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Quotes from Downton Abbey

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    • Violet Crawley: Will you have enough clichés to get you through the visit?
    • Isobel Merton: If not, I'll come to you.
    • Violet Crawley: Machiavelli is frequently underrated. He had many qualities.
    • Isobel Merton: So did Caligula - not all of them charming.
    • Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: A shy royal? Is that an oxymoron?
    • Violet Crawley: I am an expert in every matter.
    • Violet Crawley: Royal women are not meant to grin like Cheshire cats.
    • Violet Crawley: Sarcasm is the lowest form of wit.
    • Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: Let's not argue.
    • Violet Crawley: I never argue, I explain.
    • [commenting on the sudden sunshine after a storm the day of a royal parade]
    • Lady Mary Talbot: The day has dawned and the weather proves conclusively that God is a monarchist.
    • [to Lady Mary]
    • Violet Crawley: You are the future of Downton.
    • Lady Edith: If I know anything about royal visits, we will never stop changing clothes.
    • Daisy Mason: We're not footballs and we don't deserve a kicking.
    • [exclaiming]
    • Tom Branson: Well, if it's in the papers, it must be true!
    • Violet Crawley: What simpletons men are!
    • Isobel Merton: Oh Violet. After all these years you still astonish me.
    • Violet Crawley: Oh good, I'm glad I'm a revelation and not a disappointment.
    • Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: No maid, no valet, no nanny, even!
    • Bertie Hexham: It's 1927. We're modern folk.
    • Violet Crawley: The point is, I'll be fine until I'm not. That's all that is to it.
    • Henry Talbot: Leave Downton? We're stuck with it, aren't we?
    • Lady Mary Talbot: Yes. Yes, I believe we are.
    • Cora Crawley: Your Majesties, welcome to Downton Abbey.
    • King George V: We're glad to be here, Lady Grantham. Grantham.
    • King George V: And you, Lady Grantham, were you affected by the general strike?
    • Violet Crawley: Well, my maid was rather curt with me. While it was wrong, sir, but, you know, she is a Communist - at heart. So, I suppose it was to be expected.
    • Violet Crawley: Of course, little Mary, could hammer in a tent peg with her teeth.
    • Isobel Merton: I wonder who she got that from?
    • Violet Crawley: You know, I'm always surprised when you praise me.
    • Isobel Merton: I'm surprised to hear that I have.
    • Robert Crawley: Good night, Mama. Remember to pray for us. Mainly, for better weather.
    • Violet Crawley: I'll put in a word.
    • Robert Crawley: Are you here for dinner, Mama? It's a buffet.
    • Violet Crawley: Well, I'm not changed.
    • Lady Edith: We won't change either. So, you just need to take off your hat.
    • Violet Crawley: You talk as if that were easy.
    • Anna Bates: If that's all, milady.
    • Lady Mary: I suppose.
    • Violet Crawley: How comforting to see you here, Carson. What prompted you to take up the flaming sword again?
    • Mr Carson: I felt I should go where I could do the most good, milady.
    • Violet Crawley: Wise words for all of us.
    • Bertie Hexham: How could you know that and how could you prove it?
    • Violet Crawley: We find a friendly judge.
    • Robert Crawley: Friendly or corrupt?
    • Violet Crawley: Whichever does the trick.
    • Violet Crawley: He is her closest relative. The family have held Grantham for three centuries! But, she wants to give it to - who? Charity? The dog's home?
    • Thomas Barrow: I don't quite understand where it leaves me.
    • Robert Crawley: Well, you can be a sort of...
    • Thomas Barrow: With your permission, I'd prefer not to be a "sort of" anything, milord.
    • [sarcastically]
    • Robert Crawley: Well, that went well.
    • [first lines]
    • Andy: Good morning.
    • Mail Delivery Man: A special one today.
    • [hands Andy the mail]
    • Andy: Blimey.
    • Robert Crawley: And there we have it!
    • [repeated line]
    • Lady Edith: Well, that's that.
    • Maud Bagshaw: I'm afraid to your disliking, but, she says that she and Tom Branson have agreed to correspond.
    • Violet Crawley: Dislike it? I will *lick* the stamps myself.
    • Violet Crawley: Well, who do you think I am? Some maiden aunt who's never left the village?
    • Maud Bagshaw: You are amazing, Violet. You haven't won, you know.
    • Violet Crawley: I don't believe in defeat.
    • Lady Edith: Two weeks to get ready. Golly!
    • Robert Crawley: Is there any chance Henry might be back?
    • Lady Mary: Well, I doubt it. I'll send a telegram. But, there's a motor show in Chicago that I know he cannot chuck.
    • Daisy: I agree with Mr. Branson, I don't like Kings either. I suppose that makes me a Republican too?
    • Andy: Are the English allowed to be?
    • Lady Mary: What are you up to Granny?
    • Robert Crawley: Are you excited?
    • Cora Crawley: I am a bit. Are you?
    • Robert Crawley: Would it be common to admit it?
    • Cora Crawley: Not to an American.
    • [sarcastically]
    • Mrs Hughes: Well done, Charlie. Always start as you mean to go on.
    • Monsieur Courbet: You! Where can I put this?
    • Mrs Patmore: Don't tempt me.
    • Tom Branson: He heard my sympathies lay with Ireland and the Republic.
    • Lady Mary: Don't they?
    • Tom Branson: Not at any cost. I'm a law and order man these days. That's what you lot have done to me.
    • Lady Mary: An establishment cover-up? I don't believe in conspiracy theories.
    • Tom Branson: To be honest, I'm not much of a royalist. Although, I probably shouldn't say that out loud.
    • Princess Mary: Certainly not to a stranger. That seems odd, as the Crawleys would die for the Crown if they had to.
    • Tom Branson: You can love people you disagree with.
    • Princess Mary: And you love them?
    • Tom Branson: They're decent - at the core.
    • Tom Branson: They're silly too. Snobbish at times. I wouldn't give tuppence for their politics. But, I've learned to be happy with all of that. And besides, they're my daughter's family.
    • Princess Mary: And she lives here?
    • Tom Branson: I nearly took her away once. But, she belongs here now. And I spent so much of my life not belonging anywhere. Its important to me.
    • Princess Mary: I suppose in the end, it's deciding what's important, isn't it.
    • Cora Crawley: Whatever may have happened does not excuse his behavior.
    • Queen Mary: I can assure you, Lady Grantham, we are quite used to people behaving strangely when we are near.
    • Mrs Patmore: Let's hear it for the King and Queen.
    • [raising their glasses in a toast]
    • AndyAnna BatesDaisyMiss BaxterMr BatesMr CarsonMr MolesleyMrs HughesMrs Patmore: The King and Queen!
    • Robert Crawley: Carson, what happened to the royal servants last night?
    • Mr Carson: Hard to say, milord. They sort of - gave up the ghost.
    • Robert Crawley: Well, you managed splendidly. Although, I could have done without Molseley's aria. Please thank the staff for saving the day.
    • Lady Mary: You're looking very sunny tonight.
    • Lady Edith: I'm happy. Why? Does it bother you?
    • Lady Mary: Oh, you devious cat.
    • [last lines]
    • Mrs Hughes: Downton is still standing.
    • Mr Carson: Elsie, a hundred years from now, Downton will still be standing - and the Crawleys will still be here. And *that* - is a promise.
    • Mrs Hughes: We'll see, Charlie. We'll see.
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