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1.
View STEP THREE essay   ... shall act.  12&12 Step Three, p.37  
How persistently we claim the right to decide all by ourselves just what we shall think and just how we shall act.


2.
View TRADITION NINE essay   ... shall always need to authorize workers to ...  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.


3.
View STEP NINE essay   ... shall at once think of a few ...  12&12 Step Nine, p.84  
We shall at once think of a few people who know all about our drinking, and who have been most affected by it.


4.
View STEP EIGHT essay   ... shall be bound to construct a long ...  12&12 Step Eight, p.81  
Then, as year by year we walk back through our lives as far as memory will reach, we shall be bound to construct a long list of people who have, to some extent or other, been affected.


5.
View TRADITION TEN essay   ... shall be divided among them.  12&12 Tradition Ten, p.176  
We live in the imminent possibility of a fresh holocaust to determine how men shall be governed, and how the products of nature and toil shall be divided among them.


6.
View TRADITION TEN essay   ... shall be governed, and how the products ...  12&12 Tradition Ten, p.176  
We live in the imminent possibility of a fresh holocaust to determine how men shall be governed, and how the products of nature and toil shall be divided among them.


7.
View FOREWORD TO FIRST EDITION   ... shall be greatly handicapped.  BB Foreword to First Edition, p.xiii  
Very earnestly we ask the press also, to observe this request, for otherwise we shall be greatly handicapped.


8.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... shall be happy to hear from you ...  BB To Employers (Note), p.150  
(*) See Appendix VI -- We shall be happy to hear from you if we can be of help.


9.
View FOREWORD TO FIRST EDITION   ... shall be interested to hear from those ...  BB Foreword to First Edition, p.xiv  
We shall be interested to hear from those who are getting results from this book, particularly from those who have commenced work with other alcoholics.


10.
View STEP SIX essay   ... shall be obliged in some cases still ...  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!"


11.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... shall be of little use if our ...  BB Working With Others, p.103  
Some day we hope that Alcoholics Anonymous will help the public to a better realization of the gravity of the alcoholic problem, but we shall be of little use if our attitude is one of bitterness or hostility.


12.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... shall be pulled backward into disillusionment.  12&12 Step Twelve, p.114  
If we place instincts first, we have got the cart before the horse; we shall be pulled backward into disillusionment.


13.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... shall be stupid, boring and glum, like ...  BB A Vision For You, p.152  
But am I to be consigned to a life where I shall be stupid, boring and glum, like some righteous people I see?


14.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... shall be with you in the Fellowship ...  BB A Vision For You, p.164  
We shall be with you in the Fellowship of the Spirit, and you will surely meet some of us as you trudge the Road of Happy Destiny.


15.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... shall bring to the task our combined ...  BB There Is A Solution, p.19  
We shall bring to the task our combined experience and knowledge.


16.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... shall call Ed.  12&12 Tradition Three, p.143  
Not long after the man with the double stigma knocked for admission, A.A.'s other group received into its membership a salesman we shall call Ed.


17.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... shall call Jim.  BB More About Alcoholism, p.35  
Our first example is a friend we shall call Jim.


18.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... shall claim that our serious character defects, ...  12&12 Step Four, p.45  
We shall claim that our serious character defects, if we think we have any at all, have been caused chiefly by excessive drinking.


19.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... shall describe some of the mental states ...  BB More About Alcoholism, p.35  
So we shall describe some of the mental states that precede a relapse into drinking, for obviously this is the crux of the problem.


20.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... shall do our utmost to achieve that ...  BB There Is A Solution, p.19  
We shall do our utmost to achieve that ideal.


21.
View STEP ONE essay   ... shall find no enduring strength until we ...  12&12 Step One, p.22  
The principle that we shall find no enduring strength until we first admit complete defeat is the main taproot from which our whole Society has sprung and flowered.


22.
View STEP EIGHT essay   ... shall find that though the harm done ...  12&12 Step Eight, p.79  
In many instances we shall find that though the harm done others has not been great, the emotional harm we have done ourselves has.


23.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... shall forever live in thankful contemplation of ...  BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.566  
This to the end that our great blessings may never spoil us; that we shall forever live in thankful contemplation of Him who presides over us all.


24.
View TRADITIONS LONG FORM   ... shall forever live in thankful contemplation of ...  12&12 Tradition Twelve (Long), p.192  
This to the end that our great blessings may never spoil us; that we shall forever live in thankful contemplation of Him who presides over us all.


25.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... shall get rid of that terrible sense ...  12&12 Step Five, p.57  
For one thing, we shall get rid of that terrible sense of isolation we've always had.


26.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... shall handle ourselves like other people.  BB There Is A Solution, p.24  
If these thoughts occur, they are hazy and readily supplanted with the old threadbare idea that this time we shall handle ourselves like other people.


27.
View STEP SIX essay   ... shall have to be content with patient ...  12&12 Step Six, p.65  
A few of them may be, but with most of them we shall have to be content with patient improvement.


28.
View STEP SIX essay   ... shall have to come to grips with ...  12&12 Step Six, p.69  
At the very least, we shall have to come to grips with some of our worst character defects and take action toward their removal as quickly as we can.


29.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... shall have to do more than see.  12&12 Step Five, p.58  
But we shall have to do more than see.


30.
View TRADITION SEVEN essay   ... shall have to separate the spiritual from ...  12&12 Tradition Seven, p.161  
We shall have to separate the spiritual from the material."


31.
View STEP THREE essay   ... shall he ever straighten out that awful ...  12&12 Step Three, p.39  
And how shall he ever straighten out that awful jam that cost him the affection of his family and separated him from them?


32.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... shall I forget their impassive faces, and ...  12&12 Tradition Two, p.137  
Never shall I forget their impassive faces, and the steady gaze they focused upon me.


33.
View STEP TEN essay   ... shall look for progress, not for perfection.  12&12 Step Ten, p.91  
We shall look for progress, not for perfection.


34.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... shall need bracing air and an abundance ...  12&12 Step Eleven, p.98  
Most certainly we shall need bracing air and an abundance of food.


35.
View STEP SIX essay   ... shall need to make a brand new ...  12&12 Step Six, p.68  
If we would gain any real advantage in the use of this Step on problems other than alcohol, we shall need to make a brand new venture into open-mindedness.


36.
View STEP SIX essay   ... shall need to raise our eyes toward ...  12&12 Step Six, p.68  
We shall need to raise our eyes toward perfection, and be ready to walk in that direction.


37.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... shall need to share with this person ...  12&12 Step Five, p.61  
Perhaps we shall need to share with this person facts about ourselves which no others ought to know.


38.
View STEP NINE essay   ... shall need when we take Step Nine.  12&12 Step Nine, p.83  
Good judgment, a careful sense of timing, courage, and prudence -- these are the qualities we shall need when we take Step Nine.


39.
View STEP NINE essay   ... shall never be able to make direct ...  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.


40.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... shall never be able to touch more ...  BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xxi  
In all probability, we shall never be able to touch more than a fair fraction of the alcohol problem in all its ramifications.


41.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... shall never have enough.  12&12 Step Four, p.49  
We eat, drink, and grab for more of everything than we need, fearing we shall never have enough.


42.
View STEP SIX essay   ... shall never have, instead of adjusting to ...  12&12 Step Six, p.67  
Else why would we consume such great amounts of time wishing for what we have not, rather than working for it, or angrily looking for attributes we shall never have, instead of adjusting to the fact, and accepting it?


43.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... shall not be repeated.  BB Into Action, p.81  
We are sorry for what we have done and, God willing, it shall not be repeated.


44.
View APPENDIX VII, Twelve Concepts (Short Form)   ... shall observe the spirit of A.A. tradition, ...  BB Appendix VII, Twelve Concepts (Short Form), p.575  
XII. The Conference shall observe the spirit of A.A. tradition, taking care that it never becomes the seat of perilous wealth or power; that sufficient operating funds and reserve be its prudent financial principle; that it place none of its members in a position of unqualified authority over others; that it reach all important decisions by discussion, vote, and, whenever possible, by substantial unanimity; that its actions never be personally punitive nor an incitement to public controversy; that it never perform acts of government, and that, like the Society it serves, it will always remain democratic in thought and action.


45.
View STEP SIX essay   ... shall often tread on even more dangerous ...  12&12 Step Six, p.66  
And we shall often tread on even more dangerous ground when we cry, "This I will never give up!"


46.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... shall point with pride to the good ...  12&12 Step Four, p.45  
No doubt we shall point with pride to the good lives we thought we led before the bottle cut us down.


47.
View TRADITION TEN essay   ... shall publicly."  12&12 Tradition Ten, p.176  
So long as we don't argue these matters privately, it's a cinch we never shall publicly."


48.
View STEP THREE essay   ... shall see a pathway beside which is ...  12&12 Step Three, p.34  
Once unlocked by willingness, the door opens almost of itself, and looking through it, we shall see a pathway beside which is an inscription.


49.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... shall see, he now means a great ...  BB A Vision For You, p.156  
As we shall see, he now means a great deal to his community, and the major liabilities of thirty years of hard drinking have been repaired in four.


50.
View STEP TEN essay   ... shall seek.  12&12 Step Ten, p.95  
An honest regret for harms done, a genuine gratitude for blessings received, and a willingness to try for better things tomorrow will be the permanent assets we shall seek.


51.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... shall seek all those wonders still unseen.  12&12 Step Eleven, p.100  
Let us look now upon the sea and ponder what its mystery is; and let us lift our eyes to the far horizon, beyond which we shall seek all those wonders still unseen.


52.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... shall serve.  12&12 Tradition Two, p.134  
Thus throughout A.A. does the group conscience decree the terms upon which its leaders shall serve.


53.
View APPENDIX III, The Medical View on A.A.   ... shall stand convicted of emotional sterility and ...  BB Appendix III, The Medical View on A.A., p.569  
If we do not do so, we shall stand convicted of emotional sterility and of having lost the faith that moves mountains, without which medicine can do little.


54.
View TRADITION ONE essay   ... shall sustain us in unity for so ...  12&12 Tradition One, p.131  
They live today in the Twelve Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous, which -- God willing -- shall sustain us in unity for so long as He may need us.


55.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... shall tell you what we have done.  BB There Is A Solution, p.20  
We shall tell you what we have done.


56.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... shall the answer be -- yes or no?"  12&12 Tradition Three, p.142  
What shall the answer be -- yes or no?"


57.
View STEP THREE essay   ... shall think and just how we shall ...  12&12 Step Three, p.37  
How persistently we claim the right to decide all by ourselves just what we shall think and just how we shall act.


58.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... shall try to answer for you.  BB To Wives, p.110  
His case presents additional questions which we shall try to answer for you.


59.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... shall walk a free man at last.  BB Into Action, p.75  
Carefully reading the first five proposals we ask if we have omitted anything, for we are building an arch through which we shall walk a free man at last.


60.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... shall want sunlight; nothing much can grow ...  12&12 Step Eleven, p.98  
But first of all we shall want sunlight; nothing much can grow in the dark.


61.
View STEP EIGHT essay   ... shall want to hold ourselves to the ...  12&12 Step Eight, p.81  
We shall want to hold ourselves to the course of admitting the things we have done, meanwhile forgiving the wrongs done us, real or fancied.


62.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... shall want to speak with someone who ...  12&12 Step Five, p.61  
We shall want to speak with someone who is experienced, who not only has stayed dry but has been able to surmount other serious difficulties.


63.
View STEP THREE essay   ... shall we be able to let Him ...  12&12 Step Three, p.34  
Therefore our problem now becomes just how and by what specific means shall we be able to let Him in?


64.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... shall we come to terms with seeming ...  12&12 Step Twelve, p.112  
Furthermore, how shall we come to terms with seeming failure or success?


65.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... shall we do about it?  BB Into Action, p.72  
Having made our personal inventory, what shall we do about it?


66.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... shall we help our readers determine, to ...  BB More About Alcoholism, p.34  
How then shall we help our readers determine, to their own satisfaction, whether they are one of us?


67.
View CONTENTS   ... shall we let God into our lives?  12&12 Contents (Step Three), p.5  
How shall we let God into our lives?


68.
View CONTENTS   ... shall we meditate?  12&12 Contents (Step Eleven), p.8  
How shall we meditate?


69.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... shall we meditate?  12&12 Step Eleven, p.98  
How, then, shall we meditate?


70.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... shall we present that which has been ...  BB There Is A Solution, p.19  
How then shall we present that which has been so freely given us?


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