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.

Cora: I hate to lie.
Mary: I'll do it. I don't mind lying.

Isobel: You take everything as a compliment.
Violet: I advise you to do the same. It saves many an awkward moment.

Isobel: Fear not, I've never traveled with a maid. You can share my knowledge of the jungle.
Violet: Can't you even offer help without sounding like a trumpeter on the peak of the moral high ground?

However you wish to command me I am your servant Mr. Branson, but I was not aware I was under orders as to what I might think.


But don't worry. I'm well prepared for cold baths, warm baths and most of all the food.


Ethan: Would you care to try one of these? I think they're quite nice.
Carson: Have you lost your mind?
Ethan: Why? What have I done?
Carson: You're a footman, not a traveling salesman. Please keep your opinions on the catering to yourself.

Robert: I do wish Tom had arrived.
Cora: It's so nice to hear you say that.
Robert: No. I mean he's bringing Isis and I do miss her.

Ethan: Are you excited?
Daisy: I'm never excited.

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.