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100 Best Quotes from Downton Abbey

Get on your best fancy dress because we’re talking about the most stellar quotes from Downton Abbey!

Downton Abbey is a British drama series about an aristocratic family and the family’s staff. The series stars Michelle Dockery, Maggie Smith, Elizabeth McGovern, and Hugh Bonneville.

After the series ended in 2015, a movie was released four years later and received critical acclaim. With the film’s sequel getting ready to premiere in May this year, let’s take a look at some of the show’s best quotes!

Here’s the scoop on quotes from Downton Abbey!

1. “A woman of my age can face reality better than most men.” – Violet Crawley

2. “I know several couples who are perfectly happy. Haven’t spoken in years.” – Violet Crawley

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Downton Abbey (2010-2015)

3. “Haven’t you heard? I don’t have a heart. Everyone knows that.” – Mary Crawley

4. “I have plenty of friends I don’t like.” – Violet Crawley

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Downton Abbey (2010-2015)

5. “The heart does not exist solely for the purpose to pump blood.” – Violet Crawley

6. “I will love you until the last breath leaves my body.” – Matthew Crawley

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Downton Abbey (2010-2015)

7. “My dear fellow. We all have chapters we would rather keep unpublished.” – Robert Crawley.

8. “Every woman goes down the aisle with half the story hidden.” – Violet Crawley

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Downton Abbey (2010-2015)

9. “I don’t dislike him. I just don’t like him. Which is quite different.” – Violet Crawley

10. “There comes a time when things are best left to the professionals.” – Violet Crawley

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Downton Abbey (2010-2015)

11. “We are allies, which can be a good deal more effective.” – Violet Crawley

12. “At my age, one must ration one’s excitement.” – Violet Crawley

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Downton Abbey (2010-2015)

13. “Oh, heavens, girl. You’re building a fire, not inventing it.” – Mrs. Hughes

14. “I’m not as sad as I ought to be, and that’s what makes me sad.” – Mary Crawley

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Downton Abbey (2010-2015)

15. “In my day, a lady was incapable of feeling physical attraction until she had been instructed to do so by her mama.” – Violet Crawley

16. “Every woman goes down the aisle with half the story hidden.” – Violet Crawley

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Downton Abbey (2010-2015)

17. “I thought it was supposed to be unsinkable.” – Edith Crawley

18. “Every mountain is unclimbable until someone climbs it. So, every ship is unsinkable until it sinks.” – Robert Crawley

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Downton Abbey (2010-2015)

19. “What should we call each other? – Isobel Crawley

20. “Well, we could always start with Mrs. Crawley and Lady Grantham. – Violet Crawley

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Downton Abbey (2010-2015)

21. “It’s easy to be generous when you have nothing to lose.” – Mary Crawley

22. “Sympathy butters no parsnips.” – Mrs. Patmore

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Downton Abbey (2010-2015)

23. “You are being tested. You know what they say, darling, being tested only makes you stronger.” – Cora Crawley

24. “An aristocrat with no servants is as much use to the country as a glass hammer.” – Violet Crawley

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Downton Abbey (2010-2015)

25. “Is this an instrument of communication or torture?” – Violet Crawley

26. “You know my character, Father. I’d never marry any man that I was told to. I’m stubborn. I wish I wasn’t, but I am.” – Mary Crawley

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Downton Abbey (2010-2015)

27. “I’m tougher than I look.” – Violet Crawley

28. “You’re American, you don’t understand these things.” – Mary Crawley,

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Downton Abbey (2010-2015)

29. “All this unbridled joy has given me quite an appetite.” – Violet Crawley

30. “A hollow existence in a large and drafty house with a man who bores her to death.” – Violet Crawley

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Downton Abbey (2010-2015)

31. “We must always travel in hope.” – Mr. Carson

32. “Yes, but you’re better than nothing.” – Violet Crawley

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Downton Abbey (2010-2015)

33. “I miss a lot of things, but you have to keep moving, don’t you. – John Bates

34. “I know several couples who are perfectly happy and they haven’t spoken in years.” – Violet Crawley

35. “I said I could drive the tractor.” – Edith Crawley

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Downton Abbey (2010-2015)

36. “Why did you apologize to that man? It’s not his business what we do.” – Duke of Crowborough

37. “I always apologize when I’m in the wrong. It’s a habit of mine.” – Mary Crawley

38. “I wonder you don’t just set fire to the abbey and dance round it.” – Violet Crawley

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Downton Abbey (2010-2015)

39. “Of course it would happen to a foreigner. No Englishman would dream of dying in someone else’s house.” – Violet Crawley

40. “Life is a game, where the player must appear ridiculous.” – Violet Crawley,

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Downton Abbey (2010-2015)

41. “Oh, dear, such a glare. I feel as if I were on stage at the Gaiety”. – Violet Crawley

42. “Do you think I might have a drink? Oh, I’m so sorry – I thought you were a waiter.” – Violet Crawley

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Downton Abbey (2010-2015)

43. “Vulgarity is no substitute for wit.” – Violet Crawley

44. “There is nothing more ill-bred than trying to steal the affections of one’s dog.”- Robert Crawley

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Downton Abbey (2010-2015)

45. “I agree – hope is a tease, designed to prevent us accepting reality” – Violet Crawley

46. “I hope your standards are not so high as to prevent you from remaining in my employment.” – Violet Crawley

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Downton Abbey (2010-2015)

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

48. “I hope you know that really smart people sleep in separate rooms.” – Mary Crawley

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Downton Abbey (2010-2015)

49. “I don’t dislike Matthew. In fact, I rather admire him.” – Cora Crawley

50. “Is that sufficient reason to give him your money? – Violet Crawley

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Downton Abbey (2010-2015)

51. “Well, of course not!” – Cora Crawley

52. “Then there’s nothing more to be said.” – Violet Crawley

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Downton Abbey (2010-2015)

53. “I’m a woman, Mary. I can be as contrary as I choose.”- Violet Crawley

54. “Nothing in life is sure.” – Mrs. Patmore

55. “Never complain, never explain.” – Violet Crawley

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Downton Abbey (2010-2015)

56. “Edith! You are a Lady. Not Toad of Toad Hall!” – Violet Crawley

57. “How you hate to be wrong.” – Isobel Crawley

58. “I wouldn’t know, I’m not familiar with the sensation.” – Violet Crawley

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Downton Abbey (2010-2015)

59. “All alone with plenty of money and a house in Eton Square. I can’t imagine anything better.” – Mary Crawley

60. “Good men. They’re not like buses. There won’t be another one round in 10 minutes.” – Anna

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Downton Abbey (2010-2015)

61. “Don’t you care about Downton?” – Violet Crawley

62. “I have given my life to Downton. I was born here, and I hope to die here. I claim no career beyond the nurture of this house and the estate. It’s my third parent and my fourth child.” – Robert Crawley

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Downton Abbey (2010-2015)

63. “Seems like a lot of food, when you think they’re all in mourning.” – Daisy Robinson

64. “Nothin’ makes you hungrier or more tired than grief. When my sister died, god rest her soul, I ate my way through four platefuls of sandwiches at one sitting and slept round the clock.” – Mrs. Patmore

65. “Did it make you feel better?” – Daisy Robinson

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Downton Abbey (2010-2015)

66. “Not much, but it passed the time.” – Mrs. Patmore

67. “In case you hadn’t noticed, she hasn’t been there for some time!” – Violet Crawley

68. “The nature of life is not permanence, but flux.” – Mr. Carson

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Downton Abbey (2010-2015)

69. “Edith has a date.” – Robert Crawley

70. “No I don’t.” – Edith Crawley

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Downton Abbey (2010-2015)

71. “Of course not.” – Mary Crawley

72. “What do you mean, ‘Of course not’?” – Edith Crawley

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Downton Abbey (2010-2015)

73. “We may have to have a maid in the dining room.” – Mr. Carson

74. “Cheer up, Carson. There are worse things happening in the world.” – Robert Crawley

75. “Not worse than a maid serving a duke.” – Mr. Carson

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Downton Abbey (2010-2015)

76. “Oh, it is you! I thought it was a man in your clothes.” – Violet Crawley

77. “How comforting it is that there really are a few good people left in the world.” -Edith Crawley

78. “It always seemed rather dark, when my mother-in-law lived here. But then, she made everything rather dark.” – Violet Crawley

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Downton Abbey (2010-2015)

79. “No guest should be admitted without the date of their departure settled.” – Violet Crawley

80. “I love him. I’d accept him in a trice if it weren’t for Marigold.” – Edith Crawley

81. “I can’t cook! I can’t lift. But it’s not difficult. I’ll talk you through it, don’t worry.” – Mrs. Hughes

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Downton Abbey (2010-2015)

82. “Who is the Sphinx?” – Sybbie Branson

83. “The Sphinx? A creature of secrets she never reveals.” – Robert Crawley

84. “Rather like Granny Violet.” – Cora Crawley

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Downton Abbey (2010-2015)

85. “But that is precisely what they already know. And do!” – Violet Crawley

86. “What simpletons men are.” – Violet Crawley

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Downton Abbey (2010-2015)

87. “Principles are like prayers; noble, of course, but awkward at a party.” – Violet Crawley

88. “So he slipped the hook.” – Edith Crawley

89. “At least I’m not fishing with no bait.” – Mary Crawley

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Downton Abbey (2010-2015)

90. No life appears rewarding if you think too much about it.” – Violet Crawley

91. “Downton Abbey is the heart of this community. And you’re keeping it beating.” – Anna

92. “I’d rather have the right man than the right wedding.”  – Anna

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Downton Abbey (2010-2015)

93. “First electricity, now telephones. Sometimes I feel as if I were living in an H.G. Wells novel.”  – Violet Crawley

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

95. “Why would she want to leave me? I’ve been as gentle as a lamb…most of the time” – Violet Crawley

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Downton Abbey (2010-2015)

96. “Apparently, he’s bringing a friend with him, an attache at the Turkish Embassy, Mr. Kemal Pamuk. He’s the son of one of the Sultan’s ministers and he’s here for the Albanian talks.” – Cora Crawley

97. “To create an independent Albania. Don’t you read the papers?” – Edith Crawley

98. “I’m too busy living a life.” – Mary Crawley

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Downton Abbey (2010-2015)

99. “I hope in time I will come to be more merciful, but I doubt it”. – Cora Crawley

100. “What is a ‘weekend’?” – Violet Crawley

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