If there's something wrong, those who have the ability to take action have the responsibility to take action.

Ben Gates

[paraphrasing Thomas Edison, about invention of light bulb] I didn't fail, I found 2,000 ways how not to make a light bulb; I only need to find one way to make it work.

Ben Gates

[Standing in front of the Declaration of Independence] 180 years of searching and I'm 3 feet away.

Ben Gates

Patrick Gates: [to Abigail] And he dragged you two into this nonsense?
Abigail Chase: Literally.
Riley Poole: I volunteered.

Patrick Gates: What is that animal skin? How old is it?
Ben Gates: About 200 years.
Patrick Gates: Sure?
Ben Gates: Pretty darn.

You know, Agent Sadusky, something I noticed about fishing? It never worked out so well for the bait.

Ben Gates

It's a big blue-ish green man... with a strange-looking goatee... I'm guessing that's significant.
[hugs the statue]

Riley Poole

We have to steal The Declaration of Independence!

Ben Gates

Ben Gates: The preservation room. Enjoy. Go ahead. Do you know what the preservation room is for?
Riley Poole: Delicious jams and jellies?

Who wants to go down the creepy tunnel inside the tomb first?

Riley Poole

Ben Gates: It's invisible.
Abigail Chase: Oh! Right.
Riley Poole: And that's where we lost the Department of Homeland Security.

Ben Gates: I leveled with you one hundred percent.
Abigail Chase: Give me the Declaration, Mr. Brown.
Ben Gates: OK, my name's not Brown. It's Gates. I leveled with you ninety-eight percent.

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National Treasure Quotes

It's a big blue-ish green man... with a strange-looking goatee... I'm guessing that's significant.
[hugs the statue]

Riley Poole

It's surrounded by guards... video monitors... and little families from Iowa... and little kids on their eighth grade field trips.

Riley Poole