The Best National Treasure Movie Quotes  

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The best National Treasure quotes make you realize how great the movie really is, even if you haven't seen it in a while. Let's rank the greatest quotes from National Treasure, with the help of your votes. Starring Nicolas Cage and Jon Voight, National Treasure was directed by Jon Turteltaub and released in 2004.

What is your favorite National Treasure quote? One memorable line was when Ben said, "I'm gonna steal the Declaration of Independence." Another great line from National Treasure is, "And tell the FBI agents listening in on this call if they want the Declaration back, and not just a box of confetti, then you'll come alone," spoken by Ian.

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You're A Genius

Abigail: What do you see?
Ben: 2:22.
Abigail: What time is it now?
Clothing Store Clerk: Almost 3.
Abigail: 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. 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 and Ben: Benjamin Franklin.


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FBI Agents Listening

Ian: Hello, Ben. How are you?
Ben: Um, chained to a desk.
Ian: Sorry to hear that. I want you to meet me on the flight deck of the USS Intrepid. You know where that is?
Ben: New York.
Ian: Meet me there at ten o'clock tomorrow morning. And bring those glasses you found at Independence Hall. Yeah, I know about the glasses. We can take a look at the Declaration, and then you can be on your way.
Ben: And I'm supposed to believe that?
Ian: I told you from the start, I only wanted to borrow it. You can have it. And the glasses. I'll even throw in the pipe from the Charlotte.
Ben: I'll be there.
Ian: And tell the FBI agents listening in on this call if they want the Declaration back, and not just a box of confetti, then you'll come alone.


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You're Under Arrest is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best National Treasure Movie Quotes
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You're Under Arrest

Agent Sadusky: And what about you?
Ben: I'd really love not to go to prison. I can't even describe how much I would love not to go to prison.
Saudusky: Someone's got to go to prison Ben.
Ben: Well if you have a helicopter, I think I can help with that.
Saudusky: You're under arrest Mr. Howe. We've got you on kidnapping, attempted murder and trespassing on government property.


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Steal The Declaration is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best National Treasure Movie Quotes
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Steal The Declaration

Riley: If it's any consolation, you have me convinced.
Ben: It's not.
Riley: I was thinking, what if we go public, plaster the story all over the Internet? It's not like we have our reputations to worry about. Although, I don't think that's exactly gonna scare Ian away.
Ben: A hundred and eighty years of searching, and I'm three feet away. 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 to provide new Guards for their future Security." People don't talk that way anymore.
Riley: Beautiful, huh? No idea what you just said.
Ben: It means, if there's something wrong, those who have the ability to take action have the responsibility to take action. I'm gonna steal it.
Riley: What?
Ben: I'm gonna steal the Declaration of Independence.


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