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From the books  ...  Alcoholics Anonymous (Big Book) and Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions (12 & 12)


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1.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... sure.  BB A Vision For You, p.164  
We cannot be sure.


2.
View TRADITION SEVEN essay   ... sure.  12&12 Tradition Seven, p.162  
We'd have to have some more full-time help, that was sure.


3.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... sure a great deal can be accomplished ...  BB To Employers, p.144  
Meanwhile, we are sure a great deal can be accomplished by the use of the book alone.


4.
View STEP THREE essay   ... sure A.A. is the only safe harbor ...  12&12 Step Three, p.35  
Any willing newcomer feels sure A.A. is the only safe harbor for the foundering vessel he has become.


5.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... sure all would be Utopia if the ...  BB How It Works, p.61  
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.


6.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... sure and definite answers to our requests?"  12&12 Step Eleven, p.103  
Of course, it is reasonable and understandable that the question is often asked: "Why can't we take a specific and troubling dilemma straight to God, and in prayer secure from Him sure and definite answers to our requests?"


7.
View TRADITION ONE essay   ... sure and swift; he sickens and dies.  12&12 Tradition One, p.130  
If he deviates too far, the penalty is sure and swift; he sickens and dies.


8.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... sure as possible that no deep-lying emotional ...  12&12 Step Twelve, p.119  
They need to be as sure as possible that no deep-lying emotional handicap in either will be likely to rise up under later pressures to cripple them.


9.
View TRADITION TWO essay   Sure, Charlie's idea is good, but it ...  12&12 Tradition Two, p.138  
Sure, Charlie's idea is good, but it isn't good enough.


10.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... sure didn't do much for me when ...  BB A Vision For You, p.158  
Then he added, "He sure didn't do much for me when I was trying to fight this booze racket alone."


11.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... sure God wants us to be happy, ...  BB The Family Afterward, p.133  
We are sure God wants us to be happy, joyous, and free.


12.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... sure he doesn't mean business, there is ...  BB To Employers, p.147  
If you are sure he doesn't mean business, there is no doubt you should discharge him.


13.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... sure he is doing his utmost, you ...  BB To Employers, p.147  
If, on the contrary, you are sure he is doing his utmost, you may wish to give him another chance.


14.
View STEP TWO essay   ... sure he still believes in God, but ...  12&12 Step Two, p.32  
He's sure he still believes in God, but suspects that God doesn't believe in him.


15.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... sure he would approve.  BB The Family Afterward, p.125  
Another principle we observe carefully is that we do not relate intimate experiences of another person unless we are sure he would approve.


16.
View STEP SIX essay   "Sure, I was beaten, absolutely licked.  12&12 Step Six, p.63  
"Sure, I was beaten, absolutely licked.


17.
View STEP SIX essay   Sure, I'll head toward perfection, but I'm ...  12&12 Step Six, p.69  
Sure, I'll head toward perfection, but I'm certainly not going to hurry any.


18.
View STEP THREE essay   ... sure, is necessary, but faith alone can ...  12&12 Step Three, p.34  
Faith, to be sure, is necessary, but faith alone can avail nothing.


19.
View TRADITION TWO essay   Sure, it's ethical, but what we've got ...  12&12 Tradition Two, p.137  
Sure, it's ethical, but what we've got won't run on ethics only; it has to be better.


20.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... sure it would work if I could ...  BB We Agnostics, p.47  
I'm sure it would work if I could only believe as he believes.


21.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... sure knowledge and humble example that resolve ...  12&12 Tradition Two, p.135  
Theirs is the quiet opinion, the sure knowledge and humble example that resolve a crisis.


22.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... sure of his recovery.  BB Working With Others, p.99  
The man should be sure of his recovery.


23.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... sure of many things which, so far ...  BB To Employers, p.139  
Drinking occasionally, and understanding your own reactions, it is possible for you to become quite sure of many things which, so far as the alcoholic is concerned, are not always so.


24.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... sure our wife does not know, should ...  BB Into Action, p.81  
If we are sure our wife does not know, should we tell her?


25.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... sure power and safe guidance from God ...  12&12 Step Twelve, p.109  
The persistent use of meditation and prayer, we found, did open the channel so that where there had been a trickle, there now was a river which led to sure power and safe guidance from God as we were increasingly better able to understand Him.


26.
View FOREWORD   ... sure recoveries in all three groups.  12&12 Foreword, p.17  
Even then it was hard to find twoscore of sure recoveries in all three groups.


27.
View TRADITION ELEVEN essay   ... sure that A.A. could go faster and ...  12&12 Tradition Eleven, p.182  
They were sure that A.A. could go faster and farther if it availed itself of modern publicity methods.


28.
View TRADITION FOUR essay   ... sure that an A.A. group could stand ...  12&12 Tradition Four, p.146  
When A.A.'s Traditions were first published, in 1946, we had become sure that an A.A. group could stand almost any amount of battering.


29.
View TRADITION TWELVE essay   ... sure that humility, expressed by anonymity, is ...  12&12 Tradition Twelve, p.187  
We are sure that humility, expressed by anonymity, is the greatest safeguard that Alcoholics Anonymous can ever have.


30.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... sure that no class of people in ...  12&12 Step Seven, p.71  
But we are sure that no class of people in the world ever made a worse mess of trying to live by this formula than alcoholics.


31.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... sure that other people are more to ...  BB How It Works, p.61  
Admitting he may be somewhat at fault, he is sure that other people are more to blame.


32.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... sure that our bodies were sickened as ...  BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxvi  
But we are sure that our bodies were sickened as well.


33.
View FOREWORD TO FIRST EDITION   ... sure that our way of living has ...  BB Foreword to First Edition, p.xiii  
And besides, we are sure that our way of living has its advantages for all.


34.
View FOREWORD   ... sure that such great numbers of yet ...  12&12 Foreword, p.18  
But it was by no means sure that such great numbers of yet erratic people could live and work together with harmony and good effect.


35.
View STEP NINE essay   ... sure that we are not delaying because ...  12&12 Step Nine, p.87  
Above all, we should try to be absolutely sure that we are not delaying because we are afraid.


36.
View STEP TWO essay   ... sure that we ought to be fairly ...  12&12 Step Two, p.29  
We were still sure that we ought to be fairly honest, tolerant, and just, that we ought to be ambitious and hardworking.


37.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... sure that we weren't still self-deceived?  12&12 Step Five, p.59  
If all our lives we had more or less fooled ourselves, how could we now be so sure that we weren't still self-deceived?


38.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... sure that you get the same great ...  12&12 Tradition Three, p.139  
We just want to be sure that you get the same great chance for sobriety that we've had.


39.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... sure they will come.  BB A Vision For You, p.153  
Should you wish them above all else, and be willing to make use of our experience, we are sure they will come.


40.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... sure this man is done drinking.  BB To Employers, p.138  
But I'm sure this man is done drinking.


41.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... sure to be great.  BB Working With Others, p.99  
If persisted in for a few months, the effect on a man's family is sure to be great.


42.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... sure to be impressed with a sincere ...  BB Into Action, p.77  
But our man is sure to be impressed with a sincere desire to set right the wrong.


43.
View TRADITION FOUR essay   ... sure to be, since we are so ...  12&12 Tradition Four, p.146  
That was sure to be, since we are so largely a band of ego-driven individualists.


44.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... sure to come to you.  BB We Agnostics, p.55  
The consciousness of your belief is sure to come to you.


45.
View STEP TWO essay   ... sure to discover one that suits if ...  12&12 Step Two, p.27  
If you don't care for the one I've suggested, you'll be sure to discover one that suits if only you look and listen.


46.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... sure to drink.  BB How It Works, p.70  
If we are not sorry, and our conduct continues to harm others, we are quite sure to drink.


47.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... sure to find new avenues of usefulness ...  BB The Family Afterward, p.132  
If he does not argue about religion, he will make new friends and is sure to find new avenues of usefulness and pleasure.


48.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... sure to find someone desperate enough to ...  BB Working With Others, p.96  
You are sure to find someone desperate enough to accept with eagerness what you offer.


49.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... sure to make any wife or child ...  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.


50.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... sure to read Appendix II on "Spiritual ...  BB We Agnostics (Note), p.47  
(*) Please be sure to read Appendix II on "Spiritual Experience."


51.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... sure to read the book and he ...  BB To Wives, p.113  
He may not share your enthusiasm, but he is practically sure to read the book and he may go for the program at once.


52.
View STEP NINE essay   ... sure to remember that we cannot buy ...  12&12 Step Nine, p.84  
While we may be quite willing to reveal the very worst, we must be sure to remember that we cannot buy our own peace of mind at the expense of others.


53.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... sure, we feel it is something that ...  12&12 Step Eleven, p.96  
To be sure, we feel it is something that might help us to meet an occasional emergency, but at first many of us are apt to regard it as a somewhat mysterious skill of clergymen, from which we may hope to get a secondhand benefit.


54.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   Sure, we said to ourselves, the hen ...  12&12 Step Eleven, p.97  
Sure, we said to ourselves, the hen probably did come before the egg.


55.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... sure we were ready; that we could ...  BB How It Works, p.63  
We thought well before taking this step making sure we were ready; that we could at last abandon ourselves utterly to Him.


56.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... sure we would be imprisoned or lose ...  BB Into Action, p.78  
We have already admitted this in confidence to another person, but we are sure we would be imprisoned or lose our job if it were known.


57.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... sure why, once a certain point is ...  BB There Is A Solution, p.22  
We are not sure why, once a certain point is reached, little can be done for him.


58.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... sure, will rise to their feet and ...  BB A Vision For You, p.153  
Many, we are sure, will rise to their feet and march on.


59.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... sure you are doing the right thing ...  BB Working With Others, p.97  
Never avoid these responsibilities, but be sure you are doing the right thing if you assume them.


60.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... sure you are not critical during such ...  BB To Wives, p.111  
Be sure you are not critical during such a discussion.


61.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... sure you are on solid spiritual ground ...  BB Working With Others, p.102  
But be sure you are on solid spiritual ground before you start and that your motive in going is thoroughly good.


62.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... sure you use discretion.  BB Working With Others, p.96  
But be sure you use discretion.


63.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... sure your man does not want to ...  BB To Employers, p.141  
If you are sure your man does not want to stop, he may as well be discharged, the sooner the better.


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