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1.
View STEP TEN essay   ... because a great many of us have ...   12&12 Step Ten, p.89  
The emphasis on inventory is heavy only because a great many of us have never really acquired the habit of accurate self-appraisal.


2.
View TRADITION TWELVE essay   Because A.A.'s Twelve Traditions repeatedly ask us ...   12&12 Tradition Twelve, p.184  
Because A.A.'s Twelve Traditions repeatedly ask us to give up personal desires for the common good, we realize that the sacrificial spirit -- well symbolized by anonymity -- is the foundation of them all.


3.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... because all people are fallible, and even ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.115  
We had refused to learn the very hard lesson that overdependence upon people is unsuccessful because all people are fallible, and even the best of them will sometimes let us down, especially when our demands for attention become unreasonable.


4.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... because although he was not an alcoholic ...   12&12 Step Eleven, p.99  
We won't be biased or scared off by that fact, because although he was not an alcoholic he did, like us, go through the emotional wringer.


5.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... because at home we were smothered with ...   12&12 Step Four, p.47  
We had to drink because at home we were smothered with love or got none at all.


6.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... because at work we were great successes ...   12&12 Step Four, p.47  
We had to drink because at work we were great successes or dismal failures.


7.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... because each wants to play the lead?   BB The Family Afterward, p.122  
Is it not because each wants to play the lead?


8.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... Because every time I do it I ...   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.181  
4. Because every time I do it I take out a little more insurance for myself against a possible slip.


9.
View STEP TWO essay   ... because God deserted us.   12&12 Step Two, p.31  
More often, though, we had met up with some major calamity, and to our way of thinking lost out because God deserted us.


10.
View STEP TWO essay   ... because God has failed to fulfill their ...   12&12 Step Two, p.28  
There will be those who have drifted into indifference, those filled with self-sufficiency who have cut themselves off, those who have become prejudiced against religion, and those who are downright defiant because God has failed to fulfill their demands.


11.
View STEP TWO essay   ... because God has not delivered us the ...   12&12 Step Two, p.31  
Sometimes it's because God has not delivered us the good things of life which we specified, as a greedy child makes an impossible list for Santa Claus.


12.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... because he can now see and accept ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.122  
He's still ambitious, but not absurdly so, because he can now see and accept actual reality.


13.
View STEP THREE essay   ... because he cannot use alcohol to kill ...   12&12 Step Three, p.39  
He relies upon the assurance that his many troubles, now made more acute because he cannot use alcohol to kill the pain, can be solved, too.


14.
View STEP TEN essay   ... because he drank heavily yesterday, he cannot ...   12&12 Step Ten, p.88  
When a drunk has a terrific hangover because he drank heavily yesterday, he cannot live well today.


15.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... because he had picked them up in ...   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.180  
He knew all the answers, and certainly not because he had picked them up in his reading.


16.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... because he has laid hold of a ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.107  
In a very real sense he has been transformed, because he has laid hold of a source of strength which, in one way or another, he had hitherto denied himself.


17.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... because he is alcoholic.   BB To Employers, p.148  
It boils right down to this: No man should be fired just because he is alcoholic.


18.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... because he is warped and sickened that ...   BB To Wives, p.108  
Of course, there is such a thing as incompatibility, but in nearly every instance the alcoholic only seems to be unloving and inconsiderate; it is usually because he is warped and sickened that he says and does these appalling things.


19.
View TRADITION ONE essay   ... because he must, but later he discovers ...   12&12 Tradition One, p.130  
At first he goes along because he must, but later he discovers a way of life he really wants to live.


20.
View TRADITION SEVEN essay   ... because here and there members had tried ...   12&12 Tradition Seven, p.161  
We took this violent new tack because here and there members had tried to make money out of their A.A. connections, and we feared we'd be exploited.


21.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... because hundreds may be suffering within reach ...   12&12 Tradition Two, p.133  
He feels a spiritual and ethical compulsion, because hundreds may be suffering within reach of his help.


22.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... because I did not understand alcoholism as ...   BB To Employers, p.137  
Here were three exceptional men lost to this world because I did not understand alcoholism as I do now.


23.
View ACCEPTANCE WAS THE ANSWER story   ... because I find some person, place, thing ...   BB Acceptance, p.417  
When I am disturbed, it is because I find some person, place, thing or situation -- some fact of my life -- unacceptable to me, and I can find no serenity until I accept that person, place, thing or situation as being exactly the way it is supposed to be at this moment.


24.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... because I would surely get tight, and ...   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.177  
We could not be invited out because I would surely get tight, and my wife dared not invite people in for the same reason.


25.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... because if I did not drink my ...   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.175  
I was between Scylla and Charybdis now, because if I did not drink my stomach tortured me, and if I did my nerves did the same thing.


26.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... Because in so doing I am paying ...   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.181  
3. Because in so doing I am paying my debt to the man who took time to pass it on to me.


27.
View TRADITION FOUR essay   ... because it had been humbly willing to ...   12&12 Tradition Four, p.149  
Moreover, it had performed a great service for Alcoholics Anonymous, because it had been humbly willing to apply the lessons it learned.


28.
View TRADITION SEVEN essay   ... because it had to.   12&12 Tradition Seven, p.160  
So our Fellowship stayed poor because it had to.


29.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... because it is impossible to explain what ...   BB We Agnostics, p.48  
Simply because it is impossible to explain what we see, feel, direct, and use, without a reasonable assumption as a starting point.


30.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... because it seemed inadequate.   BB We Agnostics, p.45  
Perhaps we rejected this particular conception because it seemed inadequate.


31.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... because many alcoholics, being warped and drugged, ...   BB To Employers, p.142  
You ask, because many alcoholics, being warped and drugged, do not want to quit.


32.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... because none will really want to stop, ...   BB More About Alcoholism, p.33  
We doubt if many of them can do it, because none will really want to stop, and hardly one of them, because of the peculiar mental twist already acquired, will find he can win out.


33.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... because of an overpowering desire to do ...   BB More About Alcoholism, p.32  
We have heard of a few instances where people, who showed definite signs of alcoholism, were able to stop for a long period because of an overpowering desire to do so.


34.
View TRADITION SIX essay   ... because of his public relations ability and ...   12&12 Tradition Six, p.158  
Of course, there couldn't be the slightest objection if such an association hired an A.A. member solely because of his public relations ability and his knowledge of alcoholism.


35.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... because of misunderstanding.   BB To Employers, p.142  
Next he can be assured that you do not intend to lecture, moralize, or condemn; that if this was done formerly, it was because of misunderstanding.


36.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... because of my jitters, not daring to ...   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.173  
Many mornings I have gone to classes, and even though fully prepared, would turn and walk back to the fraternity house because of my jitters, not daring to enter the classroom for fear of making a scene should I be called on for recitation.


37.
View INTO ACTION chapter   Because of resentment and drinking, he had ...   BB Into Action, p.79  
Because of resentment and drinking, he had not paid alimony to his first wife.


38.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... because of selfishness or unreasonable demands?   12&12 Step Four, p.52  
Did these perplexities beset me because of selfishness or unreasonable demands?


39.
View TRADITION TEN essay   ... because of sheer self-righteousness while trying to ...   12&12 Tradition Ten, p.176  
Others fell apart because of sheer self-righteousness while trying to enforce upon the rest of mankind some millennium of their own specification.


40.
View TRADITION TWELVE essay   ... because of such conversations.   12&12 Tradition Twelve, p.186  
Many a new man and woman came to A.A. because of such conversations.


41.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   Because of the employee's special ability, or ...   BB To Employers, p.137  
Because of the employee's special ability, or of his own strong personal attachment to him, the employer has sometimes kept such a man at work long beyond a reasonable period.


42.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... because of the extraordinary possibilities of rapid ...   BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxv  
These facts appear to be of extreme medical importance; because of the extraordinary possibilities of rapid growth inherent in this group they may mark a new epoch in the annals of alcoholism.


43.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... because of the peculiar mental twist already ...   BB More About Alcoholism, p.33  
We doubt if many of them can do it, because none will really want to stop, and hardly one of them, because of the peculiar mental twist already acquired, will find he can win out.


44.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... because of their seeming poise, health, and ...   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.178  
About the time of the beer experiment I was thrown in with a crowd of people who attracted me because of their seeming poise, health, and happiness.


45.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... because of your own drinking experience you ...   BB Working With Others, p.89  
Ministers and doctors are competent and you can learn much from them if you wish, but it happens that because of your own drinking experience you can be uniquely useful to other alcoholics.


46.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... because our nation had won a war ...   12&12 Step Four, p.47  
We had to drink because our nation had won a war or lost a peace.


47.
View STEP FOUR essay   Because our surface record hasn't looked too ...   12&12 Step Four, p.53  
Because our surface record hasn't looked too bad, we have frequently been abashed to find that this is so simply because we have buried these selfsame defects deep down in us under thick layers of self-justification.


48.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... because people who are driven by pride ...   12&12 Step Four, p.46  
This is because people who are driven by pride of self unconsciously blind themselves to their liabilities.


49.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... because self-reliance failed us?   BB How It Works, p.68  
Wasn't it because self-reliance failed us?


50.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... because that looked too easy.   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.176  
The water tank on the toilet I never used, because that looked too easy.


51.
View INTRODUCTION   ... because the book has helped so many ...   12&12 Introduction, p.14  
However, because the book has helped so many alcoholics find recovery, there exists strong sentiment within the Fellowship against any change to it.


52.
View TRADITION SIX essay   ... because the Fellowship stood high in public ...   12&12 Tradition Six, p.157  
His connection with A.A. would be valuable, because the Fellowship stood high in public favor and hadn't an enemy in the world.


53.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   Because the "long form" is more explicit ...   BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.561  
Because the "long form" is more explicit and of possible historic value, it is also reproduced.


54.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... because their brains and bodies have not ...   BB More About Alcoholism, p.39  
That may be true of certain nonalcoholic people who, though drinking foolishly and heavily at the present time, are able to stop or moderate, because their brains and bodies have not been damaged as ours were.


55.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... because there is no other way.   12&12 Tradition Two, p.133  
These are the growing group's hierarchy of service -- self-appointed, of course, because there is no other way.


56.
View STEP ONE essay   ... because they could not make the admission ...   12&12 Step One, p.23  
Many less desperate alcoholics tried A.A., but did not succeed because they could not make the admission of hopelessness.


57.
View APPENDIX II, Spiritual Experience   ... because they develop slowly over a period ...   BB Appendix II, Spiritual Experience, p.567  
Most of our experiences are what the psychologist William James calls the "educational variety" because they develop slowly over a period of time.


58.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... because they don't believe in it, or ...   12&12 Step Eleven, p.105  
All this should be very encouraging news for those who recoil from prayer because they don't believe in it, or because they feel themselves cut off from God's help and direction.


59.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... because they feel themselves cut off from ...   12&12 Step Eleven, p.105  
All this should be very encouraging news for those who recoil from prayer because they don't believe in it, or because they feel themselves cut off from God's help and direction.


60.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... because they like the effect produced by ...   BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxviii  
Men and women drink essentially because they like the effect produced by alcohol.


61.
View STEP TEN essay   ... because they need to be "taught a ...   12&12 Step Ten, p.94  
We sometimes hurt those we love because they need to be "taught a lesson," when we really want to punish.


62.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... because they think their own character defects ...   12&12 Step Four, p.53  
Some will object to many of the questions posed, because they think their own character defects have not been so glaring.


63.
View TRADITION EIGHT essay   ... because they were, as their critics angrily ...   12&12 Tradition Eight, p.167  
Caretakers who swept floors, cooks who fried hamburgers, secretaries in offices, authors writing books -- all these we have seen hotly assailed because they were, as their critics angrily remarked, "making money out of A.A."


64.
View TRADITION TEN essay   ... because they were designed for, or tempted ...   12&12 Tradition Ten, p.176  
All history affords us the spectacle of striving nations and groups finally torn asunder because they were designed for, or tempted into, controversy.


65.
View TRADITION EIGHT essay   ... because they were "making money out of ...   12&12 Tradition Eight, p.168  
They weren't asked to speak at A.A. meetings because they were "making money out of A.A."


66.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... because they would not know how to ...   BB A Vision For You, p.154  
But what about his responsibilities -- his family and the men who would die because they would not know how to get well, ah -- yes, those other alcoholics?


67.
View PREFACE   Because this book has become the basic ...   BB Preface, p.xi  
Because this book has become the basic text for our Society and has helped such large numbers of alcoholic men and women to recovery, there exists strong sentiment against any radical changes being made in it.


68.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... because times were hard or times were ...   12&12 Step Four, pp.46-47  
We had to drink because times were hard or times were good.


69.
View STEP EIGHT essay   ... because we always paid the bills and ...   12&12 Step Eight, p.79  
Our families didn't suffer, because we always paid the bills and seldom drank at home.


70.
View STEP NINE essay   ... because we are afraid.   12&12 Step Nine, p.87  
Above all, we should try to be absolutely sure that we are not delaying because we are afraid.


71.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... because we are problem people who have ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.125  
We have been talking about problems because we are problem people who have found a way up and out, and who wish to share our knowledge of that way with all who can use it.


72.
View FOREWORD TO FIRST EDITION   ... because we are too few, at present ...   BB Foreword to First Edition, p.xiii  
It is important that we remain anonymous because we are too few, at present to handle the overwhelming number of personal appeals which may result from this publication.


73.
View TRADITION TWELVE essay   ... because we are too few, at present, ...   12&12 Tradition Twelve, p.184  
Its foreword made this revealing statement: "It is important that we remain anonymous because we are too few, at present, to handle the overwhelming number of personal appeals which may result from this publication.


74.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... because we are very anxious that we ...   BB Into Action, p.74  
We say this because we are very anxious that we talk to the right person.


75.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... because we feel satisfied that there is ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.113  
We temporarily cease to grow because we feel satisfied that there is no need for all of A.A.'s Twelve Steps for us.


76.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... because we felt our lives and homes ...   12&12 Tradition Three, p.140  
We were grim because we felt our lives and homes were threatened, and that was no laughing matter.


77.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... because we have buried these selfsame defects ...   12&12 Step Four, pp.53-54  
Because our surface record hasn't looked too bad, we have frequently been abashed to find that this is so simply because we have buried these selfsame defects deep down in us under thick layers of self-justification.


78.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... because we honestly wanted to, and were ...   BB There Is A Solution, pp.25-26  
This we did because we honestly wanted to, and were willing to make the effort.


79.
View TRADITION TEN essay   ... because we know that our Society will ...   12&12 Tradition Ten, p.177  
In this respect, we do not enter into public controversy, because we know that our Society will perish if it does.


80.
View TRADITION NINE essay   ... because we love the kind of life ...   12&12 Tradition Nine, p.174  
So we of A.A. do obey spiritual principles, first because we must, and ultimately because we love the kind of life such obedience brings.


81.
View TRADITION NINE essay   ... because we must, and ultimately because we ...   12&12 Tradition Nine, p.174  
So we of A.A. do obey spiritual principles, first because we must, and ultimately because we love the kind of life such obedience brings.


82.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... because we see monotony, pain, and even ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.112  
We know this because we see monotony, pain, and even calamity turned to good use by those who keep on trying to practice A.A.'s Twelve Steps.


83.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... because we seem to have been successful.   12&12 Step Twelve, p.111  
Or we may encounter the reverse situation, in which we are highly elated because we seem to have been successful.


84.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... because we still enjoy them too much.   12&12 Step Seven, p.73  
And we cling with a passionate persistence to others which are just as disturbing to our equilibrium, because we still enjoy them too much.


85.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... because we still loved some of them ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.108  
At Step Six, many of us balked -- for the practical reason that we did not wish to have all our defects of character removed, because we still loved some of them too much.


86.
View STEP EIGHT essay   ... because we were certain few knew of ...   12&12 Step Eight, p.79  
Our reputations hadn't suffered, because we were certain few knew of our drinking.


87.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... because we were diverted by the ugliness ...   BB We Agnostics, p.50  
We missed the reality and the beauty of the forest because we were diverted by the ugliness of some of its trees.


88.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... because we were maladjusted to life, that ...   BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxvi  
It did not satisfy us to be told that we could not control our drinking just because we were maladjusted to life, that we were in full flight from reality, or were outright mental defectives.


89.
View STEP FIVE essay   Because we were still bothered by fear, ...   12&12 Step Five, p.59  
Because we were still bothered by fear, self-pity, and hurt feelings, it was probable we couldn't appraise ourselves fairly at all.


90.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... because we were still trying to play ...   12&12 Step Seven, p.72  
We could actually have earnest religious beliefs which remained barren because we were still trying to play God ourselves.


91.
View STEP EIGHT essay   ... because we were usually on the job.   12&12 Step Eight, p.79  
Our business associates didn't suffer, because we were usually on the job.


92.
View TRADITION SIX essay   ... because you cannot put an A.A. group ...   12&12 Tradition Six, p.156  
Whereupon we tried A.A. hospitals -- they all bogged down because you cannot put an A.A. group into business; too many busybody cooks spoil the broth.


93.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... because you offer a solution.   BB Working With Others, p.92  
But you may talk to him about the hopelessness of alcoholism because you offer a solution.


94.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... because your friends drink liquor.   BB Working With Others, p.102  
Don't start to withdraw again just because your friends drink liquor.


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