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7 Valuable Lessons We Can Learn From The Dowager Countess of Grantham

What is Downton without Violet Crawley’s magnificently timed one-liners? Here are her most insightful quotes, from which we can all take a little inspiration.

1. Don’t allow failure to get you down

Life has its drawbacks, but it is necessary to overcome failure before you can expect to achieve success. Heed Violet’s advice – feeling sorry for yourself will only make things worse.

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2. Keep your friends close, but your enemies even closer

Everyone has to put up with people they don’t get along with on a day to day basis. Learn to appease these people, and keep them on side. You can never have too many allies, plus you’ll be sparing both of you a good deal of aggravation. The love-hate relationship between Violet and Isobel suggests that this is an entirely possible feat.

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3. It’s good to take a break from technology once in a while

Sure, if Netflix was around in her time she’d be hooked too, but Violet reminds us that it’s important not to let technology rule our lives.

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4. Take a stand and let your opinions be heard

If there’s one thing we can take from the Dowager, it’s to be forceful about things that matter to you. We can’t always be as on point as Violet (apparently), but we all have a right to our opinions – but maybe don’t write a huge political facebook status every day.

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5. Post-graduation is a scary and uncertain time

If only we had the Dowager as a grandmother to soldier us through our graduation woes.

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6. You should never turn down a good pudding

It’s all about enjoying the little things.

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7. And no matter what you do, do it with sass

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