89 Dolly Parton Quotes on Love, Life and Work

Dolly Parton, an iconic American country singer and actress, bridged the gap between country and pop music.

Born in Tennessee in 1946, she was one of 12 siblings in a poor family. Her musical talent appeared early, leading her to Nashville after high school.

There, she collaborated with country star Porter Wagoner and quickly became famous.

She later pursued a solo career, earning many awards like Grammys and getting inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

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Parton also acted in films, notably “Nine to Five,” and inspired various TV shows and movies.

Beyond entertainment, she founded Dollywood, a theme park and established the Dollywood Foundation for children’s education.

She wrote an autobiography and even co-authored a thriller. Honored beyond music, she was named a Living Legend by the Library of Congress and received the National Medal of Arts.

Below is an inspiring collection of quotes by Dolly Parton.

Best Dolly Parton Quotes


Paradise is a state of mind. ~ Dolly Parton.

I never tried quitting, and I never quit trying. ~ Dolly Parton.

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

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

It’s hard to be a diamond in a rhinestone world. ~ Dolly Parton.

I still believe in Santa, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy and true love. Don’t even try to tell me different. ~ Dolly Parton.

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

Storms make trees take deeper roots. ~ Dolly Parton.

I’ll never harden my heart but I’ve toughened the muscles around it. ~ Dolly Parton.

What people do behind closed doors is certainly not my concern unless I’m there with them. ~ Dolly Parton.

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

Smile, it enhances your face value. ~ Dolly Parton.

A peacock that rests on his feathers is just another turkey. ~ Dolly Parton.

I’m just a simple country girl. ~ 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’ll bring my grits when I travel, because I get so hungry on the road. ~ Dolly Parton.

I always wanted to be loved. ~ Dolly Parton.

People will use you as long as you let them. ~ Dolly Parton.

I’m a fool to keep staying, when you’ve made hurting me such an art. ~ Dolly Parton.

Inspiring Dolly Parton Quotes

Leave something good in every day. ~ Dolly Parton.

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

Truth is, I wouldn’t know a gigabyte from a snakebite. ~ Dolly Parton.

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.

God made me the way that I am and it’s my business to be true to that. ~ Dolly Parton.

If you’re feeling low, don’t despair. The sun has a sinking spell every night, but it comes back up every morning. ~ Dolly Parton.

I believe above the storm the smallest prayer will still be heard. ~ Dolly Parton.


The magic is inside you. there ain’t no crystal ball. ~ Dolly Parton.

Daddy’s working boots have taken many steps for us. ~ Dolly Parton.

I think so many people live their whole life in fear and doubt and shame. ~ Dolly Parton.

One is only poor, only if they choose to be. ~ Dolly Parton.

Top Dolly Parton Quotes

Jump out of bed and I stumble to the kitchen, pour myself a cup of ambition and yawn and stretch and try to come alive. ~ Dolly Parton.

I love traveling all over the world; but it’s true: there’s nothing like home. ~ Dolly Parton.

I have little feet because nothing grows in the shade. ~ 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.

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.

Don’t judge me by the cover, ’cause I’m a real good book. ~ Dolly Parton.

The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain. ~ Dolly Parton.

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. ~ Dolly Parton.

Love is like a butterfly, a rare and gentle thing. ~ Dolly Parton.

Love is something sent from Heaven to worry the Hell out of you. ~ Dolly Parton.

If we all climb together, we could climb the highest hill. ~ Dolly Parton.

If I have one more facelift I’ll have a beard! ~ Dolly Parton.

When someone shows you their true colors, believe them. ~ Dolly Parton.

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

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

Profound Dolly Parton Quotes

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

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

A great smile is a wonderful asset, but a good heart is pure gold. ~ Dolly Parton.

Laughter through tears is my favorite emotion. ~ Dolly Parton.

People think I’m as shallow and superficial as I look, and it’s a surprise when they find out, sure enough, I am. ~ Dolly Parton.

I always count my blessings more than I count my money. I don’t work for money, never did. ~ Dolly Parton.

I am a seeker, a poor, sinful creature, there is no weaker than I. ~ Dolly Parton.

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

Some of my dreams are so big they would scare you. ~ Dolly Parton.


Don’t lose your temper; use it. ~ 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 think that all creative people are a little bit nuts… ~ Dolly Parton.

I’m on a seafood diet. I see food, I eat it. ~ Dolly Parton.

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

A positive attitude and a sense of humor go together like biscuits and gravy. ~ Dolly Parton.

I’m no angel if that’s what you thought you found. I was just the victim of a man that let me down. ~ Dolly Parton.

Famous Dolly Parton Quotes

I would never stoop so low as to be fashionable. ~ Dolly Parton.

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

Less is not more. More is more. ~ Dolly Parton.

I’ll never graduate from collagen. ~ Dolly Parton.

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

If you see someone without a smile today, give ’em yours. ~ Dolly Parton.

Wildflowers don’t care where they grow. ~ Dolly Parton.

When I’m feeling a little low, I put on my favorite high heels to stand a little taller. ~ Dolly Parton.

I just love life. I love people. I love to write, that’s my gift. I love to sing. I have a good attitude. I like to think I shine from the inside. ~ Dolly Parton.

I hope life treats you kind, and I hope you have all that you ever dreamed of, and I wish you joy and happiness. But above all of this, I wish you love. ~ 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.

Some people say that less is more. But I think more is more. ~ Dolly Parton.

Find out who you are and do it on purpose. ~ Dolly Parton.

Time marches on and sooner or later you realize it is marching across your face. ~ Dolly Parton.

I always just thought if you see somebody without a smile, give’em yours! ~ Dolly Parton.

I don’t trust anyone who does their own hair. I don’t think it’s natural. ~ Dolly Parton.

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

I pray a lot. I pray that God will show me what to do and will guide me and lead me. ~ Dolly Parton.

Don’t get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life. ~ Dolly Parton.

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

Inspirational Dolly Parton Quotes

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

I look like a woman but I think like a man. I’ve done business with men who think I’m as silly as I look. By the time they realize I’m not, I’ve got the money and gone. ~ Dolly Parton.


Dream more, learn more, care more, and be more. ~ 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.

Life is a song to me. ~ 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.

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. ~ Dolly Parton.

So these were the 89 top Dolly Parton quotes and sayings that are really great.

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