Riley Poole: [after Ben decides to steal the Declaration] This is... huge.
[Beat]
Riley Poole: Prison... huge. You are gonna go to prison. You know that, right?
Ben Gates: Yeah, probably.
Riley Poole: Well... that would... bother most people.

Ben Gates: Dad, where are the letters?
Patrick Gates: I don't have them, son.
Ben Gates: [pause] What?
Patrick Gates: I don't have them.
Ben Gates: [Another pause] Where are they?
Patrick Gates: I *donated* them to the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia.
Ben Gates: Time to go.

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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