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Downton Abbey quotes

Downton Abbey quotes

Downton is an amazing drama that teaches us a lot of life lessons. Most of you may have watched this drama, but if you have not, make sure to watch it, and you will not be disappointed. This article is all about some of the best Downton Abbey quotes. So let’s have a look at these:

“Seems a pity not to take a chance to end a quarrel. Isn’t it better than to let it fester?” — Isobel Crawley.

“Nothing in life is sure.” — Mrs Patmore.

“Sympathy butters no parsnips.” — Mrs Patmore.

“It’s the gloomy things that need our help. If everything in the garden is sunny, why meddle?” — Lady Sybil Crawley.

“My advice, Daisy, is to go as far in life as God and luck allow.” — Mrs Hughes.

“If you must pay money, better to a doctor than an undertaker.” — Mrs Patmore

“Harsh reality is always better than false hope.” — Dr Clarkson.

“Nothing makes you hungrier or more tired than grief.” — Mrs Patmore.

“Nothing makes you hungrier or more tired than grief.” — Mrs Patmore.

“Work is like old age, m’lady—the worst thing in the world, except for the alternative.” — Drewe.

“I’ve decided to live in the present and not spend my life regretting the past or dreading the future.” — Daisy.

“Yes we do understand the importance of tradition and history. We just don’t give it power over us.” — Martha Levinson.

“War has a way of distinguishing between the things that matter and the things that don’t.” — Matthew Crawley.

“I know, we all need a purpose.” — Lady Edith.

“It seems a pity to miss such a good pudding.”

Here are some quotes by lady Edith that you are going to love for sure:

  • “Something Happening In This House Is Actually About Me.”
  • “How Comforting It Is That There Really Are A Few Good People Left In The World.”
  • “Did You Ever Think We’d Get Here?”
  • “Well, We’re Together, Darling. And I Know It’s Not Ideal, But It’s Such An Improvement On Being Apart That I Think We Should Celebrate.”
  • “You’re A Grandmother. And I Know You’re Going To Be A Wonderful One.”
  • “I Want Your Forgiveness, Papa. Am I Allowed To Say That Still?”
  • “The Fact Is, I’d Like A Life.”
  • “I Know Now I Need A Purpose.”
  • “Who Do You Think You’re Talking To?! Mama?! Your Maid?! I Know You! I Know You To Be A Nasty, Jealous, Scheming B****!”
  • “Because In The End, You’re My Sister. And One Day Only We Will Remember Sybil…Until At Last Our Shared Memories Will Mean More Than Our Mutual Dislike.”

Downton Abbey quotes Maggie, smith.

Here are some of the best Downton Abbey quotes Maggie, smith, about technology;

  • “First electricity, now telephones. Sometimes I feel as if I were living in an H.G. Wells novel.”
  • “What is a weekend?”
  • [On the new telephone] “Is this an instrument of communication or torture?”
  • [On jazz musicians] “Do you think that any of them know what the others are playing?”

The following are my favourite Downton Abbey quotes Maggie smith quotes about different aspects of life:

  • “Life is a game, where the player must appear ridiculous.”
  • “No life appears rewarding if you think about it too much.”
  • “Hope is a tease, designed to prevent us accepting reality.”
  • “Just because you’re an old widow, I see no necessity to eat off a tray.”
  • “At my age, one must ration one’s excitement.”
  • “All life is a series of problems which we must try and solve, first one and then the next and then the next, until at last we die.”
  • “Vulgarity is no substitute for wit.”
  • “Don’t be defeatist, dear. It is very middle class.”
  • “The presence of strangers is our only guarantee of good behaviour.”
  • “Edith, you are a Lady, not Toad of Toad Hall.”
  • “Nothing succeeds like excess.”
  • “Last night, he looked so well. Of course it would happen to a foreigner. No Englishman would dream of dying in someone else’s house.”
  • “If I were to search for logic, I would not look for it among the English upper class.”
  • “Rosamund has no interest in French. If she wishes to be understood by a foreigner, she shouts.”
  • “I don’t dislike him. I just don’t like him, which is quite different.”
  • “I do hope I’m interrupting something…”
  • “You’re a woman with a brain and reasonable ability. Stop whining and find something to do.”
  • “There’s nothing simpler than avoiding people you don’t like. Avoiding one’s friends, that’s the real test.”
  • “No guest should be admitted without the date of their departure settled.”
  • “I do think a woman’s place is eventually in the home, but I see no harm in her having some fun before she gets there.”
  • “In my day, a lady was incapable of feeling physical attraction until she had been instructed to do so by her mama.”
  • “Every woman goes down the aisle with half the story hidden.”
  • “I am not a romantic. But even I will concede that the heart does not exist solely for the purpose of pumping blood.”
  • “Every woman goes down the aisle with half the story hidden.”
  • “Oh, I should steer clear of May. Marry in May, rue the day.”
  • “Give him a date for when Mary’s out of mourning. No one wants to kiss a girl in black.”
  • “My dear, love is a far more dangerous motive than dislike.”
  • “I know several couples who are perfectly happy. Haven’t spoken in years.”

Downton Abbey quotes Carson.

The character of Mr Carson is extremely graceful. Here are some of my most favourite Downton Abbey quotes, Carson:

  • “The nature of life is not permanence, but flux.” — Carson.
  • “We must always travel in hope.” — Carson.
  • “The business of life is the acquisition of memories. In the end that’s all there is.” — Carson.
  • “You’re nervous because you’re intelligent; only stupid people are foolhardy.” — Carson.
  • “What would be the point of living if we didn’t let life change us?” — Carson.
  • “In my opinion, to misquote Doctor Johnson, if you’re tired of style, you are tired of life.” — Carson.
  • “You Cry, M’lady. You Have A Good Cry. That’s What’s Needed Now. And When You’re Ready You Can Get To Work. Because You Are Strong Enough. You’re Strong Enough For The Task.”
  • “If You’re Asking, Whether I’ll Regret Leaving Downton, I Want To Regret It Every Minute Of Every Day. I Thought I Would Die Here, And Haunt It Ever After”
  • “You Can Take As Long As You Like – I Won’t Press You. Because One Thing I Do Know – I’m Not Marrying Anyone Else.”

The following are some of the best Downton Abbey quotes Carson:

  • “I Always Think There’s Something Rather Foreign About High Spirits At Breakfast.”
  • “I’m Not A Complete Stranger To Romance, Mrs. Hughes, If That’s What You’re Implying.”
  • “You’re Nervous Because You’re Intelligent. Only Stupid People Are Foolhardy.”
  • “If You’re Tired Of Style, You’re Tired Of Life.”
  • “You Have A Very Poor Opinion Of Your Fellow Man.” -Mrs. Hughs “I Have The Opinion Life Has Taught Me.” -Mr. Carson
  • “The Business Of Life Is The Acquisition Of Memories. In The End, That’s All There Is.”

Downton Abbey quotes Mary.

Mary is an amazing character of this drama, having a competitive nature. Here are some of the best Downton Abbey quotes Mary that you will love:

  • “You should learn to forget what I say. I know I do.” (Season 1)
  • “Haven’t you heard? I don’t have a heart. Everyone knows that.” (Season 1)
  • “Poor little orphan.” (Season 4)
  • “You must pay no attention to the things I say.” (Season 4)
  • “How many times am I to be ordered to marry the man sitting next to me at dinner?” (Season 1)
  • “It’s easy to be generous when you have nothing to lose.” (Season 1)
  • “Cheer up, come the revolution it may be useful to have a contact on the other side.” (Season 2)
  • “You may be surprised to hear, but a match that is wanted by everyone can turn out to be extremely happy.” (Season 4)
  • “I’m not often called sentimental.” (Season 4)
  • “Woman like me don’t have a life. We choose clothes, and pay calls and work for charity and do the season. But really we are stuck in a waiting room until we marry.” (Season 1)
  • “I’ve been married, I know everything.” (Season 4)
  • “Tonight you’ve made me play truant and I like it.” (Season 4)
  • “Sometimes I Don’t Know Whom I’m Most In Mourning For, Matthew Or The Person I Used To Be When I Was With Him.”

The following are my most favourite Downton Abbey quotes Mary:

  • “I find that both irritating and beguiling in equal measure.” (Season 4)
  • “Dear Lord, I don’t pretend to have much credit with you. I’m not even sure that you’re there. But if you are, and if I’ve ever done anything good, I beg you to keep him safe.” (Season 2)
  • “Such good luck.” (Season 2)
  • “I hope to be your Lady Mary Crawley for all eternity.” (Season 3)
  • “Because somehow with Matthew’s death, all the softness that he found in me seems to have dried up and drained away. Maybe it was only ever there in his imagination.” (Season 4)
  • “Sometimes I don’t know whom I’m most in mourning for, Matthew or the person I used to be when I was with him.” (Season 4)
  • “At least I’m not fishing with no bait.” (Season 1)
  • “Honestly Papa, Edith is about as mysterious as a bucket.” (Season 4)
  • “I’d rather sleep on the roof than share with Edith.” (Season 4)
  • “Oh, stop moaning.” (Season 4)
  • “Would I ever admit to loving a man who preferred someone else over me?” (Season 2)
  • “Let battle commence.” (Season 4}
  • “I’ve Been Married, I Know Everything.”
  • “It’s Easy To Be Generous When You Have Nothing To Lose.”

Downton Abbey quotes Lord Grantham.

You will love the following Downton Abbey quotes Lord Grantham.

  • “You are being tested. And you know what they say my darling, being tested only makes you stronger.” — Cora, Lady Grantham
  • “There is nothing more ill-bred than trying to steal the affections of one’s dog.” — Robert, Lord Grantham.
  • “I think accepting change is quite as important as defending the past.” — Cora, Lady Grantham.
  • “Every mountain is unclimbable until someone climbs it; so every ship is unsinkable until it sinks.” — Robert Crawley, Lord Grantham.
  • “Cheer up, Carson. There are worse things happening in the world.”

Here is the best Downton Abbey quotes lord Grantham that explains the concept of marriage excellently:

“There is no such thing as a marriage between two intelligent people that does not sometimes have to negotiate thin ice. I know. You must wait until things become clear. And they will. The damage cannot be irreparable when a man and a woman love each other as much as you do.” — Robert, Lord Grantham.

Downton Abbey quotes love.

This drama beautifully explains love. Here are some Downton abbey quotes love:

“Love is like riding or speaking French: if you don’t learn it young, it’s hard to get the trick of it later.” — Hugh ‘Shrimpie’ MacClare, Marquess of Flintshire.

“You can’t spend too long on a one-sided love.” — Mrs Patmore.

“We must all have our hearts broken once or twice before we’re done.”— Mrs Hughes.

“Nothing is as changeable as a young man’s heart. Take hope and warning from that.” — Mrs Patmore.

“My dear, love is a far more dangerous motive than dislike.” — Violet, Dowager Countess.

“I’d rather have the right man, than the right wedding.” — Anna.

“A broken heart can be as painful as a broken limb.” — Mrs Hughes.

“Aren’t we the lucky ones to have loved.” — Isobel Crawley

Downton abbey quotes tom, Branson.

The character of Tom Branson is extremely loving. Here are some of the best Downton abbey quotes tom Branson:

  • “Real love means giving someone the power to hurt you.” — Branson.
  • “I’m a socialist, not a revolutionary and I won’t always be a chauffeur.”
  • Branson: Oil and ink and a bit of a cowpat all mixed with sour milk. He’d have needed a bath right enough, but not a coffin.
  • I would never have taken her there. I may be a Socialist, but I’m not a lunatic.
  • I don’t bow and scrape, and I’ve not seduced anyone. Give your daughter some credit for knowing her own mind.
  • You’re meant to be together. I’ve known that as long as I’ve been at the house. And at first, this kept you apart, and then that kept you apart, but please don’t risk it a third time. Because I tell you this: You won’t be happy with anyone else while Lady Mary walks the earth.
  • You understand the responsibilities we owe to the people round here, those who work for the estate and those that don’t. It seems to me if we could manage to pool all of that, if we each do what we can do, then Downton has a real chance.

I am in love with this so relatable Downton abbey quotes tom Branson:

  • I am already full of regrets. There is nothing but regret in me.
  • I don’t believe in types. I believe in people.
  • We need to stand up to them, you and I. We may love them, but if we don’t fight our corner, they’ll roll us out flat.
  • I’d like things to change, but I don’t think in black and white terms any more.
  • I’m glad we met. You’ve reminded me of who I am, and I’m grateful. And I won’t lose touch with that again.
  • Very well. I’ve learned Downton is my home, and you are my family. If I didn’t quite know it before I left, I know it now.

Downton abbey quotes dowager.

Here are Downton abbey quotes dowager that you will love:

  • “I’m not a romantic, but even I concede that the heart does not exist solely for the purpose to pump blood.” — Violet, Dowager Countess.
  • “I’m a woman, Mary. I can be as contrary as I choose.” — Violet, Dowager Countess.
  • “You know me…Never complain, never explain.” — Violet, Dowager Countess.
  • “Principles are like prayers; noble, of course, but awkward at a party.” — Violet, Dowager Countess.
  • “Hope is a tease, designed to prevent us accepting reality.” — Violet, Dowager Countess.
  • “Meaning well is not enough.” — Violet, Dowager Countess.
  • “If we only had moral thoughts, what would the poor churchmen find to do?” —Violet, Dowager Countess.
  • “No life appears rewarding if you think too much about it.” — Violet, Dowager Countess.
  • “Oh, I should steer clear of May. Marry in May, rue the day.”
  • “No doubt you will regard this as rather unorthodox, my pushing into a man’s bedroom uninvited.”
  • “I was watching her the other night, when you spoke of your wedding. She looked like Juliet on awakening in the tomb.”
  • “Wasn’t there a masked ball in Paris when cholera broke out? Half the guests were dead before they left the ballroom.”

The following are my favourite Downton abbey quotes dowager:

  • “A lack of compassion can be as vulgar as an excess of tears.” —Violet, Dowager Countess.
  • “Beware of being ‘too good at it.’ That’s the danger of living alone, it can be very hard to give up.” — Violet
  • “We only know what we are capable of when we test our limits.” —Violet, Dowager Countess.
  • “All life is a series of problems, that we must try and solve.” —Violet, Dowager Countess.
  • “When tragedies strike, we try to find someone to blame. And in the absence of a suitable candidate, we usually blame ourselves. You are not to blame. No one is to blame.” —Violet, Dowager Countess.
  • “There’s nothing simpler than avoiding people you don’t like. Avoiding one’s friends, that’s the real test.” — Violet, Dowager Countess.
  • “If she won’t say yes when he might be poor, he won’t want her when he will be rich.”
  • “It always happens when you give these little people power, it goes to their heads like strong drink.”
  • “There can be too much truth in any relationship.” — Violet, Dowager Countess.

Funny Downton abbey quotes

Here are some funny Downton abbey quotes that you will love

  • “Good men… They’re not like buses. There won’t be another one round in 10 minutes.” — Anna.
  • Thomas: (talking about Matthew Crawley, heir to the estate) “Are we to treat him as the heir?” O’Brien: “Are we heck as like! A doctor’s son from Manchester? He’ll be lucky if he gets a civil word out of me.”
  • “I couldn’t have electricity in the house. I couldn’t sleep a wink. All those vapours seeping about.”
  • “Why do you always have to pretend to be nicer than the rest of us?”
  • “Edith, you are a Lady, not Toad of Toad Hall.”
  • “You’ll Find There’s Never A Dull Moment In This House.”
  • “What Do You Think Makes The English The Way We Are?” – “I Don’t Know. Opinions Differ. Some Say Our History. But I Blame The Weather.”
  • “Alas, I am beyond impropriety.
  • “I will applaud your discretion when you leave.”
  • “I knew this family was approaching disillusion, I wasn’t aware that illusion was already upon us.”

The following are my favourite funny Downton abbey quotes:

  • “I Will Never Again Receive An Immoral Proposition From A Man. Was I So Wrong To Savor It?”
  • “All This Endless Thinking. It’s Very Overrated. I Blame The War. Before 1914, Nobody Thought About Anything At All.”
  • “How You Hate To Be Wrong.” – “I Wouldn’t Know. I’m Not Familiar With The Sensation.”
  • “What Is A Weekend?”
  • “I Have Plenty Of Friends I Don’t Like.”
  • I am not a romantic. But even I will concede that the heart does not exist solely for the purpose of pumping blood.”
  • “I know several couples who are perfectly happy. Haven’t spoken in years.”
  • “My dear, love is a far more dangerous motive than dislike.
  • “I Shall Be Countess Of Grantham One Day. And In My Book The Countess Of Grantham Lives At Downton Abbey.”
  • “We’ll have to take her abroad, in these moments you can usually find an Italian who’s not too picky.”
  • “Mary won’t take Matthew Crawley, so we better get her settled before the bloom is quite gone off the rose.”
  • “Give him a date for when Mary’s out of mourning. No one wants to kiss a girl in black.”

Downton Abbey quotes book.

There are plenty of Downton Abbey quotes book available online that you can try reading. One of the amazing books is The Wit and Wisdom of Downton Abbey (The World of Downton Abbey). This amazing Downton Abbey quotes book not only includes some of the best written quotes but also some fabulous pictures from the drama and the movie.


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