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1.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... ought A.A. membership ever depend upon money ...  BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.563  
Nor ought A.A. membership ever depend upon money or conformity.


2.
View TRADITIONS LONG FORM   ... ought A.A. membership ever depend upon money ...  12&12 Tradition Three (Long), p.189  
Nor ought A.A. membership ever depend upon money or conformity.


3.
View TRADITION ONE essay   ... ought..." but never "You must!"  12&12 Tradition One, p.129  
They repeatedly say "We ought..." but never "You must!"


4.
View TRADITION FOUR essay   ... ought it affiliate itself with anything or ...  12&12 Tradition Four, p.147  
In charting this enormous expanse of freedom, we found it necessary to post only two storm signals: A group ought not do anything which would greatly injure A.A. as a whole, nor ought it affiliate itself with anything or anybody else.


5.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... ought never be drawn into public controversy.  BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.562  
Ten -- Alcoholics Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence the A.A. name ought never be drawn into public controversy.


6.
View CONTENTS   ... ought never be drawn into public controversy."  12&12 Contents (Tradition Ten), p.12  
Tradition Ten -- "Alcoholics Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence the A.A. name ought never be drawn into public controversy."


7.
View TRADITION TEN essay   ... ought never be drawn into public controversy."  12&12 Tradition Ten, p.176  
"Alcoholics Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence the A.A. name ought never be drawn into public controversy."


8.
View TRADITION TEN essay   ... ought never be drawn into public controversy."  12&12 Tradition Ten, p.179  
Thus was laid the cornerstone for Tradition Ten: "Alcoholics Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence the A.A. name ought never be drawn into public controversy."


9.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... ought never be organized; but we may ...  BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.562  
Nine -- A.A., as such, ought never be organized; but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.


10.
View CONTENTS   ... ought never be organized; but we may ...  12&12 Contents (Tradition Nine), p.12  
Tradition Nine -- "A.A., as such, ought never be organized; but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve."


11.
View TRADITION NINE essay   ... ought never be organized; but we may ...  12&12 Tradition Nine, p.172  
"A.A., as such, ought never be organized; but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve."


12.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... ought never endorse, finance or lend the ...  BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.562  
Six -- An A.A. group ought never endorse, finance or lend the A.A. name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property and prestige divert us from our primary purpose.


13.
View CONTENTS   ... ought never endorse, finance or lend the ...  12&12 Contents (Tradition Six), p.11  
Tradition Six -- "An A.A. group ought never endorse, finance or lend the A.A. name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property and prestige divert us from our primary purpose."


14.
View TRADITION SIX essay   ... ought never endorse, finance, or lend the ...  12&12 Tradition Six, p.155  
"An A.A. group ought never endorse, finance, or lend the A.A. name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property, and prestige divert us from our primary purpose."


15.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... ought never go so far as affiliation ...  BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.564  
While an A.A. group may cooperate with anyone, such cooperation ought never go so far as affiliation or endorsement, actual or implied.


16.
View TRADITIONS LONG FORM   ... ought never to go so far as ...  12&12 Tradition Six (Long), p.190  
While an A.A. group may cooperate with anyone, such cooperation ought never to go so far as affiliation or endorsement, actual or implied.


17.
View TRADITION NINE essay   ... ought never to name boards to govern ...  12&12 Tradition Nine, p.174  
It is clear now that we ought never to name boards to govern us, but it is equally clear that we shall always need to authorize workers to serve us.


18.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... ought nevertheless to quit our stubborn, rebellious ...  12&12 Step Twelve, p.108  
So we decided that while we still had some flaws of character that we could not yet relinquish, we ought nevertheless to quit our stubborn, rebellious hanging on to them.


19.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... ought not be broadcast, filmed, or publicly ...  BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.565  
Our names and pictures as A.A. members ought not be broadcast, filmed, or publicly printed.


20.
View TRADITIONS LONG FORM   ... ought not be broadcast, filmed, or publicly ...  12&12 Tradition Eleven (Long), p.192  
Our names and pictures as A.A. members ought not be broadcast, filmed, or publicly printed.


21.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... ought not be shared with anyone.  12&12 Step Five, p.56  
Certain distressing or humiliating memories, we tell ourselves, ought not be shared with anyone.


22.
View TRADITION FOUR essay   ... ought not do anything which would greatly ...  12&12 Tradition Four, p.147  
In charting this enormous expanse of freedom, we found it necessary to post only two storm signals: A group ought not do anything which would greatly injure A.A. as a whole, nor ought it affiliate itself with anything or anybody else.


23.
View CONTENTS   ... ought not do anything which would injure ...  12&12 Contents (Tradition Four), p.10  
Two storm signals -- a group ought not do anything which would injure A.A. as a whole, nor affiliate itself with outside interests.


24.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... ought not give at all.  12&12 Step Twelve, p.111  
Perhaps we try to give them advice about their affairs which we aren't really competent to give or ought not give at all.


25.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... ought not lay himself open to the ...  12&12 Step Five, p.60  
Surely, then, a novice ought not lay himself open to the chance of making foolish, perhaps tragic, blunders in this fashion.


26.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... ought not to urge them.  BB Into Action, p.83  
Unless one's family expresses a desire to live upon spiritual principles we think we ought not to urge them.


27.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... ought not to use the A.A. name.  BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.564  
Hence such facilities ought not to use the A.A. name.


28.
View TRADITIONS LONG FORM   ... ought not to use the A.A. name.  12&12 Tradition Six (Long), p.190  
Hence such facilities ought not to use the A.A. name.


29.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... ought to admit it promptly.  12&12 Step Twelve, p.108  
By this time, at Step Ten, we had begun to get a basis for daily living, and we keenly realized that we would need to continue taking personal inventory, and that when we were in the wrong we ought to admit it promptly.


30.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... ought to avoid sensational advertising.  BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.565  
We think A.A. ought to avoid sensational advertising.


31.
View TRADITIONS LONG FORM   ... ought to avoid sensational advertising.  12&12 Tradition Eleven (Long), p.192  
We think A.A. ought to avoid sensational advertising.


32.
View STEP TWO essay   ... ought to be.  12&12 Step Two, p.31  
At no time had we asked what God's will was for us; instead we had been telling Him what it ought to be.


33.
View TRADITION ELEVEN essay   ... ought to be.  12&12 Tradition Eleven, pp.180-181  
Through many painful experiences, we think we have arrived at what that policy ought to be.


34.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... ought to be a spiritual entity having ...  BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.563  
5. Each Alcoholics Anonymous group ought to be a spiritual entity having but one primary purpose -- that of carrying its message to the alcoholic who still suffers.


35.
View TRADITIONS LONG FORM   ... ought to be a spiritual entity having ...  12&12 Tradition Five (Long), p.190  
Five -- Each Alcoholics Anonymous group ought to be a spiritual entity having but one primary purpose -- that of carrying its message to the alcoholic who still suffers.


36.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... ought to be able to do anything."  BB A Vision For You, p.158  
"God ought to be able to do anything."


37.
View STEP TWO essay   ... ought to be ambitious and hardworking.  12&12 Step Two, p.29  
We were still sure that we ought to be fairly honest, tolerant, and just, that we ought to be ambitious and hardworking.


38.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... ought to be anonymous at the level ...  BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xix  
It was decided that all members ought to be anonymous at the level of press, radio, TV and films.


39.
View STEP THREE essay   ... ought to be answer enough for any ...  12&12 Step Three, p.37  
One good look in the mirror ought to be answer enough for any alcoholic.


40.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... ought to be classed with stealing.  BB How It Works, pp.67-68  
Sometimes we think fear ought to be classed with stealing.


41.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... ought to be consulted.  BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.563  
But when its plans concern the welfare of neighboring groups also, those groups ought to be consulted.


42.
View TRADITIONS LONG FORM   ... ought to be consulted.  12&12 Tradition Four (Long), p.189  
But when its plans concern the welfare of neighboring groups also, those groups ought to be consulted.


43.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... ought to be cured of his fatal ...  12&12 Step Eleven, p.104  
We say to ourselves, "This one ought to be cured of his fatal malady," or "That one ought to be relieved of his emotional pain," and we pray for these specific things.


44.
View STEP NINE essay   ... ought to be dealt with just as ...  12&12 Step Nine, p.83  
There will be those who ought to be dealt with just as soon as we become reasonably confident that we can maintain our sobriety.


45.
View STEP NINE essay   ... ought to be deferred, and still others ...  12&12 Step Nine, p.83  
There will be other cases where action ought to be deferred, and still others in which by the very nature of the situation we shall never be able to make direct personal contact at all.


46.
View STEP EIGHT essay   ... ought to be deferred, we should nevertheless ...  12&12 Step Eight, p.79  
Though in some cases we cannot make restitution at all, and in some cases action ought to be deferred, we should nevertheless make an accurate and really exhaustive survey of our past life as it has affected other people.


47.
View STEP TWO essay   ... ought to be fairly honest, tolerant, and ...  12&12 Step Two, p.29  
We were still sure that we ought to be fairly honest, tolerant, and just, that we ought to be ambitious and hardworking.


48.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... ought to be firmly planted on earth.  BB The Family Afterward, p.130  
We have come to believe He would like us to keep our heads in the clouds with Him, but that our feet ought to be firmly planted on earth.


49.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... ought to be followed by a good ...  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.


50.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... ought to be freed from his physical ...  BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxvii  
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.


51.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside ...  BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.562  
Seven -- Every A.A. group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.


52.
View CONTENTS   ... ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside ...  12&12 Contents (Tradition Seven), p.11  
Tradition Seven -- "Every A.A. group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions."


53.
View TRADITION SEVEN essay   ... ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside ...  12&12 Tradition Seven, p.160  
"Every A.A. group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions."


54.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... ought to be fully supported by the ...  BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.564  
7. The A.A. groups themselves ought to be fully supported by the voluntary contributions of their own members.


55.
View TRADITIONS LONG FORM   ... ought to be fully supported by the ...  12&12 Tradition Seven (Long), p.190  
Seven -- The A.A. groups themselves ought to be fully supported by the voluntary contributions of their own members.


56.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... ought to be incorporated and so set ...  BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.564  
Secondary aids to A.A., such as clubs or hospitals which require much property or administration, ought to be incorporated and so set apart that, if necessary, they can be freely discarded by the groups.


57.
View TRADITIONS LONG FORM   ... ought to be incorporated and so set ...  12&12 Tradition Six (Long), p.190  
Secondary aids to A.A., such as clubs or hospitals which require much property or administration, ought to be incorporated and so set apart that, if necessary, they can be freely discarded by the groups.


58.
View STEP TEN essay   ... ought to be left to those better ...  12&12 Step Ten, p.90  
We have found that justified anger ought to be left to those better qualified to handle it.


59.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... ought to be relieved of his emotional ...  12&12 Step Eleven, p.104  
We say to ourselves, "This one ought to be cured of his fatal malady," or "That one ought to be relieved of his emotional pain," and we pray for these specific things.


60.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... ought to be the watchword when taking ...  12&12 Step Four, p.54  
Therefore, thoroughness ought to be the watchword when taking inventory.


61.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... ought to be well outside A.A. -- and ...  BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.564  
But hospitals, as well as other places of recuperation, ought to be well outside A.A. -- and medically supervised.


62.
View TRADITIONS LONG FORM   ... ought to be well outside A.A. -- and ...  12&12 Tradition Six (Long), p.190  
But hospitals, as well as other places of recuperation, ought to be well outside A.A. -- and medically supervised.


63.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... ought to be willing to do that ...  BB Into Action, p.79  
We thought he ought to be willing to do that if necessary, but if he were in jail he could provide nothing for either family.


64.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... ought to be willing to try humility ...  12&12 Step Seven, p.76  
It is really saying to us that we now ought to be willing to try humility in seeking the removal of our other shortcomings just as we did when we admitted that we were powerless over alcohol, and came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.


65.
View STEP SIX essay   ... ought to become entirely willing to aim ...  12&12 Step Six, p.69  
It is suggested that we ought to become entirely willing to aim toward perfection.


66.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... ought to consider carefully all personal relationships ...  12&12 Step Four, p.52  
To take inventory in this respect we ought to consider carefully all personal relationships which bring continuous or recurring trouble.


67.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... ought to consider each request carefully to ...  12&12 Step Eleven, p.102  
Therefore, we ought to consider each request carefully to see what its real merit is.


68.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... ought to decide for themselves.  BB Working With Others, p.103  
We feel that each family, in the light of their own circumstances, ought to decide for themselves.


69.
View STEP SIX essay   ... ought to erase the hard-and-fast lines that ...  12&12 Step Six, p.68  
Looking again at those defects we are still unwilling to give up, we ought to erase the hard-and-fast lines that we have drawn.


70.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... ought to frankly face the fact that ...  BB The Family Afterward, p.131  
At the very beginning, the couple ought to frankly face the fact that each will have to yield here and there if the family is going to play an effective part in the new life.


71.
View TRADITION SEVEN essay   ... ought to give money to alcoholics trying ...  12&12 Tradition Seven, p.160  
When you add to this the habitual supposition that people ought to give money to alcoholics trying to stay sober, it can be understood why we thought we deserved a pile of folding money.


72.
View TRADITION EIGHT essay   ... ought to have.  12&12 Tradition Eight, p.169  
She was helping to give the man coming in the door the break he ought to have.


73.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... ought to include all who suffer from ...  BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.563  
3. Our membership ought to include all who suffer from alcoholism.


74.
View TRADITIONS LONG FORM   ... ought to include all who suffer from ...  12&12 Tradition Three (Long), p.189  
Three -- Our membership ought to include all who suffer from alcoholism.


75.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... ought to 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.


76.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... ought to know the subject better, as ...  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.


77.
View APPENDIX VII, Twelve Concepts (Short Form)   ... ought to maintain a traditional "Right of ...  BB Appendix VII, Twelve Concepts (Short Form), p.574  
IV. At all responsible levels, we ought to maintain a traditional "Right of Participation," allowing a voting representation in reasonable proportion to the responsibility that each must discharge.


78.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... ought to make a beginning as soon ...  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.


79.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... ought to pray that God's will, whatever ...  12&12 Step Eleven, p.104  
It is A.A.'s experience that particularly in these cases we ought to pray that God's will, whatever it is, be done for others as well as for ourselves.


80.
View APPENDIX VII, Twelve Concepts (Short Form)   ... ought to prevail, so that minority opinion ...  BB Appendix VII, Twelve Concepts (Short Form), p.574  
V. Throughout our structure, a traditional "Right of Appeal" ought to prevail, so that minority opinion will be heard and personal grievances receive careful consideration.


81.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... ought to proceed.  BB Working With Others, p.91  
You will thus get a better idea of how you ought to proceed.


82.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... ought to prove exceptionally useful to business ...  BB To Employers, p.136  
His present views ought to prove exceptionally useful to business men everywhere.


83.
View STEP EIGHT essay   ... ought to redouble his efforts to see ...  12&12 Step Eight, p.77  
To a degree, he has already done this when taking moral inventory, but now the time has come when he ought to redouble his efforts to see how many people he has hurt, and in what ways.


84.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... ought to remember that he is mainly ...  BB The Family Afterward, p.127  
The head of the house ought to remember that he is mainly to blame for what befell his home.


85.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... ought to resign."  BB To Employers, p.148  
But if you cannot or will not stop drinking, I think you ought to resign."


86.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... ought to say the A.A. program requires ...  12&12 Step Five, p.61  
No one ought to say the A.A. program requires no willpower; here is one place you may require all you've got.


87.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... ought to say to her that we ...  BB Into Action, p.81  
We feel we ought to say to her that we have no right to involve another person.


88.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... ought to sit down with the family ...  BB Into Action, p.83  
We ought to sit down with the family and frankly analyze the past as we now see it, being very careful not to criticize them.


89.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... ought to sleep the clock around.  BB There Is A Solution, p.21  
He is the fellow who goes to bed so intoxicated he ought to sleep the clock around.


90.
View TRADITION SIX essay   ... ought to slow down, and problem drinkers ...  12&12 Tradition Six, p.157  
They wanted to say that liquor should be enjoyed, not misused; hard drinkers ought to slow down, and problem drinkers -- alcoholics -- should not drink at all.


91.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... ought to step into them and walk ...  12&12 Step Four, p.48  
Having found the shoes that fit, he ought to step into them and walk with new confidence that he is at last on the right track.


92.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... ought to take much care, remembering that ...  12&12 Step Five, p.61  
Here we ought to take much care, remembering that prudence is a virtue which carries a high rating.


93.
View STEP NINE essay   ... ought to take our time.  12&12 Step Nine, p.84  
Good judgment will suggest that we ought to take our time.


94.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... ought to think of what you can ...  BB To Wives, p.120  
You, as well as your husband, ought to think of what you can put into life instead of how much you can take out.


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