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1.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... said.   BB Bill's Story, p.14  
Faith without works was dead, he said.


2.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... said.   BB We Agnostics, p.54  
At least, so the chemist said.


3.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... said.   BB To Wives, p.106  
"Joykiller, nag, wet blanket" -- that's what they said.


4.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... said.   BB A Vision For You, p.158  
"Maybe you're right," he said.


5.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... said?"   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.180  
The question which might naturally come into your mind would be: "what did the man do or say that was different from what others had done or said?"


6.
View STEP TWO essay   ... said.   12&12 Step Two, p.31  
'Damn this faith business!' we said.


7.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... said.   12&12 Tradition Three, p.142  
Not another word was said.


8.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... said?   12&12 Tradition Three, p.142  
What more indeed could be said?


9.
View TRADITION FIVE essay   ... said.   12&12 Tradition Five, p.151  
'Nothing too promising,' the little doc said.


10.
View TRADITION FIVE essay   ... said.   12&12 Tradition Five, p.152  
"'Yes,' I said.


11.
View TRADITION FIVE essay   ... said.   12&12 Tradition Five, p.153  
'Oh!' he said.


12.
View TRADITION FIVE essay   ... said.   12&12 Tradition Five, p.153  
'You have faith,' I said.


13.
View TRADITION FIVE essay   ... said.   12&12 Tradition Five, p.153  
"'Okay,' he said.


14.
View TRADITION SIX essay   ... said.   12&12 Tradition Six, p.158  
"Great guns!" he said.


15.
View TRADITION SIX essay   ... said.   12&12 Tradition Six, p.159  
"I know that," he said.


16.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... said about alcoholism, and I frankly did ...   BB More About Alcoholism, p.40  
Let him tell you about it: "I was much impressed with what you fellows said about alcoholism, and I frankly did not believe it would be possible for me to drink again.


17.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... said about receiving strength, inspiration, and direction ...   BB Into Action, p.85  
Much has already been said about receiving strength, inspiration, and direction from Him who has all knowledge and power.


18.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... said and did.   BB More About Alcoholism, p.41  
I know little of where I went or what I said and did.


19.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... said applies quite as much to women.   BB To Wives, p.104  
But what we have said applies quite as much to women.


20.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... said, but that.   BB A Vision For You, p.155  
He would do anything, he said, but that.


21.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... said firmly, "You can't talk like this ...   12&12 Tradition Three, p.143  
They said firmly, "You can't talk like this around here.


22.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... said God had reserved this privilege to ...   BB We Agnostics, p.51  
Had not people said God had reserved this privilege to the birds?


23.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... said God made these things possible, and ...   BB We Agnostics, p.55  
They said God made these things possible, and we only smiled.


24.
View STEP TWO essay   ... said, "Grant me my wishes" instead of ...   12&12 Step Two, p.32  
We had always said, "Grant me my wishes" instead of "Thy will be done."


25.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... said, "Have you fellows had your morning ...   12&12 Tradition Three, p.144  
A quizzical smile on his lips, he said, "Have you fellows had your morning meditation?"


26.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... said he was perfectly willing to do ...   BB A Vision For You, p.158  
On the third day the lawyer gave his life to the care and direction of his Creator, and said he was perfectly willing to do anything necessary.


27.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... said he was perfectly willing to go ...   BB Into Action, p.79  
He said he was perfectly willing to go to jail if she insisted.


28.
View TRADITION THREE essay   Said he, "Well, what about it?   12&12 Tradition Three, p.142  
Said he, "Well, what about it?


29.
View TRADITION FOUR essay   ... said he wished he'd paid some attention ...   12&12 Tradition Four, p.149  
He said he wished he'd paid some attention to A.A. experience.


30.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... said, "Here I am."   BB Into Action, p.79  
It would have been impressive heroics if he had walked up to the Judge and said, "Here I am."


31.
View TRADITION FIVE essay   ... said I, 'I think you're just a ...   12&12 Tradition Five, p.153  
"'Well,' said I, 'I think you're just a conceited Irishman who thinks he can run the whole show.'


32.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... said, 'I think it's a shame that ...   12&12 Tradition Two, p.136  
'Bill,' he said, 'I think it's a shame that you are financially so hard up.


33.
View APPENDIX III, The Medical View on A.A.   ... said, in part: "Alcoholics Anonymous are no ...   BB Appendix III, The Medical View on A.A., p.570  
Dr. W. W. Bauer, broadcasting under the auspices of The American Medical Association in 1946, over the NBC network, said, in part: "Alcoholics Anonymous are no crusaders; not a temperance society.


34.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... said, "is our reputation.   12&12 Tradition Three, p.142  
"What we are really afraid of," he said, "is our reputation.


35.
View TRADITION SIX essay   ... said it all.   12&12 Tradition Six, p.159  
Concerning endorsements, our friend had said it all.


36.
View TRADITION SEVEN essay   ... said it -- the landlord would put us ...   12&12 Tradition Seven, p.163  
But finally he said it -- the landlord would put us out if we didn't pay up.


37.
View TRADITION ELEVEN essay   ... said it wished to publicize its principles ...   12&12 Tradition Eleven, p.182  
Here was something rare in the world -- a society which said it wished to publicize its principles and its work, but not its individual members.


38.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... said, "I've got religion."   BB Bill's Story, p.9  
Simply, but smilingly, he said, "I've got religion."


39.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... said, "Let's make the call," and extracted ...   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.179  
Wishing to be polite, though I felt very badly, I said, "Let's make the call," and extracted from my wife a promise that we would not stay over fifteen minutes.


40.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... said my friend, "this chap is either ...   BB To Employers, p.138  
"Oh no," said my friend, "this chap is either through with liquor, or he is minus a job.


41.
View STEP ONE essay   ... said, no such thing as the personal ...   12&12 Step One, p.22  
There was, they said, no such thing as the personal conquest of this compulsion by the unaided will.


42.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... said of many A.A. members who, for ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.120  
And what can be said of many A.A. members who, for a variety of reasons, cannot have a family life?


43.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   Said one of the visitors, "We're giving ...   BB A Vision For You, p.157  
Said one of the visitors, "We're giving you a treatment for alcoholism."


44.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... said, "Put him in a private room. ...   BB A Vision For You, p.157  
But one of the friends said, "Put him in a private room. We'll be down."


45.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... said right here in this meeting that ...   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?


46.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... said that a problem had them hopelessly ...   BB More About Alcoholism, p.42  
I had never been able to understand people who said that a problem had them hopelessly defeated.


47.
View TRADITION NINE essay   ... said that "Alcoholics Anonymous needs the least ...   12&12 Tradition Nine, p.172  
When Tradition Nine was first written, it said that "Alcoholics Anonymous needs the least possible organization."


48.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... said that "almost the only scoffers at ...   12&12 Step Eleven, p.97  
It has been well said that "almost the only scoffers at prayer are those who never tried it enough."


49.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... said that he was not ready to ...   BB The Family Afterward, p.135  
He admitted he was overdoing these things, but frankly said that he was not ready to stop.


50.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... said that though I did raise a ...   BB More About Alcoholism, p.42  
They had said that though I did raise a defense, it would one day give way before some trivial reason for having a drink.


51.
View TRADITION TEN essay   ... said that we were born with it, ...   12&12 Tradition Ten, p.176  
It could almost be said that we were born with it, for, as one oldtimer recently declared, "Practically never have I heard a heated religious, political, or reform argument among A.A. members.


52.
View APPENDIX III, The Medical View on A.A.   ... said: "The alcoholics we get here at ...   BB Appendix III, The Medical View on A.A., p.570  
Dr. John F. Stouffer, Chief Psychiatrist, Philadelphia General Hospital, citing his experience with A.A., said: "The alcoholics we get here at Philadelphia General are mostly those who cannot afford private treatment, and A.A. is by far the greatest thing we have been able to offer them.


53.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   Said the future Fellow Anonymous: "Damn little ...   BB A Vision For You, p.157  
Said the future Fellow Anonymous: "Damn little to laugh about that I can see."


54.
View TRADITION SEVEN essay   ... said, "the groups will never fully support ...   12&12 Tradition Seven, p.164  
"Maybe," some said, "the groups will never fully support the office.


55.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... said the sick man, "the very image.   BB A Vision For You, p.157  
"Yes, that's me," said the sick man, "the very image.


56.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... said, "The way you fellows put this ...   BB A Vision For You, p.159  
After a bit, he said, "The way you fellows put this spiritual stuff makes sense.


57.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... said to our Maker, as we understood ...   BB How It Works, p.63  
Many of us said to our Maker, as we understood Him: "God, I offer myself to Thee -- to build with me and to do with me as Thou wilt.


58.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... said to ourselves, "For God's sake, how ...   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?"


59.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... said to ourselves, the hen probably did ...   12&12 Step Eleven, p.97  
Sure, we said to ourselves, the hen probably did come before the egg.


60.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... said to ourselves, "This I cannot do ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.108  
We said to ourselves, "This I cannot do today, perhaps, but I can stop crying out 'No, never!'"


61.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... said to ourselves, "This is a sick ...   BB How It Works, p.67  
When a person offended we said to ourselves, "This is a sick man.


62.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... said to the doctor, "Is there no ...   BB There Is A Solution, p.27  
He said to the doctor, "Is there no exception?"


63.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... said to us: "I can take it ...   BB There Is A Solution, p.20  
How many times people have said to us: "I can take it or leave it alone.


64.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... said to us, "Years of living with ...   BB The Family Afterward, p.122  
A doctor said to us, "Years of living with an alcoholic is almost sure to make any wife or child neurotic.


65.
View STEP TWO essay   ... said, was full of nonsense; we could ...   12&12 Step Two, p.30  
The Bible, we said, was full of nonsense; we could cite it chapter and verse, and we couldn't see the Beatitudes for the 'begats.'


66.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... said, "We don't know."   BB We Agnostics, p.53  
Hence we are at pains to tell why we think our present faith is reasonable, why we think it more sane and logical to believe than not to believe, why we say our former thinking was soft and mushy when we threw up our hands in doubt and said, "We don't know."


67.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... said we must not go where liquor ...   BB Working With Others, p.100  
People have said we must not go where liquor is served; we must not have it in our homes; we must shun friends who drink; we must avoid moving pictures which show drinking scenes; we must not go into bars; our friends must hide their bottles if we go to their houses; we mustn't think or be reminded about alcohol at all.


68.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... said we were of the "inferior" type.   12&12 Step Twelve, p.123  
Then people said we were of the "inferior" type.


69.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... said, "Why can't 'God as we understand ...   12&12 Step Five, p.59  
We said, "Why can't 'God as we understand Him' tell us where we are astray?


70.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... said, "Why don't you choose your own ...   BB Bill's Story, p.12  
He said, "Why don't you choose your own conception of God?"


71.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... said, "with alcoholics only.   12&12 Tradition Three, p.142  
"We deal," they said, "with alcoholics only.


72.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... said: "You have the mind of a ...   BB There Is A Solution, p.27  
The doctor said: "You have the mind of a chronic alcoholic.


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