Prohibition Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old prohibition quotes, prohibition sayings, and prohibition proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Every general prohibition creates its bootleggers.     

Robert A. Heinlein

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.     

William Lyon Mackenzie King

Prohibition makes you want to cry into your beer and denies you the beer to cry into.     

Don Marquis

We find many things to which the prohibition of them constitutes the only temptation.     

William Hazlitt

Prohibition has made nothing but trouble.     

Al Capone

Prohibitions create the desire they were intended to cure.     

Lawrence Durrell

Prohibition only drives drunkenness behind doors and into dark places, and does not cure it or even diminish it.     

Mark Twain

Prohibition was introduced as a fraud; it has been nursed as a fraud.     

Roger Q. Mills

Prohibition is an attempted cure that makes matters worse - for both the addict and the rest of us.     

Milton Friedman

Alcohol didn't cause the high crime rates of the '20s and '30s, Prohibition did. And drugs do not cause today's alarming crime rates, but drug prohibition does.     

James Carriger Paine

Complete prohibition of all chemical mind changers can be decreed, but cannot be enforced, and tends to create more evils than it cures.     

Aldous Huxley

Prohibition is a hard sounding word, worthless as a rallying cry, hard as a locked door or going to bed without your supper.     

Nellie L. McClung

Prohibition didn't work in the Garden of Eden. Adam ate the apple.     

Vicente Fox

The prohibition of drugs causes crime. You don't have to legalize, just decriminalize it.     

Jesse Ventura

Prohibition is better than no liquor at all.     

Will Rogers

The prohibition law, written for weaklings and derelicts, has divided the nation, like Gaul, into three parts - wets, drys and hypocrites.     

Florence Sabin

Making prohibition work is like making water run uphill; it's against nature.     

Milton Friedman

The more prohibitions you have, the less virtuous people will be. The more weapons you have, the less secure people will be. The more subsidies you have, the less self reliant people will be.     

Laozi

Prohibition may be a disputed theory, but none can say that it doesn't hold water.     

Thomas L. Masson

Prohibition is an awful flop. We like it. It can't stop what it's meant to stop. We like it. It's left a trail of graft and slime It don't prohibit worth a dime It's filled our land with vice and crime, Nevertheless, we're for it.     

Franklin P. Adams

Prohibition is the trigger of crime.     

Ian Fleming

Prohibition will work great injury to the cause of temperance. It is a species of intemperance within itself, for it goes beyond the bounds of reason in that it attempts to control a man's appetite by legislation, and makes a crime out of things that are not crimes. A Prohibition law strikes a blow at the very principles upon which our government was founded.     

Abraham Lincoln

Prohibition goes beyond the bounds of reason in that it attempts to control a man's appetite by legislation and makes crimes out of things that are not crimes.     

Abraham Lincoln

One role of prohibition is in making the drug market more lucrative.     

Milton Friedman

Prohibition... goes beyond the bounds of reason in that it attempts to control a man's appetite by legislation and makes a crime out of things that are not crimes... A prohibition law strikes a blow at the very principles upon which our government was founded.     

Abraham Lincoln

Prohibition doesn't work, and again, they've put the evidence right there showing that responsible regulation has hugely reduced cigarette use.     

Burce Mirken

For every prohibition you create, you also create an underground.     

Jello Biafra

Communism is like prohibition, it is a good idea, but it won't work.     

Will Rogers

Drug prohibition has caused gang warfare and other violent crimes by raising the prices of drugs so much that vicious criminals enter the market to make astronomical profits, and addicts rob and steal to get money to pay the inflated prices for their drugs.     

Michael Badnarik

As restrictions and prohibitions are multiplied the people grow poorer and poorer. When they are subjected to overmuch government, the land is thrown into confusion.     

Lao-Tzu