Sometimes it's good to rule by fear.

Violet

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.

I love her, Mrs. Patmore. I am happy and tickled and bursting with pride that she would agree to be my wife. And I want us to live as closely as two people can for the time that remains to us on earth.

Carson

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.

Isobel: And you have never strayed again?
Violet: I never risked everything again.
Isobel: That is not quite what I asked.
Violet: That is all the answer you will get.

Isobel: I will not have my final years overshadowed by a tearstained tug-of-war.
Violet: I suppose there is one consolation. Dr. Clarkson will be delighted.

Tom: Well if you don't like her, why have you gone through the business of sending Shrimpy to her rescue?
Isobel: That is what I keep asking.
Edith: Well granny?
Violet: Oh you know me, never complain, never explain.
Edith: You don't usually have very much trouble complaining.

Tea gowns! We aren't in the 1980s anymore Mr. Moseley.

Mrs. Hughes

I tell you what why don't we all go to lunch on Wednesday, even you Edith

Mary

He can have his..what do you call it now. His stag party?

Mrs. Sinderby

Rose: Mommy. Daddy. This is Atticus.
Atticus: How do you do?
Lady Flintshirer: What a peculiar name.

Cora: How can you imagine I will ever trust you again?
Rosamund: She doesn’t mean it Mama.
Violet: On the contrary, it is the most honest thing she has ever said to me.

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.