Things Dolly Parton Told Reese Witherspoon

InStyle's December Cover Is All Country

Reese Witherspoon is on the cover of the brand new issue of InStyle. But she’s not actually the one featured in the cover story.

That would be Dolly Parton.

Witherspoon interviewed the country icon over the phone back in October, and as always, Parton had some pretty honest things to say. Things you might want on a t-shirt, a coffee mug, or one of those tote bags Witherspoon sells at her Draper James store in Nashville.

Things that prove how wise the singer/songwriter/businesswoman really is, through and through.

You know, Dollyisms like:

“I don’t lose my temper, but I often have to use it.”

“I have always said my desire to do something has always been greater than my fear of it.”

“You’ve got to stand your ground and know who you are.”

“You have to keep your antennae out.”

“I know how much to give and how much not to give.”

“You don’t have to be a jerk.”

“We don’t have to be called bitches to be strong.”

“I have dreamed myself into a corner.”

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.