2. “Is this an instrument of communication or torture?” – it’s a telephone.
3. “When you talk like that, I’m tempted to ring for Nanny and have you put to bed with no supper.” - to her son Robert when he was upset about Matthew making Mary his sole heiress.
4. Sir Richard Carlisle: “I’m leaving in the morning Lady Grantham. I doubt we’ll meet again.”
5. Dowager Countess: “You are quite wonderful the way you see room for improvement wherever you look. I never knew such reforming zeal.”
7. “I’m so looking forward to seeing your mother again. When I’m with her, I’m reminded of the virtues of the English.” – to her American daughter-in-law, Cora.
8. “Don’t be defeatist, dear, it’s very middle class.” - scolding her granddaughter Edith when she despairs of ever being married.
10. “What is a weekend?” - expressing her confusion about the concept of the working week, when Matthew reveals he has a job.
12. “If we can show the county that he can behave normally, they will soon lose interest in him. And I shall make sure he behaves normally because I shall hold his hand on the radiator until he does.” - Lady Violet’s plan for Branson, the Abbey’s socialist chauffeur and Sybil’s husband.
14. “Principles are like prayers. Noble of course. But awkward at a party.” - shutting down a heated political argument.
15. Isobel Crawley: “How you hate to be wrong.”