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1.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... being.  12&12 Step Four, p.53  
The primary fact that we fail to recognize is our total inability to form a true partnership with another human being.


2.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... being.  12&12 Step Five, p.59  
We'd have to have outside help if we were surely to know and admit the truth about ourselves -- the help of God and another human being.


3.
View STEP EIGHT essay   ... being.  12&12 Step Eight, pp.78-79  
It had been embarrassing enough when in confidence we had admitted these things to God, to ourselves, and to another human being.


4.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... being.  12&12 Step Twelve, p.107  
He has been granted a gift which amounts to a new state of consciousness and being.


5.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... being.  12&12 Step Twelve, p.108  
We knew we would have to quit the deadly business of living alone with our conflicts, and in honesty confide these to God and another human being.


6.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   Being a large place, we think that ...  BB A Vision For You, p.161  
Being a large place, we think that some day its Fellowship will number many hundreds.(*)


7.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... being a man of means, I knew ...  BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.175  
Not being a man of means, I knew that if I did not stay sober enough to earn money, I would run out of liquor.


8.
View STEP THREE essay   ... being a weakness, this dependence was their ...  12&12 Step Three, p.38  
And far from being a weakness, this dependence was their chief source of strength.


9.
View STEP SIX essay   ... being all his natural drives.  12&12 Step Six, p.65  
So far as we know, it is nowhere on the record that God has completely removed from any human being all his natural drives.


10.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   Being all powerful, He provided what we ...  BB How It Works, p.63  
Being all powerful, He provided what we needed, if we kept close to Him and performed His work well.


11.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... being allowed to tell his story to ...  BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxvii  
Later, he requested the privilege of being allowed to tell his story to other patients here and with some misgiving, we consented.


12.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... being alone with God doesn't seem as ...  12&12 Step Five, p.60  
Somehow, being alone with God doesn't seem as embarrassing as facing up to another person.


13.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... being always followed spiritual progress; it never ...  BB The Family Afterward, p.127  
For us, material well-being always followed spiritual progress; it never preceded.


14.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... being angry.  BB How It Works, p.67  
God save me from being angry.


15.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... being any too smart, but felt reassured ...  BB More About Alcoholism, p.36  
I vaguely sensed I was not being any too smart, but felt reassured as I was taking the whiskey on a full stomach.


16.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... Being anyhow?  BB We Agnostics, p.46  
And who could comprehend a Supreme Being anyhow?


17.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... being asked of him than he can ...  12&12 Step Four, p.49  
So when A.A. suggests a fearless moral inventory, it must seem to every newcomer that more is being asked of him than he can do.


18.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... being at one with God and man, ...  12&12 Step Five, p.62  
This feeling of being at one with God and man, this emerging from isolation through the open and honest sharing of our terrible burden of guilt, brings us to a resting place where we may prepare ourselves for the following Steps toward a full and meaningful sobriety.


19.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... being attracted from far and near.  BB A Vision For You, p.161  
Alcoholics are being attracted from far and near.


20.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... being becomes a battleground for the instincts, ...  12&12 Step Four, p.44  
Whenever a human being becomes a battleground for the instincts, there can be no peace.


21.
View APPENDIX IV, The Lasker Award   ... being blotted out ... Historians may one day ...  BB Appendix IV, The Lasker Award, p.571  
"The American Public Health Association presents a Lasker Group Award for 1951 to Alcoholics Anonymous in recognition of its unique and highly successful approach to that age-old public health and social problem, alcoholism ... In emphasizing alcoholism as an illness, the social stigma associated with this condition is being blotted out ... Historians may one day recognize Alcoholics Anonymous to have been a great venture in social pioneering which forged a new instrument for social action; a new therapy based on the kinship of common suffering; one having a vast potential for the myriad other ills of mankind."


22.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... being branded fanatics or religious bores?  BB Into Action, p.77  
Why lay ourselves open to being branded fanatics or religious bores?


23.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... being can provide such a defense.  BB More About Alcoholism, p.43  
Except in a few rare cases, neither he nor any other human being can provide such a defense.


24.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... being careful not to moralize or lecture.  BB Working With Others, p.91  
If he is in a serious mood dwell on the troubles liquor has caused you, being careful not to moralize or lecture.


25.
View TO WIVES chapter   Being certain he wants to stop, you ...  BB To Wives, p.113  
Being certain he wants to stop, you can go to him with this volume as joyfully as though you had struck oil.


26.
View TRADITION EIGHT essay   ... being compromised, and the name of Alcoholics ...  12&12 Tradition Eight, p.170  
A.A.'s sole purpose was being compromised, and the name of Alcoholics Anonymous was being misused.


27.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... being constantly revealed, as mankind studies the ...  BB We Agnostics, p.48  
It is being constantly revealed, as mankind studies the material world, that outward appearances are not inward reality at all.


28.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... being convinced of their heartlessness, they would ...  BB To Wives, p.107  
And just as we were being convinced of their heartlessness, they would surprise us with fresh resolves and new attentions.


29.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   Being convinced that self, manifested in various ...  BB How It Works, p.64  
Being convinced that self, manifested in various ways, was what had defeated us, we considered its common manifestations.


30.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   Being convinced, we were at Step Three, ...  BB How It Works, p.60  
Being convinced, we were at Step Three, which is that we decided to turn our will and our life over to God as we understood Him.


31.
View STEP SIX essay   ... being could seem to do the job ...  12&12 Step Six, p.63  
I simply couldn't stop drinking, and no human being could seem to do the job for me.


32.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... being determined to depend completely upon a ...  12&12 Step Four, p.43  
How frequently we see a frightened human being determined to depend completely upon a stronger person for guidance and protection.


33.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... being dominating or dependent upon others.  12&12 Step Twelve, p.116  
We were still trying to find emotional security by being dominating or dependent upon others.


34.
View STEP THREE essay   ... being done on an individual basis.  12&12 Step Three, p.37  
And everywhere the same thing is being done on an individual basis.


35.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... being dry at the moment says, "I ...  BB A Vision For You, p.151  
Now and then a serious drinker, being dry at the moment says, "I don't miss it at all. Feel better. Work better. Having a better time."


36.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... being entirely free from alcohol for a ...  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.


37.
View ACCEPTANCE WAS THE ANSWER story   ... being exactly the way it is supposed ...  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.


38.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... being experiences, at some time in life, ...  12&12 Step Twelve, p.117  
Nearly every sound human being experiences, at some time in life, a compelling desire to find a mate of the opposite sex with whom the fullest possible union can be made -- spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical.


39.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... being fulfilled among us -- sometimes quickly, sometimes ...  BB Into Action, p.84  
They are being fulfilled among us -- sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly.


40.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... being harnessed promise such a quantity of ...  12&12 Step Seven, p.70  
The immense resources now being harnessed promise such a quantity of material blessings that many have come to believe that a man-made millennium lies just ahead.


41.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... being has for practical insight and knowledge ...  12&12 Step Five, p.56  
Psychiatrists and psychologists point out the deep need every human being has for practical insight and knowledge of his own personality flaws and for a discussion of them with an understanding and trustworthy person.


42.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... Being have anything to do with it ...  BB We Agnostics, p.46  
How could a Supreme Being have anything to do with it all?


43.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... being he could.  12&12 Step Eleven, p.101  
Then he asked for the grace to bring love, forgiveness, harmony, truth, faith, hope, light, and joy to every human being he could.


44.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... being helpful.  BB How It Works, p.67  
If we do, we destroy our chance of being helpful.


45.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... being helpful if you do.  BB Working With Others, p.100  
You may spoil your chance of being helpful if you do.


46.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... being honest with themselves.  BB How It Works, p.58  
Those who do not recover are people who cannot or will not completely give themselves to this simple program, usually men and women who are constitutionally incapable of being honest with themselves.


47.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... being, however good, is exempt from these ...  12&12 Step Four, p.42  
No human being, however good, is exempt from these troubles.


48.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... being humble, to gain a vision of ...  12&12 Step Seven, p.73  
To get completely away from our aversion to the idea of being humble, to gain a vision of humility as the avenue to true freedom of the human spirit, to be willing to work for humility as something to be desired for itself, takes most of us a long, long time.


49.
View STEP EIGHT essay   ... being hurt.  12&12 Step Eight, p.79  
There were cases, too, where we had damaged others who were still happily unaware of being hurt.


50.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... being in an airplane bound for New ...  BB More About Alcoholism, p.41  
I have a shadowy recollection of being in an airplane bound for New York, and of finding a friendly taxicab driver at the landing field instead of my wife.


51.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... being in partnership or brotherhood with all ...  12&12 Step Twelve, p.116  
It became clear that if we ever were to feel emotionally secure among grown-up people, we would have to put our lives on a give-and-take basis; we would have to develop the sense of being in partnership or brotherhood with all those around us.


52.
View TRADITION ELEVEN essay   ... being in the public eye is hazardous, ...  12&12 Tradition Eleven, p.181  
But we do have to soberly face the fact that being in the public eye is hazardous, especially for us.


53.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... being in the world.  12&12 Step Twelve, p.121  
We forgot that most alcoholics in A.A. have an earning power considerably above average; we forgot the immense goodwill of our brother A.A.'s who were only too eager to help us to better jobs when we deserved them; we forgot the actual or potential financial insecurity of every human being in the world.


54.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... being indispensable.  BB Into Action, p.76  
We have emphasized willingness as being indispensable.


55.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   Being intrigued, however, he invited our friend ...  BB A Vision For You, p.155  
Being intrigued, however, he invited our friend to his home.


56.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... being ironed out, public acceptance of A.A. ...  BB Foreword to Second Edition, pp.xix-xx  
While the internal difficulties of our adolescent period were being ironed out, public acceptance of A.A. grew by leaps and bounds.


57.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... being is humility -- a word often misunderstood.  12&12 Step Five, p.58  
Another great dividend we may expect from confiding our defects to another human being is humility -- a word often misunderstood.


58.
View CONTENTS   ... being is received as a free gift.  12&12 Contents (Step Twelve), pp.8-9  
A new state of consciousness and being is received as a free gift.


59.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... being just that.  BB Bill's Story, p.5  
I began to wonder, for such an appalling lack of perspective seemed near being just that.


60.
View PREFACE   ... being made in it.  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.


61.
View APPENDIX V, The Religious View on AA   ... being made in this movement that cannot ...  BB Appendix V, The Religious View on A.A., p.572  
"I think that psychologically speaking there is a point of advantage in the approach that is being made in this movement that cannot be duplicated.


62.
View TRADITION EIGHT essay   ... being misused.  12&12 Tradition Eight, p.170  
A.A.'s sole purpose was being compromised, and the name of Alcoholics Anonymous was being misused.


63.
View FOREWORD TO FIRST EDITION   Being mostly business or professional folk, we ...  BB Foreword to First Edition, p.xiii  
Being mostly business or professional folk, we could not well carry on our occupations in such an event.


64.
View TRADITION TWELVE essay   Being mostly business or professional folk, we ...  12&12 Tradition Twelve, p.184  
Being mostly business or professional folk, we could not well carry on our occupations in such an event."


65.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... being nagged by his family.  BB Working With Others, p.91  
He will feel he can deal with you without being nagged by his family.


66.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... being nicer if our husbands stopped drinking.  BB To Wives, p.116  
We thought, on the whole, we were pretty good women, capable of being nicer if our husbands stopped drinking.


67.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... being no respecter of persons, we are ...  BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xx  
Alcohol being no respecter of persons, we are an accurate cross section of America, and in distant lands, the same democratic evening-up process is now going on.


68.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... being of employees.  BB To Employers, p.149  
There is a real interest, both humanitarian and business, in the well-being of employees.


69.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... being of his help, and he tries ...  BB To Employers, p.137  
Nearly every modern employer feels a moral responsibility for the well-being of his help, and he tries to meet these responsibilities.


70.
View STEP NINE essay   ... being of others at the same time, ...  12&12 Step Nine, p.87  
For the readiness to take the full consequences of our past acts, and to take responsibility for the well-being of others at the same time, is the very spirit of Step Nine.


71.
View CONTENTS   ... being of others is spirit of Step ...  12&12 Contents (Step Nine), p.8  
Readiness to take consequences of our past and to take responsibility for well-being of others is spirit of Step Nine.


72.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   Being on a radically different basis of ...  BB To Employers, p.146  
Being on a radically different basis of life, he will never take advantage of the situation.


73.
View TRADITION TWO essay   Being on the human side, the founder ...  12&12 Tradition Two, p.133  
Being on the human side, the founder and his friends may bask a little in glory.


74.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... being overdependent upon them.  12&12 Step Twelve, p.115  
Either we had tried to play God and dominate those about us, or we had insisted on being overdependent upon them.


75.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... being perhaps fatally ill, does he want ...  BB To Employers, p.142  
Say that you believe he is a gravely ill person, with this qualification -- being perhaps fatally ill, does he want to get well?


76.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   Being possessed of a spiritual experience, the ...  BB The Family Afterward, p.131  
Being possessed of a spiritual experience, the alcoholic will find he has much in common with these people, though he may differ with them on many matters.


77.
View STEP TEN essay   ... being present, we thought we were helping ...  12&12 Step Ten, p.94  
Or, the person concerned not being present, we thought we were helping others to understand him, when in actuality our true motive was to feel superior by pulling him down.


78.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... being quite unable to see that our ...  12&12 Step Twelve, p.115  
We blamed them, being quite unable to see that our unreasonable demands had been the cause.


79.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... being rapidly cured.  BB The Family Afterward, p.135  
She sees she was wrong to make a burning issue out of such a matter when his more serious ailments were being rapidly cured.


80.
View CONTENTS   "Being ready" is all-important.  12&12 Contents (Step Six), p.7  
"Being ready" is all-important.


81.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... being restored and united under one God, ...  BB A Vision For You, p.161  
Being wrecked in the same vessel, being restored and united under one God, with hearts and minds attuned to the welfare of others, the things which matter so much to some people no longer signify much to them.


82.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... being self-satisfied.  12&12 Step Seven, pp.71-72  
True, most of us thought good character was desirable, but obviously good character was something one needed to get on with the business of being self-satisfied.


83.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... being servile or scraping.  BB Into Action, p.83  
We should be sensible, tactful, considerate and humble without being servile or scraping.


84.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... being so, we think it logically follows ...  12&12 Step Four, p.45  
This being so, we think it logically follows that sobriety -- first, last, and all the time -- is the only thing we need to work for.


85.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... being so you have swallowed and digested ...  BB How It Works, p.71  
That being so you have swallowed and digested some big chunks of truth about yourself.


86.
View TRADITION EIGHT essay   ... being sold for money, hence these people, ...  12&12 Tradition Eight, p.167  
In all these instances, and more, it was claimed that A.A. knowledge and experience were being sold for money, hence these people, too, were professionals.


87.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... being somehow abnormal, the man did not ...  BB A Vision For You, p.155  
Painfully aware of being somehow abnormal, the man did not fully realize what it meant to be alcoholic.(*)


88.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   Being somewhat weakened, and faced with physical ...  BB To Employers, p.146  
Being somewhat weakened, and faced with physical and mental readjustment to a life which knows no alcohol, he may overdo.


89.
View INTO ACTION chapter   Being still inexperienced and having just made ...  BB Into Action, p.87  
Being still inexperienced and having just made conscious contact with God, it is not probable that we are going to be inspired at all times.


90.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... being that required to follow a few ...  BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxix  
On the other hand -- and strange as this may seem to those who do not understand -- once a psychic change has occurred, the very same person who seemed doomed, who had so many problems he despaired of ever solving them, suddenly finds himself easily able to control his desire for alcohol, the only effort necessary being that required to follow a few simple rules.


91.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... being, the exact nature of our defects.  BB Into Action, p.72  
This requires action on our part, which, when completed, will mean that we have admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being, the exact nature of our defects.


92.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... being the exact nature of our wrongs.  BB How It Works, p.59  
5. Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.


93.
View CONTENTS   ... being the exact nature of our wrongs."  12&12 Contents (Step Five), p.6  
Step Five -- "Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs."


94.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... being the exact nature of our wrongs."  12&12 Step Five, p.55  
"Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs."


95.
View TRADITION TWO essay   Being the founder, he is at first ...  12&12 Tradition Two, p.133  
Being the founder, he is at first the boss.


96.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... being there.  BB Working With Others, p.101  
So our rule is not to avoid a place where there is drinking, if we have a legitimate reason for being there.


97.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... being very careful not to criticize them.  BB Into Action, p.83  
We ought to sit down with the family and frankly analyze the past as we now see it, being very careful not to criticize them.


98.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... being warped and drugged, do not want ...  BB To Employers, p.142  
You ask, because many alcoholics, being warped and drugged, do not want to quit.


99.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... being we could not stay sober.  12&12 Step Five, p.56  
Most of us would declare that without a fearless admission of our defects to another human being we could not stay sober.


100.
View STEP EIGHT essay   ... being we know.  12&12 Step Eight, p.77  
First, we take a look backward and try to discover where we have been at fault; next we make a vigorous attempt to repair the damage we have done; and third, having thus cleaned away the debris of the past, we consider how, with our newfound knowledge of ourselves, we may develop the best possible relations with every human being we know.


101.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... being, we who were atheist or agnostic ...  12&12 Step Twelve, p.107  
For the time being, we who were atheist or agnostic discovered that our own group, or A.A. as a whole, would suffice as a higher power.


102.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... being willing to believe in a Power ...  BB Bill's Story, p.12  
It was only a matter of being willing to believe in a Power greater than myself.


103.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... being willing to take advice and accept ...  12&12 Step Five, p.59  
Only by discussing ourselves, holding back nothing, only by being willing to take advice and accept direction could we set foot on the road to straight thinking, solid honesty, and genuine humility.


104.
View STEP TWO essay   ... being without any demand for reward.  12&12 Step Two, p.32  
In no deep or meaningful sense had we ever taken stock of ourselves, made amends to those we had harmed, or freely given to any other human being without any demand for reward.


105.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   Being wrecked in the same vessel, being ...  BB A Vision For You, p.161  
Being wrecked in the same vessel, being restored and united under one God, with hearts and minds attuned to the welfare of others, the things which matter so much to some people no longer signify much to them.


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