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1.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... few.   BB To Employers, p.148  
The exceptions are few.


2.
View TRADITION EIGHT essay   ... few A.A.'s have ever worked the Twelfth ...   12&12 Tradition Eight, p.166  
This has always been so obvious that only a very few A.A.'s have ever worked the Twelfth Step for a fee.


3.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... few A.A. meetings and at first decided ...   BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xx  
Other thousands came to a few A.A. meetings and at first decided they didn't want the program.


4.
View TRADITION ELEVEN essay   ... few A.A. members are left who deliberately ...   12&12 Tradition Eleven, p.183  
Only a few A.A. members are left who deliberately break anonymity at the public level.


5.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... few alcoholics have enough desire to stop ...   BB More About Alcoholism, p.32  
But the difficulty is that few alcoholics have enough desire to stop while there is yet time.


6.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... few are fortunate enough to be so ...   BB There Is A Solution, p.19  
A few are fortunate enough to be so situated that they can give nearly all their time to the work.


7.
View FOREWORD TO FIRST EDITION   ... few, at present to handle the overwhelming ...   BB Foreword to First Edition, p.xiii  
It is important that we remain anonymous because we are too few, at present to handle the overwhelming number of personal appeals which may result from this publication.


8.
View TRADITION TWELVE essay   ... few, at present, to handle the overwhelming ...   12&12 Tradition Twelve, p.184  
Its foreword made this revealing statement: "It is important that we remain anonymous because we are too few, at present, to handle the overwhelming number of personal appeals which may result from this publication.


9.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... few bottles, or cases, of liquor as ...   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.175  
I knew everyone would buy a few bottles, or cases, of liquor as their exchequers permitted, and that it would soon be gone.


10.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... few brief moments of temptation the thought ...   BB We Agnostics, p.57  
Save for a few brief moments of temptation the thought of drink has never returned; and at such times a great revulsion has risen up in him.


11.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... few can.   BB To Wives, p.104  
As wives of Alcoholics Anonymous, we would like you to feel that we understand as perhaps few can.


12.
View STEP TEN essay   ... few, can ignore the many, and can ...   12&12 Step Ten, pp.92-93  
The idea that we can be possessively loving of a few, can ignore the many, and can continue to fear or hate anybody, has to be abandoned, if only a little at a time.


13.
View STEP EIGHT essay   ... few casual apologies.   12&12 Step Eight, p.79  
No more, surely, than we could easily mend with a few casual apologies.


14.
View APPENDIX II, Spiritual Experience   ... few chapters a number of sudden revolutionary ...   BB Appendix II, Spiritual Experience, p.567  
In the first few chapters a number of sudden revolutionary changes are described.


15.
View TRADITION FOUR essay   ... few conservative dissenters among the alcoholics.   12&12 Tradition Four, p.148  
There were, though, a few conservative dissenters among the alcoholics.


16.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... few days.   BB Working With Others, p.96  
Perhaps you will want to take the man into your home for a few days.


17.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... few days ago at this writing (1939).   BB A Vision For You, p.163  
This was only a few days ago at this writing (1939).


18.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... few days he was depressed about his ...   BB More About Alcoholism, p.39  
For a few days he was depressed about his condition.


19.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... few days, the news came in.   12&12 Tradition Three, p.144  
At the end of a few days, the news came in.


20.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... few days this doctor suggests our approach ...   BB A Vision For You, p.162  
Every few days this doctor suggests our approach to one of his patients.


21.
View STEP ONE essay   ... few did, and when these laid hold ...   12&12 Step One, p.22  
But a few did, and when these laid hold of A.A. principles with all the fervor with which the drowning seize life preservers, they almost invariably got well.


22.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... few distressing failures, but in those cases ...   BB A Vision For You, p.159  
They experienced a few distressing failures, but in those cases they made an effort to bring the man's family into a spiritual way of living, thus relieving much worry and suffering.


23.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... few do.   BB A Vision For You, p.152  
Then he will know loneliness such as few do.


24.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... few doctors, ministers, priests or hospitals.   BB Working With Others, p.89  
You can easily find some by asking a few doctors, ministers, priests or hospitals.


25.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... few drinks -- drinks which they see others ...   BB The Doctor's Opinion, pp.xxviii-xxix  
They are restless, irritable and discontented, unless they can again experience the sense of ease and comfort which comes at once by taking a few drinks -- drinks which they see others taking with impunity.


26.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... few drinks now and then?   BB To Employers, p.142  
If he says yes, does he really mean it, or down inside does he think he is fooling you, and that after rest and treatment he will be able to get away with a few drinks now and then?


27.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... few drinks that night, and one bottle ...   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, pp.179-180  
He came and got me home and to bed, gave me a few drinks that night, and one bottle of beer the next morning.


28.
View TRADITION FIVE essay   ... few drunks could ever get well on ...   12&12 Tradition Five, p.152  
I insisted that few drunks could ever get well on their own steam, but that in our groups we could do together what we could not do separately.


29.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... few exceptions, all of us had been ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.120  
With a few exceptions, all of us had been spendthrifts.


30.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... few exceptions, our book thus far has ...   BB To Wives, p.104  
With few exceptions, our book thus far has spoken of men.


31.
View APPENDIX II, Spiritual Experience   ... few exceptions our members find that they ...   BB Appendix II, Spiritual Experience, p.567  
With few exceptions our members find that they have tapped an unsuspected inner resource which they presently identify with their own conception of a Power greater than themselves.


32.
View TRADITION TWELVE essay   ... few excursions into major publicity, which were ...   12&12 Tradition Twelve, p.186  
Then came our first few excursions into major publicity, which were breathtaking.


33.
View TRADITION SEVEN essay   ... few full-time secretaries hired.   12&12 Tradition Seven, p.161  
To save whole areas from turmoil, small offices had to be set up, telephones installed, and a few full-time secretaries hired.


34.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... few hemorrhage so badly that -- drained of ...   12&12 Tradition Two, p.135  
A few hemorrhage so badly that -- drained of all A.A. spirit and principle -- they get drunk.


35.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... few hours.   BB There Is A Solution, p.18  
But the ex-problem drinker who has found this solution, who is properly armed with facts about himself, can generally win the entire confidence of another alcoholic in a few hours.


36.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... few hours at a time, so it ...   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.174  
I soon discovered that a couple of drinks would alleviate my gastric distress, at least for a few hours at a time, so it was not at all difficult for me to return to my former excessive indulgence.


37.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... few hours before I would be quite ...   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.176  
Occasionally, I would yield to the morning craving, but if I did, it would be only a few hours before I would be quite unfit for work.


38.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... few hundred dollars, and I would pay ...   BB Bill's Story, p.5  
Sometimes a small deal would net a few hundred dollars, and I would pay my bills at the bars and delicatessens.


39.
View STEP TWO essay   Few indeed are the practicing alcoholics who ...   12&12 Step Two, p.32  
Few indeed are the practicing alcoholics who have any idea how irrational they are, or seeing their irrationality, can bear to face it.


40.
View STEP ONE essay   Few indeed were those who, so assailed, ...   12&12 Step One, p.22  
Few indeed were those who, so assailed, had ever won through in singlehanded combat.


41.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... few instances has there been a lack ...   BB To Employers, p.137  
In only a few instances has there been a lack of patience and tolerance.


42.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... few instances where people, who showed definite ...   BB More About Alcoholism, p.32  
We have heard of a few instances where people, who showed definite signs of alcoholism, were able to stop for a long period because of an overpowering desire to do so.


43.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... few instances where we have given these ...   BB Into Action, p.73  
We know but few instances where we have given these doctors a fair break.


44.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... few interruptions for seventeen years.   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.177  
This routine went on with few interruptions for seventeen years.


45.
View TRADITION TWELVE essay   ... few into hundreds overnight.   12&12 Tradition Twelve, p.186  
Cleveland's Plain Dealer articles about us ran that town's membership from a few into hundreds overnight.


46.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... few knew of his drinking.   BB A Vision For You, p.155  
He had, of course, the familiar alcoholic obsession that few knew of his drinking.


47.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... few knew of it at first but, ...   BB To Employers, p.145  
Only a few knew of it at first but, within a short time, it was billboarded throughout the entire company.


48.
View STEP EIGHT essay   ... few knew of our drinking.   12&12 Step Eight, p.79  
Our reputations hadn't suffered, because we were certain few knew of our drinking.


49.
View STEP THREE essay   ... few meetings is very good indeed, but ...   12&12 Step Three, p.39  
More sobriety brought about by the admission of alcoholism and by attendance at a few meetings is very good indeed, but it is bound to be a far cry from permanent sobriety and a contented, useful life.


50.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... few men in this city have found ...   BB A Vision For You, p.163  
When a few men in this city have found themselves, and have discovered the joy of helping others to face life again, there will be no stopping until everyone in that town has had his opportunity to recover -- if he can and will.


51.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... few months, a finer intimacy than ever.   BB The Family Afterward, p.134  
Some of us had this experience, only to enjoy, in a few months, a finer intimacy than ever.


52.
View APPENDIX II, Spiritual Experience   ... few months could seldom have been accomplished ...   BB Appendix II, Spiritual Experience, p.567  
What often takes place in a few months could seldom have been accomplished by years of self-discipline.


53.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... few months, he saw that his predicament ...   BB A Vision For You, p.154  
Still physically weak, and sober but a few months, he saw that his predicament was dangerous.


54.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... few months, the effect on a man's ...   BB Working With Others, p.99  
If persisted in for a few months, the effect on a man's family is sure to be great.


55.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... few months, you may be able to ...   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.


56.
View STEP FIVE essay   Few muddled attitudes have caused us more ...   12&12 Step Five, p.56  
Few muddled attitudes have caused us more trouble than holding back on Step Five.


57.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... few of my alcoholic friends, who were ...   12&12 Tradition Two, p.136  
I thought of a few of my alcoholic friends, who were making as much money as ever.


58.
View TRADITION EIGHT essay   ... few of the jobs which A.A. members ...   12&12 Tradition Eight, p.170  
These are only a few of the jobs which A.A. members as individuals have been asked to fill.


59.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... few of them.   12&12 Step Twelve, p.113  
We are doing fine on a few of them.


60.
View STEP SIX essay   ... few of them may be, but with ...   12&12 Step Six, p.65  
A few of them may be, but with most of them we shall have to be content with patient improvement.


61.
View STEP SIX essay   ... few of us can quickly or easily ...   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.


62.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... few of us have had these growing ...   BB The Family Afterward, p.124  
A few of us have had these growing pains and they hurt a great deal.


63.
View STEP SIX essay   ... few of us would seriously think of ...   12&12 Step Six, p.67  
Nearly anyone could submit a good list of such defects as these, and few of us would seriously think of giving them up, at least until they cause us excessive misery.


64.
View STEP TEN essay   Few people have been more victimized by ...   12&12 Step Ten, p.90  
Few people have been more victimized by resentments than have we alcoholics.


65.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   Few people really are, for that means ...   BB Bill's Story, p.10  
Few people really are, for that means blind faith in the strange proposition that this universe originated in a cipher and aimlessly rushes nowhere.


66.
View STEP THREE essay   ... few people understand, meets our simplest daily ...   12&12 Step Three, p.36  
Silently and surely, electricity, that strange energy so few people understand, meets our simplest daily needs, and our most desperate ones, too.


67.
View STEP NINE essay   ... few people who know all about our ...   12&12 Step Nine, p.84  
We shall at once think of a few people who know all about our drinking, and who have been most affected by it.


68.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... few people will ask you to drink.   BB Working With Others, p.102  
If you do this thoroughly, few people will ask you to drink.


69.
View STEP ONE essay   ... few people will sincerely try to practice ...   12&12 Step One, p.24  
The answer is that few people will sincerely try to practice the A.A. program unless they have hit bottom.


70.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... few rare cases, neither he nor any ...   BB More About Alcoholism, p.43  
Except in a few rare cases, neither he nor any other human being can provide such a defense.


71.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... few realize.   BB There Is A Solution, p.23  
How true this is, few realize.


72.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... few seconds he was overwhelmed by a ...   BB We Agnostics, p.56  
In a few seconds he was overwhelmed by a conviction of the Presence of God.


73.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... few set prayers which emphasize the principles ...   BB Into Action, p.87  
If not members of religious bodies, we sometimes select and memorize a few set prayers which emphasize the principles we have been discussing.


74.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... few simple requirements.   BB We Agnostics, p.50  
This happened soon after they whole-heartedly met a few simple requirements.


75.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... few simple rules.   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.


76.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... few skeletons in the closet.   BB The Family Afterward, p.125  
We families of Alcoholics Anonymous keep few skeletons in the closet.


77.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... few social engagements.   BB To Wives, p.105  
We could make few social engagements.


78.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... few Steps are harder to take than ...   12&12 Step Five, p.55  
When it comes to ego deflation, few Steps are harder to take than Five.


79.
View TRADITION EIGHT essay   ... few subjects have been the cause of ...   12&12 Tradition Eight, p.166  
Despite this certainty, it is nevertheless true that few subjects have been the cause of more contention within our Fellowship than professionalism.


80.
View STEP ONE essay   ... few such experiences, often years before the ...   12&12 Step One, p.23  
After a few such experiences, often years before the onset of extreme difficulties, he would return to us convinced.


81.
View STEP TEN essay   ... few; that we have been quite indifferent ...   12&12 Step Ten, p.92  
Most of us must admit that we have loved but a few; that we have been quite indifferent to the many so long as none of them gave us trouble; and as for the remainder -- well, we have really disliked or hated them.


82.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... few, to whom this book will appeal, ...   BB More About Alcoholism, p.34  
We think few, to whom this book will appeal, can stay dry anything like a year.


83.
View TRADITION TWELVE essay   ... few trusted friends.   12&12 Tradition Twelve, p.184  
New prospects could find us only through a few trusted friends.


84.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... few twinges of conscience until I saw ...   12&12 Tradition Two, p.136  
There were a few twinges of conscience until I saw how really ethical Charlie's proposal was.


85.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... few weeks.   BB More About Alcoholism, p.34  
Some will be drunk the day after making their resolutions; most of them within a few weeks.


86.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... few weeks he breaks both legs.   BB More About Alcoholism, p.38  
He tells you he has decided to stop jay-walking for good, but in a few weeks he breaks both legs.


87.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... few weeks that for which we struggled ...   BB To Wives, p.118  
We do not like the thought that the contents of a book or the work of another alcoholic has accomplished in a few weeks that for which we struggled for years.


88.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... few weeks when he found that the ...   BB A Vision For You, p.163  
He had lived there but a few weeks when he found that the place probably contained more alcoholics per square mile than any city in the country.


89.
View TRADITION FOUR essay   ... few were disturbed and skeptical.   12&12 Tradition Four, p.148  
These few were disturbed and skeptical.


90.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... few women in A.A., this chapter assumes ...   BB To Wives (Note), p.104  
(*) Written in 1939, when there were few women in A.A., this chapter assumes that the alcoholic in the home is likely to be the husband.


91.
View FOREWORD TO FOURTH EDITION   ... few women) with quite similar social, ethnic, ...   BB Foreword to Fourth Edition, p.xxiii  
When the phrase "We are people who normally would not mix" (page 17 of this book) was written in 1939, it referred to a Fellowship composed largely of men (and a few women) with quite similar social, ethnic, and economic backgrounds.


92.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... few words on a subject which is ...   BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxvii  
There was, therefore, a sense of real satisfaction when I was asked to contribute a few words on a subject which is covered in such masterly detail in these pages.


93.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... few words with the boss, but nothing ...   BB More About Alcoholism, p.36  
I had a few words with the boss, but nothing serious.


94.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... few years.   BB More About Alcoholism, p.33  
Potential female alcoholics often turn into the real thing and are gone beyond recall in a few years.


95.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... few years ago, that the action of ...   BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxviii  
We believe, and so suggested a few years ago, that the action of alcohol on these chronic alcoholics is a manifestation of an allergy; that the phenomenon of craving is limited to this class and never occurs in the average temperate drinker.


96.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... few years before his time.   BB There Is A Solution, p.21  
It may cause him to die a few years before his time.


97.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... few years, but they found themselves as ...   BB More About Alcoholism, p.33  
Several of our crowd, men of thirty or less, had been drinking only a few years, but they found themselves as helpless as those who had been drinking twenty years.


98.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... few years fortune threw money and applause ...   BB Bill's Story, p.3  
For the next few years fortune threw money and applause my way.


99.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... few years he became so violent when ...   BB More About Alcoholism, p.35  
In a few years he became so violent when intoxicated that he had to be committed.


100.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... few years, I developed two distinct phobias.   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.175  
During the next few years, I developed two distinct phobias.


101.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... few years in spite of friendly warnings.   BB More About Alcoholism, p.37  
He enjoys himself for a few years in spite of friendly warnings.


102.
View TRADITION TEN essay   ... few years they had completely lost their ...   12&12 Tradition Ten, p.178  
When the Washingtonians became temperance crusaders, within a very few years they had completely lost their effectiveness in helping alcoholics.


103.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... few years with an alcoholic, a wife ...   BB Into Action, p.81  
After a few years with an alcoholic, a wife gets worn out, resentful and uncommunicative.


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