The cultural icon and a multi-talented star, Dolly Parton is a famous American singer, songwriter and actress. Over the years, her voice and personality won the hearts of country and pop music fans.

Although she was born in a poor family, the fourth of 12 children, Parton’s passion for music helped her make it big in the industry. She learned everything about music from her mother, who sang and played guitar, and while performing in church.  

Dolly started to gain fame when she was only ten years old, by appearing on local television and radio shows in Knoxville. With a voice like that and unparalleled charm, she soon became  the protégée of country music singer Porter Wagoner. 

For her remarkable music career, Parton received many awards and was recognized in the Guinness World Records 2018 edition for her accomplishments of most decades with a Top 20 hit on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart and most hits on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart, by a female artist.  

Parton has used her success to give back to others. She’s worked with charitable organizations in support of numerous causes and established her own Dollywood Foundation, with the goal of improving literacy among young children.

Here are 20 Dolly Parton quotes that inspire a great attitude towards life:

Storms make trees take deeper roots.

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

When I got somethin’ to say, I’ll say it.

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

Find out who you are. And do it on purpose.


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

You always want your people to be proud of what you have accomplished.

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.


It’s hard to be a diamond in a rhinestone world.

I know who I am, I know what I can and can’t do. I know what I will and won’t do. I know what I’m capable of and I don’t agree to do things that I don’t think I can pull off.

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

You gotta keep trying to find your niche and trying to fit into whatever slot that’s left for you or to make one of your own.

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

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

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.

Being a star just means that you just find your own special place, and that you shine where you are.

I’m not happy all the time, and I wouldn’t want to be because that would make me a shallow person. But I do try to find the good in everybody.

You know, I look like a woman but I think like a man. And in this world of business, that has helped me a lot. Because by the time they think that I don’t know what’s goin’ on, I then got the money, and am gone.

Smile — it increases your face value.

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