Principles are like prayers. Noble, of course, but awkward at a party.

Violet

The business of life is the acquisition of memories. In the end that's all there is.

Carson

Mr. Carson: Keeping up standards is the only way we can show the Germans we will not be beaten in the end.
Mrs. Hughes: Well, give me some warning the next time we're expecting Germans at Downton and I'll see what I can do!

Sometimes, it feels as if all the men I have ever danced with are dead. I just feel so useless, wasting my life while they sacrifice theirs.

Sybil

If she's threatening to ruin me, then let her. The only ruin I can think of is to be without you.

Anna

Does this mean you'll be my girl? Daisy, because if it does I think I can tackle anything.

William

Mr. Bates left because had he not done so, his wife was planning to engulf this house in scandal.

Mr. Carson

Mr. Carson: Now, if I was a gentleman, I wouldn't want to know.
Mrs. Hughes: But you're not.
Mr. Carson: Fortunately.

War has a way of distinguishing between the things that matter and the things that don't.

Matthew

By God I envy them though. I envy their self-respect and their ability to sleep at night.

Lord Robert

Oh that's a relief. I hate Greek drama. When everything happens off stage.

Violet

Anna, help me do battle with this monstrosity. It looks like a creature from the lost world.

Violet