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- You can knock me down, but you better have a big rock to put me there...It's been tough, but that's alright. I am the oldest of ten kids and I am a survivor. I love this business so much, that there's no way I could think of retiring. When I'm 87, I'll still be walking on the Grand Ole Opry and singing "Here comes more tears to cry...". I still don't feel that I have the biggest record yet, or sang it the best. I think the best is yet to come, and that's the truth!
- From an interview with "The Nashville Network" in 1991, putting rumors aside that she might be retiring.
- I know how to make money and I'll make it.
- From an interview with the "Tennesseean" newspaper reporter Robert K. Oermann in 1991.