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Quotes of the Day for 16 January 2004 – Prohibition

On this day in 1919, Nebraska ratified the Eighteenth Amendment to the US Constitution, becoming the 36th and deciding state. One year later, it went into effect, 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:

He that spills the Rum loses that only; He that drinks it, often loses both that and himself.
     - Benjamin Franklin, 1706 - 1790

Then I commended mirth, because a man hath no better thing under the sun, than to eat, and to drink, and to be merry: for that shall abide with him of his labour the days of his life, which God giveth him under the sun.
     - Ecclesiastes 8:15

First you take a drink, then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes you.
     - F. Scott Fitzgerald, 1896 - 1940

Laws to suppress tend to strengthen what they would prohibit. This is the fine point on which all the legal professions of history have based their job security.
     - Frank Herbert, 1920 - 1986

I will not be as those who spend the day in complaining of headache, and the night in drinking the wine that gives it.
     - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, 1749 - 1832

Walk groundly, talk profoundly, drink roundly, sleep soundly.
     - William Hazlitt, 1778 - 1830

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