Collected Quotes: Downton Abbey (Season 3 – End)

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A problem shared is a problem halved, or doubled.

—  “Season 6/ Episode 1.″

“The presence of strangers is our only guarantee of good behavior.”

—  “Christmas Special – Season 5.“

“A lack of compassion can be as vulgar as an excess of tears”

—           “Season 5/ Episode 7.”

I hope to be able to teach you, maybe give you the shortcut I never had.

—           “Season 6/ Episode 8.”

“I’d rather be convinced than defeated.”

— “Season 5/ Episode 2.”

“There’s nothing simpler than avoiding people you don’t like. Avoiding one’s friends – that’s the real test.”

— “Season 5/ Episode One.”

“You’re nervous because you’re intelligent, only stupid people are foolhardy.”

— Season 4/ Episode 6

“Nothing is as changeable as a young man’s heart. Take hope and warning from that.”

— S4/E2 – Beryl Patmore

“My dear, when tragedies strike, we try to find someone to blame. In the absence of a suitable candidate, we usually blame ourselves.”

— Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham – S03/E05 – 45:57

“Never make an enemy by accident.”

— Anna Bates – s03/e01- 6:20

Season 6

Don’t demean yourself by trying to justify you venom.

— “Season 6/ Episode 8.”

I hope to be able to teach you, maybe give you the shortcut I never had.

—           “Season 6/ Episode 8.”

I never think I deserve anything, perhaps I’ve been wrong all along.

— “Season 6/ Episode 7.”

Education is the gate that leads to any future worth having.

—  “Season 6/ Episode 3.”

Beware of being ‘too good at it.’ That’s the danger of living alone, it can be very hard to give up.

— “Season 6/ Episode 2.”

Beware of being ‘too good at it.’ That’s the danger of living alone, it can be very hard to give up.

—  “Season 6/ Episode 2.”

We only know what we are capable of when we test our limits.

—  “Season 6/ Episode 1.″

A problem shared is a problem halved, or doubled.

—  “Season 6/ Episode 1.″

Season 5

“I don’t lie, but there are things I don’t say.”

—  “Christmas Special – Season 5.“

“My dear, love is a far more dangerous motive than dislike.”

—  Violet – “Season 5/ Episode 8.”

“I’m not one to give up my secrets unless I have to.”

— Mr. Bates – “Season 5/ Episode 8.”

“In the end, happiness is a matter of choice. Some people choose to be happy, and others select a course that leads to only frustration and disappointment.”

—           “Season 5/ Episode 7.”

“Harsh reality is always better than false hope.”

— Dr. Clarkson – “Season 5/ Episode 6.”

“Hope is a tease designed to prevent us from accepting reality.”

—           “Season 5/ Episode 4.”

“Season 5/ Episode One.”

Daisy: That’s such a different path

Anna: It is, but it doesn’t mean it’s better than the one you’ve chosen.

“I’ve decided to live in the present and not spend my life regretting the past or dreading the future.”

— “Season 5/ Episode One.”

“The older I get, the more I feel we do these things very oddly. Even now we must decide whether to share our lives with someone without ever spending any real time with them. Let alone, you know…”

— “Season 5/ Episode One.”

“The nature of life is not permanence but flux.”

— “Season 5/ Episode One.”

Season 4

“A husband is told so often he is going to die first, you never think you’ll have to manage on your own.”
— ”Season 4, Episode 8.”

“Work is like old age, worse thing in the world except for the alternative.”
— “Season 4, Episode 8.”

“In my experience it’s a dangerous occupation. […] no life appears rewarding if you think too much about it.”
— ”Season 4, Episode 8.”

“Why ask the question when the decision has been made?”
— “Season 4, Episode 8.”

“The business of life is the acquisition of memories.”
— “Season 4/ Episode 4.”

Season 3

“I do think a woman’s place is eventually in the home, but I see no harm in her having some fun before she gets there.”

— Violet – s03/e07 – 47:26

“You are being tested and you know what they say my darling? Being tested only makes you stronger.”
— Cora – s3/e3 – 37:25

“Forgive? Perhaps. Forget? Never.”
— Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham – S03/E01 – 36:10

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