From the books ... Alcoholics Anonymous (Big Book) and Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions (12 & 12)

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Any therapeutic or philosophic procedure
which can prove a recovery
rate of 50% to 60% must merit our consideration."

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We could not prove life in the
sense that you can prove a straight line is the shortest distance between two points, yet, there it was.

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But we recoiled from meditation and prayer as obstinately as the scientist who refused to perform a certain experiment lest it prove his pet theory wrong.

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We could not prove life in the
sense that you can prove a straight line is the shortest distance between two points, yet, there it was.

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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.

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For them, we hope these pages
will prove so convincing that no further authentication
will be necessary.

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By every form of self-deception and experimentation, they will try to prove themselves exceptions to the rule, therefore nonalcoholic.

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Why, we thought, our Society of Alcoholics Anonymous might prove to be
the spearhead of a new spiritual advance!

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Therefore, it is not surprising that our drinking careers have been
characterized by countless vain attempts to prove we could drink like other people.

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