Friday, September 9, 2011

Period Drama Week - Friday: Witty Quotes

That's one of the things we like about Period Dramas, isn't it? The great scripts and witty quotes that somehow creep into our daily lives? Of course it is! Here are some of the witty quotes that I find particularly witty.

Amazing Grace
"No matter how loud you shout, you will not drown out the voice of the people!" - William Wilberforce

"I am a great sinner and Christ is a great savior." - John Newton


Doctor Harrison: Nothing like this is ever done in London
Deborah: You're not in London, Doctor Harrison... You're in Cranford now.

Deborah: I mean, what will people think of her? And worse... What will be said?

David Copperfield
"Let me see you ride a donkey over my green again, and I'll knock your bonnet off. --And tread upon it!" - Betsey Trotwood (Thanks, Melody from Regency Delight)

Downton Abbey

"We all have chapters that we would rather keep unpublished." - Robert Crawley

"So put that in your pipe and smoke it." - Lady Violet

Lark Rise to Candleford

"Right's right, and wrong ain't right." - Mr. Paxton, owner of the Wagon and Horses

"Young Alf, can I borrow your hat? I'm gonna do my trick for our squire, the one where I make my hat disappear, and it ain't anywhere to be found." - Twister Turrill

Pride and Prejudice (1995)
Miss Bingley: I believe I can guess your thoughts at this moment.
Mr. Darcy: I should imagine not.
Miss Bingley: You are thinking how insupportable it would be to spend many evenings in such tedious company.
Mr. Darcy: No, indeed, my mind was more agreeably engaged. I've been meditating on the very great pleasure which a pair of fine eyes in the face of a pretty woman can bestow.
Miss Bingley: And may one dare ask whose the eyes that inspire these reflections?
Mr. Darcy: Miss Elizabeth Bennet's.
Miss Bingley: Miss Elizabeth Bennet. I am all astonishment. 

Sense and Sensibility (1995)
Elinor Dashwood: Margaret has always wanted to travel.
Edward Ferrars: I know. She's heading an expedition to China shortly. I'm to go as her servant. But only on the understanding that I am to be very badly treated.
Elinor Dashwood: What will your duties be?
Edward Ferrars: Sword fighting, obviously, administering rum and swabbing.
Elinor Dashwood: And which of these will take precedence?
Edward Ferrars: Swabbing, I imagine. 

Elinor Dashwood: I do not attempt to deny that I think very highly of him - that I greatly esteem him... I like him.
Marianne Dashwood: Esteem him? Like him? Use those insipid words again and I shall leave the room this instant. 

What did you think about the quotes? Are there any of your favorites that you didn't see? Suggest your favorite quotes in a comment. I'll include them for the conclusion of Period Drama Week! I didn't have as many quotes here as I would have liked, so keep the suggestions coming!

God Bless,
 God Bless, Miss Elizabeth Bennet


  1. Maybe look up some quotes from "Emma?" That ones just full of them! :)

  2. Ahh! These are some of my favorites! :) I really love the first one for S&S!

  3. Those are some of my favorite quotes. :) I love Lark Rise to Candleford, so of course I was excited to see those ones on there. :)

  4. OOhhhh! Quotes - I love them so! ;-)

    It always disappoints me that on the 1995 P&P that conversation doesn't continue so that Mr Darcy can say his quote - "A lady's imagination is very rapid. It jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony in a moment."

    As far as quote suggestions, here are some of my favorite JA movie quotes:

    “If you cannot think of anything appropriate to say, you will please restrict your remarks to the weather.” ~Mrs. Dashwood

    “It’s going to rain.”
    “It is not going to rain.”
    “You always say that and then it always does!”
    ~Margaret and Marianne

    “I like Mrs. Jennings. She talks about things. We never talk about things.” ~Margaret

    “I meant something less mournful, dearest.” ~Elinor

    “I will think of something to tempt her. Does she care for olives?” ~Mrs. Jennings

    “Lucy, if she tells you aught of the famous Mr. F., you must pass it on!” ~Mrs. Jennings

    "Is there a felicity in the world superior to this?" - Marianne

    "There's a bit of blue sky; let us chase it!" - Marianne

    “Do you prefer reading to cards? That is rather singular.” -Mr. Hurst
    “Miss Eliza Bennet despises cards. She is a great reader and has no pleasure in anything else.” ~Caroline Bingley
    “I deserve neither such praise nor such censure. I am not a great reader, and I have pleasure in many things.” ~Elizabeth
    (It is slightly different in the movie)

    “I have not the pleasure of understanding you. Of what are you talking?” -Mr. Bennet
    “Of Mr. Collins and Lizzy. Lizzy declares she will not have Mr. Collins, and Mr. Collins begins to say he will not have Lizzy.” ~Mrs. Bennet
    “And what am I to do on the occasion?--It seems a hopeless business.” -Mr. Bennet

    “For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbours, and laugh at them in our turn?” -Mr. Bennet

    "I am no longer surprised at your knowing only six accomplished women Mr. Darcy; I rather wonder at your knowing any." ~ Elizabeth

    “An unhappy alternative is before you, Elizabeth. From this day you must be a stranger to one of your parents.--Your mother will never see you again if you do not marry Mr. Collins, and I will never see you again if you do.” -Mr. Bennet

    "A life holds few distinctions, Mrs. Bennet, but I think we may safely boast that here sit two of the silliest girls in the country.” -Mr. Bennet

    "Maria, this is your trunk, these are your gowns. You may arrange them in any way you wish. *whispers* Lady Catherine will never know!" ~Elizabeth

    Emma (2009)
    "A mile's walk and a daily scolding of Emma is just what Dr. Perry prescribes." -Emma (about Mr. Knightley)

    Emma: We have heard that you are very musical, Mrs Elton.
    Mrs Elton: Oh, I dote on it! Dote! As I said to Mr E. – don’t give me two carriages, don’t give me enormous houses, but I could not live without music. No. Life would be a blank to me without music.

    “ ‘Knightley’, indeed. Never seen him in her life, and she calls him ‘Knightley’! Insufferable woman! Horrible, upstart, vulgar being with her ‘Mr E.’ and her ‘caro sposo’ and her carriages and air of pert pretentions and underbred finery. Actually to discover that Mr Knightley is a gentleman, and that the woman who brought me up should be ladylike! I’ve never met her equal! ‘Knightley’, indeed! I’ve known him all my life, and even I don’t call him that!” –Emma

    Most of those I just got from my quotes posts. I may think of more later. :P


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