Dolly Parton quotes

“My husband calls me 'catfish.' He says I'm all mouth and no brains.”

— Dolly Parton

“A lot of people have said I'd have probably done better in my career if I hadn't looked so cheap and gaudy. But I dress to be comfortable for me, and you shouldn't be blamed because you want to look pretty.”

— Dolly Parton

“People get a kick out of my stupidity.”

— Dolly Parton

“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 gone.”

— Dolly Parton

“I do remember how it was to be poor. I do remember that in my early years, we had to grow and raise all of our food, even our animals. And I remember in my early life, we didn't even have electricity. So it was very, very hard times then.”

— Dolly Parton

“I still close my eyes and go home - I can always draw from that.”

— Dolly Parton

“I've never had a divorce, but I've seen so many of my friends, my sister, my family go through that stuff, so I try to write for the people that can't write about it. I take on their sorrow, so I'm able to kind of express it, or their joy.”

— Dolly Parton

“Children have always responded to me because I have that cartoon-character look.”

— Dolly Parton

“Every day I pray about all I do.”

— Dolly Parton

“I can't do nothing just a little.”

— Dolly Parton

“I can't tell anybody else how to run their life or their business, but I really believe I've got a good bead on myself.”

— Dolly Parton

“I don't have anything to say about other people's art and their work.”

— Dolly Parton

“I just kind of wake up with a new idea and new dreams every day, and I follow that dream, as they say.”

— Dolly Parton

“I'm just a simple country girl.”

— Dolly Parton

“If I hadn't been a woman, I'd be a drag queen for sure. I like all that flair and I'd be dressing up in them high heels and putting on the big hair. I'd be like Ru Paul.”

— Dolly Parton

“My grandpa was a preacher.”

— Dolly Parton

“My songs are like my children - I expect them to support me when I'm old.”

— Dolly Parton

“Oh, I can spot a phoney a mile away.”

— Dolly Parton

“I have a tendency to be awfully big-hearted and it's very hard for me to say no, even when I need to.”

— Dolly Parton

“I look at myself like a show dog. I've got to keep her clipped and trimmed and in good shape.”

— Dolly Parton

“I love story songs because I've always loved books.”

— Dolly Parton

“I think I became more productive through not having children. I never really had the desire to have them. My husband didn't want them either, so it worked out well.”

— Dolly Parton

“I think I've got my business notions and my sense for that sort of thing from my dad. My dad never had a chance to go to school. He couldn't read and write. But he was so smart. He was just one of those people that could just make the most of anything and everything that he had to work with.”

— Dolly Parton

“I think that I know the value of a dollar.”

— Dolly Parton

“I think that I'm perfect.”

— Dolly Parton

“I was always a junk food person, still am.”

— Dolly Parton

“I was probably 7 years old when I started playing the guitar and writing some serious songs.”

— Dolly Parton

“I write for myself things that I've gone through.”

— Dolly Parton

“I'm a workin' girl.”

— Dolly Parton

“I'm almost like three people. There's me the, Dolly, the person. There's me, the star. And then there's me, the manager.”

— Dolly Parton
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