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Quotes of the Day for 16 January 2001 – Prohibition

On this day in 1919, Nebraska ratified the Eighteenth Amendment to the US Constitution, the 36th and deciding state. The result of this was that on this day in 1920, sale and transport of alcohol was prohibited, i.e., the start of Prohibition. Moderate drinking in most families came to an end, wild and frenzied drinking behind closed doors was unaffected, organized crime got its first great source of income, and thousands died from fusel oil in "bathtub gin."

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The quotes:

I used often to go to America during Prohibition, and there was far more drunkenness there then than before; the prohibition of pornography has much the same effect.
     - Bertrand Russell

The prestige of government has undoubtedly been lowered considerably by the Prohibition law. For nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced. It is an open secret that the dangerous increase of crime in this country is closely connected with this.
     - Albert Einstein

One reason I don't drink is because I wish to know when I'm having a good time.
     - Nancy Astor

It's a great advantage not to drink among hard-drinking people. You can hold your tongue and, moreover, you can time any little irregularity of your own so that everybody else is so blind that they don't see or care.
     - Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald

Claret is the liquor for boys; port for men; but he who aspires to be a hero must drink brandy.
     - Samuel Johnson

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