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.

I am afraid that you have read somewhere that rudeness in old age is amusing, which is quite wrong.


Violet: She keeps talking about her mother being infirm, but I am infirm why doesn't she think about that?
Isobel: You are as infirm as Windsor Castle.

Miss Bunting: Have I finished us before we ever really even got started?
Tom: You pitted yourself against them from the start. How can you retreat from that position?
Miss Bunting: You mean I have made it them or me?
Tom: Haven't you? You despise the family, but I think you forget that my wife was one of them. My child is one of them. Where does that leave me?
Miss Bunting: don't you despise them? Really?
Tom: No, I don't. I would like things to change, but I don't think in black and white terms anymore.
Miss Bunting: Well I do.

How flattering. We go to bed together and you wake up.


Because how ever much the couple may strive to be honest, no one is ever in possession of the facts.


Violet: I agree. Hope is a tease, designed to prevent us accepting reality.
Isobel: Oh, you only say that to sound cleaver.
Violet: I know. You should try it.

Tom: Well if you love me, you will support me.
Mary: I suppose I have too.

Mary: Obviously, this is very shocking to your generation.
Violet: Don't let us hide behind the changing times my dear, this is shocking to most people in 1924.

Downton Abbey Quotes

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


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