From jaw dropping filming locations to a beautifully diverse cast, Netflix original Bridgerton has taken the world by storm…. and one man in particular has emerged as the show’s breakout star: Simon Basset, AKA the Duke of Hastings, played by Regé-Jean Page.
If you’re as obsessed with Simon as we are, this post is for you. And while many are pining over his chiseled face and charming smile, today, we’d like to spotlight his sharp wit and way with words… which are equally attractive if you ask us.
So, below, you’ll find a roundup of our favorite Simon Basset quotes and lines from Bridgerton. Enjoy!
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Simon’s Most Romantic Lines in Bridgerton
Love is a key theme in Bridgerton after all, and with iconic lines like the whole “burn for you” thing, Simon really crushes it in the romance department. So, here are some of our top romantic Simon quotes from Bridgerton:
“We have fooled them into thinking we are courting… when really, all along, we simply enjoyed each other’s company so much we could not stay away from one another.
I have never been a man that much enjoyed flirting, or chatting, or, indeed, talking at all. But with Daphne… Miss Bridgerton… conversation has always been easy. Her laughter brings me joy.
To meet a beautiful woman is one thing, but to meet your best friend in the most beautiful of women is something entirely apart.
And it is with my sincerest apologies, I must say it took the prince coming along for me to realize I did not want Miss Bridgerton to only be my friend.
I wanted her to be my wife. I want her to be my wife.
And so I plead with you… not to make us wait.” Simon, Season 1, Episode 5 “The Duke and I”
“Everything I told the queen was true. I cannot stop thinking of you.
From the mornings you ease, to the evenings you quiet, to the dreams you inhabit… my thoughts of you never end. I am yours, Daphne. I have always been yours.” Season 1, Episode 5 “The Duke and I”
“Simon: Yes, that is what happens.
Daphne: When one is angry.
Simon: When one burns for someone who does not feel the same!” Season 1, Episode 5, “The Duke and I”
“Simon: It thrills me that you are satisfied with our married life as it is, just the two of us.
Daphne: I have all that I want just here.
Simon: How did I earn such luck?” Season 1, Episode 6 “Swish”
The Best Quick Quips and Comebacks from Simon on Bridgerton
Another fan fave characteristic of Simon? His sharp wit and quick comebacks. Here are some of Simon’s best witty lines from the show:
“Nigel: [on the ground] Marry me, Miss Bridgerton.
Simon: Now, as far as proposals go, that may be the least romantic of all.” Season 1, Episode 1 “Diamond of the First Water”
“Simon: You know, I do suppose if it were not for an overzealous mother at every corner, this time of year in the city would not be so very dreadful.
Anthony: Those mothers simply want the same as you, I rather think.
Simon: For every last one of them to choke on their daughters’ hair ribbons?” Season 1, Episode 1 “Diamond of the First Water”
“I presume she’ll deem us to be what we are. Me, unavailable. You… desirable.” Season 1, Episode 1 “Diamond of the First Water”
“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.” Season 1, Episode 2 “Shock and Delight”
“Daphne: If you were truly courting me, you’d buy out every florist in town.
Simon: If I were truly courting you, I would not need flowers, only five minutes alone with you in a drawing room.” Season 1, Episode 2 “Shock and Delight”
“Anthony: Might I have a word?
Simon: Have as many as you like, Bridgerton.
Anthony: You’ll come down here, or must I come up there?
Will: My fists have taken enough pounding from your chin today, Your Dukeship.
Simon: Well? What seems to be so urgent?
Anthony: I’d like to know what was going through your head last night and this morning.
Simon: You have to be more precise. A great deal goes on in a mind as quick as mine.” Season 1, Episode 2 “Shock and Delight”
“Nigel: She is a prize I have long coveted for her beauty, for her grace…
Simon: For her powerful right hook?” Season 1, Episode 2 “Shock and Delight”
“Simon: Stop talking. I shall not have you question the lady’s unimpeachable honor again.
Simon: Yes, very well. That is all I had hoped to hear. You do not deserve to breathe the same air as her. Now, go home.” Season 1, Episode 2 “Shock and Delight”
“Simon: A feigned swoon. Chapter six, I believe? We ought to up our game.” Season 1, Episode 3 “Art of the Swoon”
“Lady Danbury: Is all this time you are spending with Miss Bridgerton leading anywhere?
Simon: Could it not merely be time well spent?” Season 1, Episode 3 “Art of the Swoon”
“You cannot manage it, can you? Your responsibility. You, fulfilling the promise that every firstborn son makes to his father before he dies. Do you think he is looking down on you now, ashamed? Mortified at what you have done? I wonder, what would the former viscount say?” Season 1, Episode 7 “Oceans Apart”
Simon’s Best Angsty Speeches/Lines from Bridgerton
Of course, it wasn’t always just fun lighthearted quips and sweeping declarations of love – Simon had a darker and angstier side to him too. Here are some Bridgerton quotes that showcase that.
“Listen to me very closely… for I have only returned to do but one thing… to make you a vow… the only vow I will ever make in my life. I will never marry. I will never sire an heir. The Hastings line will die with me. Are my words clear enough for you, Father? Speak, you fucking monster.” Season 1, Episode 2 “Shock and Delight”
“The king may have chosen his queen. He may have elevated us from novelties in their eyes to now dukes and royalty, and at that same whim… he may just as easily change his mind, a mind, as we all know, that is hanging on by one very loose and tenuous thread. So, no, I am sorry, Lady Danbury, we are in disagreement here. Love changes nothing.” Season 1, Episode 4 “An Affair of Honour”
“Daphne: Do you truly… Do you truly hold me in such low regard?
Simon: It is because I regard you so highly that I cannot marry you.” Season 1, Episode 4 “An Affair of Honour”
“Feelings are irrelevant. Indeed, they’re responsible for this mess. I let them get the better of me. Now she has to fight for a wedding she doesn’t even want. You think someone wrote a love song about that? Hey, tell him to play the one about the trapped wife!” Season 1, Episode 5 “The Duke and I”
“I have spent the last three days in agony… unable to talk to you, unable to be alone with you, because I knew you wanted nothing to do with me. And understandably so, after forcing you to make an unimaginable sacrifice.
You wanted a life with children, a family.
You wanted a life with a man you truly knew.
You wanted a love match, and yet…
And yet… this could not be any more different.” Season 1, Episode 5 “The Duke and I”
“I was prepared to die on that dueling field rather than marry you and take your dream away. I would have died for you.” Season 1, Episode 6 “Swish”
“Separate bedrooms may be tolerated. Separate households will not be suffered.” Season 1, Episode 7 “Oceans Apart”
BONUS: The Simon Quote from Bridgerton that Started it All
We had to include this because, well, what would the plot of Season 1 even have been without it?
“Perhaps there is an answer… to our collective Lady Whistledown issue. We could pretend to form an attachment. With you on my arm, the world will believe I’ve finally found my duchess. Every presumptuous mother in town will leave me alone, and every suitor will be looking at you. You must know men are always interested in a woman when they believe another, particularly a duke, to be interested as well.” Season 1, Episode 1 “Diamond of the First Water”
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