -Dolly Parton

Until I was a teenager, I used red pokeberries for lipstick and a burnt matchstick for eyeliner. I used honeysuckle for perfume. -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 can’t do anything just a little. -Dolly Parton

God knows when the end of time will come, not some fanatic… The world will end someday, but the end of the world and the end of time are two different things. -Dolly Parton

The secret to a long marriage is to stay gone. -Dolly Parton

You don’t need to buy expensive cosmetics; almost anything will do if you know how to apply it. -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

That little Miley Cyrus… she’s like a little Elvis. The kids love her because she’s Hannah Montana, but what people don’t realize about her is she is such a fantastic singer and songwriter. She writes songs like she’s 40 years old! -Dolly Parton

Life is a song to me. -Dolly Parton

Being a star just means that you just find your own special place and that you shine where you are. To me, that’s what being a star means. -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

‘9 to 5 the Musical’ is perfect for anyone that’s ever wanted to string up their boss, which is almost all of us. -Dolly Parton

I’m just a simple country girl. -Dolly Parton

My nails are my rhythm section when I’m writing a song all alone. Some day, I may cut an album, just me and my nails. -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

A lot of people think I’m a comedian. -Dolly Parton

I love Indian, Italian and Mexican food. And if it’s a romantic type of thing, I like a good French restaurant. -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

I am not gay, but if I were, I would be the first one running out of the closet. -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

I think 9/11 affected everybody in one way or another. -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

I’m just a friendly person; that runs in my family. -Dolly Parton

I say, ‘Yeah, Taylor Swift.’ I think she is a smart, beautiful girl. I think she’s making all the right moves. She’s got a good head on her shoulders. She’s surrounded by wonderful people. Her songs are great. She keeps herself anchored. She knows who she is, and she’s living and standing by that. -Dolly Parton

I know some of the best Dolly Parton jokes. I made ’em up myself. -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

My first job was singing on the Cas Walker radio show in Knoxville, Tennessee. I was about 10 years old, and I thought it was big time. -Dolly Parton

My favorite movie of all time is ‘Doctor Zhivago,’ and I love ‘Gone With the Wind.’ I’d love to play some Southern belle or something where I owned a plantation. -Dolly Parton

People get a kick out of my stupidity. -Dolly Parton

I don’t kiss anybody’s butt. -Dolly Parton

I look at myself like a show dog. I’ve got to keep her clipped and trimmed and in good shape. -Dolly Parton

I’ve always kinda been a little outcast myself, a little oddball, doin’ my thing, my own way. And it’s been hard for me to, to be accepted, certainly in the early years of my life. -Dolly Parton

When I started the Imagination Library in my hometown, I never dreamed that one day we would be helping Scottish kids. -Dolly Parton

I want to go and go, and then drop dead in the middle of something I’m loving to do. And if that doesn’t happen, if I wind up sitting in a wheelchair, at least I’ll have my high heels on. -Dolly Parton

A lot of my heartbreak songs are inspired by things my sisters are going through or friends. -Dolly Parton

I love traveling all over the world, but it’s true: there’s nothing like home. -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

There’s a scripture that says, ‘A merry heart doeth good like a medicine.’ I think that’s true, too. -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

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

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 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 don’t have anything to say about other people’s art and their work. -Dolly Parton

I’m very secure about my talents and about who I am. -Dolly Parton

I do have a few little tattoos, but they were mostly done to cover scars because I’m so fair. -Dolly Parton

All of my brothers and sisters are very talented. They all sang all right. -Dolly Parton

I was always a junk food person, still am. -Dolly Parton

I’m not intimidated by how people perceive me. -Dolly Parton

People are always asking me in interviews, ‘What do you think of foreign affairs?’ I just say, ‘I’ve had a few.’ -Dolly Parton

I would honestly say that with all the awards and all the other things that I’ve done in my life, Dollywood is one of the greatest dreams that I’ve ever had come true – I am so proud of that I can’t even begin to tell you, Dollywood is real special to me. -Dolly Parton

I don’t like to get involved in things that I am not familiar with. I’m kind of a hands-on type of person. -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

I love Velveeta cheese. -Dolly Parton

No matter how beautiful a woman might be, you’re always threatened by certain… You’re always threatened by other women, period. -Dolly Parton

Of course, ‘I Will Always Love You’ is the biggest song so far in my career. I’m famous for several, but that one has been recorded by more people and made me more money, I think than all of them. But that song did come from a true and deep place in my heart. -Dolly Parton

There are certainly a lot of things that still need to change when it comes to women in the workforce. -Dolly Parton

Nobody can ever make enough money for as many poor relatives as I’ve got. Somebody’s got a sick kid, or somebody needs an operation, somebody ain’t got this, somebody ain’t got that. Or to give the kids all a car when they graduate. -Dolly Parton

I was very honored to get to be part of ‘American Idol.’ -Dolly Parton

I’m a working girl. -Dolly Parton

My biggest extravagances are also investments. I have several houses in California, a house in Nashville, an office complex, and I bought the old home place in Tennessee. They are different places for me to write, but I can turn right around and sell them. -Dolly Parton

Oh, I can spot a phony a mile away. -Dolly Parton

When I was with Andy Warhol, I thought, ‘God, his wig looks cheaper than mine!’ -Dolly Parton

My husband and I had to raise five of my younger brothers and sisters. They lived with us. We sent them to school. -Dolly Parton

A lot of dreams can turn to nightmares… if you don’t really work them. -Dolly Parton

I don’t think you ever really know what all you’re doing, so you have to act on faith. -Dolly Parton

You know, I look like a woman but I think like a man. And in this world of business, that has helped me a lot. Because by the time they think that I don’t know what’s goin’ on, I then got the money and gone. -Dolly Parton

I wouldn’t wanna go out not looking like the Dolly people have come to know, because I’ve come to know her that way, too. -Dolly Parton

People like bluegrass. It’s had a following amongst a lot of hip and young people. A lot of college kids like bluegrass. -Dolly Parton

No matter what, I always make it home for Christmas. I love to go to my Tennessee Mountain Home and invite all of my nieces and nephews and their spouses and kids and do what we all like to do – eat, laugh, trade presents and just enjoy each other… and sometimes I even dress up like Santa Claus! -Dolly Parton

I’ve copyrighted 3,000 songs. -Dolly Parton

I always loved that old song ‘Banks of the Ohio’ – it was always such a man’s song, so I’ve always wanted to record it.-Dolly Parton

No one could have been nicer, classier nor better looking than Dick Clark. I’ve had a crush on him since I was a teenager. -Dolly Parton

Thanks to Botox and fillers, as well as the work that I’ve already had, my face pretty much maintains itself. -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

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’m very short, so I just have to watch my weight because I have a big appetite. -Dolly Parton

There’s a lot of rednecks in the country where I grew up. -Dolly Parton

All my momma’s people were very musical. My grandpa, who was the Pentecostal minister, he was a great musician. He played the fiddle, he played the piano. -Dolly Parton

After momma gave birth to 12 of us kids, we put her up on a pedestal. It was mostly to keep Daddy away from her. -Dolly Parton

I wear make-up, and it gets a little bit thicker every year. -Dolly Parton

‘9 to 5,’ that little song, that little story, just won’t ever end. Just like ‘I Will Always Love You,’ it just keeps comin’ back, popping up its head in one way or another. -Dolly Parton

I’ve always loved the fans in Scotland and have a little Scottish blood of my own. -Dolly Parton

My grandpa was a preacher. -Dolly Parton

I have had some cosmetic surgery, especially after I lost weight and stuff, and I’ve had my breasts lifted – but not injected. That would scare me to death, anyway. -Dolly Parton

I’ve been to those places where it’s ‘poor, pitiful me.’ -Dolly Parton

I just don’t have time to get old! -Dolly Parton

I think everyone should be with whom they love. -Dolly Parton

It’s always great to perform at home in the good old’ U.S.A. -Dolly Parton

Every day I pray about all I do. -Dolly Parton

I’m a showgirl, as you can tell. I’m ever ready. -Dolly Parton

You don’t see too many atheists on the deathbed. They all start cramming then. -Dolly Parton

I think that I’m perfect. -Dolly Parton

There’s been a lot of talk about Jack White wanting to work with me, and I’ve always admired him, and of course, he lives in Nashville, too. -Dolly Parton

Years ago, when I first started being a big star, I had fans that were fanatical. It was when ‘Jolene’ was a big hit. -Dolly Parton

Being brought up very religiously, I have a fear of people that look to idol gods. -Dolly Parton

I’ve tried different things through the years to get some play on the mainstream. I’ll try to tailor-make it. -Dolly Parton

As a songwriter, you respect and appreciate the writings of other people, and I often get asked, are there songs out there I wish I’d written? Yes. There are many of them! -Dolly Parton

I can write a song in about an hour if it’s a simple country song. -Dolly Parton

I’m almost like three people. There’s me the Dolly, the person. There’s me, the star. And then there’s me, the manager. -Dolly Parton

‘Jolene’ has been very popular all of these years, even overseas. -Dolly Parton

Depression runs in my family on both sides, and I have to be wary. -Dolly Parton

Sevier County is a great area. -Dolly Parton

I’m not trying to be fashionable. Never was! -Dolly Parton

My husband says I look like a Q-tip. -Dolly Parton

I am a tender-hearted person, and I feel everything to the ninth degree. -Dolly Parton

I’ve been very fortunate. -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

George Jones was my all-time favorite singer and one of my favorite people in the world. -Dolly Parton

It’s not easy being young. It’s hard to know what to do. -Dolly Parton

Living in America and, of course, just being women in general, we’ve got more strength than we think we do. -Dolly Parton

Money ain’t everything. -Dolly Parton

I always think of myself as a working girl. -Dolly Parton

I’ll never graduate from collagen. -Dolly Parton

I’ve never been a feminist. -Dolly Parton

My life has been very full. -Dolly Parton

I don’t have maids or servants, and my husband and I love waking up early and going to the 24-hour supermarket when there is nobody else there. -Dolly Parton

You always want your people to be proud of what you have accomplished. -Dolly Parton

I love story songs because I’ve always loved books. -Dolly Parton

I do have a lot of gays in my family now, but some will never come out. -Dolly Parton

I’ll bring my grits when I travel because I get so hungry on the road. -Dolly Parton

I am confident that partnering with my Dollywood Company with a great company like Gaylord will create something truly special. -Dolly Parton

I look like a woman, but I think like a man. -Dolly Parton

‘Wrecking Ball’ is a great song. -Dolly Parton

I can’t keep somebody from being a star, and I can’t make somebody a star, and nobody can. -Dolly Parton

I can be accused of trying to be commercial sometimes. -Dolly Parton

I still have my first paycheck. It was just, I think, a dollar or two that I got when I started as a songwriter with BMI, and I had some songs there that I had through the company, and in the mail, I got this big old check for, like, a dollar and a half or something. Somebody had recorded one of my songs. -Dolly Parton

I’d love to do a duet, always wanted to work with Madonna, but she never asked. -Dolly Parton

When I get down, I don’t waller around for long. -Dolly Parton

I have suffered most of the things I write about – or my friends have. -Dolly Parton

I’m easy to look like, so there are lots and lots of Dolly look-alikes. -Dolly Parton

I met my husband before I became a star, and he doesn’t care about any of it. -Dolly Parton

I’ve… been accused of being involved with every man I’m ever seen with or worked with. Maybe I have, maybe I ain’t. I never tell if I have. -Dolly Parton

I don’t have time to stand around and listen to an 11-minute song. -Dolly Parton

I always wanted to be loved. -Dolly Parton

There are some loony people in this world! -Dolly Parton

I’ll be like Bob Hope, touring when I’m 100. -Dolly Parton

I will never retire unless I have to. -Dolly Parton

I try not to go around looking like a hag. -Dolly Parton

I really learned to sing in church, I think, really with emotion. -Dolly Parton

I do write a lot of children’s songs, and I’m going to do a children’s television show, which also means I’ll be doing a lot of albums. So I do hope my future will hold a lot of things for children. -Dolly Parton

I come from a family of 12, so I kind of got a little lost as a child. -Dolly Parton

I have little bones. -Dolly Parton

My best country record only sold 200,000 copies. -Dolly Parton

I’ve never had that much trouble with the paparazzi, but I don’t run the same circles that a lot of these people that do get hounded by the paparazzi. -Dolly Parton

My mother was always fascinated by the fact that I could rhyme so much stuff. -Dolly Parton

Some guys look better as they get older. -Dolly Parton

I was approached about having my own network many, many years ago. There were some people who wanted to start up a network, and I didn’t want to get that involved in the business aspect of it. -Dolly Parton

I do believe that any successful business starts from the top and works its way down. -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

It took me years to eat a lot of shellfish. I was probably 20 years old before I had even seen a shrimp cocktail. I like oysters but fried. -Dolly Parton

Most country songs, certainly all the stuff I’ve written, are stories driven by characters. -Dolly Parton

No, I can’t do rap music! -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

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