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1.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... means.   12&12 Step Seven, p.71  
Quite characteristically, we had gone all out in confusing the ends with the means.


2.
View STEP TEN essay   ... means.   12&12 Step Ten, p.92  
Finally, we begin to see that all people, including ourselves, are to some extent emotionally ill as well as frequently wrong, and then we approach true tolerance and see what real love for our fellows actually means.


3.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... means a bad one, but I would ...   BB More About Alcoholism, p.43  
My old manner of life was by no means a bad one, but I would not exchange its best moments for the worst I have now.


4.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... means a bad thing in some cases.   BB To Wives, p.120  
Though it is infinitely better that he have no relapse at all, as has been true with many of our men, it is by no means a bad thing in some cases.


5.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... means a comprehensive picture of the true ...   BB There Is A Solution, p.22  
This is by no means a comprehensive picture of the true alcoholic, as our behavior patterns vary.


6.
View STEP EIGHT essay   ... means a full catalogue of the harms ...   12&12 Step Eight, p.81  
Such gross misbehavior is not by any means a full catalogue of the harms we do.


7.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... means a great deal to his community, ...   BB A Vision For You, p.156  
As we shall see, he now means a great deal to his community, and the major liabilities of thirty years of hard drinking have been repaired in four.


8.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... means a new attitude and spirit all ...   BB Working With Others, p.99  
This means a new attitude and spirit all around.


9.
View STEP SIX essay   ... means a perfect release from every other ...   12&12 Step Six, p.64  
Having been granted a perfect release from alcoholism, why then shouldn't we be able to achieve by the same means a perfect release from every other difficulty or defect?


10.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... means another debacle with all its attendant ...   BB There Is A Solution, p.22  
If hundreds of experiences have shown him that one drink means another debacle with all its attendant suffering and humiliation, why is it he takes that one drink?


11.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... means anything at all, it means that ...   BB There Is A Solution, p.28  
If what we have learned and felt and seen means anything at all, it means that all of us, whatever our race, creed, or color are the children of a living Creator with whom we may form a relationship upon simple and understandable terms as soon as we are willing and honest enough to try.


12.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... means anything at all, this is not ...   12&12 Step Five, p.56  
Yet if A.A.'s experience means anything at all, this is not only unwise, but is actually a perilous resolve.


13.
View STEP TEN essay   ... means, are necessities for us.   12&12 Step Ten, p.88  
A continuous look at our assets and liabilities, and a real desire to learn and grow by this means, are necessities for us.


14.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... means blind faith in the strange proposition ...   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.


15.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... means business.   BB A Vision For You, p.161  
No one is too discredited or has sunk too low to be welcomed cordially -- if he means business.


16.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... means business, give him a chance to ...   BB To Wives, p.114  
If he is already committed to an institution, but can convince you and your doctor that he means business, give him a chance to try our method, unless the doctor thinks his mental condition too abnormal or dangerous.


17.
View FOREWORD   ... means by which A.A. maintains its unity ...   12&12 Foreword, p.15  
They outline the means by which A.A. maintains its unity and relates itself to the world about it, the way it lives and grows.


18.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... means by which we began to get ...   12&12 Step Five, p.57  
This vital Step was also the means by which we began to get the feeling that we could be forgiven, no matter what we had thought or done.


19.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... means by which we bring new vision, ...   12&12 Step Eleven, p.98  
As we have seen, self-searching is the means by which we bring new vision, action, and grace to bear upon the dark and negative side of our natures.


20.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... means by which we could live and ...   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.


21.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... means can we improve our chances for ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.114  
Only by this means can we improve our chances for really happy and useful living.


22.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... means conviviality, companionship and colorful imagination.   BB A Vision For You, p.151  
For most normal folks, drinking means conviviality, companionship and colorful imagination.


23.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... means courage.   BB How It Works, p.68  
The verdict of the ages is that faith means courage.


24.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... means disaster, especially if he is an ...   BB We Agnostics, p.44  
To one who feels he is an atheist or agnostic such an experience seems impossible, but to continue as he is means disaster, especially if he is an alcoholic of the hopeless variety.


25.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... means do so, for you ought to ...   12&12 Step Five, p.61  
If this is the situation, by all means do so, for you ought to make a beginning as soon as you can.


26.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... means do we offer it as the ...   BB To Employers, p.144  
By no means do we offer it as the last word on this subject, but so far as we are concerned, it has worked with us.


27.
View TRADITION FIVE essay   ... means everything to me.   12&12 Tradition Five, p.153  
I belong to a great church that means everything to me.


28.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... means go along.   BB Working With Others, p.102  
If you are with a person who wants to eat in a bar, by all means go along.


29.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... means I had been trying to employ, ...   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.180  
But this was a man who had experienced many years of frightful drinking, who had had most all the drunkard's experiences known to man, but who had been cured by the very means I had been trying to employ, that is to say the spiritual approach.


30.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... means, I knew that if I did ...   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, pp.175-176  
Not being a man of means, I knew that if I did not stay sober enough to earn money, I would run out of liquor.


31.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... means infallible, it is likely to be ...   12&12 Step Five, p.60  
While the comment or advice of others may be by no means infallible, it is likely to be far more specific than any direct guidance we may receive while we are still so inexperienced in establishing contact with a Power greater than ourselves.


32.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... means more action.   BB Into Action, p.85  
But we must go further and that means more action.


33.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... means nothing, and proceeds nowhere.   BB We Agnostics, p.49  
Were our contentions true, it would follow that life originated out of nothing, means nothing, and proceeds nowhere.


34.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... means of a rocket and he will ...   BB We Agnostics, p.52  
Show any longshoreman a Sunday supplement describing a proposal to explore the moon by means of a rocket and he will say, "I bet they do it -- maybe not so long either."


35.
View TRADITION ELEVEN essay   ... means of bringing alcoholics into our Fellowship.   12&12 Tradition Eleven, p.180  
Throughout the world, immense and favorable publicity of every description has been the principal means of bringing alcoholics into our Fellowship.


36.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... means of conscious contact with God.   12&12 Step Eleven, p.96  
Prayer and meditation are our principal means of conscious contact with God.


37.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... means, of course, that we are going ...   BB We Agnostics, p.45  
And it means, of course, that we are going to talk about God.


38.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... means of destroying the reputation of another.   BB Into Action, p.80  
He thus used his own wrong-doing as a means of destroying the reputation of another.


39.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... means of exchanging love and service with ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.122  
It became a means of exchanging love and service with those about us.


40.
View STEP THREE essay   ... means of gaining true independence of the ...   12&12 Step Three, p.36  
Therefore dependence, as A.A. practices it, is really a means of gaining true independence of the spirit.


41.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... means of getting money rather than an ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.121  
When a job still looked like a mere means of getting money rather than an opportunity for service, when the acquisition of money for financial independence looked more important than a right dependence upon God, we were still the victims of unreasonable fears.


42.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... means of livelihood.   BB Into Action, p.80  
If he opened that old affair, he was afraid it would destroy the reputation of his partner, disgrace his family and take away his means of livelihood.


43.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... means of moderating or staying dry.   BB To Wives, p.109  
He has begun to try, with or without your cooperation, various means of moderating or staying dry.


44.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... means of recovery.   BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxv  
In the course of his third treatment he acquired certain ideas concerning a possible means of recovery.


45.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... means of reducing these demands.   12&12 Step Seven, p.76  
Therefore, no peace was to be had unless we could find a means of reducing these demands.


46.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... means of solving his problem which money ...   BB More About Alcoholism, p.32  
Every means of solving his problem which money could buy was at his disposal.


47.
View TRADITION TEN essay   ... means of survival.   12&12 Tradition Ten, p.177  
Since recovery from alcoholism is life itself to us, it is imperative that we preserve in full strength our means of survival.


48.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... means release from care, boredom and worry.   BB A Vision For You, p.151  
It means release from care, boredom and worry.


49.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... means ruined everything.   BB To Wives, p.109  
He has by no means ruined everything.


50.
View STEP THREE essay   ... means shall we be able to let ...   12&12 Step Three, p.34  
Therefore our problem now becomes just how and by what specific means shall we be able to let Him in?


51.
View FOREWORD   ... means sure that such great numbers of ...   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.


52.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... means that all of us, whatever our ...   BB There Is A Solution, p.28  
If what we have learned and felt and seen means anything at all, it means that all of us, whatever our race, creed, or color are the children of a living Creator with whom we may form a relationship upon simple and understandable terms as soon as we are willing and honest enough to try.


53.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... means that side by side with an ...   12&12 Step Eleven, p.104  
This means that side by side with an earnest prayer there can be a certain amount of presumption and conceit in us.


54.
View STEP ONE essay   ... means the adoption of attitudes and actions ...   12&12 Step One, p.24  
For practicing A.A.'s remaining eleven Steps means the adoption of attitudes and actions that almost no alcoholic who is still drinking can dream of taking.


55.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... means the loss of his job.   BB To Employers, p.146  
If he is, and is still trying to recover, he will tell you about it even if it means the loss of his job.


56.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... means the opposite.   BB The Family Afterward, p.122  
Successful readjustment means the opposite.


57.
View APPENDIX II, Spiritual Experience   ... means the rule.   BB Appendix II, Spiritual Experience, p.567  
Among our rapidly growing membership of thousands of alcoholics such transformations, though frequent, are by no means the rule.


58.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... means the sole advocate of this saving ...   12&12 Step Five, p.56  
But today religion is by no means the sole advocate of this saving principle.


59.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... means to get the jay-walking idea out ...   BB More About Alcoholism, p.38  
He tries every known means to get the jay-walking idea out of his head.


60.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... means to give of yourself that others ...   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.


61.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... means to resolve his alcoholic dilemma but ...   BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xvi  
This physician had repeatedly tried spiritual means to resolve his alcoholic dilemma but had failed.


62.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... means to right his past wrongs, why ...   BB The Family Afterward, p.128  
If he means to right his past wrongs, why all this concern for everyone in the world but his family?


63.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... means trouble, unless the family watches for ...   BB The Family Afterward, p.131  
This means trouble, unless the family watches for these tendencies in each other and comes to a friendly agreement about them.


64.
View TRADITION FOUR essay   ... means very simply that every A.A. group ...   12&12 Tradition Four, p.146  
But in relation to us, it means very simply that every A.A. group can manage its affairs exactly as it pleases, except when A.A. as a whole is threatened.


65.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... means we have written a book which ...   BB We Agnostics, p.45  
That means we have written a book which we believe to be spiritual as well as moral.


66.
View STEP TWO essay   ... means well and tries hard is a ...   12&12 Step Two, p.32  
To clergymen, doctors, friends, and families, the alcoholic who means well and tries hard is a heartbreaking riddle.


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