Day 26: Articulate

adjective – (of a person or a person’s words) having or showing the ability to speak fluently and coherently

In this exact moment, I’d be willing to bet money that each of us could stop and quote almost word for word a line from one of our favorite movies. Maybe it was a line that struck us as hilarious, particularly wise, painfully sad, or hopelessly romantic. The point is we remember it.  For some of us it’s a movie we saw many years ago, or it could be a movie we saw just last week.  Perhaps, it’s easy to quote the line because we’ve seen the movie so many times we lost track of how many. (I’ve seen You’ve Got Mail probably somewhere around 30 times.)

There are those great lines that have been passed down from generation to generation.

  • “We’ll always have Paris”
  • “I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.”
  • “Shut up! You had me at ‘hello'”
  • “Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.”
  • “I feel the need…the need for speed”

Each of these lines etched our brain cells with its power, its perfect timing, but most of all its eloquent combination of words.  That’s why when movie quotes are given as a Word Gift their impact can be just as strong.  This gift combines the power of a great movie line with our emotional connection to someone special.  If they’ve seen the movie, it will impact them visually, audibly, mentally, and emotionally. If you saw the movie together, it will only increase the power of the gift.

How can a Movie Line Word Gift be given?  Consider some of the ways we’ve already discussed like Celebration Plates, Concealed Word Gifts, Crossword PuzzleMontage Words,  or Magnetic Poetry. Want something simpler? Print it out on the computer and frame it. Or simply send it in a note or card. In addition, instead of using the character’s name in the line, we could change it to match up with the word gift recipient. If our creativity is let loose, there are numerous ways to share the impact of a movie line.

Not sure which movie line to use?  Start with these websites to find one.
AFI’s list of Top 100 Movie Quotes
Friendship Movie Quotes
Romantic Movie Quotes
International Movie Data Base (This one is great if you have a specific movie in mind. Simply type the name of the movie in the search box and it will bring up all kinds of info from the movie including a section on memorable quotes.)

The only downside to creating this gift is it will remind us of the movies we can’t wait to watch again. However, we could add an extra special touch to the gift by watching the movie with our intended recipient and then giving the gift soon after. Movie night, anyone?

What’s your favorite memorable movie quote?

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