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I don’t know about you, but I’m a HUGE Downton Abbey fan. I had the opportunity to go see the movie a few days ago with some friends who are also big time fans. I have to say, as soon as the movie score began it felt like I was going home to a wonderful reunion of old friends.

Besides being an impeccably researched period drama, one of my favorite aspects of the show was the brilliant writing replete with zingers and witty banter. Anyone familiar with the show knows the “queen” of Downton zingers is Violet, the Dowager Countess played by the incomparable Maggie Smith. And let me tell you, the movie didn’t disappoint.

The following is a list of my favorite cheeky one-liners from the movie.

“The day has dawned and the weather proves conclusively that God is a monarchist.” —Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery)

“Will you have enough clichés to get you through the visit?” —Violet (Maggie Smith), needling Isobel about the impending royal visit
“If not, I’ll come to you.” —Isobel (Penelope Wilton)

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Maggie Smith as Violet, the Crawley family matriarch. Photo courtesy of Indie Wire

“Sarcasm is the lowest form of wit.” —Violet (Maggie Smith)

“I am an expert in every matter.” —Violet, (Maggie Smith)

“A shy royal? Is that an oxymoron?” —Lord Grantham (Hugh Bonneville)

“Royal women are not meant to grin like Cheshire cats.” —Violet (Maggie Smith)