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1.
View APPENDIX III, The Medical View on A.A.   ... society.   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.


2.
View FOREWORD   ... society.   12&12 Foreword, p.16  
Students of human relations are beginning to wonder how and why A.A. functions as a society.


3.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... society.   12&12 Step Four, p.42  
If there were no social instinct, if men cared nothing for the society of one another, there would be no society.


4.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... society.   12&12 Step Four, p.50  
Using his best judgment of what has been right and what has been wrong, he might make a rough survey of his conduct with respect to his primary instincts for sex, security, and society.


5.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... society.   12&12 Step Four, p.53  
We have not once sought to be one in a family, to be a friend among friends, to be a worker among workers, to be a useful member of society.


6.
View TRADITION TEN essay   ... Society, a movement among alcoholics which started ...   12&12 Tradition Ten, p.178  
The Washingtonian Society, a movement among alcoholics which started in Baltimore a century ago, almost discovered the answer to alcoholism.


7.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... society and government everywhere, that we would ...   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?


8.
View PREFACE   ... Society and has helped such large numbers ...   BB Preface, p.xi  
Because this book has become the basic text for our Society and has helped such large numbers of alcoholic men and women to recovery, there exists strong sentiment against any radical changes being made in it.


9.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... society and he would have to place ...   BB There Is A Solution, p.26  
In the doctor's judgment he was utterly hopeless; he could never regain his position in society and he would have to place himself under lock and key or hire a bodyguard if he expected to live long.


10.
View STEP TWO essay   ... society and quit bothering yourself with such ...   12&12 Step Two, p.26  
Just resign from the debating society and quit bothering yourself with such deep questions as whether it was the hen or the egg that came first.


11.
View TRADITION TWELVE essay   ... Society and under which we may grow ...   12&12 Tradition Twelve, p.187  
As we lay aside these very human aspirations, we believe that each of us takes part in the weaving of a protective mantle which covers our whole Society and under which we may grow and work in unity.


12.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... Society appears in the next pages.   BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xvi  
He had also been greatly helped by the late Dr. William D. Silkworth, a New York specialist in alcoholism who is now accounted no less than a medical saint by A.A. members, and whose story of the early days of our Society appears in the next pages.


13.
View FOREWORD TO FOURTH EDITION   ... society as a whole are reflected in ...   BB Foreword to Fourth Edition, p.xxiv  
While our literature has preserved the integrity of the A.A. message, sweeping changes in society as a whole are reflected in new customs and practices within the Fellowship.


14.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... society at large that many of us ...   12&12 Step Four, p.53  
But it is from our twisted relations with family, friends, and society at large that many of us have suffered the most.


15.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... society becomes the sole object of our ...   12&12 Step Four, p.49  
When the satisfaction of our instincts for sex, security, and society becomes the sole object of our lives, then pride steps in to justify our excesses.


16.
View STEP THREE essay   ... society breaking up into warring fragments.   12&12 Step Three, p.37  
Everywhere he sees people filled with anger and fear, society breaking up into warring fragments.


17.
View STEP TWO essay   ... Society, but he got through with room ...   12&12 Step Two, p.26  
So did a friend of mine who was a one-time vice-president of the American Atheist Society, but he got through with room to spare."


18.
View TRADITION TWELVE essay   ... society, but it was equally plain that ...   12&12 Tradition Twelve, p.185  
Our growth made it plain that we couldn't be a secret society, but it was equally plain that we couldn't be a vaudeville circuit, either.


19.
View TRADITION ELEVEN essay   ... society composed almost entirely of promoters was ...   12&12 Tradition Eleven, p.181  
By temperament, nearly every one of us had been an irrepressible promoter, and the prospect of a society composed almost entirely of promoters was frightening.


20.
View TRADITION SEVEN essay   ... society composed entirely of alcoholics says it's ...   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.


21.
View FOREWORD   ... Society could be based, and after a ...   12&12 Foreword, p.16  
After three years of trial and error in selecting the most workable tenets upon which the Society could be based, and after a large amount of failure in getting alcoholics to recover, three successful groups emerged -- the first at Akron, the second at New York, and the third at Cleveland.


22.
View TRADITION TEN essay   ... society could have survived the abolition controversy, ...   12&12 Tradition Ten, p.178  
Maybe the society could have survived the abolition controversy, but it didn't have a chance from the moment it determined to reform America's drinking habits.


23.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... Society dates from his first day of ...   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.171  
The birth of our Society dates from his first day of permanent sobriety, June 10, 1935.


24.
View FOREWORD   ... Society determined to set down its experience ...   12&12 Foreword, p.17  
Nevertheless, the infant Society determined to set down its experience in a book which finally reached the public in April 1939.


25.
View TRADITION TEN essay   ... society for their own purposes.   12&12 Tradition Ten, p.178  
Instead, the Washingtonians permitted politicians and reformers, both alcoholic and nonalcoholic, to use the society for their own purposes.


26.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... society, from life itself.   BB A Vision For You, p.151  
The less people tolerated us, the more we withdrew from society, from life itself.


27.
View INTRODUCTION   ... society functions.   12&12 Introduction, p.14  
Bill W., who along with Dr. Bob S. founded Alcoholics Anonymous in 1935, wrote the book to share 18 years of collective experience within the Fellowship on how A.A. members recover, and how our society functions.


28.
View FOREWORD   ... Society functions.   12&12 Foreword, p.15  
It presents an explicit view of the principles by which A.A. members recover and by which their Society functions.


29.
View TRADITION FIVE essay   ... Society gathers in unity.   12&12 Tradition Five, p.150  
Around it our Society gathers in unity.


30.
View PREFACE   ... Society's great medical benefactor.   BB Preface, p.xi  
The section called "The Doctor's Opinion" has been kept intact, just as it was originally written in 1939 by the late Dr. William D. Silkworth, our Society's great medical benefactor.


31.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... Society has.   BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xix  
Today the remarkable unity of A.A. is one of the greatest assets that our Society has.


32.
View TRADITION ONE essay   ... Society has.   12&12 Tradition One, p.129  
The unity of Alcoholics Anonymous is the most cherished quality our Society has.


33.
View TRADITION FIVE essay   ... Society has concluded that it has but ...   12&12 Tradition Five, p.151  
Under these compulsions of self-preservation, duty, and love, it is not strange that our Society has concluded that it has but one high mission -- to carry the A.A. message to those who don't know there's a way out.


34.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... Society has gone through this process in ...   12&12 Tradition Two, p.135  
Nearly every oldtimer in our Society has gone through this process in some degree.


35.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... Society has no president having authority to ...   12&12 Tradition Two, p.132  
When told that our Society has no president having authority to govern it, no treasurer who can compel the payment of any dues, no board of directors who can cast an erring member into outer darkness, when indeed no A.A. can give another a directive and enforce obedience, our friends gasp and exclaim, "This simply can't be. There must be an angle somewhere."


36.
View STEP ONE essay   ... Society has sprung and flowered.   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.


37.
View TRADITION NINE essay   ... society, has to be a government administered ...   12&12 Tradition Nine, p.172  
Therefore, every nation, in fact every form of society, has to be a government administered by human beings.


38.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... society has wronged him; and the alcoholic ...   BB How It Works, pp.61-62  
He is like the retired business man who lolls in the Florida sunshine in the winter complaining of the sad state of the nation; the minister who sighs over the sins of the twentieth century; politicians and reformers who are sure all would be Utopia if the rest of the world would only behave; the outlaw safe cracker who thinks society has wronged him; and the alcoholic who has lost all and is locked up.


39.
View APPENDIX VII, Twelve Concepts (Short Form)   ... Society in its world affairs.   BB Appendix VII, Twelve Concepts (Short Form), p.574  
II. The General Service Conference of A.A. has become, for nearly every practical purpose, the active voice and the effective conscience of our whole Society in its world affairs.


40.
View APPENDIX VII, Twelve Concepts (Short Form)   ... Society it serves, it will always remain ...   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.


41.
View TRADITION SIX essay   ... Society of Alcoholics Anonymous might prove to ...   12&12 Tradition Six, p.156  
Why, we thought, our Society of Alcoholics Anonymous might prove to be the spearhead of a new spiritual advance!


42.
View STEP SIX essay   ... society of his fellows.   12&12 Step Six, p.64  
Every normal person wants, for example, to eat, to reproduce, to be somebody in the society of his fellows.


43.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... society of men and women ever had ...   BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.561  
Therefore, no society of men and women ever had a more urgent need for continuous effectiveness and permanent unity.


44.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... society of one another, there would be ...   12&12 Step Four, p.42  
If there were no social instinct, if men cared nothing for the society of one another, there would be no society.


45.
View STEP EIGHT essay   ... society of our fellows, they can do ...   12&12 Step Eight, p.81  
When we take such personality traits as these into shop, office, and the society of our fellows, they can do damage almost as extensive as that we have caused at home.


46.
View APPENDIX III, The Medical View on A.A.   ... Society of the State of New York ...   BB Appendix III, The Medical View on A.A., p.569  
Following are excerpts from the comments of doctors present at the annual meeting(*) of the Medical Society of the State of New York where a paper on A.A. was read:


47.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... society of which I was a member.   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.179  
This dry spell lasted for about three weeks; then I went to Atlantic City to attend several days' meeting of a national society of which I was a member.


48.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... society often tyrannize us.   12&12 Step Four, p.42  
Our desires for sex, for material and emotional security, and for an important place in society often tyrannize us.


49.
View TRADITION NINE essay   ... society on earth give authority to some ...   12&12 Tradition Nine, p.172  
Doesn't nearly every society on earth give authority to some of its members to impose obedience upon the rest and to punish or expel offenders?


50.
View TRADITION TEN essay   ... Society out of public controversy.   12&12 Tradition Ten, pp.178-179  
As we surveyed the wreck of that movement, early A.A. members resolved to keep our Society out of public controversy.


51.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... Society; that our leaders might serve but ...   BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xix  
It was thought that no alcoholic man or woman could be excluded from our Society; that our leaders might serve but never govern; that each group was to be autonomous and there was to be no professional class of therapy.


52.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... Society then entered a fearsome and exciting ...   BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xviii  
Our Society then entered a fearsome and exciting adolescent period.


53.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   Society was about to lock him up.   BB Bill's Story, p.11  
Society was about to lock him up.


54.
View TRADITION TEN essay   ... society was composed entirely of alcoholics trying ...   12&12 Tradition Ten, p.178  
At first, the society was composed entirely of alcoholics trying to help one another.


55.
View TRADITION ONE essay   ... Society was hammered out.   12&12 Tradition One, p.131  
On anvils of experience, the structure of our Society was hammered out.


56.
View TRADITION ELEVEN essay   ... Society were breaking anonymity at the public ...   12&12 Tradition Eleven, p.182  
At one point, about a hundred of our Society were breaking anonymity at the public level.


57.
View FOREWORD   ... Society were codified for the first time ...   12&12 Foreword, p.17  
In it alcoholism was described from the alcoholic's point of view, the spiritual ideas of the Society were codified for the first time in the Twelve Steps, and the application of these Steps to the alcoholic's dilemma was made clear.


58.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... Society when he says so.   12&12 Tradition Three, p.145  
So the hand of Providence early gave us a sign that any alcoholic is a member of our Society when he says so.


59.
View TRADITION NINE essay   ... society which couldn't somehow discipline its members ...   12&12 Tradition Nine, p.172  
Did anyone ever hear of a society which couldn't somehow discipline its members and enforce obedience to necessary rules and regulations?


60.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... society, which had been nameless, now began ...   BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xvii  
The fledgling society, which had been nameless, now began to be called Alcoholics Anonymous, from the title of its own book.


61.
View TRADITION ELEVEN essay   ... society which said it wished to publicize ...   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.


62.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... society which would include every conceivable kind ...   12&12 Tradition Three, p.141  
Could any then imagine a society which would include every conceivable kind of character, and cut across every barrier of race, creed, politics, and language with ease?


63.
View TRADITION TEN essay   ... Society will perish if it does.   12&12 Tradition Ten, p.177  
In this respect, we do not enter into public controversy, because we know that our Society will perish if it does.


64.
View TRADITION NINE essay   ... society without organization, animated only by the ...   12&12 Tradition Nine, p.175  
Though Tradition Nine at first sight seems to deal with a purely practical matter, in its actual operation it discloses a society without organization, animated only by the spirit of service -- a true fellowship.


The 164 and More™ Book, eBook, and Web Site are all CONCORDANCES which display passages from the Big Book Alcoholics Anonymous, the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, and the A.A. Grapevine (A.A. Preamble only).  Sorting and rendering passages in the proprietary format of the 164 and More concordance does not in any way imply affiliation with or endorsement by either Alcoholics Anonymous World Services Inc., or the A.A. Grapevine, Inc.  Further A.A.W.S. Inc. and the A.A. Grapevine Inc. have no objection to the use of this material in the 164 and More concordance.

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