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1.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... really a horrible nightmare, this earning money, ...  BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.177  
It was really a horrible nightmare, this earning money, getting liquor, smuggling it home, getting drunk, morning jitters, taking large doses of sedatives to make it possible for me to earn more money, and so on ad nauseam.


2.
View STEP THREE essay   ... really a means of gaining true independence ...  12&12 Step Three, p.36  
Therefore dependence, as A.A. practices it, is really a means of gaining true independence of the spirit.


3.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... really a self-seeker even when trying to ...  BB How It Works, p.61  
Is he not really a self-seeker even when trying to be kind?


4.
View STEP TEN essay   ... really able to leave it behind us.  12&12 Step Ten, p.89  
When this is done, we are really able to leave it behind us.


5.
View STEP TEN essay   ... really acquired the habit of accurate self-appraisal.  12&12 Step Ten, p.89  
The emphasis on inventory is heavy only because a great many of us have never really acquired the habit of accurate self-appraisal.


6.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... really admitted them, even to ourselves?  12&12 Step Five, p.59  
How could we be certain that we had made a true catalog of our defects and had really admitted them, even to ourselves?


7.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... really afraid of," he said, "is our ...  12&12 Tradition Three, p.142  
"What we are really afraid of," he said, "is our reputation.


8.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... really ails the alcoholic, and lack of ...  BB To Employers, p.139  
To me, this incident illustrates lack of understanding as to what really ails the alcoholic, and lack of knowledge as to what part employers might profitably take in salvaging their sick employees.


9.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... really and truly want to quit drinking ...  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.


10.
View STEP THREE essay   ... really are, and how unconscious of that ...  12&12 Step Three, p.36  
In this area it is startling to discover how dependent we really are, and how unconscious of that dependence.


11.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... really are, followed by a sincere attempt ...  12&12 Step Five, p.58  
To those who have made progress in A.A., it amounts to a clear recognition of what and who we really are, followed by a sincere attempt to become what we could be.


12.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... really are, for that means blind faith ...  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.


13.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... really be, the conversation will start easily ...  12&12 Step Five, p.61  
When your mission is carefully explained, and it is seen by the recipient of your confidence how helpful he can really be, the conversation will start easily and will soon become eager.


14.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... really beating ourselves with the club of ...  12&12 Step Four, p.47  
We had to see that when we harbored grudges and planned revenge for such defeats, we were really beating ourselves with the club of anger we had intended to use on others.


15.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... really bother and burn us, we say ...  12&12 Step Five, p.55  
But of the things which really bother and burn us, we say nothing.


16.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... really clean house.  12&12 Step Five, p.56  
Some people are unable to stay sober at all; others will relapse periodically until they really clean house.


17.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... really commence to solve their problems.  BB More About Alcoholism, p.43  
Most alcoholics have to be pretty badly mangled before they really commence to solve their problems.


18.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... really competent to give or ought not ...  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.


19.
View STEP EIGHT essay   ... really dealing with fellow sufferers, people whose ...  12&12 Step Eight, p.78  
In many instances we are really dealing with fellow sufferers, people whose woes we have increased.


20.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... really deluged us.  BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xviii  
Then Jack Alexander wrote a feature article in the Saturday Evening Post and placed such a compelling picture of A.A. before the general public that alcoholics in need of help really deluged us.


21.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... really depended upon God, we couldn't very ...  12&12 Step Twelve, p.116  
If we really depended upon God, we couldn't very well play God to our fellows nor would we feel the urge wholly to rely on human protection and care.


22.
View STEP TEN essay   ... really didn't.  12&12 Step Ten, p.94  
The temptation here is to imagine that we had good motives and reasons when we really didn't.


23.
View STEP TEN essay   ... really disliked or hated them.  12&12 Step Ten, p.92  
Most of us must admit that we have loved but a few; that we have been quite indifferent to the many so long as none of them gave us trouble; and as for the remainder -- well, we have really disliked or hated them.


24.
View TRADITION SIX essay   ... really do it!"  12&12 Tradition Six, p.159  
I certainly won't be the guy to land A.A. in big-time trouble, and this would really do it!"


25.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... really do not know why they do ...  BB There Is A Solution, p.23  
But in their hearts they really do not know why they do it.


26.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... really does.  BB Into Action, p.88  
It works -- it really does.


27.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... really does love you with his better ...  BB To Wives, p.108  
You can see that he really does love you with his better self.


28.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... really dominated us.  BB How It Works, p.66  
We began to see that the world and its people really dominated us.


29.
View STEP THREE essay   ... really easy to begin the practice of ...  12&12 Step Three, p.40  
Once we have come into agreement with these ideas, it is really easy to begin the practice of Step Three.


30.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... really ethical Charlie's proposal was.  12&12 Tradition Two, p.136  
There were a few twinges of conscience until I saw how really ethical Charlie's proposal was.


31.
View STEP EIGHT essay   ... really exhaustive survey of our past life ...  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.


32.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... really feels there is something rather sinful ...  BB The Family Afterward, p.135  
His wife is one of those persons who really feels there is something rather sinful about these commodities, so she nagged, and her intolerance finally threw him into a fit of anger.


33.
View STEP EIGHT essay   ... really finish.  12&12 Step Eight, p.77  
It is a task which we may perform with increasing skill, but never really finish.


34.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... really goes somewhere; have seen the most ...  BB Bill's Story, p.15  
I have seen hundreds of families set their feet in the path that really goes somewhere; have seen the most impossible domestic situations righted; feuds and bitterness of all sorts wiped out.


35.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... really going somewhere, that life is not ...  12&12 Step Twelve, p.107  
He has been set on a path which tells him he is really going somewhere, that life is not a dead end, not something to be endured or mastered.


36.
View STEP NINE essay   ... really going to try the program, the ...  12&12 Step Nine, p.83  
The moment we tell our families that we are really going to try the program, the process has begun.


37.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... really good prayer.  12&12 Step Eleven, p.99  
First let's look at a really good prayer.


38.
View STEP TWO essay   ... really got us down.  12&12 Step Two, p.30  
But it was the morality of the religionists themselves that really got us down.


39.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... really had their music; but his denial ...  BB Bill's Story, p.10  
I could almost hear the sound of the preacher's voice as I sat, on still Sundays, way over there on the hillside; there was that proffered temperance pledge I never signed; my grandfather's good natured contempt of some church folk and their doings; his insistence that the spheres really had their music; but his denial of the preacher's right to tell him how he must listen; his fearlessness as he spoke of these things just before he died; these recollections welled up from the past.


40.
View STEP TWO essay   ... really hadn't cleaned house so that the ...  12&12 Step Two, p.32  
The fact was we really hadn't cleaned house so that the grace of God could enter us and expel the obsession.


41.
View TRADITION EIGHT essay   ... really handle inebriates.  12&12 Tradition Eight, p.170  
A state drunk farm wanted a manager who could really handle inebriates.


42.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... really happy and useful living.  12&12 Step Twelve, p.114  
Only by this means can we improve our chances for really happy and useful living.


43.
View TRADITION SEVEN essay   ... really hard up just then; the groups ...  12&12 Tradition Seven, p.164  
The Foundation was really hard up just then; the groups weren't sending in enough for the support of the office; we had been tossing in all the book income and even that hadn't been enough.


44.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... really have, even under pressure and difficulty.  BB Bill's Story, p.15  
The joy of living we really have, even under pressure and difficulty.


45.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... really have is a daily reprieve contingent ...  BB Into Action, p.85  
What we really have is a daily reprieve contingent on the maintenance of our spiritual condition.


46.
View STEP TWO essay   ... really impossible.  12&12 Step Two, p.25  
But now, still smarting from that admission, he is faced with something really impossible.


47.
View STEP EIGHT essay   ... really issue them an invitation to become ...  12&12 Step Eight, p.80  
We really issue them an invitation to become contemptuous and vengeful.


48.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... really licked this time.  BB More About Alcoholism, p.42  
They grinned, which I didn't like so much, and then asked me if I thought myself alcoholic and if I were really licked this time.


49.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... really like to get over drinking for ...  BB To Wives, p.112  
But after his next binge, ask him if he would really like to get over drinking for good.


50.
View STEP SIX essay   ... really love them.  12&12 Step Six, p.66  
We really love them.


51.
View STEP EIGHT essay   ... really makes an accurate and unsparing survey ...  12&12 Step Eight, p.77  
Every A.A. has found that he can make little headway in this new adventure of living until he first backtracks and really makes an accurate and unsparing survey of the human wreckage he has left in his wake.


52.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... really makes sense in the light of ...  BB There Is A Solution, p.23  
Sometimes these excuses have a certain plausibility, but none of them really makes sense in the light of the havoc an alcoholic's drinking bout creates.


53.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... really mean it, or down inside does ...  BB To Employers, p.142  
If he says yes, does he really mean it, or down inside does he think he is fooling you, and that after rest and treatment he will be able to get away with a few drinks now and then?


54.
View TRADITION FIVE essay   ... really mean the only reason you are ...  12&12 Tradition Five, p.152  
"Still dubious, he demanded, 'Do you really mean the only reason you are here is to try and help me and to help yourself?'


55.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... really necessary.  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.


56.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... really need a moral inventory.  12&12 Step Four, p.45  
Our present anxieties and troubles, we cry, are caused by the behavior of other people -- people who really need a moral inventory.


57.
View STEP TWO essay   ... really need is a truly open mind.  12&12 Step Two, p.26  
Third, all you really need is a truly open mind.


58.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... really needed it.  BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.171  
No beer or liquor was sold in the neighborhood, except at the State liquor agency where perhaps one might procure a pint if he could convince the agent that he really needed it.


59.
View TRADITION SEVEN essay   ... really needed the money for groceries, but ...  12&12 Tradition Seven, p.162  
Lois really needed the money for groceries, but that didn't stop me.


60.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... really neglectful.  BB To Wives, p.119  
Sometimes he will be so interested that he becomes really neglectful.


61.
View TRADITION SEVEN essay   ... really news.  12&12 Tradition Seven, p.160  
When a society composed entirely of alcoholics says it's going to pay its bills, that's really news.


62.
View TRADITION FIVE essay   ... really rocked him.  12&12 Tradition Five, p.153  
"This really rocked him.


63.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... really saying to every serious drinker, "You ...  12&12 Tradition Three, p.139  
For A.A. is really saying to every serious drinker, "You are an A.A. member if you say so.


64.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... really saying to us that we now ...  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 TRADITION TWO essay   ... really servants, not senators.  12&12 Tradition Two, p.134  
And so they make the belated discovery that they are really servants, not senators.


66.
View TRADITION TWELVE essay   ... really set us thinking.  12&12 Tradition Twelve, p.185  
This phenomenon of contrast really set us thinking.


67.
View STEP SIX essay   ... really sloth in five syllables.  12&12 Step Six, p.67  
Consider, too, our talents for procrastination, which is really sloth in five syllables.


68.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... really talking about the kind of love ...  12&12 Step Twelve, p.106  
When the Twelfth Step is seen in its full implication, it is really talking about the kind of love that has no price tag on it.


69.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... really tried, 50% got sober at once ...  BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xx  
Of alcoholics who came to A.A. and really tried, 50% got sober at once and remained that way; 25% sobered up after some relapses, and among the remainder, those who stayed on with A.A. showed improvement.


70.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... really tried a moral inventory is that ...  12&12 Step Four, p.49  
But the testimony of A.A.'s who have really tried a moral inventory is that pride and fear of this sort turn out to be bogeymen, nothing else.


71.
View STEP TEN essay   ... really want to punish.  12&12 Step Ten, p.94  
We sometimes hurt those we love because they need to be "taught a lesson," when we really want to punish.


72.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... really want to stop, and hardly one ...  BB More About Alcoholism, p.33  
We doubt if many of them can do it, because none will really want to stop, and hardly one of them, because of the peculiar mental twist already acquired, will find he can win out.


73.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... really wanted.  12&12 Step Seven, p.72  
With a proper display of honesty and morality, we'd stand a better chance of getting what we really wanted.


74.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... really wanted, rather than as something we ...  12&12 Step Seven, p.75  
A great turning point in our lives came when we sought for humility as something we really wanted, rather than as something we must have.


75.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... really wants to get over drinking, you ...  BB To Wives, p.120  
If you are satisfied he really wants to get over drinking, you need not be alarmed.


76.
View TRADITION ONE essay   ... really wants to live.  12&12 Tradition One, p.130  
At first he goes along because he must, but later he discovers a way of life he really wants to live.


77.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... really wants to pay the price.  BB To Wives, p.108  
Especially when he has before him a way to stop his drinking and abuse if he really wants to pay the price.


78.
View STEP TWO essay   ... really we hadn't.  12&12 Step Two, p.32  
We supposed we had humility when really we hadn't.


79.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... really worked in others, and we had ...  BB There Is A Solution, p.25  
But we saw that it really worked in others, and we had come to believe in the hopelessness and futility of life as we had been living it.


80.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... really works.  BB There Is A Solution, p.28  
A new life has been given us or, if you prefer, "a design for living" that really works.


81.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... really works.  12&12 Tradition Two, p.132  
They dubiously ask an experienced A.A. member if this really works.


82.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... really works in daily living is still ...  12&12 Step Four, p.43  
Without a searching and fearless moral inventory, most of us have found that the faith which really works in daily living is still out of reach.


83.
View STEP TEN essay   ... really wrong.  12&12 Step Ten, p.94  
There are cases where our ancient enemy, rationalization, has stepped in and has justified conduct which was really wrong.


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