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1.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... say.  BB The Family Afterward, p.128  
Dad is not so spiritual after all, they say.


2.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... say?  12&12 Tradition Three, p.140  
Intolerant, you say?


3.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... say about the general hopelessness of the ...  BB More About Alcoholism, p.43  
One of these men, staff member of a world-renowned hospital, recently made this statement to some of us: "What you say about the general hopelessness of the average alcoholic's plight is, in my opinion, correct.


4.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... say about themselves.  BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxvi  
You may rely absolutely on anything they say about themselves.


5.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... say about us?  12&12 Tradition Three, p.140  
Besides, if we took in those odd ones, what would decent people say about us?


6.
View STEP TWO essay   ... say, all you need is the open ...  12&12 Step Two, p.26  
Again I say, all you need is the open mind."


7.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... say almost anything if he has accepted ...  BB To Employers, p.145  
In fact, he may say almost anything if he has accepted our solution which, as you know, demands rigorous honesty.


8.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... say among ourselves, "He wants to want ...  BB To Wives, p.109  
As we say among ourselves, "He wants to want to stop."


9.
View STEP NINE essay   ... say anything for several weeks, or longer.  12&12 Step Nine, p.84  
We may not want to say anything for several weeks, or longer.


10.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... say approximately this, "Look here, Ed.  BB To Employers, p.147  
After reading this book, a junior executive can go to such a man and say approximately this, "Look here, Ed.


11.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... say: "But I will not have the ...  BB A Vision For You, p.164  
Still you may say: "But I will not have the benefit of contact with you who wrote this book."


12.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... say, contrary to the experience of society ...  12&12 Tradition Three, p.141  
Why did we dare to say, contrary to the experience of society and government everywhere, that we would neither punish nor deprive any A.A. of membership, that we must never compel anyone to pay anything, believe anything, or conform to anything?


13.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... say, for jay-walking.  BB More About Alcoholism, p.37  
Our behavior is as absurd and incomprehensible with respect to the first drink as that of an individual with a passion, say, for jay-walking.


14.
View STEP THREE essay   ... say: "God grant me the serenity to ...  12&12 Step Three, pp.40-41  
In all times of emotional disturbance or indecision, we can pause, ask for quiet, and in the stillness simply say: "God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference. Thy will, not mine, be done."


15.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... say "Good luck and God bless you!"  BB To Wives, p.121  
So to you out there who may soon be with us -- we say "Good luck and God bless you!"


16.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... say he cannot recover unless he has ...  BB Working With Others, p.99  
Let no alcoholic say he cannot recover unless he has his family back.


17.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... say he is above worldly considerations.  BB The Family Afterward, p.128  
He may demand that the family find God in a hurry, or exhibit amazing indifference to them and say he is above worldly considerations.


18.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... say, he will probably be off to ...  BB To Employers, pp.144-145  
If he feels free to discuss his problems with you, if he knows you understand and will not be upset by anything he wishes to say, he will probably be off to a fast start.


19.
View STEP SIX essay   ... say, "How very easy!  12&12 Step Six, p.69  
He could say, "How very easy!


20.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... say, "I bet they do it -- maybe ...  BB We Agnostics, p.52  
Show any longshoreman a Sunday supplement describing a proposal to explore the moon by means of a rocket and he will say, "I bet they do it -- maybe not so long either."


21.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... say, "I wish I had what that ...  BB We Agnostics, p.47  
When people presented us with spiritual approaches, how frequently did we all say, "I wish I had what that man has.


22.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... say, is usually that he has no ...  BB There Is A Solution, p.23  
And the truth, strange to say, is usually that he has no more idea why he took that first drink than you have.


23.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... say it was your devotion and care ...  BB To Wives, pp.118-119  
Your husband will be the first to say it was your devotion and care which brought him to the point where he could have a spiritual experience.


24.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... say, many who are real alcoholics are ...  BB More About Alcoholism, p.31  
Despite all we can say, many who are real alcoholics are not going to believe they are in that class.


25.
View TRADITION FIVE essay   ... say, "My sponsor sold me one idea, ...  12&12 Tradition Five, p.154  
Years later, this tough Irish customer liked to say, "My sponsor sold me one idea, and that was sobriety.


26.
View STEP SIX essay   ... say, "No, I can't give this up ...  12&12 Step Six, p.66  
Even then the best of us will discover to our dismay that there is always a sticking point, a point at which we say, "No, I can't give this up yet."


27.
View STEP SIX essay   ... say, "No, never!" our minds close against ...  12&12 Step Six, p.69  
The moment we say, "No, never!" our minds close against the grace of God.


28.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... say nothing.  12&12 Step Five, pp.55-56  
But of the things which really bother and burn us, we say nothing.


29.
View STEP NINE essay   ... say nothing.  12&12 Step Nine, p.86  
Suppose that this may continue to go undetected, if we say nothing.


30.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... say nothing, for the moment, of how ...  BB Working With Others, p.91  
But say nothing, for the moment, of how that was accomplished.


31.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... say nothing of that intense mental and ...  BB More About Alcoholism, p.36  
Here was the threat of commitment, the loss of family and position, to say nothing of that intense mental and physical suffering which drinking always caused him.


32.
View TRADITION SEVEN essay   ... say, "Oh, the Foundation is wealthy -- why ...  12&12 Tradition Seven, p.164  
Relieved of responsibility, every alcoholic would shrug and say, "Oh, the Foundation is wealthy -- why should I bother?"


33.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... say our former thinking was soft and ...  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."


34.
View STEP ONE essay   ... say, "Perhaps you're not an alcoholic after ...  12&12 Step One, p.23  
To the doubters we could say, "Perhaps you're not an alcoholic after all.


35.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... say she is neglected.  BB Working With Others, p.97  
Your wife may sometimes say she is neglected.


36.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... say so.  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.


37.
View STEP SIX essay   ... say, so that they can hide lust ...  12&12 Step Six, p.67  
But how many men and women speak love with their lips, and believe what they say, so that they can hide lust in a dark corner of their minds?


38.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... say something like this: "My Creator, I ...  BB Into Action, p.76  
When ready, we say something like this: "My Creator, I am now willing that you should have all of me, good and bad.


39.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... say than the trouble this strange alcoholic ...  12&12 Tradition Three, p.142  
We are much more afraid of what people might say than the trouble this strange alcoholic might bring.


40.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... say that all alcoholics are honest and ...  BB To Employers, p.141  
This is not to say that all alcoholics are honest and upright when not drinking.


41.
View APPENDIX II, Spiritual Experience   ... say that any alcoholic capable of honestly ...  BB Appendix II, Spiritual Experience, p.568  
Most emphatically we wish to say that any alcoholic capable of honestly facing his problems in the light of our experience can recover, provided he does not close his mind to all spiritual concepts.


42.
View TRADITION ELEVEN essay   ... say that half of A.A.'s membership has ...  12&12 Tradition Eleven, p.180  
It is no exaggeration to say that half of A.A.'s membership has been led to us through channels like these.


43.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... say that he does believe, or is ...  BB We Agnostics, p.47  
As soon as a man can say that he does believe, or is willing to believe, we emphatically assure him that he is on his way.


44.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... say that his explanation makes good sense.  BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxvi  
But as ex-problem drinkers, we can say that his explanation makes good sense.


45.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... say that I was not interested.  BB To Employers, p.136  
I told her to say that I was not interested.


46.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... say that is was not Mr. B___ ...  BB To Employers, p.136  
My secretary returned to say that is was not Mr. B___ on the phone; it was Mr. B___'s brother, and he wished to give me a message.


47.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... say that it had done miracles.  12&12 Step Eleven, p.97  
We liked A.A. all right, and were quick to say that it had done miracles.


48.
View TRADITION SIX essay   ... say that liquor should be enjoyed, not ...  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.


49.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... say: "That's me. That's me. I drink ...  BB A Vision For You, p.157  
Over and over, he would say: "That's me. That's me. I drink like that."


50.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... say that most of the alcoholics under ...  12&12 Step Twelve, p.123  
These distinguished men had the nerve to say that most of the alcoholics under investigation were still childish, emotionally sensitive, and grandiose.


51.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... say that she may understand, but what ...  BB Into Action, p.81  
In fairness we must say that she may understand, but what are we going to do about a thing like that?


52.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... say that the consciousness of the Presence ...  BB We Agnostics, p.51  
When many hundreds of people are able to say that the consciousness of the Presence of God is today the most important fact of their lives, they present a powerful reason why one should have faith.


53.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... say that the only thing he needs ...  BB Into Action, p.82  
Sometimes we hear an alcoholic say that the only thing he needs to do is to keep sober.


54.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... say that was different from what others ...  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?"


55.
View STEP EIGHT essay   ... say that we have "harmed" other people.  12&12 Step Eight, p.80  
We might next ask ourselves what we mean when we say that we have "harmed" other people.


56.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... say that what you now propose bothers ...  12&12 Tradition Two, p.137  
But I think I speak for everyone here when I say that what you now propose bothers us an awful lot more.'


57.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   Say that you believe he is a ...  BB To Employers, p.142  
Say that you believe he is a gravely ill person, with this qualification -- being perhaps fatally ill, does he want to get well?


58.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... say the A.A. program requires no willpower; ...  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.


59.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... say, the group's chairman.  12&12 Step Twelve, p.111  
They make us, let us say, the group's chairman.


60.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... say the spiritual approach.  BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.180  
But this was a man who had experienced many years of frightful drinking, who had had most all the drunkard's experiences known to man, but who had been cured by the very means I had been trying to employ, that is to say the spiritual approach.


61.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... say the whole thing was nothing but ...  BB We Agnostics, p.54  
Could we still say the whole thing was nothing but a mass of electrons, created out of nothing, meaning nothing, whirling on to a destiny of nothingness?


62.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... say there is no God?"  BB We Agnostics, p.56  
"Who are you to say there is no God?"


63.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... say this after many years' experience as ...  BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxvii  
I say this after many years' experience as Medical Director of one of the oldest hospitals in the country treating alcoholic and drug addiction.


64.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... say this because we are very anxious ...  BB Into Action, p.74  
We say this because we are very anxious that we talk to the right person.


65.
View STEP SIX essay   ... say, "This I cannot give up yet...," ...  12&12 Step Six, p.69  
Perhaps we shall be obliged in some cases still to say, "This I cannot give up yet...," but we should not say to ourselves, "This I will never give up!"


66.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... say, "This is getting serious.  BB To Wives, p.118  
Next time you and he have a heated discussion, no matter what the subject, it should be the privilege of either to smile and say, "This is getting serious.


67.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... say, three drinks -- no more!  BB A Vision For You, p.154  
Perhaps he could handle, say, three drinks -- no more!


68.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... say, to drink.  BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxxi  
He had lost everything worthwhile in life and was only living, one might say, to drink.


69.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... say to her that we have no ...  BB Into Action, p.81  
We feel we ought to say to her that we have no right to involve another person.


70.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... say to himself in the most casual ...  BB There Is A Solution, p.24  
The alcoholic may say to himself in the most casual way, "It won't burn me this time, so here's how!"


71.
View STEP ONE essay   ... say to himself, "Maybe those A.A.'s were ...  12&12 Step One, p.23  
Following every spree, he would say to himself, "Maybe those A.A.'s were right. ..."


72.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... say -- to Middletown, U.S.A.  12&12 Tradition Two, p.132  
John Doe, a good A.A., moves -- let us say -- to Middletown, U.S.A.


73.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... say to one another, "Perhaps it would ...  12&12 Tradition Two, p.133  
They say to one another, "Perhaps it would be a good idea if we continue to keep a firm hand on A.A. in this town.


74.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... say to ourselves that we would right ...  BB Into Action, p.83  
We don't worry about them if we can honestly say to ourselves that we would right them if we could.


75.
View STEP SIX essay   ... say to ourselves, "This I will never ...  12&12 Step Six, p.69  
Perhaps we shall be obliged in some cases still to say, "This I cannot give up yet...," but we should not say to ourselves, "This I will never give up!"


76.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... say to ourselves, "This one ought to ...  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.


77.
View STEP TWO essay   ... say to the drifter, "Yes, we were ...  12&12 Step Two, p.28  
Any number of A.A.'s can say to the drifter, "Yes, we were diverted from our childhood faith, too.


78.
View STEP TWO essay   ... say upon what occasion or upon what ...  12&12 Step Two, p.27  
I can't say upon what occasion or upon what day I came to believe in a Power greater than myself, but I certainly have that belief now.


79.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... say we had no capacity for faith, ...  BB We Agnostics, p.54  
It was impossible to say we had no capacity for faith, or love, or worship.


80.
View TRADITION ONE essay   ... say "We ought..." but never "You must!"  12&12 Tradition One, p.129  
They repeatedly say "We ought..." but never "You must!"


81.
View TRADITION ONE essay   ... say, "What a great thing A.A. might ...  12&12 Tradition One, p.129  
Back again in their caves, alcoholics would reproach us and say, "What a great thing A.A. might have been!"


82.
View TRADITION NINE essay   ... say, "What do they mean, no organization?"  12&12 Tradition Nine, p.172  
Scanning this puzzler, people say, "What do they mean, no organization?"


83.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... say will apply to nearly everyone bound ...  BB To Wives, p.104  
What they say will apply to nearly everyone bound by ties of blood or affection to an alcoholic.


84.
View TRADITION NINE essay   ... say with assurance that Alcoholics Anonymous -- A.A. ...  12&12 Tradition Nine, p.172  
Today, we are able to say with assurance that Alcoholics Anonymous -- A.A. as a whole -- should never be organized at all.


85.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... say, "Yes, I am one of them ...  BB There Is A Solution, p.29  
Our hope is that many alcoholic men and women, desperately in need, will see these pages, and we believe that it is only by fully disclosing ourselves and our problems that they will be persuaded to say, "Yes, I am one of them too; I must have this thing."


86.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... say, "Yes, I'm willing.  BB A Vision For You, p.152  
You say, "Yes, I'm willing.


87.
View STEP TWO essay   ... say, "Yes, we were like you -- far ...  12&12 Step Two, p.29  
To these, many A.A.'s can say, "Yes, we were like you -- far too smart for our own good.


88.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... say you appreciate his abilities, would like ...  BB To Employers, p.141  
You might say you appreciate his abilities, would like to keep him, but cannot if he continues to drink.


89.
View TO WIVES chapter   Say you do not want to be ...  BB To Wives, p.112  
Say you do not want to be a wet blanket; that you only want him to take care of his health.


90.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... say you rushed him.  BB Working With Others, p.95  
If he has trouble later, he is likely to say you rushed him.


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