Dolly Parton Quotes on Life and Living

40 Dolly Parton Quotes on Living Life:

Find out who you are and do it on purpose.

Even the Declaration of Independence only guarantees life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It doesn't say anything about fair. Doesn't even say you have the right to be happy - just to pursue it

I've always been a freak and different, oddball even in my childhood and my own family, so I can relate to people who are struggling and trying to find their true identity. I do not sit in the seat of judgment. ... I love people for who they are. We're all God's children

Leave something good in every day

The magic is inside you. There ain't no crystal ball

Some things are strange to me, and some things are odd. But I don't condemn. If you can accept me, I can accept you.

It used to be said of me that I was “smart enough to know everything and dumb enough to say it.

I have always been a firm believer in working hard for what is right and for making your own breaks if you want things to change.

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.

I hope people realize that there is a brain underneath the hair and a heart underneath the boobs.

I feel like I'm fighting a battle when I didn't start a war

I'll never harden my heart, but I've toughened the muscles around it.

Laughter through tears is my favorite emotion

Don't get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.

Smile -- it increases your face value

It`s when you treat people like freaks that you become one yourself.

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

I`m a show-off basically...always have been.

I was so flattered and honored that they liked me so much. It really worked out to be a wonderful friendship

Its hard to be a diamond in a rhinestone world.

I used to feel so proud to be there with what I thought at the time were where the legends and heroes has stood and had sung. And I've been in the business so long, I've almost become one of them. So it's like I'm standing in my own footsteps.

I'm not greedy or nothing. I just want everything. Is there something wrong with that?

Life Lessons

I still close my eyes and go home -- I can always draw from that

Sometimes you see folks who have a negative view of dreamers - people who sit around all day on their hindquarters and do absolutely nothing. These folks aren't dreamers - they are just lazy. To me, dreaming is just part of being alive, inspired, and curious about the world.

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

You're not going to see your dreams come true if you don’t put wings, legs and arms, hands and feet, on ‘em. You gotta have people to help carry out those dreams, and, Lord, I've been surrounded by great people

Storms make trees take deeper roots

You'll never do a whole lot unless you're brave enough to try

I boarded a Greyhound bus with my dreams, my old guitar, the songs I had written, and the rest of my belongings in a set of matching luggage – three paper bags from the same grocery store.

I was blessed to have family members who encouraged me to pursue my dreams. Whether it is your parents, or your uncles or your aunts or even the neighbor down the road, it`s important that kids have someone who encourages them to chase their rainbow.

To me, it`s about dreaming in the day and in the night. Dreams have always helped me visualize my goals and aspirations. When I was a child, I could see me on stage singing my heart out. I could see what I was wearing and where I was going. I would visit that dream every single day and as I look back, my dreams kept me focused on what I wanted to do and the person I wanted to be.

When I'm inspired, I get excited because I can't wait to see what I'll come up with next

I feel blessed that I still have the little Dolly in my heart, I`m still the same girl that wants to squeeze every little drop out of life that I can.

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

Sure I'm in it for the money, but also because I love music. I picture myself in the future as a happy old lady, chubby, rosy cheeks, telling stories to the little kids. When I sit back in my rocker, I want to have done it all.

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 always just thought if you see somebody without a smile, give’ em yours

If you don't like the road you're walking, start paving another one


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

I wake up with new dreams every day. So the more I can do to channel that into things that I love to create is healthier for me and probably for everybody around me. And the older I get, the earlier I get up. The second my feet hit the floor, I`m awake. I`m like hurry, hurry. I just love life. And I feel like we ain't got but a certain amount of time anyway. I want to make the most of all of it.

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