Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham: What is a "weekend"?
Matthew Crawley: [reading a letter] It's from Lord Grantham.
Isobel Crawley: Really? What on earth does he want?
Matthew Crawley: He wants to change our lives.
[news of the sinking of the Titanic has just reached Downton Abbey]
Lady Edith Crawley: I thought it was supposed to be unsinkable.
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: Every mountain is "unclimbable" until someone climbs it. So every ship is "unsinkable" until it sinks.
Lady Edith Crawley: [commenting about the Duke, whom Mary was hoping to marry] So he slipped the hook.
Lady Mary Crawley: At least I'm not fishing with no bait.
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: Do you miss the army, Bates?
John Bates: I miss a lot of things, but you have to keep moving, don't you.
Isobel Crawley: What should we call each other?
Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham: Well, we could always start with Mrs. Crawley and Lady Grantham.
Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham: Well... give him a date for when Mary's out of mourning. No one wants to kiss a girl in black...
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: It does seem odd that my third cousin should be a doctor.
George Murray: There are worse professions.
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: Indeed.
Mr. Carson: We may have to have a maid in the dining room.
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: Cheer up, Carson. There are worse things happening in the world.
Mr. Carson: Not worse than a maid serving a duke.
Mr. Carson: My Lord, would it be acceptable for Bates to ride in front with Taylor? Otherwise it means getting the other car out. He and His Grace are catching the same train.
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: Perfectly acceptable and if His Grace doesn't like it, he can lump it.
Cora, Countess of Grantham: [smiling] Are we to be friends then?
Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham: [after a very long pause] We are allies, which can be a good deal more effective.
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: [Speaking to Lady Grantham, who has responded to a summons to speak with Violet] Tell her about James and Patrick-she won't have heard.
Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham: [Scene switches to Drawing Room]
[Speaking to Lady Grantham]
Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham: Of course I've heard! Why else would I be here?
Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham: Oh, dear, such a glare. I feel as if I were on stage at the Gaiety.
Duke of Crowborough: Why did you apologize to that man? It's not his business what we do.
Lady Mary Crawley: I always apologize when I'm in the wrong. It's a habit of mine.
Thomas Barrow: [as both men re moving in different directions] Where have you been?
William Mason: I'm not late, am I?
Thomas Barrow: [condescendingly] You're late when I say you're late.
Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham: Don't you care about Downton?
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: What do you think? I have given my life to Downton. I was born here, and I hope to die here. I claim no career beyond the nurture of this house and the estate. It's my third parent and my fourth child.
Lady Sybil Crawley: I know you're sad about Patrick - whtever you say - I know it.
Lady Mary Crawley: You're a darling, but you see I'm not as sad as I ought t be, and that's what makes me sad.
Daisy Robinson: Seems like a lot of food, when you think they're all in mourning.
Mrs. Patmore: Nothin' makes you hungrier or more tired than grief. When my sister died, god rest her soul, I ate my way through four platefuls of sandwiches at one sitting and slept round the clock.
Daisy Robinson: Did it make you feel better?
Mrs. Patmore: Not much, but it passed the time.
Duke of Crowborough: You'll give up your entire estate - your wife's money into the bargain -to a perfect stranger ? You won't even put up a fight?
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: I hope he proves to be perfect, but I rather doubt it.
Duke of Crowborough: Very odd thing to joke about .
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: No odder than this conversation.