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1.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... things.   BB Bill's Story, p.10  
I had often pondered these things.


2.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... things.   BB Working With Others, pp.90-91  
The family must decide these things.


3.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... things.   BB To Wives, p.108  
Of course, there is such a thing as incompatibility, but in nearly every instance the alcoholic only seems to be unloving and inconsiderate; it is usually because he is warped and sickened that he says and does these appalling things.


4.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... things.   BB The Family Afterward, p.132  
We have been speaking to you of serious, sometimes tragic things.


5.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... things.   BB To Employers, pp.140-141  
When drinking, or getting over a bout, an alcoholic, sometimes the model of honesty when normal, will do incredible things.


6.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... things?   BB To Employers, p.145  
In this connection, can you remain undisturbed if the man proceeds to tell you shocking things?


7.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... things.   BB To Employers, p.148  
We think this method of approach will accomplish several things.


8.
View STEP SIX essay   ... things.   12&12 Step Six, p.64  
And he wishes to be reasonably safe and secure as he tries to attain these things.


9.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... things.   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.


10.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... things.   12&12 Step Twelve, p.111  
These will appear as big setbacks at the time, but will be seen later as stepping-stones to better things.


11.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... things?   12&12 Step Twelve, p.112  
Can we find a new joy of living in trying to do something about all these things?


12.
View TRADITION FOUR essay   ... things.   12&12 Tradition Four, p.149  
It had picked itself up with a laugh and gone on to better things.


13.
View TRADITION SIX essay   ... things.   12&12 Tradition Six, p.155  
The moment we saw that we had an answer for alcoholism, it was reasonable (or so it seemed at the time) for us to feel that we might have the answer to a lot of other things.


14.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... things, a feeling of jealousy may arise.   BB The Family Afterward, p.131  
When he renews interest in such things, a feeling of jealousy may arise.


15.
View TRADITION SEVEN essay   ... things A.A. would be able to do ...   12&12 Tradition Seven, p.160  
What great things A.A. would be able to do with it!


16.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... things alcoholics are not supposed to do.   BB Working With Others, p.100  
Assuming we are spiritually fit, we can do all sorts of things alcoholics are not supposed to do.


17.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... things and gain interest in our fellows.   BB Into Action, p.84  
We will lose interest in selfish things and gain interest in our fellows.


18.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... things, and sometimes this results in rebuffs ...   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.


19.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... things, and therefore no God at all.   12&12 Step Eleven, p.97  
Surely there could be no justice in this scheme of things, and therefore no God at all.


20.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... things are going beautifully he dismays you ...   BB To Wives, p.120  
Perhaps your husband will make a fair start on the new basis, but just as things are going beautifully he dismays you by coming home drunk.


21.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... things are now ruined or damaged.   BB The Family Afterward, p.123  
But the head of the house has spent years in pulling down the structures of business, romance, friendship, health -- these things are now ruined or damaged.


22.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... things are poison.   BB How It Works, p.66  
They may be the dubious luxury of normal men, but for alcoholics these things are poison.


23.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... things are possible."   12&12 Step Twelve, p.112  
The A.A. answer to these questions about living is "Yes, all of these things are possible."


24.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... things are the substance of what we ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.110  
To watch the eyes of men and women open with wonder as they move from darkness into light, to see their lives quickly fill with new purpose and meaning, to see whole families reassembled, to see the alcoholic outcast received back into his community in full citizenship, and above all to watch these people awaken to the presence of a loving God in their lives -- these things are the substance of what we receive as we carry A.A.'s message to the next alcoholic.


25.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... things at all.   12&12 Step Eleven, p.96  
Or perhaps we don't believe in these things at all.


26.
View TRADITION FOUR essay   ... things began to hum.   12&12 Tradition Four, p.148  
Soon things began to hum.


27.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... things, but frankly said that he was ...   BB The Family Afterward, p.135  
He admitted he was overdoing these things, but frankly said that he was not ready to stop.


28.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... things, but in some form or other ...   BB We Agnostics, p.55  
It may be obscured by calamity, by pomp, by worship of other things, but in some form or other it is there.


29.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... things cannot happen again.   BB More About Alcoholism, p.38  
We admit we have some of these symptoms, but we have not gone to the extremes you fellows did, nor are we likely to, for we understand ourselves so well after what you have told us that such things cannot happen again.


30.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... things done?   BB To Employers, pp.139-140  
When sober, does he not work hard and have a knack of getting things done?


31.
View TRADITION FOUR essay   ... things down good, were about to apply ...   12&12 Tradition Four, p.148  
They understood that the elders, just to nail things down good, were about to apply to the Foundation for a charter.


32.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... Things First   BB The Family Afterward, p.135  
First Things First


33.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... things followed.   BB How It Works, p.63  
When we sincerely took such a position, all sorts of remarkable things followed.


34.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... things for us which we could never ...   BB There Is A Solution, p.25  
He has commenced to accomplish those things for us which we could never do by ourselves.


35.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... things for which we cannot otherwise account.   BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxvi  
It explains many things for which we cannot otherwise account.


36.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... things go disappointingly dull.   12&12 Step Twelve, p.113  
Sooner or later the pink cloud stage wears off and things go disappointingly dull.


37.
View STEP TWELVE essay   Things go well at home and office.   12&12 Step Twelve, p.112  
Things go well at home and office.


38.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... things got worse.   BB Bill's Story, p.5  
Gradually things got worse.


39.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... things happen we should not think too ...   12&12 Step Eleven, p.105  
When these things happen we should not think too ill of ourselves.


40.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... things have happened among us, they can ...   BB A Vision For You, p.153  
The practical answer is that since these things have happened among us, they can happen with you.


41.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... things he does on his sprees.   BB Into Action, p.73  
The inconsistency is made worse by the things he does on his sprees.


42.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... things he wants?   BB How It Works, p.61  
Is it not evident to all the rest of the players that these are the things he wants?


43.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... things human, their problems pile up on ...   BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxviii  
These allergic types can never safely use alcohol in any form at all; and once having formed the habit and found they cannot break it, once having lost their self-confidence, their reliance upon things human, their problems pile up on them and become astonishingly difficult to solve.


44.
View STEP THREE essay   ... things I can, and wisdom to know ...   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."


45.
View STEP THREE essay   ... things I cannot change, courage to change ...   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."


46.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... things in life, we are no longer ...   12&12 Step Eleven, p.105  
The moment we catch even a glimpse of God's will, the moment we begin to see truth, justice, and love as the real and eternal things in life, we are no longer deeply disturbed by all the seeming evidence to the contrary that surrounds us in purely human affairs.


47.
View STEP ONE essay   ... things in order to stay alive himself.   12&12 Step One, p.24  
No, the average alcoholic, self-centered in the extreme, doesn't care for this prospect -- unless he has to do these things in order to stay alive himself.


48.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... things in ourselves which had been blocking ...   BB How It Works, p.64  
Though our decision was a vital and crucial step, it could have little permanent effect unless at once followed by a strenuous effort to face, and to be rid of, the things in ourselves which had been blocking us.


49.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... things in ourselves which had brought us ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.107  
Beginning with Step Four, we commenced to search out the things in ourselves which had brought us to physical, moral, and spiritual bankruptcy.


50.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... things in yourself and they will be ...   BB To Wives, p.118  
Show him these things in yourself and they will be reflected back to you from him.


51.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... things just before he died; these recollections ...   BB Bill's Story, p.10  
I could almost hear the sound of the preacher's voice as I sat, on still Sundays, way over there on the hillside; there was that proffered temperance pledge I never signed; my grandfather's good natured contempt of some church folk and their doings; his insistence that the spheres really had their music; but his denial of the preacher's right to tell him how he must listen; his fearlessness as he spoke of these things just before he died; these recollections welled up from the past.


52.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... things made us bristle with antagonism.   BB We Agnostics, p.48  
Many of us have been so touchy that even casual reference to spiritual things made us bristle with antagonism.


53.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... things, money, and ourselves?   BB We Agnostics, p.54  
Had we not variously worshipped people, sentiment, things, money, and ourselves?


54.
View STEP TWO essay   ... things of life which we specified, as ...   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.


55.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... things of which we and others are ...   12&12 Step Eleven, p.102  
Having opened our channel as best we can, we try to ask for those right things of which we and others are in the greatest need.


56.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... things, often enhance such unions.   12&12 Step Twelve, p.119  
Their common suffering as drinkers, their common interest in A.A. and spiritual things, often enhance such unions.


57.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... things on faith which seemed difficult to ...   BB We Agnostics, p.47  
That was great news to us, for we had assumed we could not make use of spiritual principles unless we accepted many things on faith which seemed difficult to believe.


58.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... things possible, and we only smiled.   BB We Agnostics, p.55  
They said God made these things possible, and we only smiled.


59.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... things right.   12&12 Step Twelve, p.108  
We had to begin to make our peace, and so we listed the people we had harmed and became willing to set things right.


60.
View TRADITION FOUR essay   ... things safer, the promoter organized three corporations ...   12&12 Tradition Four, p.148  
To make things safer, the promoter organized three corporations and became president of them all.


61.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... things terrified and distracted us.   BB To Wives, pp.106-107  
The alarming physical and mental symptoms, the deepening pall of remorse, depression and inferiority that settled down on our loved ones -- these things terrified and distracted us.


62.
View STEP TEN essay   ... things that are constructive.   12&12 Step Ten, p.93  
As a matter of fact, the waking hours are usually well filled with things that are constructive.


63.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... things the hard way.   BB To Wives, p.121  
We had to learn these things the hard way.


64.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... things the tissue out of which our ...   BB We Agnostics, p.54  
Were not these things the tissue out of which our lives were constructed?


65.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... things, there has been a revolutionary change ...   BB We Agnostics, p.50  
They flatly declare that since they have come to believe in a Power greater than themselves, to take a certain attitude toward that Power, and to do certain simple things, there has been a revolutionary change in their way of living and thinking.


66.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... things -- these are the permanent and legitimate ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.124  
Service, gladly rendered, obligations squarely met, troubles well accepted or solved with God's help, the knowledge that at home or in the world outside we are partners in a common effort, the well-understood fact that in God's sight all human beings are important, the proof that love freely given surely brings a full return, the certainty that we are no longer isolated and alone in self-constructed prisons, the surety that we need no longer be square pegs in round holes but can fit and belong in God's scheme of things -- these are the permanent and legitimate satisfactions of right living for which no amount of pomp and circumstance, no heap of material possessions, could possibly be substitutes.


67.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... things, they will not take so seriously ...   BB The Family Afterward, p.127  
If they sense these things, they will not take so seriously his periods of crankiness, depression, or apathy, which will disappear when there is tolerance, love, and spiritual understanding.


68.
View TRADITION SIX essay   ... things to all men, nor should we ...   12&12 Tradition Six, p.157  
We of Alcoholics Anonymous could not be all things to all men, nor should we try.


69.
View STEP EIGHT essay   ... things to God, to ourselves, and to ...   12&12 Step Eight, p.78  
It had been embarrassing enough when in confidence we had admitted these things to God, to ourselves, and to another human being.


70.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... things to ourselves.   BB Into Action, p.72  
We think we have done well enough in admitting these things to ourselves.


71.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... things to regain self-control.   BB There Is A Solution, p.26  
He wished above all things to regain self-control.


72.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... things to the Father of Light who ...   BB Bill's Story, p.14  
I must turn in all things to the Father of Light who presides over us all.


73.
View STEP TEN essay   ... things tomorrow will be the permanent assets ...   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.


74.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... things was concerned, our outlook underwent the ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.120  
Where the possession of money and material things was concerned, our outlook underwent the same revolutionary change.


75.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... things, we began to be possessed of ...   BB We Agnostics, p.46  
As soon as we admitted the possible existence of a Creative Intelligence, a Spirit of the Universe underlying the totality of things, we began to be possessed of a new sense of power and direction, provided we took other simple steps.


76.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... things, we believe we will be forgiven ...   BB How It Works, p.70  
If we are sorry for what we have done, and have the honest desire to let God take us to better things, we believe we will be forgiven and will have learned our lesson.


77.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... things we can, And wisdom to know ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.125  
God grant us the serenity to accept the things we cannot change, Courage to change the things we can, And wisdom to know the difference.


78.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... things we cannot change, Courage to change ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.125  
God grant us the serenity to accept the things we cannot change, Courage to change the things we can, And wisdom to know the difference.


79.
View TRADITION SIX essay   ... things we dreamed.   12&12 Tradition Six, p.155  
Here are some of the things we dreamed.


80.
View STEP EIGHT essay   ... things we have done, meanwhile forgiving the ...   12&12 Step Eight, pp.81-82  
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.


81.
View STEP TEN essay   ... things well done, and chalking up debits ...   12&12 Step Ten, p.89  
Here we cast up a balance sheet, crediting ourselves with things well done, and chalking up debits where due.


82.
View STEP TEN essay   ... things well done, and having searched our ...   12&12 Step Ten, p.95  
Having so considered our day, not omitting to take due note of things well done, and having searched our hearts with neither fear nor favor, we can truly thank God for the blessings we have received and sleep in good conscience.


83.
View TRADITION SEVEN essay   ... things were accomplished.   12&12 Tradition Seven, p.161  
Over many protests, these things were accomplished.


84.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... things were done I would enter upon ...   BB Bill's Story, p.13  
My friend promised when these things were done I would enter upon a new relationship with my Creator; that I would have the elements of a way of living which answered all my problems.


85.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... things, were the essential requirements.   BB Bill's Story, pp.13-14  
Belief in the power of God, plus enough willingness, honesty and humility to establish and maintain the new order of things, were the essential requirements.


86.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... things were true to some extent, in ...   BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxvi  
These things were true to some extent, in fact, to a considerable extent with some of us.


87.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... things, when such action is warranted.   BB Working With Others, p.98  
Yet we do go to great extremes to provide each other with these very things, when such action is warranted.


88.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... things which came to us when we ...   BB Working With Others, p.100  
When we look back, we realize that the things which came to us when we put ourselves in God's hands were better than anything we could have planned.


89.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... things which go to make up the ...   BB To Wives, p.116  
We wives found that, like everybody else, we were afflicted with pride, self-pity, vanity and all the things which go to make up the self-centered person; and we were not above selfishness or dishonesty.


90.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... things which matter so much to some ...   BB A Vision For You, p.161  
Being wrecked in the same vessel, being restored and united under one God, with hearts and minds attuned to the welfare of others, the things which matter so much to some people no longer signify much to them.


91.
View STEP THREE essay   ... things which only the individual can do.   12&12 Step Three, p.40  
But now it appears that there are certain things which only the individual can do.


92.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... things which really bother and burn us, ...   12&12 Step Five, p.55  
But of the things which really bother and burn us, we say nothing.


93.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... things which, so far as the alcoholic ...   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.


94.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... things which then seemed entirely out of ...   BB We Agnostics, p.47  
Afterward, we found ourselves accepting many things which then seemed entirely out of reach.


95.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... things which they have in common are ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.106  
And these things which they have in common are not too hard to understand.


96.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... things which we have admitted are objectionable?   BB Into Action, p.76  
Are we now ready to let God remove from us all the things which we have admitted are objectionable?


97.
View STEP EIGHT essay   ... things which were superficially wrong with us, ...   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.


98.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... things while drinking.   BB There Is A Solution, p.21  
He does absurd, incredible, tragic things while drinking.


99.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... things will come to pass naturally and ...   BB Working With Others, p.99  
These things will come to pass naturally and in good time provided, however, the alcoholic continues to demonstrate that he can be sober, considerate, and helpful, regardless of what anyone says or does.


100.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... things will happen.   BB Working With Others, p.100  
If you persist, remarkable things will happen.


101.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... things with all our might, but the ...   BB We Agnostics, p.45  
We could wish to be moral, we could wish to be philosophically comforted, in fact, we could will these things with all our might, but the needed power wasn't there.


102.
View TRADITION SEVEN essay   ... things without reference to the wishes of ...   12&12 Tradition Seven, p.164  
Whoever pays the piper is apt to call the tune, and if the A.A. Foundation obtained money from outside sources, its trustees might be tempted to run things without reference to the wishes of A.A. as a whole.


103.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... things worth while in life.   BB There Is A Solution, p.18  
But not so with the alcoholic illness, for with it there goes annihilation of all the things worth while in life.


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