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Classic quotes from Downton Abbey

Classic quotes from Downton Abbey

Script highlights from the sublime TV drama

As it's Maggie Smith's birthday today, we look back at some of the best lines from Downton Abbey, including her scathing put-downs as the Dowager Countess.

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    Lady Grantham, the Dowager Countess "Of… More details

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    Lady Grantham, the Dowager Countess

    "Of course it would happen to a foreigner. No Englishman would dream of dying in someone else's house."

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    Anna Smith, Head Housemaid "I love you, Mr.… More details

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    Anna Smith, Head Housemaid

    "I love you, Mr. Bates! And I know it’s not ladylike to say so, but I’m not a lady and I don’t pretend to be."

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    Lady Sybil Crawley "No one ever learned… More details

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    Lady Sybil Crawley

    "No one ever learned anything from a governess except for French, and how to curtsy."

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    Lady Mary Crawley "I hope you know that… More details

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    Lady Mary Crawley

    "I hope you know that really smart people sleep in separate rooms."

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    Cora, the Countess of Grantham "No one ever… More details

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    Cora, the Countess of Grantham

    "No one ever tells you about raising daughters. You think it’ll be like Little Women, and instead they’re at each others’ throats."

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    Sarah O'Brien, the Countess of Grantham's Lady's… More details

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    Sarah O'Brien, the Countess of Grantham's Lady's maid

    (Talking about Cora, the Countess of Grantham) "I’d like to give her the old heave ho–in a dark alley somewhere."

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    Lady Grantham, the Dowager Countess "What's… More details

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    Lady Grantham, the Dowager Countess

    "What's a 'weekend?'"

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    Lady Edith Crawley and Lady Mary Crawley Lady… More details

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    Lady Edith Crawley and Lady Mary Crawley

    Lady Edith: (in reference to Lary Mary's beau) "So he slipped the hook"

    Lady Mary: "At least I'm not fishing with no bait"

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    Mrs Patmore, Cook (to Daisy, the kichen maid)… More details

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    Mrs Patmore, Cook

    (to Daisy, the kichen maid) "Daisy, what’s happened to you? I said you could go for a drink of water, not a trip up the Nile."

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    Charles Carson, Butler Carson: "We may have… More details

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    Charles Carson, Butler

    Carson: "We may have to have a maid in the dining room."

    The Earl of Grantham: "Cheer up, Carson. There are worse things happening in the world."

    Carson: "Not worse than a maid serving a duke."

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    Lady Grantham, the Dowager Countess

    "Sometimes I feel as if I were living in an H.G. Wells novel."

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    Cora, the Countess of Grantham (to her daughter,… More details

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    Cora, the Countess of Grantham

    (to her daughter, Lady Mary) "The point is, when you refused Matthew, you were an earl’s daughter with an unsullied reputation. Now, you are damaged goods."

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    Sarah O'Brien, the Countess of Grantham's Lady's… More details

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    Sarah O'Brien, the Countess of Grantham's Lady's maid, and Thomas Barrow, First Footman

    Thomas: (talking about Matthew Crawley, heir to the estate) "Are we to treat him as the heir?"

    O'Brien: "Are we heck as like! A doctor's son from Manchester? He'll be lucky if he gets a civil word out of me."

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    Lady Grantham, the Dowager Countess "I'm a… More details

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    Lady Grantham, the Dowager Countess

    "I'm a woman, Mary. I can be as contrary as I choose."

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    Robert, the Earl of Grantham and Cora, the… More details

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    Robert, the Earl of Grantham and Cora, the Countess of Grantham

    Earl of Grantham: (talking about their daughter) "Poor old Edith. We never seem to talk about her."

    Countess of Grantham: "I'm afraid Edith will be the one taking care of us in our old age."

    Earl of Grantham: "What a ghastly prospect!"

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    Lady Mary Crawley and Sir Richard Carlisle Sir… More details

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    Lady Mary Crawley and Sir Richard Carlisle

    Sir Richard: "I want you to marry me."

    Lady Mary: "Why?"

    Sir Richard: "Because I think very highly of you."

    Lady Mary: "Very highly. Goodness."

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    Robert, the Earl of Grantham (about his daughter)… More details

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    Robert, the Earl of Grantham

    (about his daughter) "Mary can be such a child. She thinks that if you put a toy down, it’ll still be sitting there when you want to play with it again."

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    Lady Rosamund Painswick Lady Rosamind:… More details

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    Lady Rosamund Painswick

    Lady Rosamind: "There's nothing like an English summer, is there?"

    Lady Mary Crawley: "Except an English winter."

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    Lady Sybil Crawley Lady Mary Crawley: "Sybil… More details

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    Lady Sybil Crawley

    Lady Mary Crawley: "Sybil is entitled to her opinions."

    Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham: "No. She isn't until she is married, then her husband will tell her what her opinions are."

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    Mrs Isobel Crawley Isobel: "What should we… More details

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    Mrs Isobel Crawley

    Isobel: "What should we call each other?"

    The Dowager Countess: "Well, we could always start with Mrs. Crawley and Lady Grantham."

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