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10 Inspiring Dolly Parton Quotes That Are Sure To Life Your Spirits

A two-photo collage. The first photo shows Dolly Parton smiling wide as she stands in a dress that is half black and half butterfly in the abdomen region. The dress turns see through before becoming solid again at the end where there's lots of bright colors. The second photo is black and white and shows Parton when she was younger. She's on stage with a guitar and is smiling wide, very similarly to how she is smiling in the other photo.

Singer, musician, actor, philanthropist — it seems as though there’s little that Dolly Parton hasn’t accomplished in life. No matter how long you’ve been a fan of the icon or for what reason, folks from all walks of life absolutely adore this Tennessee native who couldn’t be more proud of her roots. In addition to her unforgettable music and her work with nonprofits, she’s also known for sharing inspiring words.

While lots of insightful, quote-worthy things have come out of Parton’s mouth, I’ve gathered 10 of my favorites for you to enjoy below. Just keep scrolling for a healthy dose of Parton-wisdom!

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

2. “I know how to stand my ground. I know how to speak up. I know how to stand sturdy. But that doesn’t mean I’ve hardened my heart.”

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

4. “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.”

5. “Figure out who you are. Then do it on purpose.”

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

7. “If you want the rainbow, you have to put up with the rain.”

8. “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.”

9. “Dream more, learn more, care more, and be more.”

10. “We can’t just hope for a brighter day, we have to work for a brighter day. Love too often gets buried in a world of hurt and fear. And we have to work to dig it out so we can share it with our family, our friends, and our neighbors.”

Whether through her music, interviews, or actions, Dolly Parton has imparted lots of wisdom over the course of her life — and we couldn’t be more grateful for that!

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