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Downton Abbey Lady Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham (Dame Maggie Smith) I believe she said this to Tony Gillingham when he was reflecting upon his life.

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"Hope is a tease designed to prevent us accepting reality." -Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham

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Dame Maggie Smith as Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham: "All this endless thinking. It's very overrated.

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Life According to Lady Violet: The importance of optimism.

The words of the wise Dowager Countess: "Don't be defeatist, dear. It's very middle class," have been part of my inspiration this week to continue to work diligently to undertake the tasks I enjoy.

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Lady Violet, Dowager countess Grantham (Dame Maggie Smith) Abbey think I love her!

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The Dowager Countess of Downton Abbey ~ "Don't be defeatist dear; it's very middle-class"

You're a woman with a brain and reasonable ability.  Stop whining and find something to do.  :: 16 Quotes from The Dowager Countess of Downton Abbey

The new season of Downton Abbey has returned and once again the Dowager Countess played by Dame Maggie Smith has some of the best lines of the show. Here is a collection of some of her most memorable lines of the series.

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Downton Abbey: Hugh Bonneville discusses the future of Series four, and working with Shirley MacLaine!

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