23 Dolly Parton Quotes That Will Always Love You

(Last Updated On: February 8, 2021)

If you’re at all familiar with country music Dolly Parton probably rings a few bells. Honestly, if you’re tuned in to pop culture at all–Dolly Parton’s debut album entered the scene in 1967 and she remained firmly cemented in the music scene through the 1980s, inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame by 1999. With 10 Grammy Awards (50 nominations) and the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, 4 People’s Choice, 3 American Music Awards and more, she’s also dabbled in acting–making Parton one of the few who has been nominated for Academy, Emmy, Grammy, and Tony Awards. Oh also the Presidential Medal of Freedom–which she turned down, two separate times when offered by the Trump Administration. If you count that former President Obama had assumed Parton had already received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, that’s sorta like 3. Anyway, here are some Dolly Parton quotes.


23 Dolly Parton Quotes That Will Always Love You

On Life & Others

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

“Everybody has their own journey, they have their own way of doing things. And who am I to judge?”

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

“Everybody’s life is a soap opera. Everybody’s life is a country western song, depends on who’s writing it.”

“If you see someone without a smile today, give ’em yours.”

“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.”

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

On the Self

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

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

“You don’t have to look like everybody else. You don’t have to be a raving beauty to be special and to be beautiful.”

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

“It’s hard to be a diamond in a rhinestone world.”

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

On Success

“I just don’t feel like I have to explain myself.”

“Nobody’s happy all the time. But I work hard at it.”

“Being a star just means that you just find your own special place, and that you shine where you are.”

“You always want your people to be proud of what you have accomplished.”

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

“I never feel like a failure just because something I tried has failed.”

“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.”

“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.”

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

On the White House

“There’s nothing like white trash at the White House.”


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