The 11 Best Bridgerton Quotes to Make You Feel Powerful, Romantic and Wise
Bridgerton isn’t all eye candy and sexy banter. The addictive show has some serious nuggets of wisdom interwoven into its scripts.
In case you’ve been somehow lost in time, Bridgerton is one of the most streamed series on Netflix, and one of the most popular shows on TV today, period. Now with two seasons under its belt, the binge-worthy show has captivated and entertained audiences across the world.
Set in Regency era London, the romantic drama series centers on the social season of the city’s elite, when eligible young adults fill their dance cards and vie for enviable marriages — along with money, power, social status, and love — at fancy balls and parties.
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Based on the bestselling Bridgetron novels by Julia Quinn, the show thrills with its sexy, modern take on the classic British high society period drama as it follows the fictional Bridgerton family’s eight children and their romantic escapades. Epic plot twists, peppy dialogue, gorgeous sets and costumes, and lots of cheeky gossip and steamy chemistry keep eyes glued to the screen.
Even better, its first season, which began streaming in December 2020, provided a welcome reprieve from the doldrums of pandemic lockdowns. And stunner Regé-Jean Page, who stars as Simon, the Duke of Hastings, aka the smoldering heartthrob of the show, won a legion of loyal, panting fans. Season two, which was released in March 2022 didn’t disappoint either, becoming the most watched Netflix show in 92 countries.
But the show is more than its smoldering stars and the tension of navigating courtly manners with rompy romance. Captivating dialogue makes Bridgerton a wellspring of quotes that stick with you well after watching the series.
“You have no idea what it is to be a woman…” -Daphne
Full Quote: “You have no idea what it is to be a woman, what it might feel like to have one’s entire life reduced to a single moment.” -Daphne Bridgerton
In this quote, Daphne Bridgerton, the “diamond” of the season, laments to her brother Antony about the inequities faced by women, particularly that the person they marry will define the rest of their lives.
Even today, the choice of whom women marry remains a seminal moment and topic of conversation. However, it is gratifying, as the viewer, to know that it no longer reigns as the biggest and only life-changing choice in a woman’s life.
“If you desire the sun and the moon all you have to do is…” -Eloise
Full Quote: “If you desire the sun and the moon all you have to do is go out and shoot at the sky. Some of us cannot.” -Eloise Bridgerton
Eloise Bridgerton, sister to Daphne and Antony, is a budding feminist who rails against the corseted confines of female life for London’s nobility.
In this line, she explains to another brother that the world works very differently for men and women. In their world, men get to have adventures and go after their dreams, while women are stuck with aspiring to be a bride — relegated to spinsterhood.
“There is but one thing that humbles the highly-regarded…” -Whistledown
Full Quote: “Be it shame or slander, seduction or smear, there is but one thing that humbles even the most highly-regarded members of our dear ton…a scandal!” -Lady Whistledown
Lady Whistledown reports and feeds on every scandalous deed and misdeed happening during each courtship season. She aptly notes that the nobility and gentry thrill at reading about every last bit of gossip in her breathless society newsletter — but they certainly don’t want to be the subjects of her posts.
Here, she speaks truth that, no matter how big the personality, or how vaunted the family name, the great equalizer during this period boils down to one thing: reputation. Interestingly enough, even in our modern world — or perhaps especially in it — that remains truer than ever.
“You wish to follow your heart and I wish to nurture my mind.” -Eloise
Full Quote: “You wish to follow your heart and I wish to nurture my mind. Let us leave it there.” -Eloise Bridgerton
In this quote, Eloise is talking to her sister Daphne. The siblings often butt heads but come to an understanding of sorts. Each, in their own way, want something more than the traditional marriage match.
Daphne seeks love, which tends to be quite low on the optimal courtship priority list, while Eloise isn’t much interested in being courted at all. Instead, she hopes to pursue developing her mind and interests rather than jumping into becoming a wife and mother.
“Her heart is no matter, as long as her hand remains free.” -Queen Charlotte
Queen Charlotte is a force with which to be reckoned. Highly political, mercurial and attuned to the public’s perception of her, Queen Charlotte has her hand on the pulse of every budding romance.
Here she makes the point that love isn’t the key to these marriages — and really, doesn’t matter at all. Essentially, she wants to be the arbiter of the most important matches. Ironically enough, love is a big driver in the queen’s own marriage.
“Why must our only options be to squawk and settle?” -Eloise
Full Quote: “Why must our only options be to squawk and settle or to never leave the nest? What if I want to fly?” -Eloise Bridgerton
Eloise longs for much more than to be engaged — and doesn’t keep quiet about her disdain for the demeaning pageantry of the social season.
Like many modern women, she’d rather not settle into a small life sequestered at home under the thumb of a man she barely knows. Instead, she wants the freedom to test her wings and fly.
“The ones we love have the power to inflict the greatest scars.” -Whistledown
Full Quote: “The ones we love have the power to inflict the greatest scars, for what thing is more fragile than the human heart?” -Lady Whistledown
High society’s anonymous gossip columnist, who uses the pseudonym Lady Whistledown but is actually wallflower Penelope Featherington, always has her own unique take on every potential match — and power play — happening in town.
But she also sees the truth (and pain) all around her, often noting what others miss. For instance, how those we love often disappoint us and can cause us immense heartbreak.
“You are the bane of my existence and the object of all my desires.” -Antony
Anthony Bridgerton is poised to marry the lovely Edwina Sharma. However, despite his best efforts he can’t help but fall for her pragmatic older sister, Kate Sharma.
The two burn for each other, despite trying to hide their feelings from themselves — and everyone else. Perhaps the forbidden nature of their desire is what fuels it, making it impossible to ignore.
“We chose to love each other, every single day…” -Violet
Full Quote: “We chose to love each other, every single day. It is a choice, dearest. One that is never too late to make.” -Violet Bridgerton
In this quote, Violet Bridgeton explains what made the relationship with her dearly departed husband so magical.
She makes the point that marriage and romance are not fixed institutions, but instead require love and care every step of the way to maintain or stoke passion and harmony. She reminds us that even if it’s been ignored, a couple can find each other again.
“I love all of you. Even the parts that you believe are too dark.” -Daphne
Full Quote: “I love all of you. Even the parts that you believe are too dark and too shameful. Every scar. Every flaw. Every imperfection. I love you.” -Daphne Bridgerton
Here, Daphne professes the all-encompassing depth of her love for her husband Simon. The couple shares an intense passion, but so much more.
She is letting him know that the secrets and deep shame he holds need not stay hidden from her. Their love is beyond anything he can imagine and nothing he can do or has done will break that bond. So, he can let go of his fears and self-doubt and simply trust their love.
“It is not a man’s appearance or title that will woo you.” — Kate
Full Quote: “It is not a man’s appearance or title that will woo you. It is his mind and spirit that will court yours.” — Kate Sharma
Kate Sharma participates in the social season for the sole purpose of helping her beloved sister, Edwina, find a superior match that not only secures their family’s financial future but also provides Edwina with the love, passion and care she deserves.
In this quote, Kate reminds her sister to look beyond outward appearance and achievements and instead focus on what the man himself has to offer. Ironically enough, by unwittingly following her own advice, Kate gets swept up by the mind and spirit of a man she tries her hardest not to love.