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    45 Savage Quotes From The Dowager Countess On Downton Abbey

    The "Queen of Mean" has spoken!

    By now you might have heard that the highly anticipated Downton Abbey Film is hitting the big screen this week, over three years since the show of the same name last aired. To celebrate the upcoming film, take a look back at the most savage quotes from the Dowager Countess, Violet Crawley (AKA Dame Maggie Smith herself)....

    45. “I was right about my maid. She’s leaving– to get married! How could she be so selfish?”

    44. “Why do you always have to pretend to be nicer than the rest of us?”

    43. “Give him a date for when Mary’s out of mourning. No one wants to kiss a girl in black.”

    42. “My dear, love is a far more dangerous motive than dislike.”

    41. "Well, we can't have him assassinated...I suppose."

    40. "Are you here to help or irritate?"

    39. "Don't be such a snob."

    38. “Mary won’t take Matthew Crawley, so we better get her settled before the bloom is quite gone off the rose."

    37. "Well, if we only had moral thoughts, what would the poor churchmen find to do?"

    36. Dr. Clarkson: "You want me to lie?" Violet Crawley: "Lie is so unmusical a word..."

    35. "Stop whining and find something to do."

    34. "So put that in your pipe and smoke it!"

    33. Violet Crawley: "I'm afraid Tom's small talk is very small indeed." Robert Crawley: "Not everyone can be Oscar Wilde." Violet Crawley: "What a relief."

    32. Cora Crawley: "I hope I don't hear sounds of disagreement." Violet Crawley: "Is that what they call discussion in New York?"

    31. “In my day, a lady was incapable of feeling physical attraction until she had been instructed to do so by her mama.”

    30. "I shall make sure that he behaves normally because I shall hold his hand on the radiator until he does."

    29. “I was watching her the other night, when you spoke of your wedding. She looked like Juliet on awakening in the tomb.”

    28. "I'm a woman, Mary. I can be as contrary as I choose."

    27. "All this endless thinking. It's very overrated. I blame the war. Before 1914, nobody thought about anything at all."

    26. “I know several couples who are perfectly happy, haven’t spoken in years.”

    25. (To Robert, dressed inappropriately for dinner) "Do you think I might have a drink? Oh, I'm so sorry. I thought you were a waiter."

    24. Sir Richard Carlisle: “I’m leaving in the morning Lady Grantham. I doubt we’ll meet again.” Violet Crawley: “Do you promise?”

    23. “Switzerland has everything to offer, except perhaps conversation. And one can learn to live without that.”

    22. “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.”

    21. "Of course it would happen to a foreigner. No Englishman would dream of dying in someone else's house."

    20. "A woman of my age can face reality better than most men."

    19. “I do hope I’m interrupting something…”

    18. “I wonder your halo doesn’t grow heavy. It must be like wearing a tiara around the clock.”

    17. Matthew Crawley: "Oh, don't worry, there are plenty of hours in the day. And of course, I'll have the weekend." Violet Crawley: "What is a weekend?"

    16. (Upon seeing Mary's new short haircut) "Oh, it is you. I thought it was a man wearing your clothes..."

    15. Mr. Carson: “Hard work and diligence weigh more than beauty in the real world.” Violet Crawley: “If only that were true.”

    14. (Violet Crawley To Cora on her American mother) “I’m so looking forward to seeing your mother again. When I’m with her, I’m reminded of the virtues of the English.”

    13. “If I were to search for logic, I would not look for it among the English upper class.”

    12. “Principles are like prayers. Noble of course, but awkward at a party..."

    11. “I don’t dislike him. I just don’t like him, which is quite different.”

    10. Martha Levinson (Cora's Mother): “I have no wish to be a Great Lady.” Violet: “No, a decision that must be reinforced whenever you look in the glass.”

    9. (Upon examining the new telephone) “Is this an instrument of communication or torture?”

    8. Isobel Crawley: “You take everything as a compliment.” Violet Crawley: “I advise you to do the same, it saves many an awkward moment.”

    7. Isobel Crawley: “Servants are human beings too.” Violet Crawley: “Yes. But preferably only on their days off.”

    6. “There’s nothing simpler than avoiding people you don’t like. Avoiding one’s friends, that’s the real test.”

    5. (Watching a jazz band play) “Do you think that any of them know what the others are playing?”

    4. “Don’t be defeatist, dear. It is very middle class.”

    3. Isobel Crawley: “I suspect she’s quite a tough nut.” Violet Crawley: “And I’m quite a tough nutcracker.”

    2. Isobel Crawley: “How you hate to be wrong.” Violet Crawley: “I wouldn’t know, I’m not familiar with the sensation.”

    1. Cora Crawley: “I take that as a compliment.” Violet Crawley: “I must have said it wrong.”

    Here's to hoping for some more iconic Countess Violet one-liners in the Downton Abbey film!