Here is our list of best quotes from Netflix’s titillating and sumptuous period romantic drama, Bridgerton, inspired by Julia Quinn’s novels, created by Chris Van Dusen and produced by Shonda Rhimes. The story is set during the Regency era in England and centers on the close-knit siblings of the powerful Bridgerton family as they attempt to find love. You can get a copy of the book here!
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Lady Whistledown: Grosvenor Square, 1813. Dearest reader, the time has come to place our bets for the upcoming social season. Consider the household of the Baron Featherington. Three misses foisted upon the marriage market like sorrowful sows by their tasteless, tactless mama.
Lady Whistledown: Far better odds might exist in the household of the widowed Viscountess Bridgerton. A shockingly prolific family, noted for its bounty of perfectly handsome sons and perfectly beautiful daughters.
Eloise Bridgerton: I am already roasting.
Francesca Bridgerton: Are you to complain the entire day, Eloise?
Eloise Bridgerton: Surely I cannot be expected to bear these fashions the entire day.
Hyacinth Bridgerton: I feel like a princess. Do I look like one?
Eloise Bridgerton: Do you truly wish to know what I think you look like?
Benedict Bridgerton: [referring to Daphne] Is our dear sister still not ready?
Francesca Bridgerton: Oh, she’s only been readying herself the entire night.
Eloise Bridgerton: You mean her entire life.
Lady Whistledown: There will forever be just two words that come to this author’s mind the morning after any good party, “shock” and “delight”. Well, dear reader, the scandalous counts from last night’s soiree at Vauxhall are quite shocking, and delightful indeed.
Lady Whistledown: Emerging, phoenix-like from the ashes of irrelevance, is one Miss Daphne Bridgerton. The illustrious debutante was seen dancing not once, but twice with the season’s most eligible and most uncatchable rake, the Duke of Hastings.
Daphne Bridgerton: Eight balls.
Simon Basset: No.
Daphne Bridgerton: Eight balls. You do want our plan to succeed, do you not?
Simon Basset: The purpose of this arrangement is to keep the marriage-minded mothers of the ton at bay, not hurl myself directly into the lion’s den.
Daphne Bridgerton: And you must send flowers. Today. Expensive ones. If you were truly courting me, you’d buy out every florist in town.
Simon Basset: If I were truly courting you, I would not need flowers, only five minutes alone with you in a drawing room.
Simon Basset: I have no interest in causing a scandal, Miss Bridgerton.
Daphne Bridgerton: I should imagine with you it comes naturally.
Lady Whistledown: Dearest gentle reader, it is often said that those who marry in haste must repent at leisure. A sentiment that is clearly shared by Miss Daphne Bridgerton, who has apparently rejected not one, not two, but three proposals already this week. Some believe she is showing admirable forethought in her deliberations, but I would venture a different conjecture, that she, like this author, is still waiting on the only suitor of note.
Prudence Featherington: Some prince is coming to London.
Philipa Featherington: Then I shall wear my most brilliant dress of all.
Prudence Featherington: Something must hold his interest, as it will certainly not be your conversation.
Lady Violet Bridgerton: My dear, why ever do you complicate matters so? You must simply marry the man who feels like your dearest friend.
Daphne Bridgerton: Oh. Oh, is that it, Mama? Well, how very simple indeed.
Lady Violet Bridgerton: Yes, quite.
'Many men make declarations of love when they want to make love. But rare is the man whose love remains true when the consequences of lovemaking are brought to his attention.' - Portia Featherington (Bridgerton) Click To Tweet
Daphne Bridgerton: Is my general ready for battle?
Simon Basset: I was born ready.
Daphne Bridgerton: Were that true, I suspect you would need less protection from our beloved packs of ambitious mamas.
Simon Basset: You call me the general, yet you are the first to draw blood.
Daphne Bridgerton: [referring to the ladies surrounding Prince Friedrich] They do not even know him.
Simon Basset: They do not need to know him.
Daphne Bridgerton: Besides the fact he is a prince.
Simon Basset: Well, surely you cannot be surprised. You know how this works, Daphne. Was it not you who wrote the book on the very subject?
4. An Affair of Honor'I have never understood the fashion for feathers in the hair. Why would a woman want to draw more notice to the fact that she is like a bird squawking for a man's attention in some bizarre ritual?' - Eloise Bridgerton (Bridgerton) Click To Tweet
Lady Whistledown: In a town filled with ambitious mamas, and fortune hunting gentlemen, marrying above one’s station is an art form indeed. But Miss Daphne Bridgerton’s advance from future duchess to possible princess is an achievement that even this jaded author must applaud.
Lady Whistledown: Though this author cannot dismiss the Duke of Hastings quite so soon. He may have let the diamond slip through his fingers for now, but I shall wager he is not a man
to ever hide from a fight.
Will Mondrich: [to Simon, who is angrily punching the punching bag] Does that sack of grain have a German accent, or is it my imagination?
Eloise Bridgerton: I have never understood the fashion for feathers in the hair. Why would a woman want to draw more notice to the fact that she is like a bird squawking for a man’s attention in some bizarre ritual?
Eloise Bridgerton: Why must our only options be to squawk and settle, or to never leave the nest? What if I want to fly? You know who is flying? Lady Whistledown. She is up in the sky. A brilliant woman of business who fools the entire ton, whilst pocketing their money. Imagine the life she must lead. Independence. You could be assured she is not stuck simpering on the edge of a ballroom every night, praying a man might take a fancy and leg-shackle her into marriage.
Penelope Featherington: That is quite the life you have imagined for her, El.
5. The Duke and I'You are wise, or perhaps unusually lucky to understand friendship to be the best possible foundation a marriage can have. Even if that foundation should crumble as quickly as it was built.' - Queen Charlotte (Bridgerton) Click To Tweet
Daphne Bridgerton: I’m unsure how I can be expected to wait an entire month to marry. Could we not obtain a special license to marry this week? I do not wish to lie to you. But the duke and I…
Lady Violet Bridgerton: You do not need to tell me anything. Whatever happened between the two of you, it is alright. I know good society makes quite a fuss about such things. But when it comes to love, such things happen much more frequently than one might expect. Even your father and I, we had trouble controlling our passions as well.
Lady Violet Bridgerton: My darling girl, you are getting what you always wanted. You are marrying for love.
Lady Whistledown: One may say modesty is a virtue, yet this author is hardly a virtuous woman. It is therefore my great pleasure to announce the news others questioned, but I never doubted. The diamond of the season has made her match, officially betrothed to the Duke of Hastings.
'Romance was entirely out of the question for both of us. But in so removing it, we found something far greater. We found friendship.' - Simon Basset (Bridgerton) Click To Tweet
Lady Whistledown: Of course, there are only two reasons to procure a special license and race to the altar. True love, or concealing a scandal.
Hyacinth Bridgerton: [to Daphne] How does it feel, Sister, to be in love?
Eloise Bridgerton: Imagine leaping off a cliff and shattering on the ground. A fair analogy?
6. Swish'All is fair in love and war. But some battles leave no victor, only a trail of broken hearts that makes us wonder if the price we pay is ever worth the fight.' - Lady Whistledown (Bridgerton) Click To Tweet
Lady Whistledown: Dearest gentle reader, I must send felicitations to the new Duke and Duchess of Hastings. Congratulation,s and stamina, as they embark on the most exhilarating time in a young couple’s life. I am, of course, talking of the honeymoon. Is there a more romantic notion? To retreat from society together, finally leaving watchful eyes behind.
Simon Basset: [as they enter Clyvedon House] I want to show you the bedroom.
Daphne Bridgerton: Yours or mine?
Simon Basset: You truly believe we are to have separate rooms? I should think not.
Daphne Bridgerton: [Simon picks her up in his arms] Stop! They shall see! Whatever will they think?
Simon Basset: Does it matter?
Lady Whistledown: While this author, along with the rest of the ton, will certainly miss its most remarked upon couple back in London, perhaps we might find solace in the promise of the duke and duchess returning to us bearing a surprise.
The ones we love have the power to inflict the greatest scars. For what thing is more fragile than the human heart?' - Lady Whistledown (Bridgerton) Click To Tweet
Colin Bridgerton: [after Colin’s announced his engagement to Marina] The truth is, I do not require your permission to marry Miss Thompson, but I would very much prefer to have your blessing.
Lord Anthony Bridgerton: Then I am afraid I must disappoint you.
Colin Bridgerton: You have. In more ways than one.
Daphne Bridgerton: I believe I now know the reason why every mama of the ton keeps her daughter in total darkness about certain diversions.
Simon Basset: Do you?
Daphne Bridgerton: [Simon kisses her] Should they have told us what it was truly like, however would we get anything else done at all?
Daphne Bridgerton: [to the servant] Would you please ask Miss Nolan if my personal effects have yet been removed from the duke’s bedchamber and placed in the duchess’s rooms?
Simon Basset: Would you please inform Her Grace that I will allow no such thing?
Clyveden Footman: Should I really deliver the message, Your Grace?
Daphne Bridgerton: You cannot believe I shall welcome you back into my bed after your lies and deception?
Simon Basset: Rest assured, marital relations are the least of my concern after your recent efforts.
Daphne Bridgerton: Then for what other purpose could you possibly wish to detain me?
Simon Basset: Because you are my wife.
Daphne Bridgerton: It is customary for a wife to reside in her own bedchamber once the honeymoon is over. A time that has well and truly passed, would you not agree?
Simon Basset: I will be kept informed as to the success of your conjugal endeavors.
Daphne Bridgerton: I would never dream of concealing the truth of such important matters.
'Is anything more exhilarating than taking a gamble? For it is often the highest risk that carries the greatest reward. Yet, wager wrongly, and you might find yourself left with nothing but regret.' - Lady Whistledown (Bridgerton) Click To Tweet
Daphne Bridgerton: My brother seems to have been embroiled in scandal. I must return to see my family immediately. They will need me.
Simon Basset: I will accompany you.
Daphne Bridgerton: This is a family matter.
Simon Basset: Separate bedrooms may be tolerated. Separate households will not be suffered. I shall not let you out of my sight until we know whether you are with child.
Lady Whistledown: Miss Marina Thompson’s recent fall from grace continues to echo
through every drawing room in town, days after it was revealed her engagement to Colin Bridgerton was nothing more than a sham. Of course, a lady’s disgrace does not merely tarnish her own name. Like the tars of the Thames, it also leaves a horrid smear on anyone nearby.
Lady Whistledown: Of all that I have imparted to you, dear reader, there is but one bit of wisdom you must heed most. One can never know the truth of a marriage hiding behind closed doors. Beware indeed, blushing newlyweds. You know not the future that awaits. Will there be hardship, or indignity? Or will one’s future see the rarest accomplishment of all, a true love match? As for which of these fates await the eager matches of the season of 1813, only two things will tell. Time, and, as always, this author.
Henry Granville: [as he’s trying to paint their portrait] Apologies, but this is not working. Perhaps His Grace might place his hand on the duchess’s shoulder, so that you both can look as happy as you surely must be.
Henry Granville: [as Simon places his hand on Daphne’s shoulder and they look at each other longingly] My word. The very picture of devotion.
Penelope Featherington: [referring to Marina attempts to abort her pregnancy] You caused quite a flutter.
Marina Thompson: That was not my intention. But I am sorry for everything I have done and said. You were right about Colin. He is a good man with a good heart. You were very good to him. I am certain one day he will see it.
'Pride, it will cost you everything and leave you with nothing.' - Lady Danbury (Bridgerton) Click To Tweet
Daphne Bridgerton: The duke and I are going our separate ways. It is for the best, truly.
Lady Violet Bridgerton: I know I do not always say the right things. And then the things I do say, well, they are not always what you wish to hear. I am only able to offer you what I know. However difficult forgiving someone may be, it is necessary to move forward.
Daphne Bridgerton: That is not up to me, Mama. The duke is choosing to nurture some grudge against his father instead of allowing himself any kind of happiness. However am I supposed to forgive that? However are we supposed to move forward from there?
Marina Thompson: [after finding out that George died in battle] He loved me. All this time, he loved me. I thought him a villain, but he was not. He had a perfectly reasonable explanation for not writing back to me. And I was wrong.'However difficult forgiving someone may be, it is necessary to move forward.' - Lady Violet Bridgerton (Bridgerton) Click To Tweet