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56 Best Downton Abbey Quotes For Fans Of The Hit TV Show

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'Downton Abbey' is one of the most popular TV shows.

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The series is extremely popular with the fans; it is a fictional story set between 1912-1926 in the Yorkshire country estate of Downton Abbey.

The series showcases the aristocratic Crawley family along with their their domestic servants in the post-Edwardian era. It highlights the significant events of that era and how that had an effect on their personal lives along with the British social hierarchy.

Perhaps the most famous British TV series of the last decade, 'Downton Abbey' is set in the fictional Yorkshire estate of Downton. Although Hampshire’s Highclere Castle was chosen to be the Crawley family’s main home, the sequel film will include plenty of Yorkshire landmarks for eagle-eyed viewers to spot.

The 'Downton Abbey' movie is not a true story, but it is inspired by real life events. Writer Julian Fellowes has said he needed a central story that would bind everyone together for the film, and he just so happened to be reading about a trip King George took with his wife in 1912 to Wentworth Woodhouse in Yorkshire.

If you enjoy this article, check out 'The Crown' quotes and [King and Queen quotes] for more.

Best Quotes From 'Downton Abbey'

Fans of the show have more than a million reasons for loving 'Downton Abbey'. A primary reason is, of course, the well-defined characters and their impressive quotes and sayings to each other. Let read these quotes from 'Downton Abbey' to entertain you.

The actors in the series have done a remarkable job.

1. “The nature of life is not permanence, but flux.”

- Carson, Season Five, Episode One.

2. “I’m a woman, Mary. I can be as contrary as I choose.”

- Lady Violet Crawley, Season Two, Episode Four.

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

- Anna, Season Three, Episode One.

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

- Isobel Crawley, Season Four, Episode Two.

5. “Nothing in life is sure.”

- Mrs. Patmore, Season One, Episode One.

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Lady Mary Crawley is one of the most divisive characters on 'Downton Abbey', but no one can deny she gives viewers the best 'Downton Abbey' quotes. Here are some of her most impressive quotes from 'Downton Abbey'.

'Downton Abbey' enjoys a great fan following.

6. “It’s easy to be generous when you have nothing to lose.”

- Lady Mary Crawley, Season One, Episode Five.

7. “Haven’t you heard? I don’t have a heart. Everyone knows that.”

- Lady Mary Crawley, Season One, Episode Four.

8. “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.”

- Lady Mary Crawley, Season One, Episode Four.

9. “You’re American, you don’t understand these things.”

- Lady Mary Crawley, Season One, Episode Two.

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

- Lady Mary Crawley, Season One, Episode Five.

11. “I never know which is worse. The sorrow when you hit the bird. Or the shame when you miss it.”

- Lady Mary Crawley, 'Downton Abbey' (2019).

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12. “I don’t dislike him. I just don’t like him. Which is quite different.”

- Lady Violet Crawley, Season Two, Episode Six.

13. “All this unbridled joy has given me quite an appetite.”

- Lady Violet Crawley, Season Two, Episode Seven.

14. “I agree - hope is a tease, designed to prevent us accepting reality”

- Lady Violet Crawley, Season Five, Episode Four.

15. “Life is a game, where the player must appear ridiculous.”

- Lady Violet Crawley, Season Two, Episode Nine.

16. “Vulgarity is no substitute for wit.”

- Lady Violet Crawley, Season Three, Episode Three.

17. “Never complain, never explain.”

- Lady Violet Crawley, Season Five, Finale.

18. “Every woman goes down the aisle with half the story hidden.”

- Lady Violet Crawley, Season One, Episode Six.

Edith Crawley’s Best Quotes From 'Downton Abbey'

When it comes to the best quotes from 'Downton Abbey', you can only marvel at two of the most important quotes from Edith Crawley.

19. “How comforting it is that there really are a few good people left in the world.”

- Edith Crawley, Season Four, Episode Eight.

20. “I love him. I'd accept him in a trice if it weren't for Marigold.”

- Edith Crawley, Season Six, Episode Eight.

More Of The Best Quotes From Downton Abbey

Here are some of the all-time best quotations from 'Downton Abbey'. So, the hit period drama fans, get ready to go to a flashback of your favorite quotes from 'Downton Abbey'.

21. “What simpletons men are.”

- Lady Violet Crawley, 'Downton Abbey' (2019).

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

- Anna Bates, 'Downton Abbey' (2019).

23. “I will love you until the last breath leaves my body.”

- Matthew Crawley, Season Three, Episode Six.

24. “Every mountain is unclimbable until someone climbs it. So every ship is unsinkable until it sinks.”

- Robert Crawley, Season One, Episode One.

25. “What is a "weekend"?”

- Lady Violet Crawley, Season One, Episode Two.

26. “We’re modern folk.”

- Bertie Pelham, 'Downton Abbey' (2019).  

27. “O, heavens, girl. You’re building a fire, not inventing it.”

- Mrs. Hughes, Season One, Episode One.

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

- Lady Violet Crawley, Season One, Episode Seven.

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

- Matthew Crawley, Season Two, Episode One.

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

- Anna, Season Six, Episode Six.

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

- Dowager Countess, Season Five, Episode Six.

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

- Dowager Countess, Season Five, Episode Three.

33. “Every woman goes down the aisle with half the story hidden.”

- Dowager Countess, Season One, Episode Six.

34. “I know several couples who are perfectly happy. Haven’t spoken in years.”

- Dowager Countess, Season Six, Episode Three.

35. “A shy royal? Is that an oxymoron?”

- Robert Crawley, 'Downton Abbey' (2019).  

36. “My dear fellow. We all have chapters we would rather keep unpublished.”

- Lord Grantham, Season One, Episode Two.

37. “I have plenty of friends I don’t like.”

- Lady Violet Crawley, Season One, Episode Two.

38. “A woman of my age can face reality better than most men.”

- Dowager Countess, Season Three, Episode Four.

39. “The heart does not exist solely for the purpose to pump blood.”

- Lady Violet Crawley, Season Two, Episode Two.

40. “We must always travel in hope.”

- Carson, Season Five, Episode Eight.    

41. “You are being tested. You know what they say darling, being tested only makes you stronger.”

- Lady Grantham, Season Three, Episode Three.  

42. “Sympathy butters no parsnips.”

- Mrs. Patmore, Season Five, Episode Three.  

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

- Lord Grantham, Season Five, Episode Two.  

44. “Sarcasm is the lowest form of wit.”

- The Dowager Countess, 'Downton Abbey' (2019).    

'Downton Abbey' Dowager Quotes

We’re still lamenting the loss of 'Downton Abbey'! It’s been over a year since the series finale aired in the United States, but we’re still missing the heck out of our favorite program. Here are the sassiest Dowager Countess quotes for you.

45. "Oh, you know me. Never complain; never explain."

- Lady Violet Crawley, Season Five, Finale.

46. "Isobel Crawley: How you hate to be wrong.

Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham: I wouldn't know, I'm not familiar with the sensation."

- Season Four, Episode Five.

47. "Principles are like prayers; noble, of course, but awkward at a party."

- The Dowager Countess, Season Five, Episode One.

48. "No life appears rewarding if you think too much about it."

- The Dowager Countess, Season Four, Episode Eight.

49. “Oh, it is you! I thought it was a man in your clothes.”

- Lady Violet Crawley, Season Five, Episode Six.

50. “No guest should be admitted without the date of their departure settled.”

- Lady Violet Crawley, Season Three, Episode Two.

51. “At my age, one must ration one’s excitement.”

- Lady Violet Crawley, Season Four, Episode One.

52. “Is this an instrument of communication or torture?”

- Lady Violet Crawley, Season Two, Episode Five.

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

- Lady Violet Crawley, Season Three, Episode Two.

54. “Of course it would happen to a foreigner. No Englishman would dream of dying in someone else's house.”

- Lady Grantham, Season One, Episode Three.

55. “I hope you know that really smart people sleep in separate rooms.”

- Lady Mary Crawley, Season One, Episode Seven.

56. "Lady Edith Crawley: I said I could drive the tractor.

Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham: Edith! You are a Lady. Not Toad of Toad Hall!"

- Season Two, Episode Two.

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