Cora: No, the third Earl built it. Well, he didn't really build it so much as envelope it, because this room is originally medieval. It was the monks' refectory of an abbey that King Henry sold after the Dissolution of the Monasteries.
Visitor: Is that why it's called Downton Abbey?
Cora: ... I guess so.

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Mary: Why are you playing Cupid?
Tom: He's nice, he's mad about you and he loves cars. I rest my case.

Henry: Look, I know I'm not what you're after. My prospects are modest at best, and you... Well, you're a great catch. But you're also a woman that I happen to be falling in love with. Gosh, that sounds rather feeble, doesn't it?
Mary: No, not at all. As an argument, I think it's rather compelling.

Tom: Why don't you come with us?
Edith: And watch Mary flirt with her oily driver? No, thank you.
Tom: Can't you be pleased for her?
Edith: I'm as pleased for her as she would be for me.

Mary: Ah, Granny, thank god you're here. What else could I tell them about the library?
Violet: The library was assembled by the fourth Earl. He loved books.
Mary: What else did he collect.
Violet: Horses and women.

Thomas: Mr. Carson, how long do I have to work in this house before I am given any credit?
Carson: That is all very well, but we are talking about a vulnerable young man, and I must look to his welfare.
Thomas: Yes, and if I were to give you my word of honor that nothing took place of which you would disapprove?
Carson: If I could just be sure.
Thomas: So my word is still not good enough, Mr. Carson, after so many years?
Carson: I only wish it were.

But what on earth can we show them to give them their money's worth? Lady Grantham knitting? Lady Mary in the bath?

Robert

Robert: If this is it, just know that I have loved you very, very much.
Cora: This isn't it, darling. Don't... We won't let this be it.

Robert: I'm afraid Mama seems to see this argument as the last battle, the last big fight of her life. If she loses, there'll be hell to pay.
Cora: Then there'll be hell to pay.

Bertie: I suppose you've guessed how much I like you.
Edith: You don't know me.
Bertie: I know you enough to think about you all the time when we're apart.

Tom: You are funny.
Mary: What do you mean?
Tom: The way you have to keep making reasons for why you'll meet. You to watch him drive cars, you to have dinner with a friend. Why can't you just say, "I'd love to spend more time with you, when can we do it?"

Henry: Oh, I'll tell you who was talking about you the other day. Evelyn Napier.
Mary: Oh, how is he?
Henry: He's well. Still single, of course, and, I suspect, still pining for you.
Mary: He will pine in vain, but I'm very fond of him.
Henry: La Belle Dame sans Merci. (The beautiful woman without mercy.)
Tom: What does that mean?
Henry: It means Lady Mary knows what she's about.

Downton Abbey Quotes

Robert: You'll be in a very junior seat.
Violet: Il faut reculer pour mieux sauter. (You have to step back to jump further.)

Aunt Rosamund: That was nice of you, to praise Edith's plan.
Mary: A monkey will type out the Bible if you leave it long enough.