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February 05, 2018

Some people have a gift with words. These people know exactly what to say for maximum impact and when to say it. Luckily, for everyone else, there are a plethora of perfect words for every situation in the form of movie quotes.

Quoting movies is a popular cultural activity. Great movie quotes are short and pithy. They work double-time by not only communicating an idea but also reminding people of movies that have warmed their hearts and touched their souls. If there’s a movie lover in your life, a keychain engraved with a meaningful quote from their favorite movie would make the perfect gift. Here are movie lines that would make the perfect leather keychain engraving.

Star Wars: “I love you / I know”

AnyStar Warsfan will clearly remember this key moment fromthe Empire Strikes Back. As Hans Solo is being dragged by Stormtroopers, Leia blurts out, “I love you!” Solo’s response--and the last line he speaks in the movie--is “I know.” It’s a moment that’s perfect in its imperfection, Solo’s unspoken “I love you, too” hanging in the air between them even as he’s frozen in carbonite. It’s become a popular trope, meaning that anyStar Warslover will instantly recognize the words and understand the meaning behind them.

There are two effective ways to have this engraved. One would be to have a keychain engraved with the wordsI love youon the front andI knowon the back. This gives the recipient both halves of this beloved quote. Another option would be to have two keychains engraved: One sayingI love youand the other sayingI know. You could give them one and keep the other, allowing the two halves of the quote to connect you even when you’re not together.


Harry Potter: “After All This Time? / Always.”

Like any long-timeHarry Potterfan, my heart breaks a little every time I hear this line. It takes place in a confrontation between Albus Dumbledore and Severus Snape in which Snape accuses Dumbledore of raising Harry Potter “like a pig for slaughter” waiting to die “at the right time.” Dumbledore mocks him, saying it sounds like he’s come to care for Harry Potter. In response, Snape casts his Patronus--which, for the uninitiated, is a magical spell which often takes on the animal form of the person you love.  Snape’s Patronus takes on the form of a doe, a representation of Harry’s mother, Lily. In the quietest of voices, Dumbledore says, “After all this time?” Snape replies with one word: “Always."

As with the Star Wars quote, this could be used as two sides to the same keychain or as two separately-held keychains. In either instance, it communicates a love so unrelenting that nothing can break it, not even death. One of the things that’s most heartbreaking about this line, of course, is the fact that the love was unrequited: Harry’s mother was married to another man at the time of her death. Somehow, it makes that continual and unending love all the more powerful.

The Princess Bride: “As You Wish”

The Princess Brideis a movie that has amassed a bit of a cult following over the years. It has a little something for everyone: adventure, comedy, torture, pirates, and, of course, romance. The movie starts with Buttercup’s realization that every time Wesley says “as you wish,” what he really means is “I love you.” Later, his “as you wish” identifies him to Buttercup.

The great thing about this quote is how short and sweet it is. For those who aren’t fans ofthe Princess Bride, the statement seems innocuous, while those who grew up loving the movie will understand the heartfelt sentiment.

Anchorman: “I’m Kind of a Big Deal”

If you’re looking for a great quote for a keychain but aren’t looking for a romantic tint, this gem from the movieAnchormanis sure to bring a smile to the recipient’s face. Perfect for a brother or close guy friend, it comes from a character who is trying--unsuccessfully--to impress a girl by telling her how great he is. The great thing about putting this on a keychain is that it reminds the recipient of two things: First, that theyarekind of a big deal, and second, that the best way to show it is through practiced modesty.