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1.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... course.  BB Bill's Story, p.2  
Potential alcoholic that I was, I nearly failed my law course.


2.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... course.  BB To Employers, p.142  
This may seem severe, but it is usually the best course.


3.
View STEP ONE essay   ... course.  12&12 Step One, p.21  
Practically no one, of course.


4.
View STEP TWO essay   ... course.  12&12 Step Two, p.27  
"This is only one man's opinion based on his own experience, of course.


5.
View TRADITION FOUR essay   ... course.  12&12 Tradition Four, p.147  
Beginning on the ground floor there would be a club; in the second story they would sober up drunks and hand them currency for their back debts; the third deck would house an educational project -- quite noncontroversial, of course.


6.
View TRADITION FIVE essay   ... course."  12&12 Tradition Five, p.154  
No place, of course."


7.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... course a good doctor should always be ...  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.


8.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... course ahead began to look easier.  12&12 Step Four, pp.47-48  
But once over the first two or three high hurdles, the course ahead began to look easier.


9.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... course all A.A.'s, even the best, fall ...  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.


10.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... course an alcoholic ought to be freed ...  BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxvii  
Of course an alcoholic ought to be freed from his physical craving for liquor, and this often requires a definite hospital procedure, before psychological measures can be of maximum benefit.


11.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... course, and obtained employment as investigator for ...  BB Bill's Story, p.2  
I took a night law course, and obtained employment as investigator for a surety company.


12.
View STEP TEN essay   ... course, any amends still neglected.  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.


13.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... course, are fundamentally good acts, but often ...  12&12 Step Eleven, p.104  
Such prayers, of course, are fundamentally good acts, but often they are based upon a supposition that we know God's will for the person for whom we pray.


14.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... course, be referred to your own doctor.  BB To Employers, p.143  
The matter of physical treatment should, of course, be referred to your own doctor.


15.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... course, 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.


16.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... course, can be so impossibly damaged that ...  12&12 Step Twelve, p.119  
Compatibility, of course, can be so impossibly damaged that a separation may be necessary.


17.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... course create great havoc without in the ...  12&12 Step Eleven, p.104  
Under such an illusion, he can of course create great havoc without in the least intending it.


18.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... course depending upon a doctor's advice.  BB The Family Afterward, p.133  
One of the many doctors who had the opportunity of reading this book in manuscript form told us that the use of sweets was often helpful, of course depending upon a doctor's advice.


19.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... course, for drinking, and for all kinds ...  12&12 Step Four, p.46  
For most of us, self-justification was the maker of excuses; excuses, of course, for drinking, and for all kinds of crazy and damaging conduct.


20.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... course, going to be very happy.  BB To Wives, p.117  
If you and your husband find a solution for the pressing problem of drink you are, of course, going to be very happy.


21.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... course he couldn't drink, but why not ...  BB A Vision For You, p.154  
Of course he couldn't drink, but why not sit hopefully at a table, a bottle of ginger ale before him?


22.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... course he would have dinner, and then ...  BB Bill's Story, p.9  
Of course he would have dinner, and then I could drink openly with him.


23.
View TRADITION SIX essay   ... course I can't take the job.  12&12 Tradition Six, p.158  
"Of course I can't take the job.


24.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... course, I knew the law was not ...  BB Bill's Story, p.2  
By the time I had completed the course, I knew the law was not for me.


25.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... course I would!  BB Bill's Story, p.12  
Of course I would!


26.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... course, immense.  12&12 Step Eleven, p.98  
The actual experience of meditation and prayer across the centuries is, of course, immense.


27.
View STEP TEN essay   ... course, in all times and places have ...  12&12 Step Ten, p.88  
More experienced people, of course, in all times and places have practiced unsparing self-survey and criticism.


28.
View STEP EIGHT essay   ... course, is the end result of purposeful ...  12&12 Step Eight, p.79  
This attitude, of course, is the end result of purposeful forgetting.


29.
View STEP THREE essay   ... course, is the process by which instinct ...  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.


30.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... course, it is reasonable and understandable that ...  12&12 Step Eleven, p.103  
Of course, it is reasonable and understandable that the question is often asked: "Why can't we take a specific and troubling dilemma straight to God, and in prayer secure from Him sure and definite answers to our requests?"


31.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... course it was.  BB We Agnostics, p.52  
Of course it was.


32.
View STEP SIX essay   ... course, may conclude that they are indeed ...  12&12 Step Six, p.67  
Some people, of course, may conclude that they are indeed ready to have all such defects taken from them.


33.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... course, mean just as much to uncounted ...  BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.561  
A.A. can, of course, mean just as much to uncounted alcoholics not yet reached.


34.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... course, mean little.  BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxvi  
As laymen, our opinion as to its soundness may, of course, mean little.


35.
View STEP SIX essay   ... course, most human beings don't suffer these ...  12&12 Step Six, p.66  
Of course, most human beings don't suffer these defects at these rock-bottom levels.


36.
View TRADITION FIVE essay   ... course, my answer was 'My own sobriety ...  12&12 Tradition Five, p.152  
"Of course, my answer was 'My own sobriety and a mighty happy life.'


37.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... course of action.  BB To Employers, p.142  
After satisfying yourself that your man wants to recover and that he will go to any extreme to do so, you may suggest a definite course of action.


38.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... course of action they carried out.  BB A Vision For You, p.157  
The two friends spoke of their spiritual experience and told him about the course of action they carried out.


39.
View STEP EIGHT essay   ... course of admitting the things we have ...  12&12 Step Eight, p.81  
We shall want to hold ourselves to the course of admitting the things we have done, meanwhile forgiving the wrongs done us, real or fancied.


40.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... course of his third treatment he acquired ...  BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxv  
In the course of his third treatment he acquired certain ideas concerning a possible means of recovery.


41.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... course of our existence?  BB We Agnostics, p.54  
Did not these feelings, after all, determine the course of our existence?


42.
View PREFACE   ... course of revisions made for the second, ...  BB Preface, p.xi  
Therefore, the first portion of this volume, describing the A.A. recovery program, has been left largely untouched in the course of revisions made for the second, third, and fourth editions.


43.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... course of vigorous action, the first step ...  BB How It Works, p.63  
Next we launched out on a course of vigorous action, the first step of which is a personal housecleaning, which many of us had never attempted.


44.
View TRADITION FOUR essay   ... course or be hopelessly lost.  12&12 Tradition Four, p.147  
The A.A. group would have to stick to its course or be hopelessly lost.


45.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... course our friend was wrong -- dead wrong.  BB The Family Afterward, p.135  
Of course our friend was wrong -- dead wrong.


46.
View STEP TEN essay   ... course, people turned away from us, bored ...  12&12 Step Ten, p.92  
Of course, people turned away from us, bored or hurt.


47.
View STEP EIGHT essay   ... course, ponder and weigh each instance carefully.  12&12 Step Eight, p.81  
We should, of course, ponder and weigh each instance carefully.


48.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... course, quite optional so long as we ...  BB How It Works, p.63  
The wording was, of course, quite optional so long as we expressed the idea, voicing it without reservation.


49.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... course she did not, and the whole ...  BB Into Action, p.79  
Of course she did not, and the whole situation has long since been adjusted.


50.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... course, so I packed my grip and ...  BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.173  
This went from bad to worse until sophomore spring when, after a prolonged period of drinking, I made up my mind that I could not complete my course, so I packed my grip and went South to spend a month on a large farm owned by a friend of mine.


51.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... course, soon on the carpet and the ...  BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.174  
I was, of course, soon on the carpet and the upshot was that I had to go back for two more quarters and remain absolutely dry, if I wished to graduate.


52.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... course that isn't so, and such people ...  BB To Employers, p.141  
Of course that isn't so, and such people often may impose on you.


53.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... course, that the reader desires to stop.  BB More About Alcoholism, p.34  
We are assuming, of course, that the reader desires to stop.


54.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... course, that we are going to talk ...  BB We Agnostics, p.45  
And it means, of course, that we are going to talk about God.


55.
View TRADITION FOUR essay   ... course, that we had been given the ...  12&12 Tradition Four, p.147  
This meant, of course, that we had been given the courage to declare each A.A. group an individual entity, strictly reliant on its own conscience as a guide to action.


56.
View STEP TWO essay   ... course, that we had substituted negative for ...  12&12 Step Two, p.30  
This all meant, of course, that we had substituted negative for positive thinking.


57.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... course, that we were still far off ...  12&12 Step Twelve, p.121  
This all meant, of course, that we were still far off balance.


58.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... course, that your changed attitude plus the ...  BB To Employers, p.144  
You are betting, of course, that your changed attitude plus the contents of this book will turn the trick.


59.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... course the depressive and the power-driver are ...  12&12 Step Four, p.48  
Of course the depressive and the power-driver are personality extremes, types with which A.A. and the whole world abound.


60.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... course, the familiar alcoholic obsession that few ...  BB A Vision For You, p.155  
He had, of course, the familiar alcoholic obsession that few knew of his drinking.


61.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... course, the family may look at their ...  BB The Family Afterward, p.128  
As soon as his sobriety begins to be taken as a matter of course, the family may look at their strange new dad with apprehension, then with irritation.


62.
View STEP SIX essay   ... course, the often disputed question of whether ...  12&12 Step Six, p.63  
Of course, the often disputed question of whether God can -- and will, under certain conditions -- remove defects of character will be answered with a prompt affirmative by almost any A.A. member.


63.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... course, the psychopaths who are emotionally unstable.  BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxx  
There are, of course, the psychopaths who are emotionally unstable.


64.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... course, the result was very bad, and ...  BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.178  
Of course, the result was very bad, and that ended the beer experiment.


65.
View STEP THREE essay   ... course the sponsor points out that our ...  12&12 Step Three, p.39  
Of course the sponsor points out that our friend's life is still unmanageable even though he is sober, that after all, only a bare start on A.A.'s program has been made.


66.
View TRADITION SIX essay   ... course, there couldn't be the slightest objection ...  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.


67.
View STEP NINE essay   ... course, there is no pat answer which ...  12&12 Step Nine, p.87  
Of course, there is no pat answer which can fit all such dilemmas.


68.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... course, there is such a thing as ...  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.


69.
View TRADITION FOUR essay   ... course, there was a promoter in the ...  12&12 Tradition Four, p.148  
Of course, there was a promoter in the deal -- a super-promoter.


70.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... course, they are willing to have a ...  BB To Employers, p.146  
After your man has gone along without drinking for a few months, you may be able to make use of his services with other employees who are giving you the alcoholic run-around -- provided, of course, they are willing to have a third party in the picture.


71.
View TRADITION SIX essay   ... course, they would use the resources of ...  12&12 Tradition Six, p.157  
Of course, they would use the resources of radio, press, and films to make their point.


72.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... course, this chapter refers to alcoholics, sick ...  BB To Employers, p.149  
Of course, this chapter refers to alcoholics, sick people, deranged men.


73.
View TRADITION TEN essay   ... course, this isn't so at all.  12&12 Tradition Ten, p.177  
Of course, this isn't so at all.


74.
View STEP SIX essay   ... course, this won't do.  12&12 Step Six, p.69  
Of course, this won't do.


75.
View STEP SIX essay   ... course, to our various and sundry ideas ...  12&12 Step Six, p.68  
Therefore, it seems plain that few of us can quickly or easily become ready to aim at spiritual and moral perfection; we want to settle for only as much perfection as will get us by in life, according, of course, to our various and sundry ideas of what will get us by.


76.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... 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.


77.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... course to take.  BB Into Action, p.86  
We may not be able to determine which course to take.


78.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... course, very ancient.  12&12 Step Five, p.56  
This practice of admitting one's defects to another person is, of course, very ancient.


79.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... course, we all fall much below this ...  BB Working With Others, p.99  
Of course, we all fall much below this standard many times.


80.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... course we couldn't.  BB We Agnostics, p.54  
Of course we couldn't.


81.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... course we did.  BB We Agnostics, p.54  
But we believed in life -- of course we did.


82.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... course we finally did experiment, and when ...  12&12 Step Eleven, p.97  
Of course we finally did experiment, and when unexpected results followed, we felt different; in fact we knew different; and so we were sold on meditation and prayer.


83.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... course, we have lost all perspective, and ...  12&12 Step Four, p.45  
Here, of course, we have lost all perspective, and therefore all genuine humility.


84.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... course: We realized that the people who ...  BB How It Works, p.66  
This was our course: We realized that the people who wronged us were perhaps spiritually sick.


85.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... course, we sometimes encounter people who do ...  BB Into Action, p.74  
Of course, we sometimes encounter people who do not understand alcoholics.


86.
View STEP TWO essay   ... course, we were glad that good home ...  12&12 Step Two, p.28  
Of course, we were glad that good home and religious training had given us certain values.


87.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... course which had inspired such awe in ...  BB Bill's Story, p.4  
It was fun to carom around the exclusive course which had inspired such awe in me as a lad.


88.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... course, will want to go to the ...  BB Into Action, p.74  
Those of us belonging to a religious denomination which requires confession must, and of course, will want to go to the properly appointed authority whose duty it is to receive it.


89.
View TRADITION NINE essay   ... course, you are at perfect liberty to ...  12&12 Tradition Nine, p.173  
They even had to coin a couple of sentences which still go into half the letters they write: "Of course, you are at perfect liberty to handle this matter any way you please.


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