Happy Birthday Dolly Parton: The Star’s Best Quotes on Celebrating/Aging/Growing Up

by Suzanne Halliburton

Happy birthday, Dolly Parton — 75 never looked so fabulous.

In her beautiful life, Parton is as much truth-teller and giver of sage advice as she is singer and songwriter. No matter the medium, every time she speaks, it’s as if a delightful song pours from Parton’s soul. She probably said this somewhere, but if we listen more to Dolly Parton and less of the mindless chatter on social media, our lives would be anxiety free.

To celebrate her 75th, we’re collecting some of the best Dolly Parton sayings, whether she mentioned them in interviews, in Tweets or in her movies.

Promise, you’ll feel better about most anything once you read through these quotes.

Dolly Parton Says To Heck With Aging

First, feeling a bit anxious about aging? Dolly Parton says don’t bother. She’ll get you through it.

As Truvy Jones, the town’s top hairstylist in Steel Magnolia’s, Parton told her friends “There’s no such thing as natural beauty.”

Someone else wrote those words for Parton, but it took the sassy singer, who loves wigs and sparkles in real life, to sell the line and make it believeable.

Parton also loves to talk about aging and beauty in real life. Seems she thinks we stress about it too much. To wit:

Back in 2018, actress Jennifer Aniston interviewed Parton to promote their movie “Dumplin.”

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

Still feeling like you’re looking too old? We have another Dolly quote to help with that.

“People say how you stay looking so young? I say, well, good lighting, good doctors and good makeup,“ Parton told the BBC last year.

Or, how about what Dolly wrote in her book, “Dream More.”

“People always say, ‘But you always look so happy.’ Well that’s Botox!” Nobody’s happy all the time. But I work hard at it.”

More Dolly Parton Real Beauty Talk

Remember, we told you Dolly Parton likes to sparkle, i.e., dress up to stand out. She dished about that in an interview with Elle magazine.

“I’m flashy, and I’m flamboyant. Had I not been a girl, I definitely would have been a drag queen,” the Tennessee-born star said.

In the same interview, Dolly Parton said: “I look totally artificial, but I am totally real, as a writer, as a professional, as a human being. A rhinestone shines just as good as a diamond.”

And, Parton says don’t stress so much about your diet, just eat another tasteless rice cake. In her book, Dolly: My Life and Other Unfinished Business, Parton wrote: “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 Says Be Cool With Who You Are

There’s a consistent theme in Dolly’s world — always, always, always celebrate your true self. It helps you grow and evolve into the person you’re supposed to be.

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

Or, how about what Dolly Parton told Billboard. She was discussing a half-century of singing country music and supporting her fans, who are gay.

“I’ve had to go against all kinds of people through the years just to be myself,” Parton said. “I think everybody should be allowed to be who they are, and to love who they love.”

There’s also this Dolly Parton gem from when the icon appeared with ABC’s Robin Roberts.

“I still believe that women should get paid equal and should be treated with respect. I’m all about that,” Parton said. “I don’t get out and have to preach it or march in the streets, I write about it.”

Somebody Should Make a Sign For These Dolly Sayings

These next few Dolly quotes tell us she’ is country music’s great philosopher.

She told CBS Sunday Morning Interview: “I always count my blessings more than I count my money. I don’t work for money, never did.”

Here’s another Dollyism from the BBC: “Everybody’s life is a soap opera. Everybody’s life is a country western song, depends on who’s writing it.”

More cool stuff from Billboard: “I’m just a working girl. I never think of myself as a star because, as somebody once said, ‘A star is nothing but a big ball of gas’–and I don’t want to be that.”

And finally, here are a couple more Dolly observations from her book, “Dream More.”

She wrote: “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.”

Or, “I make a point to appreciate all the little things in my life. I go out and smell the air after a good, hard rain. These small actions help remind me that there are so many great, glorious pieces of good in the world.”

To paraphrase, we think Dolly Parton, herself, is a great glorious piece of good in this world. Happy Birthday Dolly!