Is this an instrument of communication or torture?


I'm an American. I don't share your English hatred of comfort.

Lady Grantham

Finally, I would point out, your living is in Lord Grantham's gift. Your living is on Lord Grantham's land and the very flowers in your church are from Lord Grantham's garden. I hope it's not vulgar in me to suggest that you find some way to overcome your scruples.


Really. It's like living in a second rate hotel where guests keep arriving and no one seems to leave.


Mrs. Hughes: Watch yourself Mr. Bates. Thomas is in charge now and it won't do to get on the wrong side of him.
Mr. Bates: Is there a right side?

Oh certainly. All this unbridled joy has given me quite an appetite.


Branson: Lady Sybil and I are getting married.
Carson: Have you no shame?

Thomas: Are your suggesting the black market, Mrs. Padmore? I'm quite shocked.
Mrs. Padmore: Oh, I doubt that very much.

Oh that's a relief. I hate Greek drama. When everything happens off stage.


If you're turning American on me, then I'll go downstairs.


Honestly Papa. Edith's about as mysterious as a bucket. She's gone to see Gregson.


I mean, if I shouted blue murder every time someone tried to kiss me at Heaton I'd have gone hoarse in a month. What a tiresome fellow.


Downton Abbey Quotes

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


Robert: You'll be in a very junior seat.
Violet: Il faut reculer pour mieux sauter. (You have to step back to jump further.)