The country is making a big mistake not teaching kids to cook and raise a garden and build fires.

A woman's two cents worth is worth two cents in the music business.

I've been around a long time, and life still has a whole lot of surprises for me.

We still lend our old house out to relatives. They keep a guest book for my fans to sign.

I loved being outside. We'd hold lightning bugs in our fingers and pretend they were diamond rings.

I didn't know how babies were made until I was pregnant with my fourth child.

In the long run, you make your own luck - good, bad, or indifferent.

My life has run from misery to happiness.

How do you measure your value?

Doolittle looked just like a little toy soldier the first time I ever saw him.

I'm proud of being part Cherokee, and I think it's time all us Indians felt the same way.

I love people and I love to sing, and that's what keeps me going.

Once in a while I get inspired and finish my act with the hillbilly hoedown.

I believe in horoscopes. I was born under the sign of the Ram, which means I'm headstrong, don't like people telling me what to do.

I'm not a big fan of Women's Liberation, but maybe it will help women stand up for the respect they're due.

I refuse to be pushed around anymore.

Me and my partner, Conway Twitty, cleaned up at the 1972 Country Music Association Awards.

I've seen every highway in the United States, and they all look alike to me.

I'm always making Butcher Holler sound like the most backward part of the United States-and I think maybe it is.

I'd love to work more with the American Indians, my people.

I've always been full of nervous energy, but I'm not really as happy as I seem.

You get used to sadness, growing up in the mountains, I guess.

The night I announced I was getting married, Daddy paced for hours on the porch.

A lot of people say I'd miss show business if I quit. I'd miss some of it. Now it's the only life I know.

I was married when I wasn't quite 14 and had four babies by the time I was 18.

I've seen country music go uptown, like we say, and I'm proud I was there when it happened.

Nobody's perfect. The only one that ever was, was crucified.

I get along with all the women singers, but especially Dolly Parton. We talk the same hillbilly language.

I won all the blue ribbons for canning at the state fair.

Growing up in eastern Kentucky like I did, I'm used to having a few guns around to protect me.

Mommy smoked but she didn't want us to. She saw smoke coming out of the barn one time, so we got whipped.

I don't like to talk about things where you're going to gt one side or the other unhappy. My music has no politics.

I avoid going through places where there's too much poverty.

Sometimes I think our problems are made worse by the kind of business we're in. Playing these road shows is a weird experience.

I know there's some kind of history to mountain music-like it came from Ireland or England or Scotland and we kept up the tradition.

Who wants to be married to a grandfather?

Some of my friends who know me best say they wouldn't trade places with me for $1 million because of the pace I lead.

You can't be halfway in this business. If you don't meet the fans, you lose all you've got.

Back then, we didn't know we were poor, and people were more proud then.

I believe in education and wish I had a better one.

Because Olivia Newton-John wasn't from Nashville, they didn't like her winning our awards. I've got no complaints.

Really, I don't know what I'd do with myself if I retire. Wash dishes?

I wasn't for Vietnam. When I told that to the hippie newspaper, all my people got nervous.

I don't go to church regular. But I pray for answers to my problems.

I never rode in an automobile until I was 12.

Being on stage is the best part of my career. I just say whatever comes into my head. It's the only time I feel grown-up and in control of things.

Doo never actually made moonshine, but he hauled about an ocean of it.

I wouldn't have dared ask God for all that He's given me. I couldn't have done it on my own. I thank God every day for what I have.

Do the best you can with yourself and hope for the best.