19 Dolly Parton Quotes That Are as True Now as They Were Then

Dolly Rebecca Parton (born January 19, 1946) is a renowned American singer-songwriter, actress, and philanthropist. Dolly Parton is most infamous for her career in the country music industry that has gone onto span decades. Once Dolly established herself as an authoritative songwriter for other talented musicians, she released her debut album in 1976, titled, “Hello, I’m Dolly.” This album would provide Dolly all the momentum in the world as she cruised through the ’60s. Dolly’s sales and eventual chart peak would happen during the 1970s, and she still managed to continue gaining steam into the 1980s. Anyone who has ever seen a live Dolly Parton show, heard one of her songs, or caught footage of her in an interview knows that Dolly possesses an otherworldly level of charisma and disarming charm. With that being said, we’ll take a look at some of the all-time best quotes that Dolly Parton has gifted the world.

1. On hard times

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“Storms make trees take deeper roots.’

2. On self-discovery

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

3. On lifting up other people

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

4. On pivoting throughout life

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

5. On balancing work and life

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

6. On taking chances

Dolly Parton being interviewed for "Dumpling" movie.
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“You’ll never do a whole lot unless you’re brave enough to try.”

7. On positive expectations

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“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 because I know I’m gonna have to live that day anyway. So why not try to make the most of it if you can?”

8. On not limiting yourself

Dolly Parton being interviewed in a pink shirt.
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“I’m not going to limit myself just because people won’t accept the fact that I can do something else.”

9. On stardom

Dolly Parton being interviewed in a black shirt.
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“Being a star just means that you just find your own special place, and that you shine where you are.”

10. On support from friends and family

Dolly Parton being interviewed in a blue shirt.
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“You always want your people to be proud of what you have accomplished.”

11. On worth outside of money

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

12. On potatoes and gravy

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“Every single diet I ever fell off of was because of potatoes and gravy of some sort.”

13. On trying to see the good in everybody

Young Dolly Parton being interviewed in a bright blue dress.
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“I try to see the good in everybody, and I don’t care who people are as long as they’re themselves, whatever it is.”

14. On paying more to look cheap

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“You’d be surprised how much it costs to look this cheap!”

15. On working for your dreams

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“A lot of dreams can turn to nightmares, if you don’t really work them”

16. On inspiration

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“When I’m inspired, I get excited because I can’t wait to see what I’ll come up with next.”

17. On expensive cosmetics

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

18. On being home

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

19. On embracing change

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“Adjusting to the passage of time, I think, is a key to success and to life. Just being able to roll with the punches.”

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