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

Violet

Violet: But Isobel and I had a lot in common and I shall miss her.
Mary: Granny you are quite dewey eyed, I never think of you as sentimental.

Charles: You might have allowed her to be the first woman.
Mary: Nonsense, I don't believe in letting people win.
Charles: Even if it is in your own interest.

Mable: Then why turn up looking like a cross between a Vogue fashion plate and a case of dynamite.
Mary: Well I can't make it too easy for him.

I blame the war. Before 1914, nobody thought about anything at all.

Violet

Oh, it is you. I thought it was a man wearing your clothes.

Violet

If you can honestly say you have never let a flirtation get out of hand since we married. If you have never given a woman the wrong impression than by all means stay away. Otherwise, I expect you back in my room tonight.

Cora

Am I supposed to applaud you for poking round in my things?

Anna

Igor: You wouldn't admit it if it were true. You think to be unhappy in a marriage is ill-bred.
Violet: You do know me Igor. That I must concede.
Igor: Yes.

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Mary: I am tempted to remind them of what they have been missing.
Anna: You would never be that heartless.

Mrs. Patmore: It is good to hear advice from a man of the world.
Carson: Well, I like to do what I can.
Mrs. Hughes: We feel thoroughly protected.

Charles: You know you are cutting off your nose to spite your face.
Mabel: I'm going.
Charles: Well, what shall we do with your food.
Mable: Eat it. And I hope it chokes you.

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.)

The business of life is the acquisition of memories. In the end that's all there is.

Carson