When I was a little girl, I always dreamed of being a star. I didn't really know what all that meant. I didn't know.
Of course, 'I Will Always Love You' is the biggest song so far in my career. I'm famous for several, but that one has been recorded by more people and made me more money, I think, than all of them. But that song did come from a true and deep place in my heart.
'9 to 5,' that little song, that little story, just won't ever end. Just like 'I Will Always Love You,' it just keeps comin' back, popping up its head in one way or another.
No one could have been nicer, classier nor better looking than Dick Clark. I've had a crush on him since I was a teenager.
I think people take me as seriously as I want them to. They take me as seriously as I take myself -- let's put it that way.
I always thought that if I made it big or got successful at what I had started out to do, that I wanted to come back to my part of the country and do something great, something that would bring a lot of jobs into this area.
People are always asking me in interviews, 'What do you think of foreign affairs?' I just say, 'I've had a few.'
That little Miley Cyrus... she's like a little Elvis. The kids love her because she's Hannah Montana, but what people don't realize about her is she is such a fantastic singer and songwriter. She writes songs like she's 40 years old!
I never thought, in my lifetime, that you'd be able to watch movies, read books and listen to music from a phone, but I guess the technology of tomorrow is here today.
I always ask God to work through me and let me be a light of some kind and help in this world, so I always pray for that, and I always want to do good.
I was approached about having my own network many, many years ago. There were some people who wanted to start up a network, and I didn't want to get that involved in the business aspect of it.
I always loved that old song 'Banks of the Ohio' -- it was always such a man's song, so I've always wanted to record it.
I used to always sit in church looking out the windows at the boys, wondering if I could make an excuse to go out and, you know, go to the bathroom because all the outdoor toilets. But anyhow, I was only going out to see the boys.
All my momma's people were very musical. My grandpa, who was the Pentecostal minister, he was a great musician. He played the fiddle, he played the piano.
I have had some cosmetic surgery, especially after I lost weight and stuff, and I've had my breasts lifted -- but not injected. That would scare me to death, anyway.
I think there is a little magic in the fact that I'm so totally real but look so artificial at the same time.
Tell me I have to be somewhere, and I'll be there 20 minutes early and stay there longer than anybody else. You hold up a lot of people if you're not on time.
I'm not offended by all the dumb blonde jokes because I know I'm not dumb... and I also know that I'm not blonde.
People like bluegrass. It's had a following amongst a lot of hip and young people. A lot of college kids like bluegrass.
Sometimes if you jump into something too quickly, you can screw up something that might have been good two years down the road.
Someone once asked me, 'How long does it take to do your hair.' I said, 'I don't know, I'm never there.'
I think I became more productive through not having children. I never really had the desire to have them. My husband didn't want them either, so it worked out well.
I'm not going to limit myself just because people won't accept the fact that I can do something else.
I do write a lot of children's songs, and I'm going to do a children's television show, which also means I'll be doing a lot of albums. So I do hope my future will hold a lot of things for children.
Stop this attitude that older people ain't any good anymore! We're as good as we ever were -- if we ever were any good.
I say, 'Yeah, Taylor Swift.' I think she is a smart, beautiful girl. I think she's making all the right moves. She's got a good head on her shoulders. She's surrounded with wonderful people. Her songs are great. She keeps herself anchored. She knows who she is, and she's living and standing by that.
If you like good ol' fashion Southern soul food then, yes, I am a good cook! My specialty is chicken dumplings and poke salad.
If you talk bad about country music, it's like saying bad things about my momma. Them's fightin' words.
I'm gonna be making records anyway, even if I had to sell 'em out of the trunk of my car. I'm that kind of musician and singer.
Until I was a teenager, I used red pokeberries for lipstick and a burnt matchstick for eyeliner. I used honeysuckle for perfume.
I do remember how it was to be poor. I do remember that in my early years, we had to grow and raise all of our food, even our animals. And I remember in my early life, we didn't even have electricity. So it was very, very hard times then.
When I started the Imagination Library in my hometown, I never dreamed that one day we would be helping Scottish kids.
I think country music is popular -- has been popular and will always be popular because I think a lot of real people singing about a lot of real stuff about real people. And it's simple enough for people to understand it. And we kind of roll with the punches.
God knows when the end of time will come, not some fanatic... The world will end someday, but the end of the world and the end of time are two different things.
I know who I am, I know what I can and can't do. I know what I will and won't do. I know what I'm capable of and I don't agree to do things that I don't think I can pull off.
I hated school. Even to this day, when I see a school bus it's just depressing to me. The poor little kids.
People make jokes about my bosoms, why don't they look underneath the breasts at the heart? It's obvious I've got big ones and if people want to assume they're not mine, then let them.
Songwriting is my way of channeling my feelings and my thoughts. Not just mine, but the things I see, the people I care about. My head would explode if I didn't get some of that stuff out.
I was born with a happy heart, and I try to keep a good attitude. It's not true that I'm happy all the time because nobody is, and we all go through our things.
Everywhere I go, the kids call me 'the book lady.' The older I get, the more appreciative I seem to be of the 'book lady' title. It makes me feel more like a legitimate person, not just a singer or an entertainer. But it makes me feel like I've done something good with my life and with my success.
I've always kinda been a little outcast myself, a little oddball, doin' my thing, my own way. And it's been hard for me to, to be accepted, certainly in the early years of my life.
I grew up around lots of men -- my father, my brothers, my uncles -- so I wasn't intimidated by them.
I can't tell anybody else how to run their life or their business, but I really believe I've got a good bead on myself.
Adjusting to the passage of time, I think, is a key to success and to life: just being able to roll with the punches.
My nails are my rhythm section when I'm writing a song all alone. Some day, I may cut an album, just me and my nails.
A lot of people have said I'd have probably done better in my career if I hadn't looked so cheap and gaudy. But I dress to be comfortable for me, and you shouldn't be blamed because you want to look pretty.
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.
Thanks to Botox and fillers, as well as the work that I've already had, my face pretty much maintains itself.