Dolly Parton, country music legend and beloved LGBT icon turned 70 this month.
— Dolly Parton (@DollyParton) January 19, 2016
Parton has led an illustrious career in music and film. She has been lauded with 45 Grammy nominations and sold over 100 million albums. Parton has never shied away from her role as an ally and outspoken activist for gay rights, winning her fans and a permanent spot as a LGBT icon.
In 2014, The Hollywood Reporter asked Dolly why she thinks gay fans flock to her.
“They know that I completely love and accept them, as I do all people,” Parton said.
“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,” she said. “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.”
And while we may be a bit late to wish her a happy birthday (it was on January 19), it’s never too late to celebrate the majesty and immeasurable legacy of the queen of country. Below, we’ve gathered five of the wisest and wittiest truths ever shared by Dolly Parton.
- “You never do a whole lot unless you’re brave enough to try.”
- “I think everybody should be allowed to be who they are and to love who they love.”
- “When someone shows me their true colors, I believe them.”
- “I’ll never harden my heart, but I’ve toughened the muscles around it.”
- “If people want to pass judgment, they’re already sinning. The sin of judging is just as bad as any other sin they might say somebody else is committing. I try to love everybody.”
Check out ten more wonderful Dolly Parton quotes on MSNBC.com.