Ian Howe: You all right, Ben? No broken bones? A jump like that could kill a man.
Ben Gates: No, it was cool. You should try it some time.

Abigail Chase: You can't *seriously* intend to run chemical tests on the Declaration of Independence... in the back of a moving van!
Riley Poole: We have a clean room environment all set up: EDS suits, a particulate air filtration system, the whole shebang.
Abigail Chase: Really?

I'm the family kook. I have a job, a house, health insurance...

Patrick Gates

Riley Poole: Do you actually know who the first person to come up with the idea of daylight savings time was?
Abigail Chase, Ben Gates: Benjamin Franklin.
[Riely stomps down his foot in disappointment]

Powell: [referring to the underground staircase] How do a bunch of people with hand tools build all this?
Ben Gates: The same way the built the pyramids, and the Great Wall of China.
Riley Poole: Yeah... the aliens helped them.

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

Riley Poole

Ben Gates: Do you trust me?
Abigail Chase: Yes.

Riley Poole: Okay, Ben, pay attention. I've brought you to the Library of Congress. Why? Because it's the biggest library in the world. Over 20 million books. And they're all saying the same exact thing: Listen to Riley.

Our evil plan is working.

Riley Poole

Abigail Chase: You're treasure hunters, aren't you?
Ben Gates: We're more like treasure protectors.

Abigail Chase: What let you to assume there's this invisible map?
Ben Gates: We found an engraving on the stem of a 200-year-old pipe.
Riley Poole: Owned by the Free Masons.
Abigail Chase: May I see the pipe?
Riley Poole: We don't have it.
Abigail Chase: Did Bigfoot take it?

[They see Abigail hanging out the back of Ian's truck, clinging to the door and screaming]
Ben Gates: Oh, no.
Riley Poole: Holy Lord.

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National Treasure Quotes

[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

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

Ben Gates