39 Dolly Parton Quotes to Inspire You to Greatness in Life

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If you were born before 2,000, you’re certain to know who Dolly Parton is. She’s a singer, songwriter, actress, author, musician, humanitarian, businesswoman, and more. She’s had an impact on American culture, whether one likes to admit it or not, and she’s often known for the ways she inspires others with her words. Perhaps you’ve seen or heard one of the many Dolly Parton quotes and you’ve been inspired yourself. That inspiration can drive one to laugh, cry, stand tall, or be more. And she says her faith is central to all her inspiration. That’s why we’ve compiled these Dolly Parton Quotes to inspire your day.

Dolly Parton Quotes to Inspire You

  1. If you see someone without a smile today, give ’em yours.
  2. You make your choices, you make your sacrifices and I never looked back. I knew early on that I was going to walk that road until God told me to stop.
  3. I’ll never harden my heart, but I’ve toughened the muscles around it.
  4. I wish you joy and happiness, but above all of this I wish you love.
  5. We’re all just a bunch of sinners, but we do the best we can.
  6. They think I’m simpleminded because I seem to be happy. Why shouldn’t I be happy? I have everything I ever wanted and more. Maybe I am simple-minded. Maybe that’s the key: simple.
  7. No one is ever successful at everything that they do.
  8. Everyone has their own journey, they have their own way of doing things. And who am I to judge?
  9. Love is like a butterfly, a rare and gentle thing.
  10. You’ll never do a whole lot unless you’re brave enough to try.
  11. I always count my blessings more than I count my money. I don’t work for money, never did.
  12. Storms make trees take deeper roots.
  13. Stop this attitude that older people ain’t any good anymore! We’re as good as we ever were – if we ever were any good.
  14. Leave something good in every day.
  15. A rhinestone shines just as good as a diamond.
  16. He always loved who I was, and I loved who he was, and we never tried to change each other.
  17. Find out who you are and do it on purpose.
  18. We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails.
  19. I don’t like to give advice. I like to give people information because everyone’s life is different, and everyone’s journey is different.
  20. 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.
  21. Don’t get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.
  22. When I’m inspired, I get excited because I can’t wait to see what I’ll come up with next.
  23. If I can hold God’s attention, I can hold the world’s.
  24. 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.
  25. The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.
  26. If you don’t like the road you’re walking, start paving another one.
  27. When someone shows you their true colors, believe them.
  28. A peacock who rests on its feathers is just another turkey.
  29. They think I’m simpleminded because I seem to be happy. Why shouldn’t I be happy? I have everything I ever wanted and more. Maybe I am simple-minded. Maybe that’s the key: simple.
  30. The magic is inside you, there ain’t no crystal ball.
  31. So I say a silent prayer for creatures great and small. Peace on Earth, good will to men is the greatest gift of all.
  32. I have a strict policy that nobody cries alone in my presence.
  33. Love is something sent from heaven to worry the hell out of you.
  34. You don’t have to look like everybody else. You don’t have to be a raving beauty to be beautiful.
  35. When I wake up, I expect things to be good. If they’re not, then I try to set about trying to make them as good as I can ‘cause I know I’m gonna have to live that day anyway. So why not try to make the most of it if you can? Some days, they pan out a little better than others, but you still gotta always just try.
  36. I think so many people live their whole life in fear and doubt and shame.
  37. 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.
  38. 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.
  39. Smile—it increases your face value.

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