26 Downton Abbey Quotes That Will Make You Feel Fancy

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Downton Abbey Quotes

These Downton Abbey quotes will allow you to live your best life. Not to mention, it'll remind you why this PBS drama series is so addictive. Although we're dealing with royalty here, many of these quotes are relatable to our own lives. Now, it's time to step into the life of a Crawley and never look back!

We'd be lying if we said we never dreamt of what it might be like living as royalty. Although it'll never happen for most of us, our favorite TV show can get us pretty close to knowing what it's like. Downton Abbey lets us explore the ins and outs of castle life from the comfort of our own living rooms.

Check out these royal quotes from Downton Abbey that'll put you right in the center of all the action. The characters offer plenty of advice and wisdom that we can learn our own lessons from!

The Best Downton Abbey Quotes

  • "My advice, Daisy, is to go as far in life as God and luck allow." - Mrs. Hughes

  • "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

  • "Sympathy butters no parsnips." - Mrs. Patmore

  • "Harsh reality is always better than false hope." - Dr. Clarkson

  • "The business of life is the acquisition of memories. In the end that’s all there is." - Carson

  • "I think accepting change is quite as important as defending the past." - Cora, Lady Grantham

  • "Good men... They’re not like buses. There won’t be another one round in 10 minutes." - Anna

Relatable Downton Abbey Quotes

  • "Seems a pity not to take a chance to end a quarrel. Isn’t it better than to let it fester?" - Isobel Crawley

  • "I’m a woman, Mary. I can be as contrary as I choose." - Violet, Dowager Countess

  • "Nothing in life is sure." - Mrs. Patmore

  • "We must always travel in hope." - Carson

  • "There is nothing more ill-bred than trying to steal the affections of one's dog." - Robert, Lord Grantham

  • "Real love means giving someone the power to hurt you." - Branson

  • "You are being tested. And you know what they say my darling, being tested only makes you stronger." - Cora, Lady Grantham

We Love These Quotes From Downton Abbey

  • "It's the gloomy things that need our help. If everything in the garden is sunny, why meddle?" - Lady Sybil Crawley

  • "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

  • "You know me... Never complain, never explain." - Violet, Dowager Countess

  • "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

  • "A lack of compassion can be as vulgar as an excess of tears." - Violet, Dowager Countess

  • "Principles are like prayers; noble, of course, but awkward at a party." - Violet, Dowager Countess

  • "If you must pay money, better to a doctor than an undertaker." - Mrs. Patmore

Memorable Downton Abbey Quotes

  • "Hope is a tease, designed to prevent us accepting reality." - Violet, Dowager Countess

  • "You can’t spend too long on a one-sided love." - Mrs. Patmore

  • "Every mountain is unclimbable until someone climbs it; so every ship is unsinkable until it sinks." - Robert Crawley, Lord Grantham

  • "We must all have our hearts broken once or twice before we’re done." - Mrs. Hughes

  • "Nothing makes you hungrier or more tired than grief." - Mrs. Patmore

  • "No life appears rewarding if you think too much about it." - Violet, Dowager Countess

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