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

Carson

Tom: You're frightened of being hurt again. But let me tell you this: You will be hurt again, and so will I, because being hurt is part of being alive. But that is no reason to give up on the man who is right for you.

Mr. Carson: Keeping up standards is the only way we can show the Germans we will not be beaten in the end.
Mrs. Hughes: Well, give me some warning the next time we're expecting Germans at Downton and I'll see what I can do!

Sometimes, it feels as if all the men I have ever danced with are dead. I just feel so useless, wasting my life while they sacrifice theirs.

Sybil

If she's threatening to ruin me, then let her. The only ruin I can think of is to be without you.

Anna

Does this mean you'll be my girl? Daisy, because if it does I think I can tackle anything.

William

Mr. Bates left because had he not done so, his wife was planning to engulf this house in scandal.

Mr. Carson

Mr. Carson: Now, if I was a gentleman, I wouldn't want to know.
Mrs. Hughes: But you're not.
Mr. Carson: Fortunately.

War has a way of distinguishing between the things that matter and the things that don't.

Matthew

By God I envy them though. I envy their self-respect and their ability to sleep at night.

Lord Robert

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

Violet

Anna, help me do battle with this monstrosity. It looks like a creature from the lost world.

Violet

Downton Abbey Quotes

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

Carson

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