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Relive Downton Abbey With These 39 Amazing Dowager Countess Quotes

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Dowager Countess' best quotes on Downton Abbey will live on in infamy

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Dowager Countess' best quotes on Downton Abbey will live on in infamy
Image: BBC Design: Karen Cox

18. "I was right about my maid. She’s leaving to get married. I mean, how could she be so selfish?"

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On Being Right

19. Cora: "I think Granny's right."
Violet: "Can somebody write that down?"

20. Isobel: "How you hate to be wrong."
Violet: "I wouldn't know, I'm not familiar with the sensation."

21. Robert: "First, Matthew must agree. Second, you will both admit it when you realise you were wrong."
Violet: "Oh, well, that is an easy caveat to accept, because I'm *never* wrong."

On Life

Dowager Countess' best quotes on Downton Abbey will live on in infamy
Image: BBC Design: Karen Cox

22. "Life is a game, where the player must appear ridiculous."

23. "No life appears rewarding if you think about it too much."

24. "Principles are like prayers; noble, of course, but awkward at a party."

25. "Nothing succeeds like excess."

Dowager Countess' best quotes on Downton Abbey will live on in infamy
Image: BBC Design: Karen Cox

26. "You know me: never complain, never explain."

27. "The presence of strangers is our only guarantee of good behaviour."

28. "An unlucky friend is tiresome enough, an unlucky acquaintance is intolerable."

Dowager Countess' best quotes on Downton Abbey will live on in infamy
Image: BBC Design: Karen Cox

29. "Hope is a tease, designed to prevent us accepting reality."

Dowager Countess' best quotes on Downton Abbey will live on in infamy
Image: BBC Design: Karen Cox

30. "Vulgarity is no substitute for wit"

Dowager Countess' best quotes on Downton Abbey will live on in infamy
Image: BBC Design: Karen Cox

31. "All life is a series of problems which we must try and solve, first one and then the next and then the next, until at last we die."

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