Downton Abbey: Top 7 Dowager Countess of Grantham Quotes

I normally do “Thursday Tunes” to share music and such, but today I have a confession:

I am utterly, absolutely, 100% in love with Downton Abbey.

Raise your hand if you’ve also been bitten by this bug of British yumminess.

I have spent the past few weeks curling up with the Crawley family and their servants, wishing I could beat Thomas over the head with a candlestick and crying over William and wondering if Matthew and Mary will ever get their act together.  Last night I finished the final episode of Season 2 and immediately craved more Downton, except it’s not coming to the States until January 2013.  CUE THE SAD TROMBONES.

On the other hand, my husband hasn’t seen it yet, which means I get to watch it all over again!  Like a virgin! Touched by Pamuk for the very first time!

In celebration of the spectacular Downton and it’s extraordinary cast, I give you my favorite Maggie Smith quotes as the Dowager Countess of Grantham:

  • Her thoughts on death. 1 of 7
    Her thoughts on death.
    "Last night! He looked so well. Of course it would happen to a foreigner. No Englishman would dream of dying in someone else's house."
  • The first quote that had me laughing. 2 of 7
    The first quote that had me laughing.
    "What is a weekend?"
  • Desperate times call for desperate measures. 3 of 7
    Desperate times call for desperate measures.
    Cora: "I might send her over to visit my aunt. She could get to know New York." Lady Grantham: "Oh, I don't think things are quite that desperate."
  • Regarding the telephone. 4 of 7
    Regarding the telephone.
    "Is this an instrument of communication or torture?"
  • Her advice to Edith. 5 of 7
    Her advice to Edith.
    "Don't be defeatist, dear, it's very middle class."
  • On Mary’s reputation. 6 of 7
    On Mary's reputation.
    "We'll have to take her abroad, in these moments you can usually find an Italian who's not too picky."
  • I need to use this one in real life. 7 of 7
    I need to use this one in real life.
    Sir Richard: "I'm leaving in the morning Lady Grantham. I doubt we'll meet again." Countess Violet: "Do you promise?"


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