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1.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... sometimes a mistake.   BB Working With Others, p.95  
This is sometimes a mistake.


2.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   Sometimes a new man is anxious to ...   BB Working With Others, p.95  
Sometimes a new man is anxious to proceed at once, and you may be tempted to let him do so.


3.
View STEP TWO essay   ... sometimes a serious one.   12&12 Step Two, p.25  
The moment they read Step Two, most A.A. newcomers are confronted with a dilemma, sometimes a serious one.


4.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   Sometimes a small deal would net a ...   BB Bill's Story, p.5  
Sometimes a small deal would net a few hundred dollars, and I would pay my bills at the bars and delicatessens.


5.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... sometimes a very great one, was felt ...   BB How It Works, p.63  
This was only a beginning, though if honestly and humbly made, an effect, sometimes a very great one, was felt at once.


6.
View STEP TWO essay   Sometimes A.A. comes harder to those who ...   12&12 Step Two, p.28  
Sometimes A.A. comes harder to those who have lost or rejected faith than to those who never had any faith at all, for they think they have tried faith and found it wanting.


7.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... sometimes accuse even their best friends of ...   12&12 Step Five, p.56  
They will tell how they tried to carry the load alone; how much they suffered of irritability, anxiety, remorse, and depression; and how, unconsciously seeking relief, they would sometimes accuse even their best friends of the very character defects they themselves were trying to conceal.


8.
View STEP EIGHT essay   ... sometimes assure us that, after all, a ...   12&12 Step Eight, p.79  
Those who did would sometimes assure us that, after all, a lively bender was only a good man's fault.


9.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... sometimes bad actors.   12&12 Step Five, p.55  
We search for an easier way -- which usually consists of the general and fairly painless admission that when drinking we were sometimes bad actors.


10.
View STEP EIGHT essay   ... sometimes be quite as damaging.   12&12 Step Eight, p.81  
Let us think of some of the subtler ones which can sometimes be quite as damaging.


11.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... sometimes be quite virtuous.   BB How It Works, p.61  
In trying to make these arrangements our actor may sometimes be quite virtuous.


12.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... sometimes be unreasonable and you will want ...   BB To Wives, p.117  
Your husband will sometimes be unreasonable and you will want to criticize.


13.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... sometimes been obliged to separate for a ...   BB The Family Afterward, p.125  
Husbands and wives have sometimes been obliged to separate for a time until new perspective, new victory over hurt pride could be rewon.


14.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... sometimes begin with indifference.   12&12 Step Twelve, p.112  
Our troubles sometimes begin with indifference.


15.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... sometimes brought home -- our husbands thought we ...   BB To Wives, p.106  
The bill collectors, the sheriffs, the angry taxi drivers, the policemen, the bums, the pals, and even the ladies they sometimes brought home -- our husbands thought we were so inhospitable.


16.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... sometimes carry the message to so many ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.111  
By a great deal of ardent Twelfth Step work we sometimes carry the message to so many alcoholics that they place us in a position of trust.


17.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... sometimes creates serious complications in a family.   BB Working With Others, p.97  
It is not good for him, and it sometimes creates serious complications in a family.


18.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... sometimes crippled by our own illness that ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.112  
Can we have the same kind of confidence and faith in these people who have been infected and sometimes crippled by our own illness that we have in our sponsors?


19.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... sometimes deranged family lives that we bring ...   12&12 Step Twelve, pp.111-112  
Can we bring the same spirit of love and tolerance into our sometimes deranged family lives that we bring to our A.A. group?


20.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... sometimes difficult to follow, but you will ...   BB To Wives, p.111  
We know these suggestions are sometimes difficult to follow, but you will save many a heartbreak if you can succeed in observing them.


21.
View TRADITION TWELVE essay   ... sometimes discuss those intimate and harrowing aspects ...   12&12 Tradition Twelve, p.185  
Enthusiastic over the spectacular recovery of a brother alcoholic, we'd sometimes discuss those intimate and harrowing aspects of his case meant for his sponsor's ear alone.


22.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... sometimes displays with respect to other matters?   BB There Is A Solution, p.22  
What has become of the common sense and will power that he still sometimes displays with respect to other matters?


23.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... sometimes dominated by a pathetic hardness and ...   BB The Family Afterward, p.134  
The children are sometimes dominated by a pathetic hardness and cynicism.


24.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... sometimes drinks in the morning and through ...   BB To Wives, p.109  
He sometimes drinks in the morning and through the day also, to hold his nervousness in check.


25.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... sometimes encounter people who do not understand ...   BB Into Action, p.74  
Of course, we sometimes encounter people who do not understand alcoholics.


26.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... sometimes feel his own inadequacy.   BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxix  
Faced with this problem, if a doctor is honest with himself, he must sometimes feel his own inadequacy.


27.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... sometimes frightening people were to make astonishing ...   12&12 Tradition Three, p.140  
How could we know that thousands of these sometimes frightening people were to make astonishing recoveries and become our greatest workers and intimate friends?


28.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... sometimes go to the other extreme and ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.120  
In our drinking time, we acted as if the money supply was inexhaustible, though between binges we'd sometimes go to the other extreme and become almost miserly.


29.
View TO WIVES chapter   Sometimes he drinks on the way home ...   BB To Wives, p.110  
Sometimes he drinks on the way home from the hospital.


30.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   Sometimes he explodes over a trifle.   BB The Family Afterward, p.126  
Sometimes he explodes over a trifle.


31.
View TO WIVES chapter   Sometimes he is a source of embarrassment ...   BB To Wives, p.109  
Sometimes he is a source of embarrassment to you and his friends.


32.
View TO WIVES chapter   Sometimes he will be so interested that ...   BB To Wives, p.119  
Sometimes he will be so interested that he becomes really neglectful.


33.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... sometimes hide out in one of the ...   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.176  
I would sometimes hide out in one of the clubs of which I was a member, and had the habit at times of registering at a hotel under a fictitious name.


34.
View STEP TEN essay   ... sometimes hours spent in self-examination are bound ...   12&12 Step Ten, p.89  
For these minutes and sometimes hours spent in self-examination are bound to make all the other hours of our day better and happier.


35.
View STEP TEN essay   ... sometimes hurt those we love because they ...   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.


36.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   Sometimes I stole from my wife's slender ...   BB Bill's Story, p.6  
Sometimes I stole from my wife's slender purse when the morning terror and madness were on me.


37.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   Sometimes I would bring it in my ...   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.176  
Sometimes I would bring it in my pockets, but they were inspected, and that became too risky.


38.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... sometimes impossible to persuade an alcoholic to ...   BB There Is A Solution, p.18  
Highly competent psychiatrists who have dealt with us have found it sometimes impossible to persuade an alcoholic to discuss his situation without reserve.


39.
View STEP TWO essay   Sometimes it's because God has not delivered ...   12&12 Step Two, p.31  
Sometimes it's because God has not delivered us the good things of life which we specified, as a greedy child makes an impossible list for Santa Claus.


40.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   Sometimes it is to the best interests ...   BB Working With Others, p.99  
Sometimes it is to the best interests of all concerned that a couple remain apart.


41.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   Sometimes it is wise to wait till ...   BB Working With Others, p.90  
Sometimes it is wise to wait till he goes on a binge.


42.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   Sometimes it was remorse and then we ...   BB How It Works, p.66  
Sometimes it was remorse and then we were sore at ourselves.


43.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... sometimes kept such a man at work ...   BB To Employers, p.137  
Because of the employee's special ability, or of his own strong personal attachment to him, the employer has sometimes kept such a man at work long beyond a reasonable period.


44.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... sometimes let us down, especially when our ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.115  
We had refused to learn the very hard lesson that overdependence upon people is unsuccessful because all people are fallible, and even the best of them will sometimes let us down, especially when our demands for attention become unreasonable.


45.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... sometimes more durable, satisfactions when the brighter, ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.112  
Can we steadfastly content ourselves with the humbler, yet sometimes more durable, satisfactions when the brighter, more glittering achievements are denied us?


46.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   Sometimes mother and children don't think so.   BB The Family Afterward, p.126  
Sometimes mother and children don't think so.


47.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... sometimes nearly drove me back to drink, ...   BB Bill's Story, p.15  
This sometimes nearly drove me back to drink, but I soon found that when all other measures failed, work with another alcoholic would save the day.


48.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... sometimes our drinking will be used politically.   BB To Employers, p.145  
But sometimes our drinking will be used politically.


49.
View TRADITION SEVEN essay   ... sometimes outside interference in our affairs.   12&12 Tradition Seven, p.161  
Now and then, grateful benefactors had endowed clubhouses, and as a result there was sometimes outside interference in our affairs.


50.
View TRADITION NINE essay   ... sometimes poles apart.   12&12 Tradition Nine, p.174  
It is the difference between the spirit of vested authority and the spirit of service, two concepts which are sometimes poles apart.


51.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... sometimes praise what we are doing and ...   BB Into Action, p.78  
Our former enemies sometimes praise what we are doing and wish us well.


52.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly.   BB Into Action, p.84  
They are being fulfilled among us -- sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly.


53.
View STEP EIGHT essay   ... sometimes quite forgotten, damaging emotional conflicts persist ...   12&12 Step Eight, p.79  
Very deep, sometimes quite forgotten, damaging emotional conflicts persist below the level of consciousness.


54.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... sometimes quite unconscious of this, the result ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.115  
Though we were sometimes quite unconscious of this, the result always had been the same.


55.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... sometimes reflected more than Jim did upon ...   BB More About Alcoholism, p.37  
We have sometimes reflected more than Jim did upon the consequences.


56.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... sometimes say she is neglected.   BB Working With Others, p.97  
Your wife may sometimes say she is neglected.


57.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... sometimes seem to be within us, and ...   12&12 Step Four, p.52  
These stem from causes which sometimes seem to be within us, and at other times to come from without.


58.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... sometimes seen families broken apart by misunderstanding, ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.114  
We have sometimes seen families broken apart by misunderstanding, tensions, or actual infidelity, who are reunited by the A.A. way of life.


59.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... sometimes select and memorize a few set ...   BB Into Action, p.87  
If not members of religious bodies, we sometimes select and memorize a few set prayers which emphasize the principles we have been discussing.


60.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... sometimes serious leak.   BB To Employers, p.148  
We hope our suggestions will help you plug up this sometimes serious leak.


61.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... sometimes shocked when we burst into merriment ...   BB The Family Afterward, p.132  
Outsiders are sometimes shocked when we burst into merriment over a seemingly tragic experience out of the past.


62.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... sometimes singled out for posts of greater ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.124  
When by devoted service to family, friends, business, or community we attract widespread affection and are sometimes singled out for posts of greater responsibility and trust, we try to be humbly grateful and exert ourselves the more in a spirit of love and service.


63.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... sometimes slowly.   BB Into Action, p.84  
They are being fulfilled among us -- sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly.


64.
View TRADITION EIGHT essay   ... sometimes still is -- are such activities to ...   12&12 Tradition Eight, p.170  
The question was -- and sometimes still is -- are such activities to be branded as professionalism under A.A. tradition?


65.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... sometimes surprise us.   BB Into Action, p.78  
Approached in this way, the most ruthless creditor will sometimes surprise us.


66.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... sometimes thankless privilege of doing the group's ...   12&12 Tradition Two, p.134  
Theirs is the sometimes thankless privilege of doing the group's chores.


67.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... sometimes the good is the enemy of ...   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?


68.
View INTO ACTION chapter   Sometimes the man we are calling upon ...   BB Into Action, p.78  
Sometimes the man we are calling upon admits his own fault, so feuds of years' standing melt away in an hour.


69.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... sometimes the model of honesty when normal, ...   BB To Employers, p.140  
When drinking, or getting over a bout, an alcoholic, sometimes the model of honesty when normal, will do incredible things.


70.
View TRADITION FOUR essay   Sometimes the swarming applicants would go for ...   12&12 Tradition Four, p.148  
Sometimes the swarming applicants would go for all three floors.


71.
View TO WIVES chapter   Sometimes there are cases where alcoholism is ...   BB To Wives, p.114  
Sometimes there are cases where alcoholism is complicated by other disorders.


72.
View TO WIVES chapter   Sometimes there were other women.   BB To Wives, p.106  
Sometimes there were other women.


73.
View TO WIVES chapter   Sometimes there were screaming delirium and insanity.   BB To Wives, p.107  
Sometimes there were screaming delirium and insanity.


74.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   Sometimes these excuses have a certain plausibility, ...   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.


75.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... sometimes they are distressingly acute.   12&12 Step Twelve, p.117  
But just like all other societies, we do have sex and marital problems, and sometimes they are distressingly acute.


76.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   Sometimes they demand that dad bring them ...   BB The Family Afterward, p.123  
Sometimes they demand that dad bring them back instantly!


77.
View TRADITION TWELVE essay   Sometimes, they got distressingly drunk and let ...   12&12 Tradition Twelve, p.185  
Sometimes, they got distressingly drunk and let their groups down with a bang.


78.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   Sometimes they hurt us, seemingly without provocation, ...   BB How It Works, p.62  
Sometimes they hurt us, seemingly without provocation, but we invariably find that at some time in the past we have made decisions based on self which later placed us in a position to be hurt.


79.
View TO WIVES chapter   Sometimes they were so inaccessible that it ...   BB To Wives, p.107  
Sometimes they were so inaccessible that it seemed as though a great wall had been built around them.


80.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... sometimes this results in rebuffs and other ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.111  
Here again we are presented with the temptation to overmanage things, and sometimes this results in rebuffs and other consequences which are hard to take.


81.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   Sometimes this was a tedious process; we ...   BB We Agnostics, p.48  
Sometimes this was a tedious process; we hope no one else will be prejudiced for as long as some of us were.


82.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... sometimes to pronounce his death sentence, and ...   12&12 Tradition Three, p.141  
At last experience taught us that to take away any alcoholic's full chance was sometimes to pronounce his death sentence, and often to condemn him to endless misery.


83.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... sometimes to Wednesday evening prayer meeting.   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.172  
From childhood through high school I was more or less forced to go to church, Sunday School and evening service, Monday night Christian Endeavor and sometimes to Wednesday evening prayer meeting.


84.
View STEP TEN essay   ... sometimes today's excesses of negative emotion -- anger, ...   12&12 Step Ten, p.88  
That is the emotional hangover, the direct result of yesterday's and sometimes today's excesses of negative emotion -- anger, fear, jealousy, and the like.


85.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... sometimes tragic things.   BB The Family Afterward, p.132  
We have been speaking to you of serious, sometimes tragic things.


86.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... sometimes used their shortcomings as a basis ...   BB We Agnostics, p.50  
Instead, we looked at the human defects of these people, and sometimes used their shortcomings as a basis of wholesale condemnation.


87.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   Sometimes we alcoholics have an idea that ...   BB To Employers, p.145  
Sometimes we alcoholics have an idea that people are trying to pull us down.


88.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   Sometimes we had to search fearlessly, but ...   BB We Agnostics, p.55  
Sometimes we had to search fearlessly, but He was there.


89.
View INTO ACTION chapter   Sometimes we hear an alcoholic say that ...   BB Into Action, p.82  
Sometimes we hear an alcoholic say that the only thing he needs to do is to keep sober.


90.
View TO WIVES chapter   Sometimes we sensed dimly that we were ...   BB To Wives, p.107  
Sometimes we sensed dimly that we were dealing with sick men.


91.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   Sometimes we think fear ought to be ...   BB How It Works, p.67  
Sometimes we think fear ought to be classed with stealing.


92.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   Sometimes we took a slightly different tack.   12&12 Step Eleven, p.97  
Sometimes we took a slightly different tack.


93.
View STEP EIGHT essay   ... sometimes were responsible for the whole pattern ...   12&12 Step Eight, p.80  
We can go far beyond those things which were superficially wrong with us, to see those flaws which were basic, flaws which sometimes were responsible for the whole pattern of our lives.


94.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... sometimes wiser and more humble than this.   12&12 Tradition Two, p.133  
True, founders and their friends are sometimes wiser and more humble than this.


95.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... sometimes you must start life anew.   BB To Wives, p.114  
But sometimes you must start life anew.


96.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   Sometimes you will have to call a ...   BB Working With Others, p.97  
Sometimes you will have to call a doctor and administer sedatives under his direction.


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