50 Best Dolly Parton Quotes On Life & Love

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It’s no secret that Dolly Parton is an absolute icon and overall, one of the most legendary women of all time.

Parton is known for her larger than life personality, and these Dolly Parton quotes give us a glimpse into the full life she's lived that leaves us with motivation and little bits of wisdom.

She has blessed us all with her musical talents since 1967 and has starred in many movies as well. Parton’s best-known movies are Steel Magnolia’s and her many Hallmark Christmas specials, while her top hits include Jolene, 9 to 5, and Islands in the Stream, to name a few.

In and out of her songs she continues to offer us insightful advice on life and love.

Dolly Parton Quotes

Check out these 50 Dolly Parton quotes to get your Dolly-approved advice.

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1. “I think everybody should be allowed to be who they are, and to love who they love.” — Dolly Parton


2. “Everybody has their own journey; they have their own way of doing things. And who am I to judge?” — Dolly Parton


3. “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.” — Dolly Parton


4. “I always count my blessings more than I count my money.” – Dolly Parton


5. “Everybody’s life is a soap opera, everybody’s life is a country-western song, depends on who’s writing it.” — Dolly Parton


6. “If you see someone without a smile today, give them yours.” — Dolly Parton

7. “Find out who you are and do it on purpose.” — Dolly Parton


8. “The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain!” — Dolly Parton


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


10. “The magic is inside you, there ain’t no crystal ball.” — Dolly Parton


11. “I never have considered myself a perfectionist, but I do think of myself as a ‘professionalist’. I always strive simply to be my very best.” — Dolly Parton


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

13. “We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails.” — Dolly Parton


14. “Storms make trees take deeper roots.” — Dolly Parton


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


16.  "It costs a lot of money to look this cheap." — Dolly Parton


17. “Never ignore your roots, your home, or your hair.” — Dolly Parton

18. “A rhinestone shines just as good as a diamond.” — Dolly Parton


19. “Dreams are of no value if they’re not equipped with wings.” — Dolly Parton


20 “My weaknesses have always been food and men, in that order.” — Dolly Parton


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


22. “When someone shows me their true colors, I believe them.” — Dolly Parton


23. “A bird and a fish can fall in love, but where do they make a home?” — Dolly Parton


24. “Wouldn’t it be something if we could have things we love in abundance without their losing that special attraction the want of them held for us.” — Dolly Parton


25. “Smile, it increases your face value.” — Dolly Parton

26. “I don’t kiss nobody’s butt.” — Dolly Parton


27. “Were all just a bunch of sinners, but we do the best we can.” — Dolly Parton


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


29. “No one is ever successful at everything they do.” — Dolly Parton


30. “Everybody has a purpose.” — Dolly Parton


31. “It’s not easy being young. It’s hard to know what to do.” — Dolly Parton


32. “When I got something to say, I’ll say it.” — Dolly Parton


33. “I’m not intimidated by how people perceive me.” — Dolly Parton


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34. “The poorer people are, the more generous they seem to be.” — Dolly Parton

35. “Every seven years, I sit down and make a whole new plan.” — Dolly Parton


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


37. “I don’t make people bend over backyards, and I don’t like that in people. I am definitely no diva.” — Dolly Parton


38. “I think everyone should be with who they love.” — Dolly Parton


39. “Life is a song to me.” — Dolly Parton


40. “I don’t think you ever really know what al you’re doing, so you have to act on faith.” — Dolly Parton


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


42. “Money ain’t everything.” — Dolly Parton


43. “Look like a woman but think like a man.” — Dolly Parton


44. “Leave something good in every day.” — Dolly Parton

45. “I’ve had heartaches, headaches, toothaches, earaches, and I’ve had a few pains in the ass, but I’ve survived to tell about it.” — Dolly Parton


46. “I’ll never harden my heart, but I’ve toughened the muscles around it.” — Dolly Parton


47. “I love everybody. My heart’s open to everybody.” — Dolly Parton


48. “Love is like a butterfly, a rare and gentle thing.” — Dolly Parton


49. “Love is something sent from heaven to worry the hell out of you.” — Dolly Parton


50. “I have a strict policy that nobody cries alone in my presence.” — Dolly Parton

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Lindsey Matthews is a writer who covers love and relationships, news, and pop-culture topics.