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11 ways to win an argument with Downton Abbey quotes

Because if you're quoting Lady Mary, the Dowager Countess and co in your everyday life, you're already winning...
By Ellie Walker-Arnott

While Violet and Isobel Crawley make sparring matches look like child's play, they can be a tricky business in real life.

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When our work proposals are rejected, our friends irritated or our culinary skills criticised and an argument ensues, it seems we are never at our wittiest. But never fear: Lady Mary and the gang have been there, done that and are here their pithy put-downs...


For when your opponent needs a little gentle persuasion to come round to your point of view:  

When they fail to grasp your utterly convincing argument and it's like they're not even trying...

Or if they simply refuse to accept your point of view:

For when things get a little bit nasty... 

Or your opponent turns to childish tactics... 

If someone turns on the waterworks... 

Or you're accused of being heavy-handed or cruel:

For when desperate times call for desperate measures (This one works whatever your sex...)

And if you change your mind halfway through...

For when you get terribly tired of all the fighting and remember you have better things to be doing: 

And finally, for when you need to make that dramatic exit... 

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