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11 Life Lessons From Dolly Parton

Though she's known around the world as country music's preeminent songstress, Dolly Parton is also something of a folksy philosopher. Her lightning-quick wit and poetic simplicity--not to mention her far-too-few movie roles--have made for some heartfelt and hilarious homilies on life, love, and beauty. From songs like "Jolene" and "I Will Always Love You" to hit movies like 9 to 5 and Steel Magnolias, Dolly has espoused her clear-eyed, homespun wisdom. In interviews, she has reflected on the secret of her five decade-long marriage ("Stay gone!"), her flashy appearance ("It takes a lot of money to look this cheap!"), and her ample chest ("I've made a fortune with 'em!")--and in the process, she's won our hearts. Looking back over the 50-plus years that Dolly has entertained us, here is a collection of her most valuable life lessons.

1. Always stand up for yourself.

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2. You can make your mark on the world at any age.

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3. Your checking account does not determine the riches in your life.

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4. Don't be afraid of being over-the-top. In Dolly's book, less is NEVER more. MORE is more.

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5. Forgive, forgive, forgive. It's better for them. It's better for you. Period.

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6. With every new day comes new beginnings, new possibilities, and…new wigs?

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7. Be prepared. Life is going to throw curveballs, and you'll need all the sass you've got.

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8. "…And you remember that! Or we're all out of a job!"

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9. Embrace your curves, bumps, lumps, and any other perceived imperfections. You're perfect just the way you are.

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10. Be inventive! Be resourceful! When life hands you lemons…

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11. Lastly, and perhaps most importantly: never, under any circumstances, do your own hair. Just...don't.

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