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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 We all have chapters we would rather keep unpublished.”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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Derek Jones

Sunday 15th of October 2023

My favourite line was from Cora, when Robert was ranting about Bricker flirting with Isis, when he is more, more importantly, flirting with Cora. "Ok", says Cora, "I'll tell him to stop flirting". Love it, but not easy to get across, out of context. Derek Jones.

Rae

Tuesday 19th of April 2022

Love, Love, Love Downton Abbey & These Quotes: 1, 3, 4, 9, 12, 21, 23, 26, 27, 31, 33, 39, 43, 44, 53, 54, 55, 60, 77, 86, 92, 94, 98 & 99 🙌🏽🙌🏽

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