Words of Inspiration: "Downton Abbey"

Quotes on death, dying and grief from the PBS television series "Downton Abbey"

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While words can never fully express how much someone means to us, language can still provide comfort, solace, hope and even inspiration following the death of a loved one. Here, you will find a select collection of quotes on death, dying and grief expressed by various characters on the PBS television series Downton Abbey. You might find these lines helpful when writing a eulogy or condolence letter, particularly if you're having trouble finding the right words and need inspiration.

Author's note: While the quotations below appear more or less in episodic order beginning with the first season of Downton Abbey, I chose not to identify which character uttered each of these memorable lines, or to indicate in which season/episode these expressions appeared, in order to avoid "spoilers" for anyone who has yet to watch this television series.

Nothing makes you hungrier or more tired than grief.

Nothing in life is sure.

In the midst of life, we are in death.

Sometimes, it feels as if all the men I have ever danced with are dead. I just feel so useless, wasting my life while they sacrifice theirs.

There's nothing so wrong as when young folks die.

If you must pay money, better the doctor than the undertaker.

Never mistake a wish for a certainty.

Us. We must never take us for granted. Who knows what's coming?

Lord Grantham wasn't taken -- he died.

When one loses a child, is it really ever over?

The price of great love is great misery when one of you dies.

No one wants to kiss a girl in black.

We shout and scream and wail and cry, but in the end we all must die.

The business of life is the acquisition of memories. In the end, that's all there is.

I’m not unhappy. I’m just not quite ready to be happy.

But you see, when your only child dies, you’re not a mother anymore. You’re not anything really, and that’s what I’m trying to get used to.

Work's like old age, m’lady -- the worst thing in the world except for the alternative.

You are being tested. And you know what they say, my darling -- being tested only makes you stronger.

The nature of life is not permanence but flux.

You never know what's coming, do you.

Who knows what the future may hold, or how much longer we'll even be here?

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