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" I don't go to church regular. But I pray for answers to my problems. "
" I was married when I wasn't quite 14 and had four babies by the time I was 18. "
" Mommy smoked but she didn't want us to. She saw smoke coming out of the barn one time, so we got whipped. "
" Nobody's perfect. The only one that ever was, was crucified. "
" 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 ain't got much education, but I got some sense. "
" I'm trying to lead a good Christian life, so there ain't too much spicy to tell about me. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" Really, I don't know what I'd do with myself if I retire. Wash dishes? "
" When I'd tell people I like country music they'd get this look on their faces. People were kind of ashamed of country. "
" My life has run from misery to happiness. "
" 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 avoid going through places where there's too much poverty. "
" I loved being outside. We'd hold lightning bugs in our fingers and pretend they were diamond rings. "
" Do the best you can with yourself and hope for the best. "
" I won all the blue ribbons for canning at the state fair. "
" I love people and I love to sing, and that's what keeps me going. "
" When I first came to Nashville, people hardly gave country music any respect. We lived in old cars and dirty hotels, and we ate when we could. "
" I try to visit people in hospitals when I can, smiling and joking while I'm there. But when I leave, I just start crying. "
" I'd love to travel to the Holy Land. "
" I'm always making Butcher Holler sound like the most backward part of the United States-and I think maybe it is. "
" Growing up in eastern Kentucky like I did, I'm used to having a few guns around to protect me. "
" Because Olivia Newton-John wasn't from Nashville, they didn't like her winning our awards. I've got no complaints. "
" We used to go around tipping outhouses over, or turning over corn shocks on Halloween. Anything to be mean. "
" Me and my partner, Conway Twitty, cleaned up at the 1972 Country Music Association Awards. "
" I never knew any Jews until I got into show business. I've found them to be real smart and good workers. "
" My biggest hero, Gregory Peck, was my birthday present on April 14, 1973. I just sat and stared at him. "
" When all those city folks try to fix up my talking, all they do is mess me up. "
" I've been around a long time, and life still has a whole lot of surprises for me. "
" 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. "