The Dowager’s 20 Greatest Downton Abbey Quips

Over the years, Violet Crawley, the Dowager Countess of Grantham’s quips have become one of the most memorable, distinctive aspects of “Downton Abbey.” These are some of the best!

  1. 1

    Dowager Countess of Grantham

    “What is a weekend?”

  2. 2

    Dowager Countess of Grantham

    “I was right about my maid. She’s leaving – to get married! How could she be so selfish?"

  3. 3

    Dowager Countess of Grantham

    “First electricity, now telephones. Sometimes I feel as if I’m living in an H.G. Wells novel.”

  4. 4

    Dowager Countess of Grantham

    “Mary won’t take Matthew Crawley, so we better get her settled before the bloom is quite gone off her rose.”

  5. 5

    Dowager Countess of Grantham

    “I don’t dislike him, I just don’t like him. Which is quite different.”

  6. 6

    Dowager Countess of Grantham

    “Don’t be a defeatist, dear, it’s very middle class.”

  7. 7

    Dowager Countess of Grantham

    “I’m a woman, Mary. I can be as contrary as I choose.”

  8. 8

    Dowager Countess of Grantham

    “She’s so slight a real necklace would flatten her.”

  9. 9

    Dowager Countess of Grantham

    “Principles are like prayers. Noble of course, but awkward at a party.”

  10. 10

    Dowager Countess of Grantham

    “No life appears rewarding if you think about it too much.”

  11. 11

    Dowager Countess of Grantham

    “I wonder your halo doesn’t grow heavy. It must be like wearing a tiara around the clock.”

  12. 12

    Dowager Countess of Grantham

    “There can be too much truth in any relationship.”

  13. 13

    Dowager Countess of Grantham

    “Nothing succeeds like excess.”

  14. 14

    Dowager Countess of Grantham

    “I won't take sides, it's true. But I don't think I could ever be described as ‘neutral.’”

  15. 15

    Dowager Countess of Grantham

    “A change is as good as a rest.”

  16. 16

    Dowager Countess of Grantham

    “The truth is neither here nor there. It's the look of the thing that matters.”

  17. 17

    Dowager Countess of Grantham

    “It's the job of grandmothers to interfere!”

  18. 18

    Dowager Countess of Grantham

    "I don't even know what that means, but it sounds almost as peculiar as you look."

  19. 19

    Dowager Countess of Grantham

    "Oh, is her cooking so precisely timed? You couldn't tell."

  20. 20

    Dowager Countess of Grantham

    “Everyone goes down the aisle with half the story hidden.”

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