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1.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... better.  BB More About Alcoholism, p.30  
Over any considerable period we get worse, never better.


2.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... better.  BB Into Action, p.75  
We thank God from the bottom of our heart that we know Him better.


3.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... better?  BB Into Action, p.86  
What could we have done better?


4.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... better.  BB Working With Others, p.92  
If his own doctor is willing to tell him that he is alcoholic, so much the better.


5.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... better.  BB Working With Others, p.94  
The more hopeless he feels, the better.


6.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... better.  BB To Wives, p.109  
He admits this is true, but is positive that he will do better.


7.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... better.  BB To Wives, p.120  
You will lose the old life to find one much better.


8.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... better.  BB To Employers, p.141  
If you are sure your man does not want to stop, he may as well be discharged, the sooner the better.


9.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... better.  BB To Employers, p.147  
So, for one reason or another, they cover these men, hoping matters will take a turn for the better.


10.
View STEP TWO essay   ... better.  12&12 Step Two, p.30  
But finally, driven to A.A., we learned better.


11.
View STEP THREE essay   ... better.  12&12 Step Three, pp.37-38  
Each of us has had his own near-fatal encounter with the juggernaut of self-will, and has suffered enough under its weight to be willing to look for something better.


12.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... better.  12&12 Tradition Two, p.137  
Sure, it's ethical, but what we've got won't run on ethics only; it has to be better.


13.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... better able to understand Him.  12&12 Step Twelve, p.109  
The persistent use of meditation and prayer, we found, did open the channel so that where there had been a trickle, there now was a river which led to sure power and safe guidance from God as we were increasingly better able to understand Him.


14.
View STEP TEN essay   ... better and happier.  12&12 Step Ten, pp.89-90  
For these minutes and sometimes hours spent in self-examination are bound to make all the other hours of our day better and happier.


15.
View TRADITION FIVE essay   ... better, and his wife would leave him ...  12&12 Tradition Five, pp.151-152  
He shouts that if his partner would treat him better, and his wife would leave him alone, he'd soon solve his alcohol problem.


16.
View STEP TEN essay   ... better, and resolve with God's help to ...  12&12 Step Ten, p.94  
Here we need only recognize that we did act or think badly, try to visualize how we might have done better, and resolve with God's help to carry these lessons over into tomorrow, making, of course, any amends still neglected.


17.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... better, as everyone should have a clear ...  BB To Wives, p.112  
You think he ought to know the subject better, as everyone should have a clear understanding of the risk he takes if he drinks too much.


18.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... better as he tried to improve his ...  12&12 Step Eleven, pp.104-105  
Almost any experienced A.A. will tell how his affairs have taken remarkable and unexpected turns for the better as he tried to improve his conscious contact with God.


19.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... better attitude toward him, we are still ...  BB Into Action, p.77  
It may be he has done us more harm than we have done him and, though we may have acquired a better attitude toward him, we are still not too keen about admitting our faults.


20.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... better basis, since the former did not ...  BB Working With Others, p.99  
If their old relationship is to be resumed it must be on a better basis, since the former did not work.


21.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... better be found out right away.  BB To Wives, p.120  
If not, it had better be found out right away.


22.
View STEP TEN essay   ... better be postponed, when possible, to times ...  12&12 Step Ten, pp.90-91  
The consideration of long-standing difficulties had better be postponed, when possible, to times deliberately set aside for that purpose.


23.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... better bet.  BB Working With Others, p.91  
Approach through a doctor or an institution is a better bet.


24.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... better, by as direct contact as possible.  12&12 Step Twelve, p.108  
In Step Eleven we saw that if a Higher Power had restored us to sanity and had enabled us to live with some peace of mind in a sorely troubled world, then such a Higher Power was worth knowing better, by as direct contact as possible.


25.
View APPENDIX V, The Religious View on AA   ... better Catholics."  BB Appendix V, The Religious View on A.A., p.572  
There is something spiritual about A.A. too, and Catholic participation in it almost invariably results in poor Catholics becoming better Catholics."


26.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... better chance of getting what we really ...  12&12 Step Seven, p.72  
With a proper display of honesty and morality, we'd stand a better chance of getting what we really wanted.


27.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... better chance of understanding and accepting what ...  BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxvi  
More often than not, it is imperative that a man's brain be cleared before he is approached, as he has then a better chance of understanding and accepting what we have to offer.


28.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... better chance that the head of the ...  BB Working With Others, p.97  
Should they accept and practice spiritual principles, there is a much better chance that the head of the family will recover.


29.
View TRADITION FIVE essay   ... better do one thing supremely well than ...  12&12 Tradition Five, p.150  
"Shoemaker, stick to thy last!" ... better do one thing supremely well than many badly.


30.
View CONTENTS   Better do one thing well than many ...  12&12 Contents (Tradition Five), p.10  
Better do one thing well than many badly.


31.
View TRADITION FIVE essay   ... better do some Twelfth Step work.  12&12 Tradition Five, p.151  
"Restless one day, I felt I'd better do some Twelfth Step work.


32.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... better do Thy will.  BB How It Works, p.63  
Relieve me of the bondage of self, that I may better do Thy will.


33.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... better for him to feel fully responsible.  BB To Employers, p.143  
It is better for him to feel fully responsible.


34.
View TRADITION ELEVEN essay   ... better for us than some of our ...  12&12 Tradition Eleven, p.182  
There was actually a time when the press of America thought the anonymity of A.A. was better for us than some of our own members did.


35.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... better get his brand of spirituality while ...  BB The Family Afterward, p.128  
He may tell mother, who has been religious all her life, that she doesn't know what it's all about, and that she had better get his brand of spirituality while there is yet time.


36.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... better go to Canada.  BB Bill's Story, p.4  
He had plenty of money left and thought I had better go to Canada.


37.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... better hang on to it.  BB Bill's Story, p.14  
But you had better hang on to it.


38.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... better. Having a better time."  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."


39.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... better, however, that one does not needlessly ...  BB Into Action, p.82  
It is better, however, that one does not needlessly name a person upon whom she can vent jealousy.


40.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... better husbands and fathers than ever before.  BB To Wives, p.108  
Today most of our men are better husbands and fathers than ever before.


41.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... better idea of how you ought to ...  BB Working With Others, p.91  
You will thus get a better idea of how you ought to proceed.


42.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... better if placed in such physical condition ...  BB To Employers, p.143  
Your man will fare better if placed in such physical condition that he can think straight and no longer craves liquor.


43.
View STEP TEN essay   ... better in order to keep our balance.  12&12 Step Ten, p.92  
Although these attitudes are common enough, we A.A.'s find we need something much better in order to keep our balance.


44.
View STEP NINE essay   ... better, it is usually safe to talk ...  12&12 Step Nine, p.85  
As soon as we begin to feel confident in our new way of life and have begun, by our behavior and example, to convince those about us that we are indeed changing for the better, it is usually safe to talk in complete frankness with those who have been seriously affected, even those who may be only a little or not at all aware of what we have done to them.


45.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... better job of living than he has.  12&12 Step Twelve, p.118  
She naturally feels that for years she has made a far better job of living than he has.


46.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... better jobs when we deserved them; we ...  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.


47.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... better leave.  BB To Wives, p.108  
If you are positive he is one of this type you may feel you had better leave.


48.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... better life is when lived on a ...  BB To Wives, p.116  
We have elsewhere remarked how much better life is when lived on a spiritual plane.


49.
View INTO ACTION chapter   Better men than we are using it ...  BB Into Action, p.85  
Better men than we are using it constantly.


50.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... better motive, had we not worshipfully beheld ...  BB We Agnostics, p.54  
And then, with a better motive, had we not worshipfully beheld the sunset, the sea, or a flower?


51.
View STEP SIX essay   ... better motive than to be secure and ...  12&12 Step Six, p.67  
And how often we work hard with no better motive than to be secure and slothful later on -- only we call that "retiring."


52.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... better next time, but I might as ...  BB Bill's Story, p.6  
As the whisky rose to my head I told myself I would manage better next time, but I might as well get good and drunk then.


53.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... better philosophy of life were sufficient to ...  BB We Agnostics, p.44  
If a mere code of morals or a better philosophy of life were sufficient to overcome alcoholism, many of us would have recovered long ago.


54.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... better position.  BB To Employers, p.146  
An alcoholic who has recovered, but holds a relatively unimportant job, can talk to a man with a better position.


55.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... better practical use of it.  BB The Family Afterward, p.130  
Nothing will help the man who is off on a spiritual tangent so much as the wife who adopts a sane spiritual program, making a better practical use of it.


56.
View STEP TEN essay   ... better qualified to handle it.  12&12 Step Ten, p.90  
We have found that justified anger ought to be left to those better qualified to handle it.


57.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... better realization of the gravity of the ...  BB Working With Others, p.103  
Some day we hope that Alcoholics Anonymous will help the public to a better realization of the gravity of the alcoholic problem, but we shall be of little use if our attitude is one of bitterness or hostility.


58.
View TRADITION EIGHT essay   ... better researcher, educator, personnel officer, then why ...  12&12 Tradition Eight, p.171  
If an A.A. member acting as a citizen can become a better researcher, educator, personnel officer, then why not?


59.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... better return and continue my work.  BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.173  
When I got the fog out of my brain, I decided that quitting school was very foolish and that I had better return and continue my work.


60.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... better self.  BB To Wives, p.108  
You can see that he really does love you with his better self.


61.
View TRADITION FIVE essay   ... better taught in religious matters than I.  12&12 Tradition Five, p.153  
No doubt you're better taught in religious matters than I.


62.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... better than anything we could have planned.  BB Working With Others, p.100  
When we look back, we realize that the things which came to us when we put ourselves in God's hands were better than anything we could have planned.


63.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... better than gold.  BB The Family Afterward, p.129  
Father feels he has struck something better than gold.


64.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... better than most of my fellow drinkers, ...  BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.172  
I seemed to be able to snap back the next morning better than most of my fellow drinkers, who were cursed (or perhaps blessed) with a great deal of morning-after nausea.


65.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... better than the best he had ever ...  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!


66.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... better than the way you were."  BB Bill's Story, p.14  
Anything is better than the way you were."


67.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... better that he have no relapse at ...  BB To Wives, p.120  
Though it is infinitely better that he have no relapse at all, as has been true with many of our men, it is by no means a bad thing in some cases.


68.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... better, the doctor might suggest a visit ...  BB Working With Others, p.91  
When your man is better, the doctor might suggest a visit from you.


69.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... better things.  12&12 Step Twelve, p.111  
These will appear as big setbacks at the time, but will be seen later as stepping-stones to better things.


70.
View TRADITION FOUR essay   ... better things.  12&12 Tradition Four, p.149  
It had picked itself up with a laugh and gone on to better things.


71.
View STEP TEN essay   ... better things tomorrow will be the permanent ...  12&12 Step Ten, p.95  
An honest regret for harms done, a genuine gratitude for blessings received, and a willingness to try for better things tomorrow will be the permanent assets we shall seek.


72.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... better things, we believe we will be ...  BB How It Works, p.70  
If we are sorry for what we have done, and have the honest desire to let God take us to better things, we believe we will be forgiven and will have learned our lesson.


73.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... better time."  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."


74.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... better to comfort than to be comforted, ...  12&12 Step Eleven, p.103  
At these critical moments, if we remind ourselves that "it is better to comfort than to be comforted, to understand than to be understood, to love than to be loved," we will be following the intent of Step Eleven.


75.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... better to forgive than to be forgiven.  12&12 Step Eleven, p.101  
He thought it better to give comfort than to receive it; better to understand than to be understood; better to forgive than to be forgiven.


76.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... better to give comfort than to receive ...  12&12 Step Eleven, p.101  
He thought it better to give comfort than to receive it; better to understand than to be understood; better to forgive than to be forgiven.


77.
View TRADITION ELEVEN essay   ... better to let our friends do this ...  12&12 Tradition Eleven, p.181  
Obviously, A.A. had to be publicized somehow, so we resorted to the idea that it would be far better to let our friends do this for us.


78.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... better to let our friends recommend us.  BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.565  
We feel it better to let our friends recommend us.


79.
View TRADITIONS LONG FORM   ... better to let our friends recommend us.  12&12 Tradition Eleven (Long), p.192  
We feel it better to let our friends recommend us.


80.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... better to let someone outside the family ...  BB To Wives, p.113  
In some cases it may be better to let someone outside the family present the book.


81.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... better to meet God alone than with ...  BB How It Works, p.63  
But it is better to meet God alone than with one who might misunderstand.


82.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... better to risk it.  BB Working With Others, p.90  
The family may object to this, but unless he is in a dangerous physical condition, it is better to risk it.


83.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... better to take those risks than to ...  BB Into Action, p.80  
After consulting with his wife and partner he came to the conclusion that it was better to take those risks than to stand before his Creator guilty of such ruinous slander.


84.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... better to understand than to be understood; ...  12&12 Step Eleven, p.101  
He thought it better to give comfort than to receive it; better to understand than to be understood; better to forgive than to be forgiven.


85.
View FOREWORD TO FIRST EDITION   ... better understand the alcoholic.  BB Foreword to First Edition, p.xiii  
We think this account of our experiences will help everyone to better understand the alcoholic.


86.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... better understanding all around.  BB To Wives, p.115  
Use your energies to promote a better understanding all around.


87.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... better understanding all around.  BB To Employers, p.137  
We think the business fabric is shot through with a situation which might be helped by better understanding all around.


88.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... better use everyday language to describe spiritual ...  BB Working With Others, p.93  
When dealing with such a person, you had better use everyday language to describe spiritual principles.


89.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... better way of life will emerge when ...  BB To Wives, p.117  
A better way of life will emerge when they are overcome.


90.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... better way -- we think so.  BB How It Works, p.68  
Perhaps there is a better way -- we think so.


91.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... better, we'd be all right.  12&12 Step Four, p.45  
We firmly believe that if only they'd treat us better, we'd be all right.


92.
View TRADITION SIX essay   ... better we'd like it.  12&12 Tradition Six, p.156  
We'd form groups of depressive and paranoid folks; the deeper the neurosis, the better we'd like it.


93.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... better, when possible, to stick to our ...  BB The Family Afterward, p.125  
We find it better, when possible, to stick to our own stories.


94.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... better without its "God nonsense."  12&12 Tradition Three, p.143  
His pet obsession was that A.A. could get along better without its "God nonsense."


95.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... better. Work better. Having a better time."  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."


96.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... better work with another alcoholic instead!  BB Working With Others, p.102  
But if you are shaky, you had better work with another alcoholic instead!


97.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... better, you may feel this feeling rising.  BB To Employers, p.139  
Even when you understand the malady better, you may feel this feeling rising.


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