We’ve sourced some of the most interesting and thought-provoking Prohibition Quotes from Lauren DeStefano, N. Chandrababu Naidu, Gary Johnson, Al Capone, Will Rogers. Each of the following quotes is overflowing with creativity, and knowledge.
Every generation has a macabre notion that wars, government prohibition, natural disasters or mankind itself could be the downfall of society and the world as a whole.
I’m not ashamed to admit that prohibition is ‘impractical.’
The current prohibition laws are forcing drug disputes to be played out with guns in our streets. We need to put a stop to this criminal drug element in our country.
Prohibition has made nothing but trouble.
Prohibition is better than no liquor at all.
We have seen the evil of the manufacture and sale of intoxicating liquors in our midst; let us try prohibition and see what this will do for us.
Prohibition, like so many other policies imposed from the moral high ground, typically by those who do not drink, disproportionately affects the poor who resort to illegally brewed alcohol when they want a drink, not infrequently leading to their death, and are more likely to be harassed by the police.
The ‘environmental left’ tells us that, though we have natural resources like natural gas and oil and coal, and though we can feed the world, we should keep those things in the ground, put up fences, and be about prohibition.
But the worst handicap we had the prohibition of naming individual units who had done the fighting.
Prohibition didn’t work in the Garden of Eden. Adam ate the apple.
Popularizing – much less venturing beyond one’s secure turf – was frowned upon for many years. I think I probably internalized the prohibition, even though I was – and knew I was – among the best speakers and writers of my age cohort. I don’t mean I was the best historian – a quite different measure.
What is true environmentalism? I think it’s environmental stewardship – not prohibition.
For every prohibition you create, you also create an underground.
We covet experience; we have a secret desire to learn, not from cold prohibition, but from trial, whether those things, which are not without a semblance of good, are really so ill as they are described to us.
In the 1920s prohibition in the US notoriously failed to tackle alcohol use, led to lethal forms of liquor entering the black market, fuelled organised crime and its associated violence, and wasted public money.
You look at any culture, and prohibition has invariably been an unmitigated failure. It is just idiotic to criminalise any substance, I think.
We find many things to which the prohibition of them constitutes the only temptation.
Regardless of what one’s attitude towards prohibition may be, temperance is something against which, at a time of war, no reasonable protest can be made.
‘Boardwalk’ begins literally on the first day of Prohibition, which I think was a wonderful way to start – to have the story kind of come out of this massive historical phenomenon. And the more I researched the ’20s, the more I discovered just how interesting it was.
We have to be very conscious of the fact that beneath every illness is a prohibition. A prohibition that comes from a superstition.
When Prohibition was first enacted in 1920, most people stockpiled alcohol, thinking they’d have enough to last them for years. By 1923, that was starting to run out, so your average person started to rely more and more on criminals.
It is certainly accurate, as it has often been said and as his letters reveal, that Grandpa supplied his tenth college reunion with alcohol in 1922 at the height of Prohibition.
Prohibition makes you want to cry into your beer and denies you the beer to cry into.
Reporters now are better educated than the crowd I knew when I broke in. We still had guys shaped by Prohibition and the Depression, so the news business still had badly paid people who loved it for the life, because every day was different.
In the Sikh tradition there is no prohibition of showing your hair. It’s not that hair cannot be seen. It’s an identity, as opposed to having to cover your hair.
Instead of giving money to found colleges to promote learning, why don’t they pass a constitutional amendment prohibiting anybody from learning anything? If it works as good as the Prohibition one did, why, in five years we would have the smartest race of people on earth.
Under the dual sovereignty principle, the Fifth Amendment’s prohibition on double jeopardy – which prevents the government from trying someone twice for the same crime – doesn’t apply if the second trial is by a different ‘sovereign’ – in this case, the state.
I take very seriously my responsibility as Secretary-General to make sure that the United Nations is doing everything it can to uphold the universal prohibition on the use of chemical weapons.
There’d never been a more advantageous time to be a criminal in America than during the 13 years of Prohibition. At a stroke, the American government closed down the fifth largest industry in the United States – alcohol production – and just handed it to criminals – a pretty remarkable thing to do.
Liquor prohibition led to the rise of organized crime in America, and drug prohibition has led to the rise of the gang problems we have now.
The 2013 deal, whereby the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons verified the destruction of 95% of Syria’s declared chemical weapons, was negotiated between Russia and the U.S. and either the Russians haven’t honored their side of the deal or they have been betrayed by the Syrians.
We either believe in the dignity of the individual, the rule of law, and the prohibition of cruel and unusual punishment, or we don’t. There is no middle ground.
I knew San Francisco when it was a wild place during Prohibition. There were more speakeasies than churches, and you could always get a drink.