At my age, one must ration one’s excitement.
There’s nothing simpler than avoiding people you don’t like. Avoiding one’s friends, that’s the real test.
Vulgarity is no substitute for wit.
Don’t be defeatist, dear. It’s very middle class.
Every woman goes down the aisle with half the story hidden.
And this priceless gem of tart exchange between the Dowager Countess and her cousin, Isobel Crawley:
(Dowager Countess) You are quite wonderful the way you see room for improvement wherever you look. I never knew such reforming zeal.
(Isobel Crawley) I take that as a compliment.
(Dowager Countess) I must have said it wrong.
Violet Crawley – the Dowager Countess of Grantham on “Downton Abbey”, as portrayed by the always magnificent Dame Maggie Smith