Writer’s Quote Wednesday–Dowager Countess of Grantham- Downton Abbey: 2015-8

Welcome!  This is an open invitation to join in on my blogging event called, Writer’s Quote Wednesday.  This is your chance to highlight your favorite author’s quotes that give inspiration to you as a writer.  By sharing your quotes, we will all gain insight and inspiration to propel us forward in our writing careers.

Writer's Quote Wed 2015

Let’s get more in-depth with the quotes and the author of the quote, by adding names of books, poetry, and music to the mix. Tell something about the author to engage us with the quote.

A quote from a piece of music is just as inspiring as a quote that you read in a book.  You can provide images of music with the words, or a portion of a song with an image. Get creative!

Be ready to participate with videos and words, photos, and any other media you care to share.  I would love to hear some quotes spoken or even sung! Please make sure and give credit to the author of the quote. If it is an image quote you found on the internet, please say where you found it.

There are no rules to follow.  Either create your own sayings (because after all, we are all writer’s here) or use a quote from a famous author that you find gives you inspiration.  Just make sure that credit is given for other’s work.  You can use Fotoflexer or Picmonkey, or any other program that you wish to make your own images.

Each Wednesday, I will post the prompt and all you have to do is participate! You have from that Wednesday until the following Monday night to post your quotes. That will give me time to do a weekly wrap up and the new quote for the following week.  On Tuesday I will post a Weekly Recap of the past week’s quotes with links back to your blogs.

I will share your images on social media for added exposure.  Copy the badge above and include it on your own post.  Tag your post on your own blog as “Writer’s Quote Wednesday,” so we can find the posts in the reader.

On your own blog post do a ping back to this post and make sure to “like” or “comment” on everyone else’s post.  A ping back is when you embed (or copy)  the http:// address of my weekly prompt into your own blog post.

Make sure to check my weekly prompt to see if your entry is there.  You can copy the http:// address of your blog post and include it in the comments section of my original weekly prompt if that works better for you.

If you do not do a ping-back, please post a comment on this post with a link to your post so I can find your quote. Please only post to this prompt post. Thanks so much.

Get creative and have fun!

My quote this week is from Dame Maggie Smith, on Downton Abbey, Season 5, Episode 7:


(Image Credit: Dame Maggie Smith, in character as the Dowager Countess of Grantham)

“A lack of compassion can be as vulgar as an excess of tears,” said to Lady Mary, in regard to Lady Edith on the recent loss of her boyfriend, Michael Gregson.

I love Downton Abbey!  I especially like the old fashioned Victorian-like common good sense of this quote.  It still has a place in our world today.  It speaks of controlling one’s emotions and behaving in a respectable manner.

Compassion seems to be the one thing that is lacking in our world today.  However, there seems to be a great amount of drama and tears prevalent instead.  I have always thought it best to have some of both and follow a middle path.

What quote spoke to you this week?

Join in and tell us how.

Thanks for visiting today.  I am so happy I got a chance to see all of you,

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  1. One of favourite quotes form the Countess on Downton Abbey is –

    “Weekend? What’s a Weekend?”

    She has so many great quotes on that series, Colleen, and Dame Maggie is one of my favourite actresses. Our neighbour, two doors up from us, has a son who goes to school with Maggie Smith’s Grandson. I’ve talked to him a few times but he’s a little shy talking about Maggie.

    If you haven’t seen her in the the movie, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, then I can highly recommend it to you.

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    1. I love her too Hugh! I have seen commercials for the new movie, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel too. I would love to see it. We finally had the episode where Lady Edith reveals to her mother about her baby girl, Marigold. I love Downton Abbey. I just started a new one called Grantchester that is fabulous too. 🙂


  2. Nice one Colleen. I love the quote, I remember those lines and many more of the Dowagers food for thoughts and funny antics 🙂 I am a big fan of the series!


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