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From the books  ...  Alcoholics Anonymous (Big Book) and Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions (12 & 12)


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1.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... best.   BB Working With Others, p.102  
Go or stay away, whichever seems best.


2.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... best.   BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.565  
Rotating leadership is the best.


3.
View STEP TWO essay   ... best.   12&12 Step Two, p.30  
We gloated over the hypocrisy, bigotry, and crushing self-righteousness that clung to so many 'believers' even in their Sunday best.


4.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... best?   12&12 Tradition Two, p.138  
'Bill, haven't you often said right here in this meeting that sometimes the good is the enemy of the best?


5.
View TRADITIONS LONG FORM   ... best.   12&12 Tradition Nine (Long), p.191  
Rotating leadership is the best.


6.
View STEP ONE essay   ... best advocate.   12&12 Step One, p.24  
John Barleycorn himself had become our best advocate.


7.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... best answer this by relating one of ...   BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxxi  
Perhaps I can best answer this by relating one of my experiences.


8.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... best answers that our experience has yet ...   BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.561  
The "12 Traditions" of Alcoholics Anonymous are, we A.A.'s believe, the best answers that our experience has yet given to those ever-urgent questions, "How can A.A. best function?" and, "How can A.A. best stay whole and so survive?"


9.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... best bet.   12&12 Step Five, p.61  
For some of us, a complete stranger may prove the best bet.


10.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... best boss he ever had, and that ...   BB To Employers, p.136  
He left us a note saying you were the best boss he ever had, and that you were not to blame in any way."


11.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... best colleges in the country where drinking ...   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.172  
After high school came four years in one of the best colleges in the country where drinking seemed to be a major extra-curricular activity.


12.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... best course.   BB To Employers, p.142  
This may seem severe, but it is usually the best course.


13.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... best course to take.   BB Into Action, p.81  
Though there may be justifiable exceptions, and though we wish to lay down no rule of any sort, we have often found this the best course to take.


14.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... best customers away from you.   BB To Employers, p.145  
He may, for example, reveal that he has padded his expense account or that he has planned to take your best customers away from you.


15.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... best deal we can we let these ...   BB Into Action, p.78  
Arranging the best deal we can we let these people know we are sorry.


16.
View STEP SIX essay   ... best efforts of family, friends, doctors, and ...   12&12 Step Six, p.63  
Change of scene, the best efforts of family, friends, doctors, and clergymen got no place with my alcoholism.


17.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... best, fall far short of such achievements ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.112  
Of course all A.A.'s, even the best, fall far short of such achievements as a consistent thing.


18.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... best friend, or spiritual adviser.   BB How It Works, p.63  
We found it very desirable to take this spiritual step with an understanding person, such as our wife, best friend, or spiritual adviser.


19.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... best friends of the very character defects ...   12&12 Step Five, p.56  
They will tell how they tried to carry the load alone; how much they suffered of irritability, anxiety, remorse, and depression; and how, unconsciously seeking relief, they would sometimes accuse even their best friends of the very character defects they themselves were trying to conceal.


20.
View STEP EIGHT essay   ... best friends to a snapping point, and ...   12&12 Step Eight, p.78  
We've repeatedly strained the patience of our best friends to a snapping point, and have brought out the very worst in those who didn't think much of us to begin with.


21.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... best function?" and, "How can A.A. best ...   BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.561  
The "12 Traditions" of Alcoholics Anonymous are, we A.A.'s believe, the best answers that our experience has yet given to those ever-urgent questions, "How can A.A. best function?" and, "How can A.A. best stay whole and so survive?"


22.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... best he had ever known!   BB Bill's Story, p.11  
Then he had, in effect, been raised from the dead, suddenly taken from the scrap heap to a level of life better than the best he had ever known!


23.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... best-intentioned of us can fall for the ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.113  
The best-intentioned of us can fall for the "two-step" illusion.


24.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... best interests of all concerned that a ...   BB Working With Others, p.99  
Sometimes it is to the best interests of all concerned that a couple remain apart.


25.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... best judgment of what has been right ...   12&12 Step Four, p.50  
Using his best judgment of what has been right and what has been wrong, he might make a rough survey of his conduct with respect to his primary instincts for sex, security, and society.


26.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... best known American psychiatrists.   BB There Is A Solution, p.26  
He had consulted the best known American psychiatrists.


27.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... best mathematical minds had proved man could ...   BB We Agnostics, p.51  
Was it not true that the best mathematical minds had proved man could never fly?


28.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... best minds.   BB We Agnostics, pp.54-55  
Neither is reason, as most of us use it, entirely dependable, though it emanate from our best minds.


29.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... best moments, a producer of confusion rather ...   BB How It Works, p.61  
Is he not, even in his best moments, a producer of confusion rather than harmony?


30.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... best moments for the worst I have ...   BB More About Alcoholism, p.43  
My old manner of life was by no means a bad one, but I would not exchange its best moments for the worst I have now.


31.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... best not to take sides in any ...   BB To Wives, p.115  
Unless they actually need protection from their father, it is best not to take sides in any argument he has with them while drinking.


32.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   Best of all, I met a kind ...   BB Bill's Story, p.7  
Best of all, I met a kind doctor who explained that though certainly selfish and foolish, I had been seriously ill, bodily and mentally.


33.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... best of employers, can scarcely blame them ...   BB To Employers, p.138  
And we, who have imposed on the best of employers, can scarcely blame them if they have been short with us.


34.
View TRADITION NINE essay   ... best of his ability our suggested Twelve ...   12&12 Tradition Nine, p.174  
Unless each A.A. member follows to the best of his ability our suggested Twelve Steps to recovery, he almost certainly signs his own death warrant.


35.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... best of intentions, he tends to force ...   12&12 Step Eleven, p.104  
With the best of intentions, he tends to force his own will into all sorts of situations and problems with the comfortable assurance that he is acting under God's specific direction.


36.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... best of them will sometimes let us ...   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.


37.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... best of today.   BB We Agnostics, p.51  
Students of ancient history tell us that the intellect of men in those days was equal to the best of today.


38.
View STEP SIX essay   ... best of us will discover to our ...   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."


39.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... best organizers I have ever known.   BB To Employers, p.137  
I had been obliged to discharge him for drinking, though he was brilliant, alert, and one of the best organizers I have ever known.


40.
View STEP SIX essay   ... best possible attitude one can take in ...   12&12 Step Six, p.65  
So Step Six -- "Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character" -- is A.A.'s way of stating the best possible attitude one can take in order to make a beginning on this lifetime job.


41.
View APPENDIX VII, Twelve Concepts (Short Form)   ... best possible committees, corporate service directors, executives, ...   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.


42.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... best possible medical attention, he should understand ...   BB To Employers, p.143  
Though you are providing him with the best possible medical attention, he should understand that he must undergo a change of heart.


43.
View TRADITION ELEVEN essay   ... best possible public relations policy for Alcoholics ...   12&12 Tradition Eleven, p.180  
Therefore, a great responsibility fell upon us to develop the best possible public relations policy for Alcoholics Anonymous.


44.
View STEP EIGHT essay   ... best possible relations with every human being ...   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.


45.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... best possible source of emotional stability to ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.116  
When we developed still more, we discovered the best possible source of emotional stability to be God Himself.


46.
View TRADITION ELEVEN essay   ... best press agents.   12&12 Tradition Eleven, p.181  
It resulted in more favorable publicity of Alcoholics Anonymous than could possibly have been obtained through all the arts and abilities of A.A.'s best press agents.


47.
View TRADITION EIGHT essay   ... best professionals, whether medical or religious.   12&12 Tradition Eight, p.166  
Almost no recovery from alcoholism has ever been brought about by the world's best professionals, whether medical or religious.


48.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... best projects when drunk; that the most ...   BB Bill's Story, p.2  
We had long talks when I would still her forebodings by telling her that men of genius conceived their best projects when drunk; that the most majestic constructions of philosophic thought were so derived.


49.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... best reason first: If we skip this ...   BB Into Action, p.72  
The best reason first: If we skip this vital step, we may not overcome drinking.


50.
View APPENDIX III, The Medical View on A.A.   ... best results can be had under their ...   BB Appendix III, The Medical View on A.A., p.569  
Dr. G. Kirby Collier, psychiatrist: "I have felt that A.A. is a group unto themselves and their best results can be had under their own guidance, as a result of their philosophy.


51.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... best salesmen I ever had.   BB To Employers, p.137  
It was the obituary of one of the best salesmen I ever had.


52.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... best sense of the word.   12&12 Step Twelve, p.110  
This is Twelfth Step work in the very best sense of the word.


53.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... best serve Thee -- Thy will (not mine) ...   BB Into Action, p.85  
"How can I best serve Thee -- Thy will (not mine) be done."


54.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... best she knows how, but meanwhile the ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.118  
The wife usually goes on doing the best she knows how, but meanwhile the alcoholic alternately loves and hates her maternal care.


55.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... best stay whole and so survive?"   BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.561  
The "12 Traditions" of Alcoholics Anonymous are, we A.A.'s believe, the best answers that our experience has yet given to those ever-urgent questions, "How can A.A. best function?" and, "How can A.A. best stay whole and so survive?"


56.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... best that no one tell him he ...   BB To Employers, p.144  
When the man is presented with this volume it is best that no one tell him he must abide by its suggestions.


57.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... best to drop the subject, but after ...   BB To Wives, p.112  
If this kind of approach does not catch your husband's interest, it may be best to drop the subject, but after a friendly talk your husband will usually revive the topic himself.


58.
View TRADITION ONE essay   ... best to live and work together as ...   12&12 Tradition One, p.130  
So at the outset, how best to live and work together as groups became the prime question.


59.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... best understanding of His will that we ...   12&12 Step Eleven, p.102  
We ask simply that throughout the day God place in us the best understanding of His will that we can have for that day, and that we be given the grace by which we may carry it out.


60.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... best way of treating you to a ...   BB A Vision For You, p.153  
Perhaps the best way of treating you to a glimpse of your future will be to describe the growth of the fellowship among us.


61.
View STEP SIX essay   ... best we can do, with all the ...   12&12 Step Six, p.65  
The best we can do, with all the honesty that we can summon, is to try to have it.


62.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... best we can, we try to ask ...   12&12 Step Eleven, p.102  
Having opened our channel as best we can, we try to ask for those right things of which we and others are in the greatest need.


63.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... best we could; and the other, to ...   BB There Is A Solution, p.25  
We were in a position where life was becoming impossible, and if we had passed into the region from which there is no return through human aid, we had but two alternatives: One was to go on to the bitter end, blotting out the consciousness of our intolerable situation as best we could; and the other, to accept spiritual help.


64.
View STEP SIX essay   ... best we know how to make progress ...   12&12 Step Six, p.65  
He asks only that we try as best we know how to make progress in the building of character.


65.
View STEP SIX essay   ... best we know or can learn.   12&12 Step Six, p.65  
The key words "entirely ready" underline the fact that we want to aim at the very best we know or can learn.


66.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... best will do!'   12&12 Tradition Two, p.138  
This is a matter of life and death, Bill, and nothing but the very best will do!'


67.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... best work grudgingly and under half steam.   12&12 Step Four, p.49  
We loaf and procrastinate, or at best work grudgingly and under half steam.


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