Tom: You are funny.
Mary: What do you mean?
Tom: The way you have to keep making reasons for why you'll meet. You to watch him drive cars, you to have dinner with a friend. Why can't you just say, "I'd love to spend more time with you, when can we do it?"

Henry: Oh, I'll tell you who was talking about you the other day. Evelyn Napier.
Mary: Oh, how is he?
Henry: He's well. Still single, of course, and, I suspect, still pining for you.
Mary: He will pine in vain, but I'm very fond of him.
Henry: La Belle Dame sans Merci. (The beautiful woman without mercy.)
Tom: What does that mean?
Henry: It means Lady Mary knows what she's about.

Anna: Bad harvest, bad harvest.
Bates: What does that mean?
Anna: In the old days, when the crop was good, the farmers used to shout "Bad harvest!" so the gods wouldn't grow jealous of their luck and destroy them.
Bates (shouts): Bad harvest!
Anna: That ought to do it.

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.

Carson: Home again at last. I feel I've been away for months.
Mrs. Hughes: Very flattering, I don't think!

Mary: I hope this means you're boiling up to make a pass before we're done.
Henry Talbot: Probably. But will you accept?
Mary: No. But I shall enjoy the process enormously.

I'll never forget [Sybil]. Her kindness changed my life.


Daisy: "Not possible"? Don't give me "not possible."
Mrs. Patmore: All right, Madame Defarge, calm down and finish that mash.

Tom, you're my brother. I want what you want. In your work, in your life. No more Miss Buntings if you have any pity. But even in that, don't please us. Please yourself.


I'm still not a traditionalist. The King should not rely on my support.


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

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.)

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.