No, you see, you must never think that education is only for special people, you know, for clever people, for toffs. Education is for everyone.


Edith: Who do you think you're talking to? Mama? Your maid? I know you! I know you to be a nasty, jealous, scheming bitch!
Mary: Now listen, you pathetic --
Edith: You're a bitch! Not content with ruining your own life, you're determined to ruin mine!
Mary: I have not ruined my life and if Bertie's put off by that, then --
Edith: Don't demean yourself by trying to justify your venom. Just go. And you're wrong as you so often are. Henry's perfect for you. You're just too stupid and stuck up to see it. Still, at least he's got away from you. Which is something to give thanks for, I suppose!

Edith: The one thing Mary can't bear is when things are going better for me than for her.
Bertie: I'm sure that's not true.
Edith: You don't know her. I'm getting married and you've lost your man. And you just can't stand it.
Tom: Edith, there is no need for --
Mary: You're wrong. I'm very happy for you. And I admire you, Bertie. Not everyone would accept Edith's past.
Tom: Mary, don't.

You're a coward, Mary. Like all bullies, you're a coward.


Isobel: I suspect she's quite a tough nut.
Violet: And I'm quite a tough nutcracker.

Violet: Do you enjoy weddings?
Isobel: Yes. But I'm not going to that one. I'd feel like the wicked fairy at the christening of Sleeping Beauty.

Mrs. Hughes: They don't live badly, you have to concede.
Mr. Carson: They live as they're supposed to live. It has its burdens and its benefits.
Mrs. Hughes: Better than a life of just burden.

Daisy: Well, I'm glad. You deserve it.
Molesley: I never think I deserve anything. Perhaps I've been wrong all along.

Violet: You're a cruel little miss, aren't you? I'd feel sorry for Larry, if I didn't dislike him so much.
Miss Crookshank: I shall forget you said that, but you should go now. Much more, and we may feel awkward when we meet. Which we are bound to do.
Violet: I think not, Miss Crookshank. Not if I see you first.

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.

Anna: They do say that opposites attract.
Mary: Yes, they attract. But do they live happily ever after?

Henry: I want to surround you with people murmuring, "Isn't he divine?" or "You'd be mad to let him go."
Mary: Suppose they say, "I shouldn't have thought a racing driver was your sort of thing at all"?
Henry: They don't have to, you've already said it.

Downton Abbey Quotes

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.

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