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50 Downton Abbey Quotes to Live Your Life By

Over six seasons and a feature film, the star-studded period drama Downton Abbey served up timeless lessons about life, love and loss. Join us in celebrating the best Downton Abbey quotes—from both upstairs and down.

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“The nature of life is not permanence, but flux.”
— Carson, Downton Abbey, Season 5

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“I’m not a romantic, but even I concede that the heart does not exist solely for the purpose to pump blood.”
— Violet, Dowager Countess, Downton Abbey, Season 2

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“Good men… They’re not like buses. There won’t be another one round in 10 minutes.”
— Anna, Downton Abbey, Season 2

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“Seems a pity not to take a chance to end a quarrel. Isn’t it better than to let it fester?”
— Isobel Crawley, Downton Abbey, Season 3

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“Nothing in life is sure.”
— Mrs. Patmore, Downton Abbey, Season 1

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“We must always travel in hope.”
— Carson, Downton Abbey, Season 5

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“You are being tested. And you know what they say my darling, being tested only makes you stronger.”
— Cora, Lady Grantham, Downton Abbey, Season 3

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“Sympathy butters no parsnips.”
— Mrs. Patmore, Downton Abbey, Season 5

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“There is nothing more ill-bred than trying to steal the affections of one’s dog.”
— Robert, Lord Grantham, Downton Abbey, Season 5

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“I’m a woman, Mary. I can be as contrary as I choose.”
— Violet, Dowager Countess, Downton Abbey, Season 2

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“It’s the gloomy things that need our help. If everything in the garden is sunny, why meddle?”
— Lady Sybil Crawley, Downton Abbey, Season 1

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“There is no such thing as a marriage between two intelligent people that does not sometimes have to negotiate thin ice. I know. You must wait until things become clear. And they will. The damage cannot be irreparable when a man and a woman love each other as much as you do.”
— Robert, Lord Grantham, Downton Abbey, Season 4

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“You know me…Never complain, never explain.”
— Violet, Dowager Countess, Downton Abbey, Season 5

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“My advice, Daisy, is to go as far in life as God and luck allow.”
— Mrs. Hughes, Downton Abbey, Season 5

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“Love is like riding or speaking French: if you don’t learn it young, it’s hard to get the trick of it later.”
— Hugh ‘Shrimpie’ MacClare, Marquess of Flintshire, Downton Abbey, Season 3

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“Principles are like prayers; noble, of course, but awkward at a party.”
— Violet, Dowager Countess, Downton Abbey, Season 5

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“I think accepting change is quite as important as defending the past.”
— Cora, Lady Grantham, Downton Abbey, Season 3

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“If you must pay money, better to a doctor than an undertaker.”
— Mrs. Patmore, Downton Abbey, Season 3

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“Hope is a tease, designed to prevent us accepting reality.”
— Violet, Dowager Countess, Downton Abbey, Season 5

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“Harsh reality is always better than false hope.”
— Dr. Clarkson, Downton Abbey, Season 5

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“Real love means giving someone the power to hurt you.”
— Branson, Downton Abbey, Season 6

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“You can’t spend too long on a one-sided love.”
— Mrs. Patmore, Downton Abbey, Season 3

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“Meaning well is not enough.”
— Violet, Dowager Countess, Downton Abbey, Season 1

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“We must all have our hearts broken once or twice before we’re done.”
— Mrs. Hughes, Downton Abbey, Season 4

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“The business of life is the acquisition of memories. In the end that’s all there is.”
— Carson, Downton Abbey, Season 6

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“Every mountain is unclimbable until someone climbs it; so every ship is unsinkable until it sinks.”
— Robert Crawley, Lord Grantham, Downton Abbey, Season 1

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“If we only had moral thoughts, what would the poor churchmen find to do?”
—Violet, Dowager Countess, Season 5

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“Nothing makes you hungrier or more tired than grief.”
— Mrs. Patmore, Downton Abbey, Season 1

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“Work is like old age, m’lady—the worst thing in the world, except for the alternative.”
— Drewe, Downton Abbey, Season 4

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“No life appears rewarding if you think too much about it.”
— Violet, Dowager Countess, Downton Abbey, Season 4

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“A lack of compassion can be as vulgar as an excess of tears.”
—Violet, Dowager Countess, Downton Abbey, Season 5

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“You’re nervous because you’re intelligent; only stupid people are foolhardy.”
— Carson, Downton Abbey, Season 4

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“Nothing is as changeable as a young man’s heart. Take hope and warning from that.”
— Mrs. Patmore, Downton Abbey, Season 4

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“Beware of being ‘too good at it.’ That’s the danger of living alone, it can be very hard to give up.”
— Violet, Dowager Countess, Downton Abbey, Season 6

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“I’ve decided to live in the present and not spend my life regretting the past or dreading the future.”
— Daisy, Downton Abbey, Season 5

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“We only know what we are capable of when we test our limits.”
—Violet, Dowager Countess, Downton Abbey, Season 6

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“My dear, love is a far more dangerous motive than dislike.”
— Violet, Dowager Countess, Downton Abbey, Season 5

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“Yes we do understand the importance of tradition and history. We just don’t give it power over us.”
— Martha Levinson, Downton Abbey, Season 3

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“War has a way of distinguishing between the things that matter and the things that don’t.”
— Matthew Crawley, Downton Abbey, Season 2

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“All life is a series of problems, that we must try and solve.”
—Violet, Dowager Countess, Downton Abbey, Season 1

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“I’d rather have the right man, than the right wedding.”
— Anna, Downton Abbey, Season 2

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“What would be the point of living if we didn’t let life change us?”
— Carson, Downton Abbey, Season 1

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“I miss a lot of things; but you have to keep moving, don’t you?”
— Bates, Downton Abbey, Season 1

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“When tragedies strike, we try to find someone to blame. And in the absence of a suitable candidate, we usually blame ourselves. You are not to blame. No one is to blame.”
—Violet, Dowager Countess, Downton Abbey, Season 3

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“I know, we all need a purpose.”
— Lady Edith, Downton Abbey, Season 4

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“A broken heart can be as painful as a broken limb.”
— Mrs. Hughes, Downton Abbey, Season 2

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“There’s nothing simpler than avoiding people you don’t like. Avoiding one’s friends, that’s the real test.”
— Violet, Dowager Countess, Downton Abbey, Season 5

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“In my opinion, to misquote Doctor Johnson, if you’re tired of style, you are tired of life.”
— Carson, Downton Abbey, Season 3

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“Aren’t we the lucky ones to have loved.”
— Isobel Crawley, Downton Abbey, Season 4

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“There can be too much truth in any relationship.”
— Violet, Dowager Countess, Downton Abbey, Season 4

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