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1.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... know.  BB Bill's Story, p.5  
I simply didn't know.


2.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... know."  BB We Agnostics, p.53  
Hence we are at pains to tell why we think our present faith is reasonable, why we think it more sane and logical to believe than not to believe, why we say our former thinking was soft and mushy when we threw up our hands in doubt and said, "We don't know."


3.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... know.  BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.171  
In this prodigy of service, he was well assisted by Sister Ignatia at St. Thomas Hospital in Akron, Ohio, one of the greatest friends our Fellowship will ever know.


4.
View STEP TWO essay   ... know."  12&12 Step Two, p.26  
That's what I want to know."


5.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... know.  12&12 Step Five, p.56  
Not a soul must ever know.


6.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... know.  12&12 Step Five, p.61  
Perhaps we shall need to share with this person facts about ourselves which no others ought to know.


7.
View STEP EIGHT essay   ... 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.


8.
View TRADITION EIGHT essay   ... know.  12&12 Tradition Eight, p.169  
Sacks of letters on every conceivable A.A. problem ranging from a lonely-heart Eskimo to the growing pains of thousands of groups must be answered by people who know.


9.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... know a new freedom and a new ...  BB Into Action, p.83  
We are going to know a new freedom and a new happiness.


10.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... know a single line of our parts.  12&12 Step Five, p.57  
It was as if we were actors on a stage, suddenly realizing that we did not know a single line of our parts.


11.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... know about anyhow.  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.


12.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... know about his drinking, and that it ...  BB To Employers, p.141  
State that you know about his drinking, and that it must stop.


13.
View TRADITION FOUR essay   ... know about this sort of streamlining.  12&12 Tradition Four, p.148  
They wrote the Foundation(*), A.A.'s headquarters in New York, wanting to know about this sort of streamlining.


14.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... know all about liquor as a social ...  BB To Wives, p.110  
We know all about liquor as a social lubricant.


15.
View STEP NINE essay   ... know all about our drinking, and who ...  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.


16.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... know all about the drinking game, commence ...  BB Working With Others, p.91  
When he sees you know all about the drinking game, commence to describe yourself as an alcoholic.


17.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... know and admit the truth about ourselves ...  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.


18.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... know but few instances where we have ...  BB Into Action, p.73  
We know but few instances where we have given these doctors a fair break.


19.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... know, but she did.  BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.178  
How my wife kept her faith and courage during all those years, I'll never know, but she did.


20.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... know, demands rigorous honesty.  BB To Employers, p.145  
In fact, he may say almost anything if he has accepted our solution which, as you know, demands rigorous honesty.


21.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... know Ed foregather, they exclaim, "What if ...  12&12 Tradition Three, p.145  
Nowadays, when oldtimers who know Ed foregather, they exclaim, "What if we had actually succeeded in throwing Ed out for blasphemy?


22.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... know God's will for the person for ...  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 INTO ACTION chapter   ... know had remarried.  BB Into Action, p.79  
A man we know had remarried.


24.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... know happiness, peace, and usefulness, in a ...  BB Bill's Story, p.8  
I was to know happiness, peace, and usefulness, in a way of life that is incredibly more wonderful as time passes.


25.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... know Him better.  BB Into Action, p.75  
We thank God from the bottom of our heart that we know Him better.


26.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... know how hard up you are, Bill.  12&12 Tradition Two, p.137  
'We know how hard up you are, Bill.


27.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... know how he feels.  BB We Agnostics, p.45  
We know how he feels.


28.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... know how to begin?  12&12 Step Eleven, pp.98-99  
But what about the rest of us who, less fortunate, don't even know how to begin?


29.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... know how to get well, ah -- yes, ...  BB A Vision For You, p.154  
But what about his responsibilities -- his family and the men who would die because they would not know how to get well, ah -- yes, those other alcoholics?


30.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... know how to handle situations which used ...  BB Into Action, p.84  
We will intuitively know how to handle situations which used to baffle us.


31.
View STEP SIX essay   ... know how to make progress in the ...  12&12 Step Six, p.65  
He asks only that we try as best we know how to make progress in the building of character.


32.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... know how wrong thinking and action have ...  12&12 Step Five, p.55  
If we have swept the searchlight of Step Four back and forth over our careers, and it has revealed in stark relief those experiences we'd rather not remember, if we have come to know how wrong thinking and action have hurt us and others, then the need to quit living by ourselves with those tormenting ghosts of yesterday gets more urgent than ever.


33.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... know how you got well.  BB Working With Others, pp.92-93  
Even though your protégé may not have entirely admitted his condition, he has become very curious to know how you got well.


34.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... know I must get along without liquor, ...  BB A Vision For You, p.152  
I know I must get along without liquor, but how can I?


35.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... know I would have been dead a ...  BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.178  
If she had not, I know I would have been dead a long time ago.


36.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... know if her husband's company insurance was ...  BB To Employers, p.137  
She wanted to know if her husband's company insurance was still in force.


37.
View TRADITION TWELVE essay   ... know immediately what he was trying to ...  12&12 Tradition Twelve, p.185  
As a rule, the average newcomer wanted his family to know immediately what he was trying to do.


38.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... know in every detail where we have ...  12&12 Step Five, p.59  
If the Creator gave us our lives in the first place, then He must know in every detail where we have since gone wrong.


39.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... know, in my own particular case, that ...  BB To Employers, p.141  
I know, in my own particular case, that nothing my company could have done would have stopped me for, so long as I was able to hold my position, I could not possibly realize how serious my situation was.


40.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... know it.  BB The Family Afterward, p.134  
In time they will see that he is a new man and in their own way they will let him know it.


41.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... know it anyway, whether we think so ...  BB Into Action, p.78  
Telling them what we are trying to do, we make no bones about our drinking; they usually know it anyway, whether we think so or not.


42.
View STEP SIX essay   ... know, it is nowhere on the record ...  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.


43.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... know it -- this utter inability to leave ...  BB More About Alcoholism, p.34  
This is the baffling feature of alcoholism as we know it -- this utter inability to leave it alone, no matter how great the necessity or the wish.


44.
View TRADITION NINE essay   ... know it would stop.  12&12 Tradition Nine, p.175  
If nobody does the group's chores, if the area's telephone rings unanswered, if we do not reply to our mail, then A.A. as we know it would stop.


45.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... know little of where I went or ...  BB More About Alcoholism, p.41  
I know little of where I went or what I said and did.


46.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... know loneliness such as few do.  BB A Vision For You, p.152  
Then he will know loneliness such as few do.


47.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... know more about alcoholism.  BB To Employers, p.141  
You now know more about alcoholism.


48.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... know more of how to proceed from ...  BB A Vision For You, p.153  
You will want to know more of how to proceed from that point.


49.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... know more than ever I can't stop."  BB A Vision For You, p.157  
From what you tell me, I know more than ever I can't stop."


50.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... know nothing of alcoholism might be made ...  BB The Family Afterward, p.131  
New acquaintances who know nothing of alcoholism might be made and thoughtful considerations given their needs.


51.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... know of an A.A. member who was ...  BB A Vision For You, p.163  
We know of an A.A. member who was living in a large community.


52.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... know of it.  BB To Wives, p.120  
You need not remind him of his spiritual deficiency -- he will know of it.


53.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... know of many cases where this difficulty ...  BB The Family Afterward, p.134  
We do not know of many cases where this difficulty lasted long.


54.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... know of situations in which the alcoholic ...  BB The Family Afterward, p.124  
For example, we know of situations in which the alcoholic or his wife have had love affairs.


55.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... know only a little.  BB A Vision For You, p.164  
We realize we know only a little.


56.
View STEP SIX essay   ... know or can learn.  12&12 Step Six, p.65  
The key words "entirely ready" underline the fact that we want to aim at the very best we know or can learn.


57.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... know, or we depend upon them far ...  12&12 Step Four, p.53  
Either we insist upon dominating the people we know, or we depend upon them far too much.


58.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... know our friend is like a boy ...  BB A Vision For You, p.152  
We know our friend is like a boy whistling in the dark to keep up his spirits.


59.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... know peace.  BB Into Action, pp.83-84  
We will comprehend the word serenity and we will know peace.


60.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... know scores of cases who were of ...  BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxv  
I personally know scores of cases who were of the type with whom other methods had failed completely.


61.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... know, should we tell her?  BB Into Action, p.81  
If we are sure our wife does not know, should we tell her?


62.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... know that God lovingly watches over us.  12&12 Step Eleven, p.105  
We know that God lovingly watches over us.


63.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... know that he can stop if he ...  BB To Wives, p.116  
And now you know that he can stop if he will!


64.
View TRADITION SIX essay   ... know that," he said.  12&12 Tradition Six, p.159  
"I know that," he said.


65.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... know that here was haven at last.  BB A Vision For You, p.160  
The expression on the faces of the women, that indefinable something in the eyes of the men, the stimulating and electric atmosphere of the place, conspired to let him know that here was haven at last.


66.
View STEP ONE essay   ... know that little good can come to ...  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.


67.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... know that no real alcoholic ever recovers ...  BB More About Alcoholism, p.30  
We know that no real alcoholic ever recovers control.


68.
View TRADITION TEN essay   ... know that our Society will perish if ...  12&12 Tradition Ten, p.177  
In this respect, we do not enter into public controversy, because we know that our Society will perish if it does.


69.
View STEP TEN essay   ... know that the pains of drinking had ...  12&12 Step Ten, pp.93-94  
How heartily we A.A.'s can agree with him, for we know that the pains of drinking had to come before sobriety, and emotional turmoil before serenity.


70.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... know that their compatibility at spiritual, mental, ...  12&12 Step Twelve, p.119  
The prospective partners need to be solid A.A.'s and long enough acquainted to know that their compatibility at spiritual, mental, and emotional levels is a fact and not wishful thinking.


71.
View APPENDIX III, The Medical View on A.A.   ... know that they must never drink.  BB Appendix III, The Medical View on A.A., p.570  
They know that they must never drink.


72.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... know that thousands of these sometimes frightening ...  12&12 Tradition Three, p.140  
How could we know that thousands of these sometimes frightening people were to make astonishing recoveries and become our greatest workers and intimate friends?


73.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... know that we have an answer for ...  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.


74.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... know that when we turn to Him, ...  12&12 Step Eleven, p.105  
We know that when we turn to Him, all will be well with us, here and hereafter.


75.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... know that while the alcoholic keeps away ...  BB There Is A Solution, p.22  
We know that while the alcoholic keeps away from drink, as he may do for months or years, he reacts much like other men.


76.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... know the difference.  12&12 Step Twelve, p.125  
God grant us the serenity to accept the things we cannot change, Courage to change the things we can, And wisdom to know the difference.


77.
View STEP THREE essay   ... know the difference. Thy will, not mine, ...  12&12 Step Three, pp.40-41  
In all times of emotional disturbance or indecision, we can pause, ask for quiet, and in the stillness simply say: "God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference. Thy will, not mine, be done."


78.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... know the nature of his illness.  BB To Wives, p.115  
While you need not discuss your husband at length, you can quietly let your friends know the nature of his illness.


79.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... know the necessities before considering the result.  BB To Employers, p.140  
You, as a business man, want to know the necessities before considering the result.


80.
View TRADITION SIX essay   ... know the problem.  12&12 Tradition Six, p.157  
He'd certainly know the problem.


81.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... know the subject better, as everyone should ...  BB To Wives, p.112  
You think he ought to know the subject better, as everyone should have a clear understanding of the risk he takes if he drinks too much.


82.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... know them, the entire absence of profit ...  BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxvii  
The unselfishness of these men as we have come to know them, the entire absence of profit motive, and their community spirit, is indeed inspiring to one who has labored long and wearily in this alcoholic field.


83.
View TRADITION FIVE essay   ... know there's a way out.  12&12 Tradition Five, p.151  
Under these compulsions of self-preservation, duty, and love, it is not strange that our Society has concluded that it has but one high mission -- to carry the A.A. message to those who don't know there's a way out.


84.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... know there are difficult wives and families, ...  BB The Family Afterward, p.127  
We know there are difficult wives and families, but the man who is getting over alcoholism must remember he did much to make them so.


85.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... know these suggestions are sometimes difficult to ...  BB To Wives, p.111  
We know these suggestions are sometimes difficult to follow, but you will save many a heartbreak if you can succeed in observing them.


86.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... know they are not to change their ...  BB Working With Others, p.102  
Let your friends know they are not to change their habits on your account.


87.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... know this because we see monotony, pain, ...  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.


88.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... know thousands of men and women who ...  BB There Is A Solution, p.17  
We, of Alcoholics Anonymous, know thousands of men and women who were once just as hopeless as Bill.


89.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... know to be 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.


90.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... know we are sorry.  BB Into Action, p.78  
Arranging the best deal we can we let these people know we are sorry.


91.
View TRADITION FIVE essay   ... know we can seldom keep the precious ...  12&12 Tradition Five, p.151  
It is the great paradox of A.A. that we know we can seldom keep the precious gift of sobriety unless we give it away.


92.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... know what it's all about, and that ...  BB The Family Afterward, p.128  
He may tell mother, who has been religious all her life, that she doesn't know what it's all about, and that she had better get his brand of spirituality while there is yet time.


93.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... know what it means to give of ...  BB A Vision For You, p.153  
Then you will know what it means to give of yourself that others may survive and rediscover life.


94.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... know what to tell the children.  BB To Wives, p.115  
You do not know what to tell the children.


95.
View TRADITION FIVE essay   ... know what's wrong.'  12&12 Tradition Five, p.153  
But from what you've told me about yourself and your problems and how you propose to lick them, I think I know what's wrong.'


96.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... know what you are thinking.  BB A Vision For You, p.163  
We know what you are thinking.


97.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... know where he is and what he ...  BB To Wives, p.115  
Your desire to protect him should not cause you to lie to people when they have a right to know where he is and what he is doing.


98.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... know who the woman is and where ...  BB Into Action, p.81  
She will want to know who the woman is and where she is.


99.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... know why they do it.  BB There Is A Solution, p.23  
But in their hearts they really do not know why they do it.


100.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... know women who are unafraid, even happy ...  BB To Wives, p.111  
We know women who are unafraid, even happy under these conditions.


101.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... know women who have done it.  BB To Wives, p.114  
We know women who have done it.


102.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... know you are available if he wishes ...  BB Working With Others, p.96  
Let him know you are available if he wishes to make a decision and tell his story, but do not insist upon it if he prefers to consult someone else.


103.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... know you have no quarrel with the ...  BB To Employers, p.147  
You might let them know you have no quarrel with the alcoholics of your organization.


104.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... know you will not want to miss ...  BB Working With Others, p.89  
We know you will not want to miss it.


105.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... know your stuff all right, but I ...  BB A Vision For You, p.157  
You fellows know your stuff all right, but I don't see what good it'll do.


106.
View STEP TWO essay   ... know you're telling me the truth.  12&12 Step Two, p.26  
"Well," says the newcomer, "I know you're telling me the truth.


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