20 Fabulous Jimmy Dean Quotes

Jimmy Dean was an American music singer, actor, and television host. Known best for his Jimmy Dean sausage brand, Dean became a national television personality on CBS in 1957. Riding to fame in his country crossover hit in 1963, Dean was associated with other famous acts yo include Charlie Rich, Patsy Cline, and Roy Clark. Here is a look at some of the most notable Jimmy Dean quotes ever documented.

“A lot of things I am, and a lot of things I am not. But I think I’m about as good an American as there is. I love this country.”

“Above all, be true to yourself, and if you cannot put your heart in it, take yourself out of it.”

“Being a Baptist won’t keep you from sinning, but it’ll sure as hell keep you from enjoying it.”

“Do what you say you’re going to do. And try to do it a little better than you said you would.”

“God is bigger than people think.”

“I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.”


“I loved music since the Seth Ward Baptist Church outside of Plainview.”

“I made more money yesterday than I ever thought I’d make in an entire lifetime.”

“I think the kids in school that laughed at the clothes that we wore and the house that we lived in, and then my mother had to cut hair… I think that was a good motivator.”

“I used to help my granddaddy make sausage. He would mix it up in a cleaned-out washtub with his hands, no gloves.”

“I was a hard-workin’ little boy. Oh, I worked. Pullin’ cotton, shockin’ grain, cuttin’ wheat, loadin’ wheat, choppin’ cotton, cleanin’ chicken houses, milkin’ cows, plowin’.”

“I went further on less talent than anyone, but I was a damned good entertainer.”

“I’ve seen so many people in this business that made a fortune. They get old and broke and can’t make any money.”

“Love is an ice cream sundae, with all the marvelous coverings. Sex is the cherry on top.”

“Nobody, man or woman, has ever wrecked a good marriage.”

“Poverty was the greatest motivating factor in my life.”

“Sausage is a great deal like life. You get out of it about what you put into it.”

“When I was a kid, I used to think, ‘Man, if I could ever afford all the ice cream I want to eat, that’s as rich as I ever want to be.'”

“You gotta try your luck at least once a day, because you could be going around lucky all day and not even know it.”

“You know you’re getting old when you go to more funerals than you do weddings.”

Here is an interview with Jimmy Dean and CNN as he speaks about his life, his mother, and wife in late 2004.

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