The Best Quotes from Downton Abbey the Movie

I’m a big Downton Abbey fan! After watching all six seasons of the television series created by Julian Fellowes, I was over the moon when I heard Downton would be coming back, this time to the big screen!

I saw the Downton movie in theaters and smiled the entire time. Seeing some of my favorite characters back together again was such a joy, and this past weekend when I re-watched the film from my living room, I loved it just as much the second time.

Not only does Downton have amazing music, sets, and costumes, but it also has a very fun script, infused with feisty comebacks and one liners from Isobel Merton and Violet Crawley, the Dowager Countess of Grantham. Here are some of my favorite quotes from the film.

Downton Abbey Movie Quotes

A royal luncheon, a parade, and a dinner — I’m going to have to sit down. — Mrs. Patmore

Will you have enough cliches to get you through the visit? — Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham // If not, I’ll come to you. — Isobel Merton

You’re plotting something. I see a Machiavellian look in your eye. — Isobel Merton // Machiavelli is frequently underrated. He had many qualities — Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham // So did Caligula, not many of them charming. — Isobel Merton

Sarcasm is the lowest form of wit. — Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham

A shy royal? Is that an oxymoron? — Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham

No maid, no valet, no nanny even! — Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham // It’s 1927, we’re modern folk. — Bertie Pelham, the Marquess of Hexham

Royal women are not meant to grin like Cheshire Cats. — Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham

We won’t change either, so you just need to take off your hat. — Lady Edith Hexham // You talk as if that were easy. — Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham

I’m always surprised when you praise me. — Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham // I’m surprised to hear that I have. — Isobel Merton

What simpletons men are. — Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham

Downton Abbey is the heart of this community. And you’re keeping it beating. — Anna Bates to Lady Mary Talbot

Plan your next Downton Abbey movie night served up with a piece of Downton Abbey pie!



  1. January 14, 2020 / 5:49 pm

    So, if I’m being really honest, I’ve avoided Downton Abbey for years. My mom LOVES the show. My sister does too. But I’ve never been a big fan of the style, so I haven’t watched it. However, considering how many interests you and I have in common, I’m now suddenly thinking about watching this show. Plus these quotes are too dang good, and I know I’d have to watch the show in order to catch up to where the movie is. Hmmmm things to think on haha!

  2. January 14, 2020 / 9:06 pm

    I’m a big Downton Abbey fan and so this just warmed my heart! I loved that they decided to make this sequel, if you will, and it had me laughing and crying!

  3. Patricia @ Grab a Plate
    January 14, 2020 / 9:15 pm

    Ohmygosh! I can totally hear the characters saying these words! I haven’t see the movie yet (can’t believe it, actually)! Fun post!

  4. January 14, 2020 / 10:48 pm

    This was such a great movie! I love these quotes as well! It makes me want to watch the movie again!!

    cute & little

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