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

My dear. A lack of compassion can be as vulgar as an excess of tears.

Violet

Edith: Now you're happy again, you'll be nicer... for a while.
Mary: If that's what you feel, then why are you here?
Edith: Because, in the end, you're my sister and one day, only we will remember Sybil... or Mama or Papa or Matthew or Michael or Granny or Carson or any of the others who have peopled our youth... until, at last, our shared memories will mean more than our mutual dislike.

Tom: You're frightened of being hurt again. But let me tell you this: You will be hurt again, and so will I, because being hurt is part of being alive. But that is no reason to give up on the man who is right for you.

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. 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!

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

Matthew

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

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

Lord Robert

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.

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.)

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

Violet