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1.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... human accomplishments, a creative energy that deeply ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.117  
This mighty urge is the root of great human accomplishments, a creative energy that deeply influences our lives.


2.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... human affairs.   12&12 Step Eleven, p.105  
The moment we catch even a glimpse of God's will, the moment we begin to see truth, justice, and love as the real and eternal things in life, we are no longer deeply disturbed by all the seeming evidence to the contrary that surrounds us in purely human affairs.


3.
View STEP TEN essay   ... human affairs from top to bottom.   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.


4.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... human affairs was negligible, the Brotherhood of ...   BB Bill's Story, p.11  
Judging from what I had seen in Europe and since, the power of God in human affairs was negligible, the Brotherhood of Man a grim jest.


5.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... human aid.   BB The Family Afterward, p.128  
They often forget father was beyond human aid.


6.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... human aid, and unless locked up, may ...   BB There Is A Solution, p.24  
When this sort of thinking is fully established in an individual with alcoholic tendencies, he has probably placed himself beyond human aid, and unless locked up, may die or go permanently insane.


7.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... human aid, we had but two alternatives: ...   BB There Is A Solution, p.25  
We were in a position where life was becoming impossible, and if we had passed into the region from which there is no return through human aid, we had but two alternatives: One was to go on to the bitter end, blotting out the consciousness of our intolerable situation as best we could; and the other, to accept spiritual help.


8.
View TRADITION TWELVE essay   ... human aspirations, we believe that each of ...   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.


9.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... human being.   12&12 Step Four, p.53  
The primary fact that we fail to recognize is our total inability to form a true partnership with another human being.


10.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... human being.   12&12 Step Five, p.59  
We'd have to have outside help if we were surely to know and admit the truth about ourselves -- the help of God and another human being.


11.
View STEP EIGHT essay   ... human being.   12&12 Step Eight, pp.78-79  
It had been embarrassing enough when in confidence we had admitted these things to God, to ourselves, and to another human being.


12.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... human being.   12&12 Step Twelve, p.108  
We knew we would have to quit the deadly business of living alone with our conflicts, and in honesty confide these to God and another human being.


13.
View STEP SIX essay   ... human being all his natural drives.   12&12 Step Six, p.65  
So far as we know, it is nowhere on the record that God has completely removed from any human being all his natural drives.


14.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... human being becomes a battleground for the ...   12&12 Step Four, p.44  
Whenever a human being becomes a battleground for the instincts, there can be no peace.


15.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... human being can provide such a defense.   BB More About Alcoholism, p.43  
Except in a few rare cases, neither he nor any other human being can provide such a defense.


16.
View STEP SIX essay   ... human being could seem to do the ...   12&12 Step Six, p.63  
I simply couldn't stop drinking, and no human being could seem to do the job for me.


17.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... human being determined to depend completely upon ...   12&12 Step Four, p.43  
How frequently we see a frightened human being determined to depend completely upon a stronger person for guidance and protection.


18.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... human being experiences, at some time in ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.117  
Nearly every sound human being experiences, at some time in life, a compelling desire to find a mate of the opposite sex with whom the fullest possible union can be made -- spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical.


19.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... human being has for practical insight and ...   12&12 Step Five, p.56  
Psychiatrists and psychologists point out the deep need every human being has for practical insight and knowledge of his own personality flaws and for a discussion of them with an understanding and trustworthy person.


20.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... human being he could.   12&12 Step Eleven, p.101  
Then he asked for the grace to bring love, forgiveness, harmony, truth, faith, hope, light, and joy to every human being he could.


21.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... human being, however good, is exempt from ...   12&12 Step Four, p.42  
No human being, however good, is exempt from these troubles.


22.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... human being in the world.   12&12 Step Twelve, p.121  
We forgot that most alcoholics in A.A. have an earning power considerably above average; we forgot the immense goodwill of our brother A.A.'s who were only too eager to help us to better jobs when we deserved them; we forgot the actual or potential financial insecurity of every human being in the world.


23.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... human being is humility -- a word often ...   12&12 Step Five, p.58  
Another great dividend we may expect from confiding our defects to another human being is humility -- a word often misunderstood.


24.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... human being the exact nature of our ...   BB How It Works, p.59  
5. Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.


25.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... human being, the exact nature of our ...   BB Into Action, p.72  
This requires action on our part, which, when completed, will mean that we have admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being, the exact nature of our defects.


26.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... human being the exact nature of our ...   12&12 Step Five, p.55  
"Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs."


27.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... human being we could not stay sober.   12&12 Step Five, p.56  
Most of us would declare that without a fearless admission of our defects to another human being we could not stay sober.


28.
View STEP EIGHT essay   ... human being we know.   12&12 Step Eight, p.77  
First, we take a look backward and try to discover where we have been at fault; next we make a vigorous attempt to repair the damage we have done; and third, having thus cleaned away the debris of the past, we consider how, with our newfound knowledge of ourselves, we may develop the best possible relations with every human being we know.


29.
View STEP TWO essay   ... human being without any demand for reward.   12&12 Step Two, p.32  
In no deep or meaningful sense had we ever taken stock of ourselves, made amends to those we had harmed, or freely given to any other human being without any demand for reward.


30.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... human beings.   12&12 Step Four, p.42  
Without them we wouldn't be complete human beings.


31.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... human beings.   12&12 Step Eleven, p.97  
But certainly there wasn't any evidence of a God who knew or cared about human beings.


32.
View TRADITION NINE essay   ... human beings.   12&12 Tradition Nine, p.172  
Therefore, every nation, in fact every form of society, has to be a government administered by human beings.


33.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... human beings are important, the proof that ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.124  
Service, gladly rendered, obligations squarely met, troubles well accepted or solved with God's help, the knowledge that at home or in the world outside we are partners in a common effort, the well-understood fact that in God's sight all human beings are important, the proof that love freely given surely brings a full return, the certainty that we are no longer isolated and alone in self-constructed prisons, the surety that we need no longer be square pegs in round holes but can fit and belong in God's scheme of things -- these are the permanent and legitimate satisfactions of right living for which no amount of pomp and circumstance, no heap of material possessions, could possibly be substitutes.


34.
View STEP FOUR essay   Human beings are never quite alike, so ...   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.


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


36.
View STEP EIGHT essay   ... human beings have nearly always been the ...   12&12 Step Eight, p.80  
Since defective relations with other human beings have nearly always been the immediate cause of our woes, including our alcoholism, no field of investigation could yield more satisfying and valuable rewards than this one.


37.
View TRADITION TEN essay   Human beings that we are, we squabble.   12&12 Tradition Ten, p.177  
Human beings that we are, we squabble.


38.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... human beings, we had taken these satisfactions ...   12&12 Step Seven, p.71  
Instead of regarding the satisfaction of our material desires as the means by which we could live and function as human beings, we had taken these satisfactions to be the final end and aim of life.


39.
View STEP ONE essay   ... human concerns is complete.   12&12 Step One, p.21  
Once this stark fact is accepted, our bankruptcy as going human concerns is complete.


40.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... human defects of these people, and sometimes ...   BB We Agnostics, p.50  
Instead, we looked at the human defects of these people, and sometimes used their shortcomings as a basis of wholesale condemnation.


41.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... human difficulties, the chief block to true ...   12&12 Step Four, pp.48-49  
For pride, leading to self-justification, and always spurred by conscious or unconscious fears, is the basic breeder of most human difficulties, the chief block to true progress.


42.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... human emotion -- jealousy.   BB Into Action, p.82  
Keep it always in sight that we are dealing with that most terrible human emotion -- jealousy.


43.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... human failings -- the Seven Deadly Sins of ...   12&12 Step Four, p.48  
To avoid falling into confusion over the names these defects should be called, let's take a universally recognized list of major human failings -- the Seven Deadly Sins of pride, greed, lust, anger, gluttony, envy, and sloth.


44.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... human frailties of various faiths may be, ...   BB We Agnostics, p.49  
We have learned that whatever the human frailties of various faiths may be, those faiths have given purpose and direction to millions.


45.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... human health measures.   BB The Family Afterward, p.133  
But this does not mean that we disregard human health measures.


46.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... human heart which had done the impossible.   BB Bill's Story, p.11  
Here was something at work in a human heart which had done the impossible.


47.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... human if we didn't.   BB How It Works, p.69  
We'd hardly be human if we didn't.


48.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... human ills.   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.171  
Without this proof the expectant purchaser would be forced to depart empty handed with none of what I later came to believe was the great panacea for all human ills.


49.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... human intelligence was the last word, the ...   BB We Agnostics, p.49  
Instead of regarding ourselves as intelligent agents, spearheads of God's ever advancing Creation, we agnostics and atheists chose to believe that our human intelligence was the last word, the alpha and the omega, the beginning and end of all.


50.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... human lives, are facts as old as ...   BB We Agnostics, p.55  
For faith in a Power greater than ourselves, and miraculous demonstrations of that power in human lives, are facts as old as man himself.


51.
View TRADITION ELEVEN essay   ... human need.   12&12 Tradition Eleven, p.181  
People who symbolize causes and ideas fill a deep human need.


52.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... human opinions running to extremes -- absurd extremes, ...   BB How It Works, p.68  
Here we find human opinions running to extremes -- absurd extremes, perhaps.


53.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... human power could have relieved our alcoholism.   BB How It Works, p.60  
(b) That probably no human power could have relieved our alcoholism.


54.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... human power is needed to produce the ...   BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxix  
One feels that something more than human power is needed to produce the essential psychic change.


55.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... human problems this same readiness to change ...   BB We Agnostics, p.52  
We had to ask ourselves why we shouldn't apply to our human problems this same readiness to change our point of view.


56.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... human protection and care.   12&12 Step Twelve, p.116  
If we really depended upon God, we couldn't very well play God to our fellows nor would we feel the urge wholly to rely on human protection and care.


57.
View STEP EIGHT essay   ... human relations, and having decided exactly what ...   12&12 Step Eight, p.81  
Having carefully surveyed this whole area of human relations, and having decided exactly what personality traits in us injured and disturbed others, we can now commence to ransack memory for the people to whom we have given offense.


58.
View FOREWORD   ... human relations are beginning to wonder how ...   12&12 Foreword, p.16  
Students of human relations are beginning to wonder how and why A.A. functions as a society.


59.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... human resources, as marshalled by the will, ...   BB We Agnostics, p.45  
Our human resources, as marshalled by the will, were not sufficient; they failed utterly.


60.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... human resources, they found that a new ...   BB We Agnostics, p.50  
In the face of collapse and despair, in the face of the total failure of their human resources, they found that a new power, peace, happiness, and sense of direction flowed into them.


61.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... human sickness can.   BB There Is A Solution, p.18  
An illness of this sort -- and we have come to believe it an illness -- involves those about us in a way no other human sickness can.


62.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... human side, the founder and his friends ...   12&12 Tradition Two, p.133  
Being on the human side, the founder and his friends may bask a little in glory.


63.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... human spirit, to be willing to work ...   12&12 Step Seven, p.73  
To get completely away from our aversion to the idea of being humble, to gain a vision of humility as the avenue to true freedom of the human spirit, to be willing to work for humility as something to be desired for itself, takes most of us a long, long time.


64.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... human tendency to rationalize have distorted his ...   12&12 Step Eleven, p.104  
He may have forgotten the possibility that his own wishful thinking and the human tendency to rationalize have distorted his so-called guidance.


65.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... human, their problems pile up on them ...   BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxviii  
These allergic types can never safely use alcohol in any form at all; and once having formed the habit and found they cannot break it, once having lost their self-confidence, their reliance upon things human, their problems pile up on them and become astonishingly difficult to solve.


66.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... human, too, and cannot possibly meet our ...   12&12 Step Four, p.53  
If we lean too heavily on people, they will sooner or later fail us, for they are human, too, and cannot possibly meet our incessant demands.


67.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... human understanding, you have perhaps made a ...   BB Working With Others, p.94  
If your talk has been sane, quiet and full of human understanding, you have perhaps made a friend.


68.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... human will had failed.   BB Bill's Story, p.11  
His human will had failed.


69.
View STEP THREE essay   ... human will is of no value whatever.   12&12 Step Three, p.40  
This statement may surprise newcomers who have experienced nothing but constant deflation and a growing conviction that human will is of no value whatever.


70.
View STEP ONE essay   ... human willpower could break it.   12&12 Step One, p.22  
Our sponsors declared that we were the victims of a mental obsession so subtly powerful that no amount of human willpower could break it.


71.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... human with whom I had ever talked, ...   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.180  
Of far more importance was the fact that he was the first living human with whom I had ever talked, who knew what he was talking about in regard to alcoholism from actual experience.


72.
View STEP EIGHT essay   ... human wreckage he has left in his ...   12&12 Step Eight, p.77  
Every A.A. has found that he can make little headway in this new adventure of living until he first backtracks and really makes an accurate and unsparing survey of the human wreckage he has left in his wake.


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