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1.
View TRADITION FOUR essay   ... each A.A. group an individual entity, strictly ...   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.


2.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... Each A.A. group needs the least possible ...   BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.565  
9. Each A.A. group needs the least possible organization.


3.
View TRADITIONS LONG FORM   ... Each A.A. group needs the least possible ...   12&12 Tradition Nine (Long), p.191  
Nine -- Each A.A. group needs the least possible organization.


4.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... each A.A. group should be responsible to ...   BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.563  
4. With respect to its own affairs, each A.A. group should be responsible to no other authority than its own conscience.


5.
View TRADITIONS LONG FORM   ... each A.A. group should be responsible to ...   12&12 Tradition Four (Long), p.189  
Four -- With respect to its own affairs, each A.A. group should be responsible to no other authority than its own conscience.


6.
View TRADITION NINE essay   ... each A.A. member follows to the best ...   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.


7.
View TRADITION NINE essay   ... each A.A. member is personal sobriety, the ...   12&12 Tradition Nine, p.175  
Just as the aim of each A.A. member is personal sobriety, the aim of our services is to bring sobriety within reach of all who want it.


8.
View TRADITION FIVE essay   ... each A.A. to identify himself with, and ...   12&12 Tradition Five, p.150  
The unique ability of each A.A. to identify himself with, and bring recovery to, the newcomer in no way depends upon his learning, eloquence, or on any special individual skills.


9.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... Each Alcoholics Anonymous group ought to be ...   BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.563  
5. Each Alcoholics Anonymous group ought to be a spiritual entity having but one primary purpose -- that of carrying its message to the alcoholic who still suffers.


10.
View TRADITIONS LONG FORM   ... Each Alcoholics Anonymous group ought to be ...   12&12 Tradition Five (Long), p.190  
Five -- Each Alcoholics Anonymous group ought to be a spiritual entity having but one primary purpose -- that of carrying its message to the alcoholic who still suffers.


11.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... each and every one.   BB How It Works, p.67  
We cannot be helpful to all people, but at least God will show us how to take a kindly and tolerant view of each and every one.


12.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... each case accomplished the miraculous, the humanly ...   BB We Agnostics, p.50  
This Power has in each case accomplished the miraculous, the humanly impossible.


13.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... each city and hamlet, havens for those ...   BB A Vision For You, p.153  
They will approach still other sick ones and fellowships of Alcoholics Anonymous may spring up in each city and hamlet, havens for those who must find a way out.


14.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... each day for the man who is ...   BB A Vision For You, p.164  
Ask Him in your morning meditation what you can do each day for the man who is still sick.


15.
View STEP TEN essay   ... each day's march.   12&12 Step Ten, p.90  
Today's spot check finds its chief application to situations which arise in each day's march.


16.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   Each day my friend's simple talk in ...   BB Bill's Story, p.16  
Each day my friend's simple talk in our kitchen multiplies itself in a widening circle of peace on earth and good will to men.


17.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... each day, only to cook supper for ...   12&12 Tradition Two, p.136  
I thought of Lois coming home exhausted from the department store each day, only to cook supper for a houseful of drunks who weren't paying board.


18.
View FOREWORD TO THIRD EDITION   Each day, somewhere in the world, recovery ...   BB Foreword to Third Edition, p.xxii  
Each day, somewhere in the world, recovery begins when one alcoholic talks with another alcoholic, sharing experience, strength, and hope.


19.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... each day "Thy will be done."   BB Into Action, pp.87-88  
We constantly remind ourselves we are no longer running the show, humbly saying to ourselves many times each day "Thy will be done."


20.
View APPENDIX VII, Twelve Concepts (Short Form)   ... each element of A.A. -- the Conference, the ...   BB Appendix VII, Twelve Concepts (Short Form), p.574  
III. To insure effective leadership, we should endow each element of A.A. -- the Conference, the General Service Board and its service corporations, staffs, committees, and executives -- with a traditional "Right of Decision."


21.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... each family, in the light of their ...   BB Working With Others, p.103  
We feel that each family, in the light of their own circumstances, ought to decide for themselves.


22.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... each family play together or separately, as ...   BB The Family Afterward, pp.132-133  
So let each family play together or separately, as much as their circumstances warrant.


23.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... each family which has been relieved owes ...   BB The Family Afterward, p.124  
We think each family which has been relieved owes something to those who have not, and when the occasion requires, each member of it should be only too willing to bring former mistakes, no matter how grievous, out of their hiding places.


24.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... each found something called a spiritual awakening.   12&12 Step Twelve, p.106  
Our Twelfth Step also says that as a result of practicing all the Steps, we have each found something called a spiritual awakening.


25.
View STEP THREE essay   Each fragment says to the others, "We ...   12&12 Step Three, p.37  
Each fragment says to the others, "We are right and you are wrong."


26.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... each futile effort to reach solid ground.   BB To Wives, p.107  
As animals on a treadmill, we have patiently and wearily climbed, falling back in exhaustion after each futile effort to reach solid ground.


27.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... each genuine one has something in common ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.106  
But certainly each genuine one has something in common with all the others.


28.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... Each group has but one primary purpose ...   BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.562  
Five -- Each group has but one primary purpose -- to carry its message to the alcoholic who still suffers.


29.
View TRADITION FIVE essay   "Each group has but one primary purpose ...   12&12 Tradition Five, p.150  
"Each group has but one primary purpose -- to carry its message to the alcoholic who still suffers."


30.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... Each group should be autonomous except in ...   BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.562  
Four -- Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or A.A. as a whole.


31.
View TRADITION FOUR essay   "Each group should be autonomous except in ...   12&12 Tradition Four, p.146  
"Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or A.A. as a whole."


32.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... each group should soon achieve this ideal; ...   BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.564  
We think that each group should soon achieve this ideal; that any public solicitation of funds using the name of Alcoholics Anonymous is highly dangerous, whether by groups, clubs, hospitals, or other outside agencies; that acceptance of large gifts from any source, or of contributions carrying any obligation whatever, is unwise.


33.
View TRADITIONS LONG FORM   ... each group should soon achieve this ideal; ...   12&12 Tradition Seven (Long), p.190  
We think that each group should soon achieve this ideal; that any public solicitation of funds using the name of Alcoholics Anonymous is highly dangerous, whether by groups, clubs, hospitals, or other outside agencies; that acceptance of large gifts from any source, or of contributions carrying any obligation whatever, is unwise.


34.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... each group to send in its list ...   12&12 Tradition Three, p.140  
Our Foundation office(*) asked each group to send in its list of 'protective' regulations.


35.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... each group was to be autonomous and ...   BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xix  
It was thought that no alcoholic man or woman could be excluded from our Society; that our leaders might serve but never govern; that each group was to be autonomous and there was to be no professional class of therapy.


36.
View STEP TWO essay   ... each, he not only drinks again, but ...   12&12 Step Two, p.32  
Following each, he not only drinks again, but acts worse than the last time.


37.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   Each in his turn may be footsore ...   BB The Family Afterward, p.122  
Each in his turn may be footsore and may straggle.


38.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... each individual case, will help turn up ...   12&12 Step Four, pp.52-53  
Questions like these, more of which will come to mind easily in each individual case, will help turn up the root causes.


39.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   Each individual, in the personal stories, describes ...   BB There Is A Solution, p.29  
Each individual, in the personal stories, describes in his own language and from his own point of view the way he established his relationship with God.


40.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   Each individual should consult his own conscience.   BB The Family Afterward, p.132  
Each individual should consult his own conscience.


41.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... each individual to settle for himself.   BB We Agnostics, p.50  
They are questions for each individual to settle for himself.


42.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   Each inquiry was painstakingly answered; pamphlets and ...   BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xviii  
Each inquiry was painstakingly answered; pamphlets and books were sent out.


43.
View STEP NINE essay   ... each instance, and have tried to possess ...   12&12 Step Nine, p.83  
After we have made the list of people we have harmed, have reflected carefully upon each instance, and have tried to possess ourselves of the right attitude in which to proceed, we will see that the making of direct amends divides those we should approach into several classes.


44.
View STEP EIGHT essay   ... each instance carefully.   12&12 Step Eight, p.81  
We should, of course, ponder and weigh each instance carefully.


45.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   Each is interested in having his or ...   BB The Family Afterward, p.122  
Each is interested in having his or her wishes respected.


46.
View STEP THREE essay   ... each man plays God, sounds good in ...   12&12 Step Three, p.37  
This brave philosophy, wherein each man plays God, sounds good in the speaking, but it still has to meet the acid test: how well does it actually work?


47.
View TRADITION ELEVEN essay   ... each member becomes an active guardian of ...   12&12 Tradition Eleven, p.183  
In it, each member becomes an active guardian of our Fellowship.


48.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... each member of a resentful family begins ...   BB The Family Afterward, p.127  
As each member of a resentful family begins to see his shortcomings and admits them to the others, he lays a basis for helpful discussion.


49.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... Each member of Alcoholics Anonymous is but ...   BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.563  
1. Each member of Alcoholics Anonymous is but a small part of a great whole.


50.
View TRADITIONS LONG FORM   ... Each member of Alcoholics Anonymous is but ...   12&12 Tradition One (Long), p.189  
One -- Each member of Alcoholics Anonymous is but a small part of a great whole.


51.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... each member of it should be only ...   BB The Family Afterward, p.124  
We think each family which has been relieved owes something to those who have not, and when the occasion requires, each member of it should be only too willing to bring former mistakes, no matter how grievous, out of their hiding places.


52.
View INTO ACTION chapter   Each might pray about it, having the ...   BB Into Action, p.82  
Each might pray about it, having the other one's happiness uppermost in mind.


53.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... each morning in meditation that our Creator ...   BB Into Action, p.83  
So we clean house with the family, asking each morning in meditation that our Creator show us the way of patience, tolerance, kindliness and love.


54.
View APPENDIX VII, Twelve Concepts (Short Form)   ... each must discharge.   BB Appendix VII, Twelve Concepts (Short Form), p.574  
IV. At all responsible levels, we ought to maintain a traditional "Right of Participation," allowing a voting representation in reasonable proportion to the responsibility that each must discharge.


55.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... each name our injuries.   BB How It Works, p.65  
On our grudge list we set opposite each name our injuries.


56.
View TRADITION ONE essay   Each needed to consider the others, and ...   12&12 Tradition One, p.131  
Each needed to consider the others, and in abiding faith they knew they must find their real strength.


57.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... each newcomer to decide himself whether he ...   12&12 Tradition Three, p.141  
Why did we leave it to each newcomer to decide himself whether he was an alcoholic and whether he should join us?


58.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... each occasion, "Have I any good social, ...   BB Working With Others, p.101  
Therefore, ask yourself on each occasion, "Have I any good social, business, or personal reason for going to this place?


59.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... each of A.A.'s Twelve Steps.   12&12 Step Seven, p.70  
Indeed, the attainment of greater humility is the foundation principle of each of A.A.'s Twelve Steps.


60.
View FOREWORD TO FIRST EDITION   ... each of our Fellowship to omit his ...   BB Foreword to First Edition, p.xiii  
When writing or speaking publicly about alcoholism, we urge each of our Fellowship to omit his personal name, designating himself instead as "a member of Alcoholics Anonymous."


61.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... each of the United States and all ...   BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xv  
Groups are to be found in each of the United States and all of the provinces of Canada.


62.
View STEP THREE essay   ... each of them has decided to turn ...   12&12 Step Three, p.35  
Isn't it true that in all matters touching upon alcohol, each of them has decided to turn his or her life over to the care, protection, and guidance of Alcoholics Anonymous?


63.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... each of them wish to retaliate, snatching ...   BB How It Works, p.61  
And do not his actions make each of them wish to retaliate, snatching all they can get out of the show?


64.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... each of these occasions we worked with ...   BB More About Alcoholism, p.35  
On each of these occasions we worked with him, reviewing carefully what had happened.


65.
View STEP THREE essay   Each of us has had his own ...   12&12 Step Three, p.37  
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.


66.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... each of us have been, and are.   12&12 Step Four, p.42  
Step Four is our vigorous and painstaking effort to discover what these liabilities in each of us have been, and are.


67.
View TRADITION TWELVE essay   ... each of us takes part in the ...   12&12 Tradition Twelve, p.187  
As we lay aside these very human aspirations, we believe that each of us takes part in the weaving of a protective mantle which covers our whole Society and under which we may grow and work in unity.


68.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... each of us, when making an inventory, ...   12&12 Step Four, p.48  
Human beings are never quite alike, so each of us, when making an inventory, will need to determine what his individual character defects are.


69.
View STEP SEVEN essay   Each of us would like to live ...   12&12 Step Seven, p.76  
Each of us would like to live at peace with himself and with his fellows.


70.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... each one decides for himself in the ...   BB There Is A Solution, p.28  
This should be an entirely personal affair which each one decides for himself in the light of past associations, or his present choice.


71.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... each one is likely to have fixed ...   BB The Family Afterward, p.122  
The alcoholic, his wife, his children, his "in-laws", each one is likely to have fixed ideas about the family's attitude towards himself or herself.


72.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... each one of them this qualification: "...if ...   12&12 Step Eleven, p.102  
Even so, when making specific requests, it will be well to add to each one of them this qualification: "...if it be Thy will."


73.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... each one of us works out in ...   12&12 Step Eleven, p.101  
Aided by such instruction and example as we can find, it is essentially an individual adventure, something which each one of us works out in his own way.


74.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... each other.   BB To Wives, p.118  
If you both show a willingness to remedy your own defects, there will be little need to criticize each other.


75.
View TRADITION FIVE essay   ... each other.   12&12 Tradition Five, p.152  
I explained what a wonderful Fellowship we had, how well we understood each other.


76.
View TRADITION SIX essay   ... each other.   12&12 Tradition Six, p.156  
It occurred to us that we could take what we had into the factories and cause laborers and capitalists to love each other.


77.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... each other a great deal, but we ...   BB The Family Afterward, p.125  
We do talk about each other a great deal, but we almost invariably temper such talk by a spirit of love and tolerance.


78.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... each other and ask when their marriage ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.118  
Both of them blame each other and ask when their marriage is ever going to be happy again.


79.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... each other and comes to a friendly ...   BB The Family Afterward, p.131  
This means trouble, unless the family watches for these tendencies in each other and comes to a friendly agreement about them.


80.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... each other and drew closer together.   BB The Family Afterward, p.124  
In the first flush of spiritual experience they forgave each other and drew closer together.


81.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... each other at incredible speed.   BB We Agnostics, pp.48-49  
The prosaic steel girder is a mass of electrons whirling around each other at incredible speed.


82.
View FOREWORD TO FOURTH EDITION   ... each other, in order to stay sober ...   BB Foreword to Fourth Edition, p.xxiv  
In any meeting, anywhere, A.A.'s share experience, strength, and hope with each other, in order to stay sober and help other alcoholics.


83.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... each other is the bright spot of ...   BB Working With Others, p.89  
Frequent contact with newcomers and with each other is the bright spot of our lives.


84.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... each other, scarce an evening passed that ...   BB A Vision For You, p.159  
Seeing much of each other, scarce an evening passed that someone's home did not shelter a little gathering of men and women, happy in their release, and constantly thinking how they might present their discovery to some newcomer.


85.
View PREAMBLE   ... each other that they may solve their ...   Grapevine Preamble  
Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.


86.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... each other, when justified -- these are everyday ...   BB A Vision For You, p.161  
Cleaning up old scrapes, helping to settle family differences, explaining the disinherited son to his irate parents, lending money and securing jobs for each other, when justified -- these are everyday occurrences.


87.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... each other with these very things, when ...   BB Working With Others, p.98  
Yet we do go to great extremes to provide each other with these very things, when such action is warranted.


88.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... each passing day of our lives, may ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.125  
With each passing day of our lives, may every one of us sense more deeply the inner meaning of A.A.'s simple prayer:


89.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   Each person is like an actor who ...   BB How It Works, p.60  
Each person is like an actor who wants to run the whole show; is forever trying to arrange the lights, the ballet, the scenery and the rest of the players in his own way.


90.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... each phrase and idea.   12&12 Step Eleven, p.99  
As beginners in meditation, we might now reread this prayer several times very slowly, savoring every word and trying to take in the deep meaning of each phrase and idea.


91.
View TRADITION FIVE essay   ... each physician in such a group might ...   12&12 Tradition Five, p.150  
True, each physician in such a group might have his own specialty.


92.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... each questionable situation, for sanity, and for ...   BB How It Works, p.70  
To sum up about sex: We earnestly pray for the right ideal, for guidance in each questionable situation, for sanity, and for the strength to do the right thing.


93.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... each relation to this test -- was it ...   BB How It Works, p.69  
We subjected each relation to this test -- was it selfish or not?


94.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... each request carefully to see what its ...   12&12 Step Eleven, p.102  
Therefore, we ought to consider each request carefully to see what its real merit is.


95.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... each side may have some justification.   BB The Family Afterward, p.126  
Both father and the family are mistaken, though each side may have some justification.


96.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... each situation fairly, can I see where ...   12&12 Step Four, p.52  
Appraising each situation fairly, can I see where I have been at fault?


97.
View STEP SIX essay   ... each sober A.A. member has been granted ...   12&12 Step Six, p.64  
It is plain for everybody to see that each sober A.A. member has been granted a release from this very obstinate and potentially fatal obsession.


98.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... each specific matter.   BB How It Works, p.69  
In meditation, we ask God what we should do about each specific matter.


99.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... each teller approaches and conceives of the ...   BB We Agnostics, p.50  
In our personal stories you will find a wide variation in the way each teller approaches and conceives of the Power which is greater than himself.


100.
View STEP TEN essay   ... each thought or act that appears to ...   12&12 Step Ten, p.94  
As we glance down the debit side of the day's ledger, we should carefully examine our motives in each thought or act that appears to be wrong.


101.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... each trying to arrange the family show ...   BB The Family Afterward, p.122  
Is not each trying to arrange the family show to his liking?


102.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... each wants to play the lead?   BB The Family Afterward, p.122  
Is it not because each wants to play the lead?


103.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... each will have to yield here and ...   BB The Family Afterward, p.131  
At the very beginning, the couple ought to frankly face the fact that each will have to yield here and there if the family is going to play an effective part in the new life.


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