National Treasure

National Treasure quotes

73 total quotes (ID: 415)

Abigail Chase
Agent Sadusky
Benjamin Franklin Gates
Ian Howe
Multiple Characters
Riley Poole


Of all the ideas that became the United States, there's a line here that's at the heart of all the others. "But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and provide new Guards for their future security."


[making a toast at a gala before going to steal the Declaration] To high treason. That's what these men were committing when they signed the Declaration. Had we lost the war, they would have been hanged, beheaded, drawn and quartered, and-Oh! Oh, my personal favorite-and had their entrails cut out and burned! [laughs nervously, then clears throat] So... Here's to the men who did what was considered wrong, in order to do what they knew was right... [nods] what they knew was right.

Look... Stairs.

Either way we're still gonna die.

Abigail: You have the original Silence Dogood letters? Did you steal those too?!
Ben: I have scans of the originals. Quiet please.
Abigail: How did you get scans?
Ben: Because I know the man who has the originals, now shush.
Abigail: Why do you need them?
Ben: She really can't shut her mouth, can she?

Abigail: What do you see?
Ben: 2:22.
Abigail: What time is it now?
Clothing Store Clerk: Almost 3.
Abigail: [sighs] We missed it.
Riley: No, we didn't. We didn't miss it because... you don't know this? I know something about history that you don't know.
Ben: I'd be very excited to learn about it, Riley.
Riley: Hold on one second, let me just take in this moment. [takes a deep breath] This is cool. Is this how you feel all the time? Well, except now, of course--
Abigail: Riley!
Riley: All right! What I know is that daylight savings wasn't established until World War I. If it's 3 p.m. now that means that in 1776 it would be 2 p.m.
Ben: Riley, you're a genius.
Riley: Do you actually know who the first person to come up with the idea of daylight savings time was?
Abigail, Ben: Benjamin Franklin.
[Riley stomps his foot in disappointment]

[to Abigail] You know something? You're shouting again. And it's really starting to annoy. You would do well, Dr. Chase, to be a bit more civilized in this instance.

[after Abigail keeps interrupting his thoughts] She really can't shut her mouth, can she? [offering her the Declaration] Look, I will let you hold this if you promise to shut up, please!

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

I'm gonna steal it. [pause] I'm gonna steal The Declaration of Independence.

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

Sadusky, I'm still not against you. But I found door #3, and I'm taking it. [jumps into the Hudson River]

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

He's got the bloody map.

[convincing Abigail to give the document to him] Why don't you just pass me that document? Then we can all go home.