Benjamin Franklin Gates quotes

[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!

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."

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.

[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.

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.

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