Our list of the best quotes from HBO’s historical drama series created by Julian Fellowes. The Gilded Age is set in the United States during the boom years of 1880s New York City and begins with young Marian Brook (Louisa Jacobson) moving from rural Pennsylvania to New York City after the death of her father to live with her rich aunts Agnes van Rhijn (Christine Baranski) and Ada Brook (Cynthia Nixon). Accompanied by Peggy Scott (Denée Benton), an aspiring writer seeking a fresh start, Marian inadvertently becomes enmeshed in a social war between Agnes, a scion of the old money set, and her new money rich neighbors, a railroad tycoon and his ambitious wife, George (Morgan Spector) and Bertha Russell (Carrie Coon).
We’ll add the best quotes once the series is released and we’ve had a chance to watch it, but for now here’s a small selection.
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Agnes Van Rhijn: We have invited Marian to live with us. She hasn’t a penny.
Agnes Van Rhijn: [to Marian] I need to make one thing clear. Power belongs to old New York, my dear. Not the new. Never the new. New York is a collection of villages. The old have been in charge since before the revolution. Until the new people invade it.
Ada Brook: It’s not quite as simple as that.
Agnes Van Rhijn: Yes, it is.
Marian Brook: Well, I’m new. I’ve only just arrived.
Agnes Van Rhijn: You are my niece and you belong to old New York.
Oscar van Rhijn: George Russell is a power in the land. Before long, he’ll put money
into his pocket with every train ticket you buy. I think we should know the Russell family.
Agnes Van Rhijn: We do not move in the same circles.
Oscar van Rhijn: Mamma, you are incorrigible.
Agnes Van Rhijn: I take that as the highest praise.
Peggy Scott: Well, how do you find your aunts?
Marian Brook: Ada is kind, but not clever. And Agnes is clever, but not kind.
Bertha Russell: Mrs. Van Rhijn and her sad sister were spying on me today.
George Russell: I don’t know why you bother with them.
Bertha Russell: I don’t bother with them.
Anne Morris: I’m afraid New York can be quite challenging at first.
Bertha Russell: We haven’t found it so, have we, George?
George Russell: There is no challenge you are not equal to, my dear.
Marian Brook: I cannot live within Aunt Agnes’s confines.
Agnes Van Rhijn: You must meet the right people in the right way.
Ada Brook: Money isn’t everything, Agnes.
Sylvia Chamberlain: I don’t understand why they have taken you in.
Peggy Scott: I have a job and the fresh start that I need.
Marian Brook: I want to do something with my life.
Peggy Scott: For a New Yorker, anything is possible.
Stanford White: You are the future, Mrs. Russell. And if you are the future, then they must be the past.
Bertha Russell: Well, things move faster nowadays.
Mrs. Bauer: I hope you’re not against Miss Scott.
Bridget: She’ll disrupt things.
Bannister: Maybe we need a bit of disruption.
George Russell: Let the tournament begin.
Agnes Van Rhijn: Why don’t we just go outside and roll in the gutter? It will save time.
Turner: The mistress is not a player in the great game.
Agnes Van Rhijn: That woman is unsuitable as an acquaintance.
Bertha Russell: I’ll make them pay one day.
Thorburn: How can anyone be so wretched? You b****rd.
George Russell: I may be a b****d, Mr. Thorburn. But you are a fool. And of the two, I think I know which I prefer.