11 Pieces of Invaluable Life Advice We Learned From Watching ‘Downton Abbey’

Drink in these quotes to live by from the residents and staff of TV's most beloved manor house.

Robert Crawley, Lord Grantham

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"There is no such thing as a marriage between two intelligent people that does not sometimes have to negotiate thin ice."

Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham

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

Sybil Crawley

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"It's the gloomy things that need our help. If everything in the garden is sunny, why meddle?"

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Mrs. Hughes

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"My advice, Daisy, is to go as far in life as God and luck allow."

Hugh "Shrimpie" MacClare, father of Rose

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"Love is like riding or speaking French. If you don't learn it young, it's hard to get the trick of it later."

Cora Crawley, Lady Grantham

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"I think accepting change is quite as important as defending the past."

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Carson

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"In my opinion, to misquote Doctor Johnson, if you're tired of style, you are tired of life."                                

Isobel Crawley

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"Cousin Violet has never let a matter of convenience stand in the way of a principle."

Mrs. Patmore

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"If you must pay money, better to a doctor than an undertaker."

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Branson

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"Real love means giving someone the power to hurt you."  

Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham

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"There's nothing simpler than avoiding people you don't like. Avoiding one's friends, that's the real test."

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All of the images are from the book Downton Abbey, A Celebration: the official companion to all six seasons, by Jessica Fellowes, and all quotes are from The Wit and Wisdom of Downton Abbey, also by Jessica Fellowes.

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