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1.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... always!"   BB How It Works, p.63  
May I do Thy will always!"


2.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... always.   BB The Family Afterward, p.125  
In most cases, the alcoholic survived this ordeal without relapse, but not always.


3.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... always.   BB A Vision For You, p.161  
They knew they had a host of new friends; it seemed they had known these strangers always.


4.
View STEP SIX essay   ... always a sticking point, a point at ...   12&12 Step Six, p.66  
Even then the best of us will discover to our dismay that there is always a sticking point, a point at which we say, "No, I can't give this up yet."


5.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... always an alcoholic."   BB More About Alcoholism, p.33  
We have seen the truth demonstrated again and again: "Once an alcoholic, always an alcoholic."


6.
View STEP TEN essay   ... always, and to them also, when the ...   12&12 Step Ten, p.93  
Whenever we fail any of these people, we can promptly admit it -- to ourselves always, and to them also, when the admission would be helpful.


7.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... always another man.   BB To Wives, p.111  
He may seek someone else to console him -- not always another man.


8.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... always be bludgeoned and beaten into humility.   12&12 Step Seven, p.75  
We saw we needn't always be bludgeoned and beaten into humility.


9.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... always be consulted.   BB To Wives, p.114  
When they become too dangerous, we think the kind thing is to lock them up, but of course a good doctor should always be consulted.


10.
View STEP NINE essay   ... always be forthright and generous.   12&12 Step Nine, p.86  
We needn't wallow in excessive remorse before those we have harmed, but amends at this level should always be forthright and generous.


11.
View STEP SIX essay   ... always be found which oppose the grace ...   12&12 Step Six, p.66  
No matter how far we have progressed, desires will always be found which oppose the grace of God.


12.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... always be further developed.   12&12 Step Eleven, p.101  
Meditation is something which can always be further developed.


13.
View APPENDIX VII, Twelve Concepts (Short Form)   ... always be matters of serious concern.   BB Appendix VII, Twelve Concepts (Short Form), p.575  
Composition, qualifications, induction procedures, and rights and duties will always be matters of serious concern.


14.
View TRADITION EIGHT essay   ... always been so obvious that only a ...   12&12 Tradition Eight, p.166  
This has always been so obvious that only a very few A.A.'s have ever worked the Twelfth Step for a fee.


15.
View STEP EIGHT essay   ... always been the immediate cause of our ...   12&12 Step Eight, p.80  
Since defective relations with other human beings have nearly always been the immediate cause of our woes, including our alcoholism, no field of investigation could yield more satisfying and valuable rewards than this one.


16.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... always believed in a Power greater than ...   BB Bill's Story, p.10  
I had always believed in a Power greater than myself.


17.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... always believes that after being entirely free ...   BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxx  
There is the type who always believes that after being entirely free from alcohol for a period of time he can take a drink without danger.


18.
View STEP THREE essay   ... always blocked the entry of God -- or, ...   12&12 Step Three, p.34  
Like all the remaining Steps, Step Three calls for affirmative action, for it is only by action that we can cut away the self-will which has always blocked the entry of God -- or, if you like, a Higher Power -- into our lives.


19.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... always by a still worse relapse.   BB More About Alcoholism, p.31  
In some instances there has been brief recovery, followed always by a still worse relapse.


20.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... always care for people who lecture us.   BB To Wives, p.121  
If that is so we are sorry, for we ourselves don't always care for people who lecture us.


21.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... always caused him.   BB More About Alcoholism, p.36  
Here was the threat of commitment, the loss of family and position, to say nothing of that intense mental and physical suffering which drinking always caused him.


22.
View TRADITION TEN essay   ... always concerned with ways to make A.A. ...   12&12 Tradition Ten, p.178  
Let it be noted, too, that they were almost always concerned with ways to make A.A. more effective, how to do the most good for the most alcoholics.


23.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... always considerate of others.   BB Into Action, p.74  
The rule is we must be hard on ourself, but always considerate of others.


24.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... always defend a man from needless provocation ...   BB To Employers, p.146  
The employer cannot play favorites, but he can always defend a man from needless provocation and unfair criticism.


25.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... always discovered that relief never came by ...   12&12 Step Five, p.56  
They always discovered that relief never came by confessing the sins of other people.


26.
View STEP TEN essay   ... always done in red ink.   12&12 Step Ten, p.93  
This is a good place to remember that inventory-taking is not always done in red ink.


27.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... always done so for the alcoholic is ...   BB To Employers, p.137  
That he has not always done so for the alcoholic is easily understood.


28.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... always easy alternatives to face.   BB We Agnostics, p.44  
To be doomed to an alcoholic death or to live on a spiritual basis are not always easy alternatives to face.


29.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... always expressed in terms of money.   12&12 Step Four, p.43  
Nor is the quest for security always expressed in terms of money.


30.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... always failed.   BB Working With Others, p.101  
These attempts to do the impossible have always failed.


31.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... always followed spiritual progress; it never preceded.   BB The Family Afterward, p.127  
For us, material well-being always followed spiritual progress; it never preceded.


32.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... always "going on the wagon for keeps."   BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxx  
They are always "going on the wagon for keeps."


33.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... always had.   12&12 Step Five, p.57  
For one thing, we shall get rid of that terrible sense of isolation we've always had.


34.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... always had been the same.   12&12 Step Twelve, p.115  
Though we were sometimes quite unconscious of this, the result always had been the same.


35.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... always happened.   BB More About Alcoholism, p.37  
But even in this type of beginning we are obliged to admit that our justification for a spree was insanely insufficient in the light of what always happened.


36.
View APPENDIX VII, Twelve Concepts (Short Form)   ... always have the best possible committees, corporate ...   BB Appendix VII, Twelve Concepts (Short Form), p.575  
XI. The trustees should always have the best possible committees, corporate service directors, executives, staffs, and consultants.


37.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... always hoping.   BB To Wives, p.105  
Our friends have counseled chucking the men and we have done so with finality, only to be back in a little while hoping, always hoping.


38.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... always in a ward before."   BB A Vision For You, p.157  
I was always in a ward before."


39.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... always in collision with something or somebody, ...   BB How It Works, p.60  
On that basis we are almost always in collision with something or somebody, even though our motives are good.


40.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... always in jeopardy or gone.   BB To Wives, p.105  
Positions were always in jeopardy or gone.


41.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... always in sight that we are dealing ...   BB Into Action, p.82  
Keep it always in sight that we are dealing with that most terrible human emotion -- jealousy.


42.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... always insist on checking with friends or ...   12&12 Step Five, p.60  
It is worth noting that people of very high spiritual development almost always insist on checking with friends or spiritual advisers the guidance they feel they have received from God.


43.
View STEP TEN essay   ... always justified.   12&12 Step Ten, p.90  
As we saw it, our wrath was always justified.


44.
View STEP TEN essay   ... always known that no one can make ...   12&12 Step Ten, p.88  
For the wise have always known that no one can make much of his life until self-searching becomes a regular habit, until he is able to admit and accept what he finds, and until he patiently and persistently tries to correct what is wrong.


45.
View TRADITION EIGHT essay   ... always lurk in every A.A. heart that ...   12&12 Tradition Eight, p.169  
Perhaps the fear will always lurk in every A.A. heart that one day our name will be exploited by somebody for real cash.


46.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... always maintain personal anonymity at the level ...   BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.562  
Eleven -- Our public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion; we need always maintain personal anonymity at the level of press, radio and films.


47.
View TRADITION ELEVEN essay   ... always maintain personal anonymity at the level ...   12&12 Tradition Eleven, p.180  
"Our public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion; we need always maintain personal anonymity at the level of press, radio, and films."


48.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... always making friendly little jokes about an ...   BB To Employers, p.145  
One instance comes to mind in which a malicious individual was always making friendly little jokes about an alcoholic's drinking exploits.


49.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... always materialize if we work for them.   BB Into Action, p.84  
They will always materialize if we work for them.


50.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... always more or less insanely drunk.   BB There Is A Solution, p.21  
He is always more or less insanely drunk.


51.
View TRADITION NINE essay   ... always need to authorize workers to serve ...   12&12 Tradition Nine, p.174  
It is clear now that we ought never to name boards to govern us, but it is equally clear that we shall always need to authorize workers to serve us.


52.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... always one more attempt -- and one more ...   BB A Vision For You, p.151  
There was always one more attempt -- and one more failure.


53.
View STEP THREE essay   ... always open it some more.   12&12 Step Three, p.35  
Once we have placed the key of willingness in the lock and have the door ever so slightly open, we find that we can always open it some more.


54.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... always our solution.   12&12 Step Seven, p.74  
Escape via the bottle was always our solution.


55.
View STEP EIGHT essay   ... always paid the bills and seldom drank ...   12&12 Step Eight, p.79  
Our families didn't suffer, because we always paid the bills and seldom drank at home.


56.
View STEP TEN essay   ... always pause, saying, "Not my will, but ...   12&12 Step Ten, p.93  
When in doubt we can always pause, saying, "Not my will, but Thine, be done."


57.
View APPENDIX VII, Twelve Concepts (Short Form)   ... always remain democratic in thought and action.   BB Appendix VII, Twelve Concepts (Short Form), p.575  
XII. The Conference shall observe the spirit of A.A. tradition, taking care that it never becomes the seat of perilous wealth or power; that sufficient operating funds and reserve be its prudent financial principle; that it place none of its members in a position of unqualified authority over others; that it reach all important decisions by discussion, vote, and, whenever possible, by substantial unanimity; that its actions never be personally punitive nor an incitement to public controversy; that it never perform acts of government, and that, like the Society it serves, it will always remain democratic in thought and action.


58.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... always remember that meditation is in reality ...   12&12 Step Eleven, p.101  
And let's always remember that meditation is in reality intensely practical.


59.
View APPENDIX VII, Twelve Concepts (Short Form)   ... always reside in the collective conscience of ...   BB Appendix VII, Twelve Concepts (Short Form), p.574  
I. Final responsibility and ultimate authority for A.A. world services should always reside in the collective conscience of our whole Fellowship.


60.
View STEP THREE essay   ... always respond the moment we again pick ...   12&12 Step Three, p.35  
Though self-will may slam it shut again, as it frequently does, it will always respond the moment we again pick up the key of willingness.


61.
View STEP TWO essay   ... always said, "Grant me my wishes" instead ...   12&12 Step Two, p.32  
We had always said, "Grant me my wishes" instead of "Thy will be done."


62.
View STEP THREE essay   ... always seek to bolster egotism, and so ...   12&12 Step Three, p.36  
This, of course, is the process by which instinct and logic always seek to bolster egotism, and so frustrate spiritual development.


63.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... always so.   BB To Employers, p.139  
Drinking occasionally, and understanding your own reactions, it is possible for you to become quite sure of many things which, so far as the alcoholic is concerned, are not always so.


64.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... always spurred by conscious or unconscious fears, ...   12&12 Step Four, p.48  
For pride, leading to self-justification, and always spurred by conscious or unconscious fears, is the basic breeder of most human difficulties, the chief block to true progress.


65.
View TRADITION SEVEN essay   ... always stay poor.   12&12 Tradition Seven, p.165  
They declared for the principle that A.A. must always stay poor.


66.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... always takes up his marriage responsibilities with ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.119  
The alcoholic, realizing what his wife has endured, and now fully understanding how much he himself did to damage her and his children, nearly always takes up his marriage responsibilities with a willingness to repair what he can and to accept what he can't.


67.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... always that mysterious barrier we could neither ...   12&12 Step Five, p.57  
There was always that mysterious barrier we could neither surmount nor understand.


68.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... always that our sex powers were God-given ...   BB How It Works, p.69  
We remembered always that our sex powers were God-given and therefore good, neither to be used lightly or selfishly nor to be despised and loathed.


69.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... always the curious mental phenomenon that parallel ...   BB More About Alcoholism, p.37  
But there was always the curious mental phenomenon that parallel with our sound reasoning there inevitably ran some insanely trivial excuse for taking the first drink.


70.
View TRADITION NINE essay   ... always the result.   12&12 Tradition Nine, p.173  
We've tried it lots of times, but utter failure is always the result.


71.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... always the same: to improve our conscious ...   12&12 Step Eleven, p.101  
But its object is always the same: to improve our conscious contact with God, with His grace, wisdom, and love.


72.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... always, these antics indicate nothing more than ...   BB To Employers, p.141  
Nearly always, these antics indicate nothing more than temporary conditions.


73.
View TRADITION EIGHT essay   ... always unreasonable.   12&12 Tradition Eight, p.169  
They are always unreasonable.


74.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... always upon Him.   BB A Vision For You, p.164  
God will determine that, so you must remember that your real reliance is always upon Him.


75.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... always, we think.   BB Into Action, p.81  
Not always, we think.


76.
View STEP FOUR essay   Always we tried to struggle to the ...   12&12 Step Four, p.53  
Always we tried to struggle to the top of the heap, or to hide underneath it.


77.
View STEP NINE essay   ... always we want to go further and ...   12&12 Step Nine, p.84  
Almost always we want to go further and admit other defects that have made us hard to live with.


78.
View TRADITION SEVEN essay   Always, we've had our hands out.   12&12 Tradition Seven, p.160  
Always, we've had our hands out.


79.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... always with me.   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.181  
It was almost always with me.


80.
View STEP TWO essay   ... always with the open mind.   12&12 Step Two, pp.26-27  
Time after time, my instructors held up to me the basic principle of all scientific progress: search and research, again and again, always with the open mind.


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