Dolly Parton (born January 19th, 1946) is a country music singer-songwriter legend. She’s also a business woman and philanthropist. She was first a successful songwriter for other artists, then released her first album in 1967, and has since sold over 100 million records since. She’s had 110 career-charted singles over the past 40 years.

Below we list some words of wisdom from Dolly Parton.

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

"A positive attitude and a sense of humor go together like biscuits and gravy."

"Dream more, learn more, care more, and be more."

"Find out who you are and do it on purpose."

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

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

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

"I never, ever get involved in politics. With politics you are not allowed to be honest. I don't have time to deal with that. I would rather work with kids."

"If you're feeling low, don't despair. The sun has a sinking spell every night, but it comes back up every morning."

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

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

"Storms make trees take deeper roots."

"A great smile is a wonderful asset, but a good heart is pure gold."

"When someone shows you their true colors, believe them."

"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."

"Smile, it enhances your face value."

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

"What people do behind closed doors is certainly not my concern unless I'm there with them."

"I always had a very open mind and a very open heart. I always look for the good in everybody and the God in everybody. I play to that. And I just love people. I love the difference in people. I love getting to know people. I appreciate getting accepted myself, because I know I'm unusual. And I love the unusual in other people."

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

"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."

"Time marches on and sooner or later you realize it is marching across your face."

"I count my blessings far more than I count my money."

"When I meet someone, I look at their eyes and their smile and seek out the good first - it's easy to find when you're looking for it. You let a person shine with their own light and try to connect it to yours. As soon as I say hello, I go right to that light and I don't care who you are! I know we're all pieces of the same thing - I go for that common light because I know it's in all of us."

"God made me the way that I am and it’s my business to be true to that."

"I never tried quitting, and I never quit trying."

"Don't judge me by the cover, 'cause I'm a real good book."

"When I'm feeling a little low, I put on my favorite high heels to stand a little taller."

"A peacock that rests on his feathers is just another turkey."

"Paradise is a state of mind."

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

"I've struggled enough in my life to be appreciated and understood. I've had to go against all kinds of people through the years just to be myself. I think everybody should be allowed to be who they are, and to love who they love. I don't think we should be judgmental. Lord, I've got enough problems of my own to pass judgment on somebody else."

"I always ask God to work through me and let me be a light of some kind and help in this world, so I always pray for that, and I always want to do good."

"We could afford the price of peace. Love is all it costs."

"You can't really make people be any different than what they are."

"God and I have a great relationship but we both see other people."

"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."

"I believe above the storm the smallest prayer will still be heard."

"The worst thing about poverty is not the actual living of it, but the shame of it."

"I think so many people live their whole life in fear and doubt and shame."

"No one is ever successful at everything that they do."

"I make jokes about it, but it's the truth that I kind of patterned my look after the town tramp. I didn't know what she was, just this woman who was blond and piled her hair up, wore high heels and tight skirts, and, boy, she was the prettiest thing I'd ever seen. Momma used to say, "Aw, she's just trash," and I thought, That's what I want to be when I grow up. Trash."

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