Dolly Parton’s Best Quotes of All Time: Advice on Life and Love

by Charles Craighill

Country sweetheart Dolly Parton has been around a long time and shared a lot of wisdom. From advice on living life to tidbits to make you laugh, she always delivers with charm and grace. Many Americans have lived to see her grow from a small-town girl to an international star, but she has always stayed true to herself. Here are some of the best Dolly Parton quotes of all time that we compiled for you.

Dolly Parton Life Advice

“If you don’t like the road you’re walking, pave a new one.”

As Parton has said, “I have been around a long time”. That means she knows a thing or two about life. Coming from a country music icon who truly has pathed her own path, this little nugget resonates. Dolly Parton grew from a small town country to girl to one of the biggest, if not the biggest country music legends of all time. To get there, she certainly had to repave her path a couple of times.

On Money and Finances

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“Don’t get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life…. I always count my blessings more than I count my money. I don’t work for money. Never did.”

These two statements can likely be attributed to the core of Dolly Parton’s success. Along with her beauty and charm, Parton’s financial success comes from not paying attention to the money. She knows all to well that if you do what you love, you never work a day in your life. Along with that, she knows that work ages more than life, so thats why she can look so young after all these years!”

Well, Maybe There’s More To Looking Young…

“People say ‘how you stay looking so young?’ Well, I say, good lighting , good doctors, and good makeup.”

Dolly Parton has always been an ageless wonder, but some of it may be artificial. Even at 74, she looks striking as ever. At another point, Parton was quoted saying “People always say ‘but you always look so happy’ thats just the Botox!” No matter what the doctors or the makeup artists do, Dolly will always look young and beautiful due to her contagious charm.

Dolly Parton on Hardship

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“The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you have to put up with the rain!”

Being the fourth of twelve children in an impoverished family growing up, Parton has seen hardship. It was her determination alongside her talent that delivered her success. She knows that success and happiness doesn’t come easy, but it sure is sweet when you work hard to get it.

The Importance of Smiling

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

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Dolly Parton is certainly someone who knows how to make people smile. She has been doing it for 74 years! With that said, when she says to give someone your smile, she may not no how easy she has it with her contagious grin. She is also quoted saying “Smile– it increases your face value.” This is certainly true for her as her ‘face value’ is estimated around $500 million in 2020.

Dolly being Dolly

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Dolly Parton has always had a certain charisma and sass that makes her who she is. She is as good as building herself up as she is at healthy self-deprecation. But even when she makes fun of her self, she embeds some lessons in there somehow. Here are some of her best instances of advice that will make you laugh.

  • “Never ignore your roots, your home, or your hair.”
  • “A loose tongue can lead to broken teeth.”
  • “Anyone who says you can’t take it with you has never seen me pack!”
  • “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.”
  • “My songs are like my children, I expect them to support me when I’m old.”
  • “It cost a lot of money to look this cheap.”
  • “My weaknesses have always been food and men- in that order.”
  • “People always ask me how long it takes to do my hair. I don’t know, I’m never there.”
  • “Mama said ‘that ain’t nothing but trash’ and I thought ‘Thats what I wanna be Mama! I wanna be trash!'”

Dolly Parton is an American treasure, and every word out of her mouth could go into a history book. Her sweet smile and gentle accent will always have you feeling good. She is the perfect balance of humble and ambitious, silly and smart. Her story is one of the American Dream coming to fruition, so when she speaks, it is a good idea to listen.