In many ways, Dolly Parton is the picture of inspiration. Growing up with 11 siblings in a rural, poverty-stricken household, Parton used singing and songwriting to lift herself out of financial destitution and launch a $450 million empire.
And now, on her 67th birthday, Parton is continuing to inspire us as she ages proudly and gracefully, spurning ideas of retirement and maintaining her characteristic playfulness and honesty.
We have compiled a list of our favorite Dolly quotes in honor of her birthday. The quotes range from fun (she has no shame talking about her two very famous “girls”) to romantic (Dolly and her husband, Carl Dean, have been married for 46 years), but all inspire us to be as fearless and honest as the singer.
Happy birthday, Dolly Parton!