Violet:The monarchy has thrived on magic and mystery, strip them away and people may think the royal family is just like us.
Isobel: Would that be so wrong?
Violet: Well, only if they want to stay in Buckingham Palace.

I must be sure I am right to want this man, as my friend, as my lover, as my husband.


Robert: And tell your friend Bricker to stop flirting with Isis. There is nothing more ill bred than flirting with someone else's dog.
Cora: Okay, I'll tell him to stop flirting.

It a fad, it won't last.


Every relationship has its ups and downs.

Miss Hughes

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


The older I get the more I feel we do these things very oddly. Even now we must decide whether to share our lives with someone without ever spending some real time with them, let alone, you know.

Violet: You should write a book: Daughter's-in-law and how to survive them.

I feel a shaking of the ground I stand on. That everything I believe in will be tested and held up for ridicule over the next few years.


There is nothing simpler than avoiding people you don't like. Avoiding one's friends, that is the real test.

Violet Crawley

Mrs. Hughes: You can always hold my hand if it will make you feel a bit steady.
Carson: I don't know how, but you managed to make that sound a little risque.
Mrs. Hughes: And if I did, we're gettin' on Mr. Carson, you and I. We can afford to live a little.

Mrs. Patmore: Why do you need ice?
Carson: Mr. Levinson seems to want it in everything he drinks.

Downton Abbey Quotes

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


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