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Maggie Smith On 'Downton Abbey': 10 Life Lessons From The Dowager Countess

Posted: 04/18/2012 12:27 pm Updated: 04/18/2012 8:54 pm

Dame Maggie Smith is not leaving "Downton Abbey," the show's producers announced yesterday. Everyone breathe.

Although rumors were flying surrounding the Dowager Countess’ supposed exit from the smash-hit period drama, Carnival Film and Television Limited told the Los Angeles Times that "there is no truth in the story that Maggie is leaving the show."

To celebrate the fact that TV’s most astute, delightfully blunt matriarch is not meeting her demise, we decided to reflect on what she's taught us thus far.

The Dowager Countess never let's us forget that she knows best, which is of course one of the reasons we love her. Here are some of her best one-liners on love, marriage and appropriate houseguest comportment -- and the important life lessons we gleaned from them.

LOOK: 10 Life Lessons From The Dowager Countess

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  • Be Creative Yet Realistic About Conflict Resolution

    "We can't have him assassinated...I suppose."

  • When Hoping To Appear Blue Blood, Smile

    "Don't be defeatist, dear. It's very middle class."

  • Every Marriage Involves A Little Deceit

    "I mean one way or another, everyone goes down the aisle with half the story hidden."

  • Be A Good Guest

    "No Englishman would dream of dying in someone else's house -- especially somebody they didn't even know."

  • It's The Little Things

    <strong>Lady Sybil Crawley:</strong> "No one ever learned anything from a governess except for French, and how to curtsy." <strong>Dowager Countess:</strong> "What more do you need?"

  • Finding Love Is Easier Than You Think

    "Well if she doesn't, we'll just have to take her abroad. In these moments you can normally find an Italian who isn't too picky."

  • Money Helps

    "No fortune? He's lucky not to be playing the violin in Leicester Square."

  • Don't Take Your Weekends For Granted

    They didn't used to exist, as the Dowager Countess revealed when she demanded to know, "What is a 'weekend'?"

  • Friendship Isn't Everything

    <strong>Cora, Countess Of Grantham: </strong>"Are we to be friends then?" <strong>Dowager Countess:</strong> "We are allies, which can be a good deal more effective."

  • LBD's Are Overrated

    "No one wants to kiss a girl in black."


Filed by Michelle Persad  |