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Relive Downton Abbey With These 39 Amazing Dowager Countess Quotes

Deborah Watson-Novacek

But, Spratt isn’t her only servant problem

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

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

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

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

“Vulgarity is no substitute for wit.”
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30. “Vulgarity is no substitute for wit”

"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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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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