'I'm Totally Real Inside:' 22 of Dolly Parton's Greatest 'Dollyisms' of All Time

'Cause this dumb blonde ain't nobody's fool! Celebrate Dolly's status as one of PEOPLE's People of the Year with her most iconic quotes

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On Dumb Blonde Jokes

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"I'm not offended by all of the dumb blonde jokes because I know I'm not dumb … and I also know that I'm not blonde."

02 of 22

On Getting Through Tough Times

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

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On Doing What Makes You Happy

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

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On Being 'Fashionable'

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"I don't like to be like everybody else. I've often made the statement that I'd never stoop so low as to be fashionable. That's the easiest thing in the world to do."

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On Being Real

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"I'm very real where it counts, and that's inside."

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On Her Weaknesses

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"My weaknesses have always been food and men - in that order."

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On Having a Sense of Humor

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"I know some of the best Dolly Parton jokes. I made 'em up myself."

08 of 22

On Aging Gracefully

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"If I see something saggin', baggin' or draggin', I'm gonna have it nipped, tucked or sucked!"

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On Being a Drag Queen at Heart

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"I like all that frilly stuff. Like I've always said, it's a good thing I was a girl, or I'd definitely have been a drag queen! Most definitely."

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On Doing Life on Purpose


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

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On Shining Bright

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

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On Staying Open to Feelings

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"I have to not harden my heart, because I want to stay open to feel things. So when I hurt, I hurt all over. And when I cry, I cry real hard. And when I'm mad, I'm mad all over. I'm just a person; I like to experience whatever the feeling is and whatever I'm going through."

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On Refusing to Put Limits on Herself

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

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On Making Your Own Space

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"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."

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On Shining Where You Are

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

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On Her Over-the-Top Outfits

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"I am sure of myself as a person. I am sure of my talent. I'm sure of my love for life and that sort of thing. I am very content, I like the kind of person that I am. So, I can afford to piddle around and do-diddle around with makeup and clothes and stuff because I am secure with myself."

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On Her Big Goal

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"Now people are always asking me, 'What do you want people to say about you 100 years from now?' I always say I want them to say, 'Dang, don't she still look good for her age?' "

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On the Beauty of Aging

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"I'm old enough and cranky enough now that if someone tried to tell me what to do, I'd tell them where to put it."

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On Being Courageous

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

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On Being Positive

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"Leave something good in every day."

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On What May Surprise People

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"I know I look artificial, but I might surprise you. I'm totally real inside."

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On Celebrating Her Upcoming 75th Birthday

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"I don't plan to retire. I just turned 74 and I plan to be on the cover of Playboy Magazine again. See, I did Playboy Magazine years ago and I thought it'd be such a hoot if they'll go for it - I don't know if they will - if I could be on the cover again when I'm 75."

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