30 Best 'National Treasure' Quotes From The 2004 Nicolas Cage Movie

Rajnandini Roychoudhury
Dec 12, 2023 By Rajnandini Roychoudhury
Originally Published on Mar 05, 2021
Edited by Jacob Fitzbright
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'National Treasure' is a movie based on the attempts of Benjamin Gates to steal the declaration and find the treasure before his counterpart Ian Howe.

Even though the movie is a dramatic fiction, the events are inspired from the true story of Operation Yewtree. The movie was produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and directed by Jon Turteltaub.

The movie stars Justin Bartha and Jon Voight apart from Nicolas cage in the lead roles. It was released across United States in 2004.  Following are some of this Nicolas cage movie quotes.

If you like this article about 'National Treasure' quotes, check out Nicolas Cage quotes and 'Indiana Jones' quotes.

Best 'National Treasure' Quotes

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Here you will find Riley Poole quotes from 'National Treasure' and declaration of independence quotes.

1. "180 years of searching and I'm three feet away. Of all the words written here about freedom, there's a line here that's at the heart of all the others."

- Benjamin Franklin Gates, 'National Treasure'.

2. "Now, when the Declaration is on display, it is surrounded by guards... and video monitors... and little families from Iowa... and little kids on their eighth-grade field trip. And underneath an inch of bulletproof glass is an army of sensors and heat monitors that will go off if someone gets too close with a high fever."

- Riley Poole, 'National Treasure'.

3. "So... Here's to the men who did what was considered wrong, in order to do what they knew was right."

- Benjamin Franklin Gates, 'National Treasure'.

4. "Ben Gates: Could you please stop shouting?

Abigail Chase: Give me that!

Ben Gates: You're still shouting, and it's really starting to annoy. You would do well, Dr. Chase, to be a little more civilized in this instance."

- 'National Treasure'.

5. "There is not a treasure map on the back of the Declaration of Independence."

- Abigail Chase, 'National Treasure'.

6. “You know the key to running a convincing bluff? Every once in a while you got to be the one holding all the cards.”

- Ian Howe, 'National Treasure'.

7. "The status quo has changed, son."

- Patrick Gates, 'National Treasure'.

8. "Hold on one second, let me just take in this moment. This is cool. Is this how you feel all the time? Well, except now."

- Riley Poole, 'National Treasure'.

9. "Ben Gates: Is there a door that doesn't lead to prison?

Agent Sadusky: Someone's got to go to prison, Ben."

- 'National Treasure'.

Famous 'National Treasure' Quotes

Here you will find 'National Treasure' Riley quotes along with other quotes from 'National Treasure'.

10. "It's a big blueish green man... with a strange-looking goatee... I'm guessing that's significant."

- Riley Poole, 'National Treasure'.

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

- Benjamin Franklin Gates, 'National Treasure'.

12. "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."

- Benjamin Franklin Gates, 'National Treasure'.

13. "Patrick Gates: And he dragged you two into this nonsense?

Abigail Chase: Literally.

Riley Poole: I volunteered.”

- 'National Treasure'.

14. "I'm no expert but... it could be that the hydrothermal properties of this region produce hurricane-force ice storms that cause the ocean to freeze and then melt and then refreeze, resulting in a semisolid migrating land mass that would land a ship right around here."

- Riley Poole, 'National Treasure'.

15. "Abigail Chase: I made something for you.

Ben Gates: What?

Abigail Chase: A map.

Ben Gates: A map... Where does it lead to?

Abigail Chase: You'll figure it out."

- 'National Treasure'.

16. "Ben Gates: Are you all right?

Riley Poole: Still a little on-edge from being shot at but I'll be okay, thanks for asking.

Abigail Chase: Yeah, well I'm not all right! They have the Declaration of Independence!"

- 'National Treasure'.

17. "A toast? Yeah. To high treason. That's what they were committing to when they signed the Declaration."

- Benjamin Franklin Gates, 'National Treasure'.

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

- Benjamin Franklin Gates, 'National Treasure'.

19. "Ian Howe: Gentlemen, why is this word capitalized?

Shippen: Because it's important?

Ian Howe: Because it's a name."

- 'National Treasure'.

20. "Agent Sadusky: Gates? Are you with me?

Ben Gates: Well, I'm sure not against you, if that's what you're asking."

- 'National Treasure'.

Funny 'National Treasure' Quotes

Here you will find the most humorous movie quotes and as well as this Nicolas Cage declaration of independence quotes.

21. "Benjamin Franklin Gates: They're scans of the orginals, quiet please.

Abigail Chase: How did you get scans?

Benjamin Franklin Gates: I know the person who has the originals, now shush.

Abigail Chase: Why do you need them?

Benjamin Franklin Gates: She really can't shut her mouth, can she?

Benjamin Franklin Gates: Look, I will let you hold this if you promise to shut up, please!"

- 'National Treasure'.

22. "When are we gonna get there? I'm hungry. This car smells weird."

- Riley Poole, 'National Treasure'.

23. "Benjamin Franklin Gates: I'm so sorry I dropped you - I had to save the Declaration!

Abigail Chase: No, don't be. I would have done exactly the same to you.

Benjamin Franklin Gates: Really?

Abigail Chase: Yeah.

Riley Poole: I would've dropped you both! Freaks."

- 'National Treasure'.

24. "Ben Gates: I'm gonna steal it.

Riley Poole: What?

Ben Gates: I'm gonna steal the Declaration of Independence."

- 'National Treasure'.

25. " You have the original Silence Dogood letters? Steal those too?"

- Abigail Chase, 'National Treasure'.

26. "So, here is your options: Door number one - you go to prison for a very long time. Door number two - we're going to get back the Declaration of Independence; you help us find it, and... you still go to prison for a very long time. But you'll feel better inside."

- Agent Sadusky, 'National Treasure'.

27. "Benjamin Franklin Gates: Are you all right?

Patrick Gates: What do you think? I'm a hostage."

- 'National Treasure'.

28. "Abigail Chase: Riley!

Riley Poole: All right! What I know is that daylight savings wasn't established until World War I. If it's 3pm now that means that in 1776 it would be 2pm.

Ben Gates: Riley, you are a genius."

- 'National Treasure'.

29. "Ian Howe:  You all right? No broken bones? A jump like that could kill a man.

Benjamin Franklin Gates: No, it was cool. You should try it some time."

- 'National Treasure'.

30. "Ben Gates: People don't talk that way anymore.

Riley Poole: Beautiful, huh? I have no idea what you said."

- 'National Treasure'.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly quotes for everyone to enjoy! If you liked our suggestions for 'National Treasure' quotes then why not take a look at 'Pirates Of The Caribbean' quotes, or Peter Pan quotes.

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Written by Rajnandini Roychoudhury

Bachelor of Arts specializing in English, Master of Arts specializing in English

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Rajnandini RoychoudhuryBachelor of Arts specializing in English, Master of Arts specializing in English

With a Master of Arts in English, Rajnandini has pursued her passion for the arts and has become an experienced content writer. She has worked with companies such as Writer's Zone and has had her writing skills recognized by publications such as The Telegraph. Rajnandini is also trilingual and enjoys various hobbies such as music, movies, travel, philanthropy, writing her blog, and reading classic British literature. 

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