01/04/2013 09:50 am ET

Maggie Smith In 'Downton Abbey': The Best Of The Dowager Countess (VIDEO)

Between surprise marriages, miraculous recoveries and untimely deaths, the drama never seems to end on "Downton Abbey."

One character remains unfazed, however: The Dowager Countess, played by the one and only Maggie Smith.

In HuffPost TV's supercut above, the Dowager offers one-liners encouraging her family to never act defeatist (it's very middle class!), explaining the difference between disliking and not liking someone and lamenting that the next heir to Downton will probably be a chimney sweep.

After all, the Dowager Countess always knows best.

Season 3 of "Downton Abbey" returns on Sun., Jan. 6 at 9 p.m. EST on PBS.

Video produced by Ben Craw.

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