Mr. Carson: The business of life is the acquisition of memories. In the end, that's all there is.
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: There is no such thing as a marriage between two intelligent people that does not sometimes have to negotiate thin ice. I know. You must wait until things become clear. And they will. The damage cannot be irreparable when a man and a woman love each other as much as you do.
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: My goodness that was strong talk for an Englishman.
John Bates: [Speaking of his wife's unexplained recent distance:] She says it is nothing I have done, but how can I believe that? Must be my fault, because she is incapable of fault.
Thomas Barrow: What's the matter with everyone this merry morn?
Mr. Carson: I always think there's something rather foreign about high spirits at breakfast.
Isobel Crawley: But it's immoral to react in such a jealous and selfish way.
Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham: If we only had moral thoughts, what would the churchmen find to do?
Anthony Gillingham: [to Mary] I've made a long journey to ask you a short question: Will you marry me?
Lady Mary Crawley: Papa, you are always saying that we're not the owners of Downton, but the caretakers. Very well, let's take care of it.