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1.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... good.  BB Bill's Story, p.11  
I honestly doubted whether, on balance, the religions of mankind had done any good.


2.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... good.  BB There Is A Solution, p.26  
His physical and mental condition were unusually good.


3.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... good.  BB How It Works, p.60  
On that basis we are almost always in collision with something or somebody, even though our motives are good.


4.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... good.  BB Into Action, p.78  
We may be short in our accounts and unable to make good.


5.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... good.  BB Working With Others, p.94  
This is all to the good.


6.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... good.  BB Working With Others, p.102  
But be sure you are on solid spiritual ground before you start and that your motive in going is thoroughly good.


7.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... good.  BB To Wives, p.112  
But after his next binge, ask him if he would really like to get over drinking for good.


8.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... good.  BB To Wives, p.118  
He wants to make good.


9.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... good.  BB To Employers, p.146  
Your man should be on his mettle to make good.


10.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... good.  BB A Vision For You, p.151  
It is joyous intimacy with friends and a feeling that life is good.


11.
View CONTENTS   ... good.  12&12 Contents (Tradition Six), p.11  
Experience proved that we could not endorse any related enterprise, no matter how good.


12.
View STEP TWO essay   ... good.  12&12 Step Two, p.29  
To these, many A.A.'s can say, "Yes, we were like you -- far too smart for our own good.


13.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... good.  12&12 Step Four, pp.46-47  
We had to drink because times were hard or times were good.


14.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... good.  12&12 Step Five, p.61  
If you have developed a high confidence in him, and his temperament and problems are close to your own, then such a choice will be good.


15.
View STEP NINE essay   ... good.  12&12 Step Nine, p.83  
There will be those to whom we can make only partial restitution, lest complete disclosures do them or others more harm than good.


16.
View TRADITION FIVE essay   ... good.  12&12 Tradition Five, p.152  
I had to agree with the doctor -- he certainly didn't look good.


17.
View TRADITION SIX essay   ... good.  12&12 Tradition Six, pp.156-157  
In consternation, we saw ourselves getting married to all kinds of enterprises, some good and some not so good.


18.
View TRADITION SIX essay   ... good.  12&12 Tradition Six, p.157  
These adventures implanted a deep-rooted conviction that in no circumstances could we endorse any related enterprise, no matter how good.


19.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... good A.A., moves -- let us say -- to ...  12&12 Tradition Two, p.132  
John Doe, a good A.A., moves -- let us say -- to Middletown, U.S.A.


20.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... good account.  BB The Family Afterward, p.124  
That is true only if one is willing to turn the past to good account.


21.
View STEP TEN essay   ... good acts are there for us to ...  12&12 Step Ten, p.93  
Good intentions, good thoughts, and good acts are there for us to see.


22.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... good acts, but often they are based ...  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.


23.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... good and all, and sincerely feel that ...  BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.181  
But if you really and truly want to quit drinking liquor for good and all, and sincerely feel that you must have some help, we know that we have an answer for you.


24.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... good and bad.  BB Into Action, p.76  
When ready, we say something like this: "My Creator, I am now willing that you should have all of me, good and bad.


25.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... good and drunk then.  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.


26.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... good and I have regained my self-respect ...  BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.180  
My health is good and I have regained my self-respect and the respect of my colleagues.


27.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... good and if he would go to ...  BB Working With Others, p.90  
Then let his family or a friend ask him if he wants to quit for good and if he would go to any extreme to do so.


28.
View TRADITION SIX essay   ... good and some not so good.  12&12 Tradition Six, pp.156-157  
In consternation, we saw ourselves getting married to all kinds of enterprises, some good and some not so good.


29.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... good and useful purpose is to be ...  BB The Family Afterward, p.125  
So we think that unless some good and useful purpose is to be served, past occurrences should not be discussed.


30.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... good as can be expected in these ...  BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.180  
My home life is ideal and my business is as good as can be expected in these uncertain times.


31.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... good as far as it went, but ...  BB How It Works, p.68  
Self-reliance was good as far as it went, but it didn't go far enough.


32.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... good at this stage.  BB To Wives, p.113  
If your husband is otherwise a normal individual, your chances are good at this stage.


33.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... good beginning.  BB How It Works, p.71  
If you have already made a decision, and an inventory of your grosser handicaps, you have made a good beginning.


34.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... good bit of travel between East and ...  BB A Vision For You, p.162  
There is a good bit of travel between East and West and we foresee a great increase in this helpful interchange.


35.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... good business.  BB To Employers, p.141  
He wants to quit drinking and you want to help him, even if it be only a matter of good business.


36.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... good, but in a few weeks he ...  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.


37.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... good, but it isn't good enough.  12&12 Tradition Two, p.138  
Sure, Charlie's idea is good, but it isn't good enough.


38.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... good can come from them if we ...  12&12 Step Twelve, p.111  
But in the longer run we clearly realize that these are only the pains of growing up, and nothing but good can come from them if we turn more and more to the entire Twelve Steps for the answers.


39.
View STEP ONE essay   ... good can come to any alcoholic who ...  12&12 Step One, p.21  
We know that little good can come to any alcoholic who joins A.A. unless he has first accepted his devastating weakness and all its consequences.


40.
View TRADITION EIGHT essay   ... good causes and all connected with them ...  12&12 Tradition Eight, p.170  
For this reason, some very good causes and all connected with them suffered unjust criticism from A.A. groups.


41.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... good character was desirable, but obviously good ...  12&12 Step Seven, p.71  
True, most of us thought good character was desirable, but obviously good character was something one needed to get on with the business of being self-satisfied.


42.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... good character was something one needed to ...  12&12 Step Seven, pp.71-72  
True, most of us thought good character was desirable, but obviously good character was something one needed to get on with the business of being self-satisfied.


43.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... good characters will be revived the moment ...  12&12 Step Four, p.45  
We believe that our one-time good characters will be revived the moment we quit alcohol.


44.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... good cheer.  12&12 Step Twelve, p.114  
We have seen A.A.'s suffer lingering and fatal illness with little complaint, and often in good cheer.


45.
View STEP NINE essay   ... good chunk of our firm's money, whether ...  12&12 Step Nine, p.86  
Suppose, for instance, that we have drunk up a good chunk of our firm's money, whether by "borrowing" or on a heavily padded expense account.


46.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... good church member.  BB There Is A Solution, p.27  
Upon hearing this, our friend was somewhat relieved, for he reflected that, after all, he was a good church member.


47.
View STEP TEN essay   ... good conscience.  12&12 Step Ten, p.95  
Having so considered our day, not omitting to take due note of things well done, and having searched our hearts with neither fear nor favor, we can truly thank God for the blessings we have received and sleep in good conscience.


48.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... good doctor now sees many men who ...  BB Bill's Story, p.14  
The good doctor now sees many men who have such experiences.


49.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... good doctor or psychiatrist.  BB The Family Afterward, p.133  
Try to remember that though God has wrought miracles among us, we should never belittle a good doctor or psychiatrist.


50.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... good doctor or psychiatrist can tell you ...  BB To Wives, p.114  
A good doctor or psychiatrist can tell you whether these complications are serious.


51.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... good doctor should always be consulted.  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.


52.
View TRADITION FIVE essay   ... good, does it?  12&12 Tradition Five, p.152  
Doesn't sound too good, does it?


53.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... good earning capacity, was an alcoholic of ...  BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxv  
In late 1934 I attended a patient who, though he had been a competent businessman of good earning capacity, was an alcoholic of a type I had come to regard as hopeless.


54.
View FOREWORD   ... good effect.  12&12 Foreword, p.18  
But it was by no means sure that such great numbers of yet erratic people could live and work together with harmony and good effect.


55.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... good effect that the doctor agreed to ...  BB A Vision For You, p.163  
And with such good effect that the doctor agreed to a test among his patients and certain other alcoholics from a clinic which he attends.


56.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... good enough.  12&12 Tradition Two, p.138  
Sure, Charlie's idea is good, but it isn't good enough.


57.
View STEP TWO essay   ... good enough for us.  12&12 Step Two, p.29  
The here and now was good enough for us.


58.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... good evidence, but no perfect visual proof.  BB We Agnostics, p.48  
Everybody nowadays, believes in scores of assumptions for which there is good evidence, but no perfect visual proof.


59.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... good fellows craving attention and companionship, but ...  12&12 Step Five, p.57  
Either we were shy, and dared not draw near others, or we were apt to be noisy good fellows craving attention and companionship, but never getting it -- at least to our way of thinking.


60.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... good for him, and it sometimes creates ...  BB Working With Others, p.97  
It is not good for him, and it sometimes creates serious complications in a family.


61.
View FOREWORD TO THIRD EDITION   ... good for individuals with many different lifestyles, ...  BB Foreword to Third Edition, p.xxii  
The basic principles of the A.A. program, it appears, hold good for individuals with many different lifestyles, just as the program has brought recovery to those of many different nationalities.


62.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... good, for not one drinker in a ...  BB Working With Others, p.103  
We would not even do the cause of temperate drinking any good, for not one drinker in a thousand likes to be told anything about alcohol by one who hates it.


63.
View TRADITION TEN essay   ... good for the most alcoholics.  12&12 Tradition Ten, p.178  
Let it be noted, too, that they were almost always concerned with ways to make A.A. more effective, how to do the most good for the most alcoholics.


64.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... good for the wife as for the ...  BB Into Action, p.81  
It is as good for the wife as for the husband.


65.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... good for us.  12&12 Step Eleven, p.105  
We should simply resume prayer as soon as we can, doing what we know to be good for us.


66.
View STEP TEN essay   ... good fortune came our way, we indulged ...  12&12 Step Ten, p.92  
When temporary good fortune came our way, we indulged ourselves in fantasies of still greater victories over people and circumstances.


67.
View INTO ACTION chapter   Good generalship may decide that the problem ...  BB Into Action, p.82  
Good generalship may decide that the problem be attacked on the flank rather than risk a face-to-face combat.


68.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... good, he has a fine home, is ...  BB More About Alcoholism, p.39  
His income is good, he has a fine home, is happily married and the father of promising children of college age.


69.
View STEP TWO essay   ... good home and religious training had given ...  12&12 Step Two, pp.28-29  
Of course, we were glad that good home and religious training had given us certain values.


70.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... good idea if we continue to keep ...  12&12 Tradition Two, p.133  
They say to one another, "Perhaps it would be a good idea if we continue to keep a firm hand on A.A. in this town.


71.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... good ideas are simple, and this concept ...  BB How It Works, p.62  
Most good ideas are simple, and this concept was the keystone of the new and triumphant arch through which we passed to freedom.


72.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... good if you point that out and ...  BB To Wives, p.119  
It will do little good if you point that out and urge more attention for yourself.


73.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... good, in his case they did not ...  BB There Is A Solution, p.27  
This hope, however, was destroyed by the doctor's telling him that while his religious convictions were very good, in his case they did not spell the necessary vital spiritual experience.


74.
View STEP TWO essay   ... good; in others it seemed impossibly bad.  12&12 Step Two, p.30  
In spots its morality was impossibly good; in others it seemed impossibly bad.


75.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... good in the first place.  12&12 Step Twelve, p.119  
They may even begin to suspect it had never been any good in the first place.


76.
View STEP THREE essay   ... good in the speaking, but it still ...  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?


77.
View STEP THREE essay   ... good indeed, but it is bound to ...  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.


78.
View TRADITION ELEVEN essay   ... good intent, these folks declared that the ...  12&12 Tradition Eleven, p.182  
With perfectly good intent, these folks declared that the principle of anonymity was horse-and-buggy stuff, something appropriate to A.A.'s pioneering days.


79.
View STEP TEN essay   Good intentions, good thoughts, and good acts ...  12&12 Step Ten, p.93  
Good intentions, good thoughts, and good acts are there for us to see.


80.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... good, is exempt from these troubles.  12&12 Step Four, p.42  
No human being, however good, is exempt from these troubles.


81.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... good is the enemy of the 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?


82.
View CONTENTS   ... good is the essence of all Twelve ...  12&12 Contents (Tradition Twelve), p.13  
Subordinating personal aims to the common good is the essence of all Twelve Traditions.


83.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... good it'll do.  BB A Vision For You, p.157  
You fellows know your stuff all right, but I don't see what good it'll do.


84.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... good job.  12&12 Step Twelve, p.113  
We lose that good job.


85.
View CONTENTS   ... good judgment.  12&12 Contents (Step Nine), p.7  
A tranquil mood is the first requisite for good judgment.


86.
View STEP NINE essay   Good judgment, a careful sense of timing, ...  12&12 Step Nine, p.83  
Good judgment, a careful sense of timing, courage, and prudence -- these are the qualities we shall need when we take Step Nine.


87.
View STEP NINE essay   Good judgment will suggest that we ought ...  12&12 Step Nine, p.84  
Good judgment will suggest that we ought to take our time.


88.
View STEP SIX essay   ... good list of such defects as these, ...  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.


89.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... good lives we thought we led before ...  12&12 Step Four, p.45  
No doubt we shall point with pride to the good lives we thought we led before the bottle cut us down.


90.
View CONTENTS   ... good living.  12&12 Contents (Step Twelve), p.9  
Understanding is key to right attitudes, right action key to good living.


91.
View STEP TEN essay   ... good living.  12&12 Step Ten, p.95  
Learning daily to spot, admit, and correct these flaws is the essence of character-building and good living.


92.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... good living is the theme of A.A.'s ...  12&12 Step Twelve, p.125  
Understanding is the key to right principles and attitudes, and right action is the key to good living; therefore the joy of good living is the theme of A.A.'s Twelfth Step.


93.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... good living; therefore the joy of good ...  12&12 Step Twelve, p.125  
Understanding is the key to right principles and attitudes, and right action is the key to good living; therefore the joy of good living is the theme of A.A.'s Twelfth Step.


94.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... good look at where we stand now, ...  12&12 Step Eleven, p.101  
It ought to be followed by a good look at where we stand now, and a further look at what might happen in our lives were we able to move closer to the ideal we have been trying to glimpse.


95.
View STEP THREE essay   ... good look in the mirror ought to ...  12&12 Step Three, p.37  
One good look in the mirror ought to be answer enough for any alcoholic.


96.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... "Good luck and God bless you!"  BB To Wives, p.121  
So to you out there who may soon be with us -- we say "Good luck and God bless you!"


97.
View STEP EIGHT essay   ... good man's fault.  12&12 Step Eight, p.79  
Those who did would sometimes assure us that, after all, a lively bender was only a good man's fault.


98.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... good measure, we add dramatic descriptions of ...  12&12 Step Five, p.55  
Then, for good measure, we add dramatic descriptions of that part of our drinking behavior which our friends probably know about anyhow.


99.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... good men.  BB To Employers, p.148  
It will permit the rehabilitation of good men.


100.
View STEP TWO essay   ... 'good men of religion' were still killing ...  12&12 Step Two, p.30  
How we loved to shout the damaging fact that millions of the 'good men of religion' were still killing one another off in the name of God.


101.
View STEP TEN essay   ... good motives and reasons when we really ...  12&12 Step Ten, p.94  
The temptation here is to imagine that we had good motives and reasons when we really didn't.


102.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... good nature and lack of self-consciousness will ...  BB To Wives, p.115  
Your new courage, good nature and lack of self-consciousness will do wonders for you socially.


103.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... good natured contempt of some church folk ...  BB Bill's Story, p.10  
I could almost hear the sound of the preacher's voice as I sat, on still Sundays, way over there on the hillside; there was that proffered temperance pledge I never signed; my grandfather's good natured contempt of some church folk and their doings; his insistence that the spheres really had their music; but his denial of the preacher's right to tell him how he must listen; his fearlessness as he spoke of these things just before he died; these recollections welled up from the past.


104.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... good-naturedly at his childhood dream.  12&12 Step Twelve, p.122  
As he gets older and sees the impossibility of this, he can smile good-naturedly at his childhood dream.


105.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... good, neither to be used lightly or ...  BB How It Works, p.69  
We remembered always that our sex powers were God-given and therefore good, neither to be used lightly or selfishly nor to be despised and loathed.


106.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... good news.  BB A Vision For You, p.158  
He came through an acquaintance who had heard the good news.


107.
View STEP NINE essay   ... good news.  12&12 Step Nine, p.83  
We want to come in the door shouting the good news.


108.
View TRADITION SIX essay   ... good newspaper copy, but little else.  12&12 Tradition Six, p.157  
That made good newspaper copy, but little else.


109.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... good number will become true alcoholics after ...  BB To Wives, p.109  
Of those who keep on, a good number will become true alcoholics after a while.


110.
View TRADITION NINE essay   ... good of A.A." meet the most stubborn ...  12&12 Tradition Nine, p.173  
He and all like him who "view with alarm for the good of A.A." meet the most stubborn resistance or, worse still, laughter.


111.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... good old days.  BB Working With Others, p.102  
Why sit with a long face in places where there is drinking, sighing about the good old days.


112.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... good old days will soon be back, ...  BB The Family Afterward, p.123  
The good old days will soon be back, they think.


113.
View STEP TEN essay   ... good one, permeates human affairs from top ...  12&12 Step Ten, p.94  
This odd trait of mind and emotion, this perverse wish to hide a bad motive underneath a good one, permeates human affairs from top to bottom.


114.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... good ones.  12&12 Step Twelve, p.119  
On the whole these marriages are very good ones.


115.
View TRADITION TWELVE essay   ... good or great harm.  12&12 Tradition Twelve, p.187  
As this tide offering top public approval swept in, we realized that it could do us incalculable good or great harm.


116.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... good people notified my wife, who sent ...  BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.179  
These good people notified my wife, who sent my newly made friend over to get me.


117.
View TRADITION SIX essay   ... good, perform great deeds, and embody great ...  12&12 Tradition Six, p.156  
Nearly every one of us had wished to do great good, perform great deeds, and embody great ideals.


118.
View STEP TEN essay   ... good place to remember that inventory-taking is ...  12&12 Step Ten, p.93  
This is a good place to remember that inventory-taking is not always done in red ink.


119.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... good prayer.  12&12 Step Eleven, p.99  
First let's look at a really good prayer.


120.
View TRADITION SIX essay   ... good public relations man in our ranks, ...  12&12 Tradition Six, p.157  
If they could find a good public relations man in our ranks, why wouldn't he be ideal?


121.
View CONTENTS   Good public relations save lives.  12&12 Contents (Tradition Eleven), p.12  
Good public relations save lives.


122.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... good purpose.  BB Working With Others, p.92  
Doctors are rightly loath to tell alcoholic patients the whole story unless it will serve some good purpose.


123.
View STEP TEN essay   ... good purpose under all conditions?  12&12 Step Ten, p.88  
Then comes the acid test: can we stay sober, keep in emotional balance, and live to good purpose under all conditions?


124.
View STEP TEN essay   ... good purpose until the habit of self-restraint ...  12&12 Step Ten, p.91  
For we can neither think nor act to good purpose until the habit of self-restraint has become automatic.


125.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... good purpose, we are willing to announce ...  BB Into Action, p.77  
When it will serve any good purpose, we are willing to announce our convictions with tact and common sense.


126.
View STEP TWO essay   ... good question indeed.  12&12 Step Two, p.26  
"That," agrees the sponsor, "is a very good question indeed.


127.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... good reason for it.  BB There Is A Solution, p.20  
Moderate drinkers have little trouble in giving up liquor entirely if they have good reason for it.


128.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... good reasons.  BB We Agnostics, p.48  
We think there are good reasons.


129.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... good reasons why we should do so.  BB Into Action, p.72  
We will be more reconciled to discussing ourselves with another person when we see good reasons why we should do so.


130.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... good results of prayer are beyond question.  12&12 Step Eleven, p.104  
In A.A. we have found that the actual good results of prayer are beyond question.


131.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... good salesman.  BB More About Alcoholism, p.35  
He is a good salesman.


132.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... Good Samaritan every day, if need be.  BB Working With Others, p.97  
You have to act the Good Samaritan every day, if need be.


133.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... good sense.  BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxvi  
But as ex-problem drinkers, we can say that his explanation makes good sense.


134.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... good sense, and high character.  BB There Is A Solution, p.26  
A certain American business man had ability, good sense, and high character.


135.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... good sense and loving kindness is to ...  BB Into Action, p.82  
It may be that both will decide that the way of good sense and loving kindness is to let by-gones be by-gones.


136.
View APPENDIX VII, Twelve Concepts (Short Form)   ... Good service leadership at all levels is ...  BB Appendix VII, Twelve Concepts (Short Form), p.575  
IX. Good service leadership at all levels is indispensable for our future functioning and safety. Primary world service leadership, once exercised by the founders, must necessarily be assumed by the trustees.


137.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... good-sized group of so-called problem drinkers.  12&12 Step Twelve, p.122  
When A.A. was quite young, a number of eminent psychologists and doctors made an exhaustive study of a good-sized group of so-called problem drinkers.


138.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... good social, business, or personal reason for ...  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?


139.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... good soldier is ne'er forgot Whether he ...  BB Bill's Story, p.1  
"Here lies a Hampshire Grenadier Who caught his death Drinking cold small beer. A good soldier is ne'er forgot Whether he dieth by musket Or by pot."


140.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... good spirits.  BB To Wives, pp.115-116  
Discuss this with him when he is sober and in good spirits.


141.
View TRADITION ELEVEN essay   ... good stories.  12&12 Tradition Eleven, p.181  
To them, we are something more than the source of good stories.


142.
View TRADITION ELEVEN essay   ... good stories to this end.  12&12 Tradition Eleven, p.183  
They have even sacrificed good stories to this end.


143.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... good talk with the person most interested ...  BB Working With Others, p.90  
If there is any indication that he wants to stop, have a good talk with the person most interested in him -- usually his wife.


144.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... good temper are most necessary.  BB To Wives, p.111  
Patience and good temper are most necessary.


145.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... good that is in us all, even ...  12&12 Step Eleven, p.98  
We will want the good that is in us all, even in the worst of us, to flower and to grow.


146.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... good that lie outside our synthetic knowledge.  BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxvii  
What with our ultra-modern standards, our scientific approach to everything, we are perhaps not well equipped to apply the powers of good that lie outside our synthetic knowledge.


147.
View TRADITION SIX essay   ... good thing.  12&12 Tradition Six, p.158  
At first glance, it did look like a good thing.


148.
View TRADITION SIX essay   ... good thing, they believed, for the liquor ...  12&12 Tradition Six, p.157  
It would be a good thing, they believed, for the liquor trade to show a sense of public responsibility.


149.
View STEP TWO essay   ... good things of life which we specified, ...  12&12 Step Two, p.31  
Sometimes it's because God has not delivered us the good things of life which we specified, as a greedy child makes an impossible list for Santa Claus.


150.
View STEP TEN essay   ... good thoughts, and good acts are there ...  12&12 Step Ten, p.93  
Good intentions, good thoughts, and good acts are there for us to see.


151.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... good time.  BB To Wives, p.110  
We have enjoyed such evenings ourselves; we had a good time.


152.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... good time provided, however, the alcoholic continues ...  BB Working With Others, p.99  
These things will come to pass naturally and in good time provided, however, the alcoholic continues to demonstrate that he can be sober, considerate, and helpful, regardless of what anyone says or does.


153.
View CONTENTS   Good timing is important in making amends.  12&12 Contents (Step Nine), p.7  
Good timing is important in making amends.


154.
View TRADITION SIX essay   ... good to me, and is not too ...  12&12 Tradition Six, p.158  
The kind of education seems good to me, and is not too controversial.


155.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... good to need God.  BB To Wives, p.116  
But it was a silly idea that we were too good to need God.


156.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... good to the wife or parents whom ...  BB Into Action, p.82  
But he is yet a long way from making good to the wife or parents whom for years he has so shockingly treated.


157.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... good townspeople.  BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.171  
Men who had liquor shipped in from Boston or New York by express were looked upon with great distrust and disfavor by most of the good townspeople.


158.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... good Twelfth Step work possible, perhaps arranging ...  12&12 Step Twelve, p.110  
We can be the ones who take on the unspectacular but important tasks that make good Twelfth Step work possible, perhaps arranging for the coffee and cake after the meetings, where so many skeptical, suspicious newcomers have found confidence and comfort in the laughter and talk.


159.
View CONTENTS   ... good use by practice of Steps.  12&12 Contents (Step Twelve), p.9  
Monotony, pain and calamity turned to good use by practice of Steps.


160.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... good use by those who keep on ...  12&12 Step Twelve, p.112  
We know this because we see monotony, pain, and even calamity turned to good use by those who keep on trying to practice A.A.'s Twelve Steps.


161.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... good use for others.  BB The Family Afterward, p.123  
Suppose we tell you some of the obstacles a family will meet; suppose we suggest how they may be avoided -- even converted to good use for others.


162.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... good, we no longer dreaded a change ...  12&12 Step Twelve, pp.121-122  
If our circumstances happened to be good, we no longer dreaded a change for the worse, for we had learned that these troubles could be turned into great values.


163.
View TRADITION TWELVE essay   ... good, we realize that the sacrificial spirit ...  12&12 Tradition Twelve, p.184  
Because A.A.'s Twelve Traditions repeatedly ask us to give up personal desires for the common good, we realize that the sacrificial spirit -- well symbolized by anonymity -- is the foundation of them all.


164.
View TRADITION FOUR essay   ... good, were about to apply to the ...  12&12 Tradition Four, p.148  
They understood that the elders, just to nail things down good, were about to apply to the Foundation for a charter.


165.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... good we've done these drunks.  12&12 Tradition Two, p.133  
Besides, look at all the good we've done these drunks.


166.
View STEP ONE essay   ... good whatever; in fact, it was a ...  12&12 Step One, p.22  
Then we had been told that so far as alcohol is concerned, self-confidence was no good whatever; in fact, it was a total liability.


167.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... good wife.  BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.177  
So I filled the cellar full, with the permission of my good wife.


168.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... good will result, but the surface of ...  BB There Is A Solution, p.19  
If we keep on the way we are going there is little doubt that much good will result, but the surface of the problem would hardly be scratched.


169.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... good will than in our talk of ...  BB Into Action, p.77  
He is going to be more interested in a demonstration of good will than in our talk of spiritual discoveries.


170.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... good will to men.  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.


171.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... good will toward all men, even our ...  BB How It Works, p.70  
We have begun to learn tolerance, patience and good will toward all men, even our enemies, for we look on them as sick people.


172.
View TRADITION SEVEN essay   ... good with such funds, and so divert ...  12&12 Tradition Seven, p.164  
The pressure of that fat treasury would surely tempt the board to invent all kinds of schemes to do good with such funds, and so divert A.A. from its primary purpose.


173.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... good women, capable of being nicer if ...  BB To Wives, p.116  
We thought, on the whole, we were pretty good women, capable of being nicer if our husbands stopped drinking.


174.
View TRADITION SIX essay   ... good works.  12&12 Tradition Six, p.155  
Maybe these places would make large sums of money to carry on our other good works.


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