We had such fun in those days. Do you know what I shall always remember? The women going up to bed at the end of the evening. Their faces lit by the flame from the candle. Yes, diamonds twinkling as they climbed up into the darkness.

Sir Michael Reresby

Mr. Dawes: You seem to have been an excellent influence in all this.
Mr. Molesley: Well, I believe that education is the gate that leads to any future worth having.
Mr. Dawes: Have you missed your vocation?
Mr. Molesley: I've missed everything, Mr. Dawes. But Daisy doesn't have to.

Dr. Clarkson: If something is that important, it's worth considering more than once.
Violet: Really? Well, in my experience, second thoughts are vastly overrated.

Edith: So what happened?
Tom: It's quite simple. I had to go all the way to Boston to figure something out. But that's what I did.
Mary: Well, go on, what was it?
Tom: I learned that Downton is my home. And that you are my family. If I didn't quite know that before I left, I know it now.

A peer in favor of reform. It's like a turkey in favor of Christmas.


And heaven forfend we lowly folks should do anything to contradict the blessed Lady Mary.

Mrs. Hughes

I just don't want to be a servant on my wedding day. Is that so wrong?

Mrs. Hughes

Mr. Finch: If you could just tell me who's replaced him...
Mary: Hold onto your hat, Mr. Finch, but I'm afraid I have.

If you can't say anything helpful, Robert, please be silent.


Lord Grantham: I suppose you were a widow after all and not a deb in her first season.
Mary: But it's still not the way your parents would have behaved.
Lord Grantham [laughs]: Oh, I don't know. If you can believe what they write about the Edwardians these days.

Lord Grantham: I can hardly believe it. I used to come here all the time as a boy.
Edith: "Sic transit gloria mundi."
Mary: Will you be as philosophical when it's our turn?

Lord Grantham: If I could stop history in its tracks, maybe I would. But I can't, Carson. Nor you nor I can hold back time.
Carson: Unfortunately.

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.