From 1920 to 1933 the United States government imposed a nationwide ban on the sale, production, importation, and transportation of alcohol. Fast forward nearly a century and it seems we have learned nothing from the hiccup in our legislation. Much the same way alcohol was banned then, marijuana now faces the same legal opposition -- though we are approaching a wave of change. Below are five of our favorite quotes that sum up the ineffectiveness of prohibition from our cultural predecessors:

Abraham Lincoln

"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.

Mark Twain

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

Al Capone

“Prohibition has made nothing but trouble”

Ian Fleming

“Prohibition is the trigger of crime.”

Homer Simpson

"Prohibition? HA! They tried that in the movies and it didn't work”