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1.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... often able, intelligent, friendly people.  BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxx  
They are often able, intelligent, friendly people.


2.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... often as we can.  BB A Vision For You, p.162  
Those of us who travel drop in as often as we can.


3.
View STEP TEN essay   ... often ask ourselves, "Am I doing to ...  12&12 Step Ten, p.93  
And we can often ask ourselves, "Am I doing to others as I would have them do to me -- today?"


4.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... often asked: "Why can't we take a ...  12&12 Step Eleven, p.103  
Of course, it is reasonable and understandable that the question is often asked: "Why can't we take a specific and troubling dilemma straight to God, and in prayer secure from Him sure and definite answers to our requests?"


5.
View STEP NINE essay   ... often astonish us.  12&12 Step Nine, p.84  
The generous response of most people to such quiet sincerity will often astonish us.


6.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... often at this stage they are not.  12&12 Tradition Two, p.133  
But more often at this stage they are not.


7.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... often become conscious of God as they ...  12&12 Step Five, p.62  
And even those who had faith already often become conscious of God as they never were before.


8.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... often been led to the bottle and ...  12&12 Step Four, p.45  
This is not a moral inventory at all; it is the very process by which the depressive has so often been led to the bottle and extinction.


9.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... often begins to assert himself.  BB The Family Afterward, p.131  
Father, coming suddenly to life again, often begins to assert himself.


10.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... often caused the people we had loved ...  12&12 Step Twelve, p.115  
This often caused the people we had loved most to push us aside or perhaps desert us entirely.


11.
View STEP TEN essay   ... often check ourselves by remembering that we ...  12&12 Step Ten, p.92  
As an insurance against "big-shot-ism" we can often check ourselves by remembering that we are today sober only by the grace of God and that any success we may be having is far more His success than ours.


12.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... often come strongly.  BB Into Action, p.75  
The feeling that the drink problem has disappeared will often come strongly.


13.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... often continued to haunt us.  12&12 Step Twelve, p.121  
Even when we were well reestablished in our business, these terrible fears often continued to haunt us.


14.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... often desirable, but we let God be ...  BB How It Works, pp.69-70  
Counsel with persons is often desirable, but we let God be the final judge.


15.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... often difficult to deal with.  BB To Wives, p.110  
Oddly enough, he is often difficult to deal with.


16.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... often discover a greater challenge in the ...  12&12 Step Twelve, p.114  
But also like others, we often discover a greater challenge in the lesser and more continuous problems of life.


17.
View STEP SIX essay   ... often disputed question of whether God can ...  12&12 Step Six, p.63  
Of course, the often disputed question of whether God can -- and will, under certain conditions -- remove defects of character will be answered with a prompt affirmative by almost any A.A. member.


18.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... often do?  12&12 Step Twelve, p.113  
Can we now, with the help of God as we understand Him, handle them as well and as bravely as our nonalcoholic friends often do?


19.
View TRADITION EIGHT essay   ... often doing thankless tasks that no one ...  12&12 Tradition Eight, p.167  
Ignoring the fact that these labors were not Twelfth Step jobs at all, the critics attacked as A.A. professionals these workers of ours who were often doing thankless tasks that no one else could or would do.


20.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... often done their worst.  12&12 Step Four, p.51  
In these areas fear, greed, possessiveness, and pride have too often done their worst.


21.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... often employs a full-time secretary.  BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.565  
The small group may elect its secretary, the large group its rotating committee, and the groups of a large metropolitan area their central or intergroup committee, which often employs a full-time secretary.


22.
View TRADITIONS LONG FORM   ... often employs a full-time secretary.  12&12 Tradition Nine (Long), p.191  
The small group may elect its secretary, the large group its rotating committee, and the groups of a large metropolitan area their central or intergroup committee, which often employs a full-time secretary.


23.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... often enable us to clear a channel ...  12&12 Step Eleven, p.103  
Just saying it over and over will often enable us to clear a channel choked up with anger, fear, frustration, or misunderstanding, and permit us to return to the surest help of all -- our search for God's will, not our own, in the moment of stress.


24.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... often enhance such unions.  12&12 Step Twelve, p.119  
Their common suffering as drinkers, their common interest in A.A. and spiritual things, often enhance such unions.


25.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... often far exceed their proper functions.  12&12 Step Four, p.42  
Yet these instincts, so necessary for our existence, often far exceed their proper functions.


26.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... often feels very remorseful at times, especially ...  BB Into Action, p.81  
A man so involved often feels very remorseful at times, especially if he is married to a loyal and courageous girl who has literally gone through hell for him.


27.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... often find such a person quick to ...  BB Into Action, p.74  
We often find such a person quick to see and understand our problem.


28.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... often follow such a reunion.  BB The Family Afterward, p.134  
Marvelous results often follow such a reunion.


29.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... often forget father was beyond human aid.  BB The Family Afterward, p.128  
They often forget father was beyond human aid.


30.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... often found ourselves handicapped by obstinacy, sensitiveness, ...  BB We Agnostics, pp.47-48  
Besides a seeming inability to accept much on faith, we often found ourselves handicapped by obstinacy, sensitiveness, and unreasoning prejudice.


31.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... often found this the best course to ...  BB Into Action, p.81  
Though there may be justifiable exceptions, and though we wish to lay down no rule of any sort, we have often found this the best course to take.


32.
View APPENDIX II, Spiritual Experience   ... often friends of the newcomer are aware ...  BB Appendix II, Spiritual Experience, p.567  
Quite often friends of the newcomer are aware of the difference long before he is himself.


33.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... often get quite far off the beam.  12&12 Step Twelve, p.112  
Without necessarily taking that first drink, we often get quite far off the beam.


34.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... often gets entirely out of hand when ...  BB To Wives, p.109  
He often gets entirely out of hand when drinking.


35.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... often getting a misshapen and painful pleasure ...  12&12 Step Four, p.45  
We wallow in this messy bog, often getting a misshapen and painful pleasure out of it.


36.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... often going much too far in the ...  12&12 Step Twelve, pp.120-121  
Upon entering A.A., these attitudes were sharply reversed, often going much too far in the opposite direction.


37.
View STEP ONE essay   ... often had difficulty in realizing how hopeless ...  12&12 Step One, p.22  
Even these "last-gaspers" often had difficulty in realizing how hopeless they actually were.


38.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... often have little idea how prevalent this ...  BB To Employers, p.149  
We believe that managers of large enterprises often have little idea how prevalent this problem is.


39.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... often have some of us begun to ...  BB There Is A Solution, p.24  
How often have some of us begun to drink in this nonchalant way, and after the third or fourth, pounded on the bar and said to ourselves, "For God's sake, how did I ever get started again?"


40.
View STEP TWO essay   ... often have we heard them cry out, ...  12&12 Step Two, p.25  
How often have we heard them cry out, "Look what you people have done to us!


41.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... often helpful, of course depending upon a ...  BB The Family Afterward, p.133  
One of the many doctors who had the opportunity of reading this book in manuscript form told us that the use of sweets was often helpful, of course depending upon a doctor's advice.


42.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... often, however, the thoughts that seem to ...  12&12 Step Eleven, p.103  
Quite often, however, the thoughts that seem to come from God are not answers at all.


43.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... often in a difficult position.  BB To Employers, p.147  
These juniors are often in a difficult position.


44.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... often in 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 THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... often indispensable in treating a newcomer and ...  BB The Family Afterward, p.133  
Their services are often indispensable in treating a newcomer and in following his case afterward.


46.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... often intensely disliked.  12&12 Step Seven, p.70  
Not only is the idea misunderstood; the word itself is often intensely disliked.


47.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... often is not enough.  BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxix  
Although he gives all that is in him, it often is not enough.


48.
View STEP FIVE essay   Often it was while working on this ...  12&12 Step Five, p.58  
Often it was while working on this Step with our sponsors or spiritual advisers that we first felt truly able to forgive others, no matter how deeply we felt they had wronged us.


49.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... often jeopardize their own positions by trying ...  BB To Employers, p.147  
They often jeopardize their own positions by trying to help serious drinkers who should have been fired long ago, or else given an opportunity to get well.


50.
View STEP TEN essay   ... often led straight to the bottle.  12&12 Step Ten, p.90  
These emotional "dry benders" often led straight to the bottle.


51.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... often let him feel it.  BB The Family Afterward, p.126  
They are all disappointed, and often let him feel it.


52.
View STEP SIX essay   ... often let these far exceed their intended ...  12&12 Step Six, p.65  
Since most of us are born with an abundance of natural desires, it isn't strange that we often let these far exceed their intended purpose.


53.
View APPENDIX III, The Medical View on A.A.   ... often lie in preparing the way for ...  BB Appendix III, The Medical View on A.A., p.569  
Dr. Harry M. Tiebout, psychiatrist: "As a psychiatrist, I have thought a great deal about the relationship of my specialty to A.A. and I have come to the conclusion that our particular function can very often lie in preparing the way for the patient to accept any sort of treatment or outside help.


54.
View APPENDIX VI, How to Get in Touch With A.A.   ... often maintain local offices where alcoholics or ...  BB Appendix VI, How to Get in Touch With A.A., p.573  
In large cities, groups often maintain local offices where alcoholics or their families may arrange for interviews or hospitalization.


55.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... often makes the difference between failure and ...  BB Working With Others, p.98  
That often makes the difference between failure and success.


56.
View STEP NINE essay   ... often manufacture plausible excuses for dodging these ...  12&12 Step Nine, p.85  
We will often manufacture plausible excuses for dodging these issues entirely.


57.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... often may impose on you.  BB To Employers, p.141  
Of course that isn't so, and such people often may impose on you.


58.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... often misunderstood.  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.


59.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... often near.  BB To Wives, p.107  
Death was often near.


60.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... often need it to carry green recruits ...  BB Working With Others, p.102  
We often need it to carry green recruits through a severe hangover.


61.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... often obliged to treat father as a ...  BB The Family Afterward, p.130  
By force of circumstances, she was often obliged to treat father as a sick or wayward child.


62.
View STEP TWO essay   ... often observed, defiance is the outstanding characteristic ...  12&12 Step Two, p.31  
"As psychiatrists have often observed, defiance is the outstanding characteristic of many an alcoholic.


63.
View APPENDIX III, The Medical View on A.A.   ... often overcomes his excessive concentration upon himself.  BB Appendix III, The Medical View on A.A., p.570  
They help others with similar problems ... In this atmosphere the alcoholic often overcomes his excessive concentration upon himself.


64.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... often pass through Twelfth Step experiences where ...  12&12 Step Twelve, p.110  
We may often pass through Twelfth Step experiences where we will seem to be temporarily off the beam.


65.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... often pay dearly for skimping this Step.  12&12 Step Five, p.56  
Even A.A. oldtimers, sober for years, often pay dearly for skimping this Step.


66.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... often perfectly sensible and well balanced concerning ...  BB There Is A Solution, p.21  
He is often perfectly sensible and well balanced concerning everything except liquor, but in that respect he is incredibly dishonest and selfish.


67.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... often pondered these things.  BB Bill's Story, p.10  
I had often pondered these things.


68.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... often possesses special abilities, skills, and aptitudes, ...  BB There Is A Solution, p.21  
He often possesses special abilities, skills, and aptitudes, and has a promising career ahead of him.


69.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... often produces the contrary effect.  BB The Family Afterward, p.125  
A man may criticize or laugh at himself and it will affect others favorably, but criticism or ridicule coming from another often produces the contrary effect.


70.
View STEP TWO essay   ... often prove more solid and formidable for ...  12&12 Step Two, p.28  
The roadblocks of indifference, fancied self-sufficiency, prejudice, and defiance often prove more solid and formidable for these people than any erected by the unconvinced agnostic or even the militant atheist.


71.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... often quite wrong.  BB How It Works, pp.65-66  
The first thing apparent was that this world and its people were often quite wrong.


72.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... often recover overnight nor do twisted thinking ...  BB The Family Afterward, p.133  
Now about health: A body badly burned by alcohol does not often recover overnight nor do twisted thinking and depression vanish in a twinkling.


73.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... often remains strong in other respects.  BB Bill's Story, p.7  
It relieved me somewhat to learn that in alcoholics the will is amazingly weakened when it comes to combating liquor, though it often remains strong in other respects.


74.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... often requires a definite hospital procedure, before ...  BB The Doctor's Opinion, pp.xxvii-xxviii  
Of course an alcoholic ought to be freed from his physical craving for liquor, and this often requires a definite hospital procedure, before psychological measures can be of maximum benefit.


75.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... often revolt.  12&12 Step Four, p.44  
When an individual's desire for prestige becomes uncontrollable, whether in the sewing circle or at the international conference table, other people suffer and often revolt.


76.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... often said right here in this meeting ...  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?


77.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... often says that if he had continued ...  BB Working With Others, p.96  
He often says that if he had continued to work on them, he might have deprived many others, who have since recovered, of their chance.


78.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... often see from 50 to 200 persons.  BB Bill's Story, p.16  
At these informal gatherings one may often see from 50 to 200 persons.


79.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... often seemed a fool of the first ...  BB To Employers, p.137  
To him the alcoholic has often seemed a fool of the first magnitude.


80.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... often seems like a very dubious and ...  12&12 Step Twelve, p.106  
To new A.A.'s, this often seems like a very dubious and improbable state of affairs.


81.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... often seems no way of entirely getting ...  BB How It Works, p.62  
And there often seems no way of entirely getting rid of self without His aid.


82.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... often set right.(*)  12&12 Step Twelve, p.118  
Nevertheless, under the influence of A.A.'s Twelve Steps, these situations are often set right.(*)


83.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... often should not show it to his ...  BB To Employers, p.148  
He need not, and often should not show it to his alcoholic prospect.


84.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... often some of us will fit more ...  12&12 Step Four, p.48  
But just as often some of us will fit more or less into both classifications.


85.
View TRADITION TEN essay   ... often spurred by religious and racial difference.  12&12 Tradition Ten, p.176  
In our own times, we have seen millions die in political and economic wars often spurred by religious and racial difference.


86.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... often staying up all night.  BB A Vision For You, p.158  
He entered a political campaign, making speeches, frequenting men's gathering places of all sorts, often staying up all night.


87.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... often stemmed from alcoholism.  12&12 Step Twelve, p.117  
Our main problem is not how we are to stay married; it is how to be more happily married by eliminating the severe emotional twists that have so often stemmed from alcoholism.


88.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... often such men had spectacular and powerful ...  BB To Wives, p.113  
Yet often such men had spectacular and powerful recoveries.


89.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... often surprised how the right answers come ...  BB Into Action, p.86  
We are often surprised how the right answers come after we have tried this for a while.


90.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... often suspect they are down for the ...  BB There Is A Solution, p.23  
But they often suspect they are down for the count.


91.
View APPENDIX II, Spiritual Experience   ... often takes place in a few months ...  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.


92.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... often tend to slight serious meditation and ...  12&12 Step Eleven, p.96  
So it isn't surprising that we often tend to slight serious meditation and prayer as something not really necessary.


93.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... often than not, it is imperative that ...  BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxvi  
More often than not, it is imperative that a man's brain be cleared before he is approached, as he has then a better chance of understanding and accepting what we have to offer.


94.
View TRADITION EIGHT essay   ... often than not, these onslaughts were spearheaded ...  12&12 Tradition Eight, p.170  
More often than not, these onslaughts were spearheaded by the cry "Professionalism! That guy is making money out of A.A.!"


95.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... often the breadwinner.  12&12 Step Twelve, p.118  
If the man is affected, the wife must become the head of the house, often the breadwinner.


96.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... often the difference between life and death.  BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.561  
To those now in its fold, Alcoholics Anonymous has made the difference between misery and sobriety, and often the difference between life and death.


97.
View STEP FOUR essay   Often these personalities are just as sharply ...  12&12 Step Four, p.48  
Often these personalities are just as sharply defined as the examples given.


98.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... often they are based upon a supposition ...  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.


99.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... often think of another case brought in ...  BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxxi  
When I need a mental uplift, I often think of another case brought in by a physician prominent in New York.


100.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   Often this is not so at all.  BB To Employers, p.145  
Often this is not so at all.


101.
View STEP TWO essay   ... often, though, we had met up with ...  12&12 Step Two, p.31  
More often, though, we had met up with some major calamity, and to our way of thinking lost out because God deserted us.


102.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... often three, got to be routine.  BB Bill's Story, p.5  
"Bathtub" gin, two bottles a day, and often three, got to be routine.


103.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... often throw to the winds every chance ...  12&12 Step Four, p.44  
These people often throw to the winds every chance for legitimate security and a happy family life.


104.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... often to condemn him to endless misery.  12&12 Tradition Three, p.141  
At last experience taught us that to take away any alcoholic's full chance was sometimes to pronounce his death sentence, and often to condemn him to endless misery.


105.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... often to our consternation, that this is ...  12&12 Step Seven, p.73  
Then we learn, often to our consternation, that this is only the first milestone on the new road we are walking.


106.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... often took a long time.  12&12 Step Four, p.47  
To see how erratic emotions victimized us often took a long time.


107.
View STEP SIX essay   ... often tread on even more dangerous ground ...  12&12 Step Six, p.66  
And we shall often tread on even more dangerous ground when we cry, "This I will never give up!"


108.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... often truly childish.  12&12 Step Twelve, p.123  
We would not believe that our adult dreams were often truly childish.


109.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... often try to do much the same ...  12&12 Step Eleven, p.100  
And though sober nowadays, don't we often try to do much the same thing?


110.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... often turn into the real thing and ...  BB More About Alcoholism, p.33  
Potential female alcoholics often turn into the real thing and are gone beyond recall in a few years.


111.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... often tyrannize us.  12&12 Step Four, p.42  
Our desires for sex, for material and emotional security, and for an important place in society often tyrannize us.


112.
View STEP EIGHT essay   ... often unbearable -- could be extended almost indefinitely.  12&12 Step Eight, p.81  
Such a roster of harms done others -- the kind that make daily living with us as practicing alcoholics difficult and often unbearable -- could be extended almost indefinitely.


113.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... often warned us that nothing can so ...  BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.564  
Experience has often warned us that nothing can so surely destroy our spiritual heritage as futile disputes over property, money, and authority.


114.
View TRADITIONS LONG FORM   ... often warned us that nothing can so ...  12&12 Tradition Seven (Long), p.191  
Experience has often warned us that nothing can so surely destroy our spiritual heritage as futile disputes over property, money, and authority.


115.
View STEP SIX essay   ... often we work hard with no better ...  12&12 Step Six, p.67  
And how often we work hard with no better motive than to be secure and slothful later on -- only we call that "retiring."


116.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... often with fine results.  12&12 Step Twelve, p.119  
He persistently tries all of A.A.'s Twelve Steps in his home, often with fine results.


117.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... often wondered what we might do about ...  12&12 Tradition Two, p.137  
We've often wondered what we might do about it.


118.
View STEP ONE essay   ... often years before the onset of extreme ...  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.


119.
View TO WIVES chapter   Often you must carry the burden of ...  BB To Wives, p.117  
Often you must carry the burden of avoiding them or keeping them under control.


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