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1.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... time.   BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xvii  
When the broker returned to New York in the fall of 1935, the first A.A. group had actually been formed, though no one realized it at the time.


2.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... time.   BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xvii  
The flying-blind period ended and A.A. entered a new phase of its pioneering time.


3.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... time.   BB Bill's Story, p.13  
At the hospital I was separated from alcohol for the last time.


4.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... time.   BB There Is A Solution, p.20  
Now these are commonplace observations on drinkers which we hear all the time.


5.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... time.   BB There Is A Solution, p.21  
It may cause him to die a few years before his time.


6.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... time.   BB There Is A Solution, p.23  
Some drinkers have excuses with which they are satisfied part of the time.


7.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... time.   BB There Is A Solution, p.26  
Nevertheless, he was drunk in a short time.


8.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... time.   BB More About Alcoholism, p.32  
But the difficulty is that few alcoholics have enough desire to stop while there is yet time.


9.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... time.   BB More About Alcoholism, p.42  
They grinned, which I didn't like so much, and then asked me if I thought myself alcoholic and if I were really licked this time.


10.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... time!   BB We Agnostics, p.54  
So, in one way or another, we discovered that faith had been involved all the time!


11.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... time.   BB Into Action, p.75  
When we decide who is to hear our story, we waste no time.


12.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... time.   BB Into Action, p.83  
They will change in time.


13.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... time?   BB Into Action, p.86  
Were we thinking of ourselves most of the time?


14.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... time.   BB Working With Others, p.97  
We seldom allow an alcoholic to live in our homes for long at a time.


15.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... time.   BB To Wives, p.109  
But when he gets over the spree, he begins to think once more how he can drink moderately next time.


16.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... time.   BB To Wives, p.110  
We have enjoyed such evenings ourselves; we had a good time.


17.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... time.   BB The Family Afterward, p.126  
He is straining every nerve to make up for lost time.


18.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... time.   BB The Family Afterward, p.128  
He may tell mother, who has been religious all her life, that she doesn't know what it's all about, and that she had better get his brand of spirituality while there is yet time.


19.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... time."   BB A Vision For You, p.151  
Now and then a serious drinker, being dry at the moment says, "I don't miss it at all. Feel better. Work better. Having a better time."


20.
View APPENDIX II, Spiritual Experience   ... time.   BB Appendix II, Spiritual Experience, p.567  
Most of our experiences are what the psychologist William James calls the "educational variety" because they develop slowly over a period of time.


21.
View STEP TWO essay   ... time.   12&12 Step Two, p.32  
Following each, he not only drinks again, but acts worse than the last time.


22.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... time.   12&12 Step Four, p.47  
To see how erratic emotions victimized us often took a long time.


23.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... time?   12&12 Step Four, p.50  
Just how did I react to these situations at the time?


24.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... time.   12&12 Step Seven, p.73  
To get completely away from our aversion to the idea of being humble, to gain a vision of humility as the avenue to true freedom of the human spirit, to be willing to work for humility as something to be desired for itself, takes most of us a long, long time.


25.
View STEP NINE essay   ... time.   12&12 Step Nine, p.84  
Good judgment will suggest that we ought to take our time.


26.
View STEP TEN essay   ... time.   12&12 Step Ten, p.89  
Then there are those occasions when alone, or in the company of our sponsor or spiritual adviser, we make a careful review of our progress since the last time.


27.
View STEP TEN essay   ... time.   12&12 Step Ten, p.92  
Such a radical change in our outlook will take time, maybe a lot of time.


28.
View STEP TEN essay   ... time.   12&12 Step Ten, pp.92-93  
The idea that we can be possessively loving of a few, can ignore the many, and can continue to fear or hate anybody, has to be abandoned, if only a little at a time.


29.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... time.   12&12 Step Twelve, p.123  
They finally came up with a conclusion that shocked the A.A. members of that time.


30.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... time.   12&12 Tradition Two, p.134  
If the founder and his friends have served well, they may -- to their surprise -- be reinstated for a time.


31.
View TRADITION EIGHT essay   ... time.   12&12 Tradition Eight, p.168  
So somebody had to look after the place full time.


32.
View TRADITION TEN essay   ... time.   12&12 Tradition Ten, p.177  
Nor does it mean that the members of Alcoholics Anonymous, now restored as citizens of the world, are going to back away from their individual responsibilities to act as they see the right upon issues of our time.


33.
View TRADITION TWELVE essay   ... time.   12&12 Tradition Twelve, p.185  
The charting of a safe path between these extremes took a long time.


34.
View TRADITION TWELVE essay   ... time.   12&12 Tradition Twelve, p.186  
The news stories of Mr. Rockefeller's dinner for Alcoholics Anonymous helped double our total membership in a year's time.


35.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... time a lady called up my wife ...   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.179  
About this time a lady called up my wife one Saturday afternoon saying she wanted me to come over that evening to meet a friend of hers who might help me.


36.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... time a person imposes his instincts unreasonably ...   12&12 Step Four, p.44  
Every time a person imposes his instincts unreasonably upon others, unhappiness follows.


37.
View STEP TWO essay   Time after time, my instructors held up ...   12&12 Step Two, p.26  
Time after time, my instructors held up to me the basic principle of all scientific progress: search and research, again and again, always with the open mind.


38.
View INTO ACTION chapter   Time after time newcomers have tried to ...   BB Into Action, p.72  
Time after time newcomers have tried to keep to themselves certain facts about their lives.


39.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... time after time the desperate experiment of ...   BB More About Alcoholism, p.35  
What sort of thinking dominates an alcoholic who repeats time after time the desperate experiment of the first drink?


40.
View TRADITION THREE essay   Time after time, their uncertain flames blew ...   12&12 Tradition Three, p.139  
Time after time, their uncertain flames blew out and couldn't be relighted.


41.
View TO WIVES chapter   Time after time, this apparent calamity has ...   BB To Wives, p.116  
Time after time, this apparent calamity has been a boon to us, for it opened up a path which led to the discovery of God.


42.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... time agnostics who still cling to the ...   12&12 Step Eleven, p.96  
To certain newcomers and to those one-time agnostics who still cling to the A.A. group as their higher power, claims for the power of prayer may, despite all the logic and experience in proof of it, still be unconvincing or quite objectionable.


43.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... time ago.   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.178  
If she had not, I know I would have been dead a long time ago.


44.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... time all his protectors either flee or ...   12&12 Step Four, p.43  
In time all his protectors either flee or die, and he is once more left alone and afraid.


45.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... time all was well.   BB More About Alcoholism, p.40  
"In this frame of mind, I went about my business and for a time all was well.


46.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... time and attention.   BB To Employers, p.149  
It is not to be expected that an alcoholic employee will receive a disproportionate amount of time and attention.


47.
View STEP ONE essay   ... time and energy in trying to carry ...   12&12 Step One, p.24  
Who wants to sacrifice time and energy in trying to carry A.A.'s message to the next sufferer?


48.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... time and place explain to all your ...   BB Working With Others, p.102  
At a proper time and place explain to all your friends why alcohol disagrees with you.


49.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... time and place where new people might ...   BB A Vision For You, p.160  
Aside from fellowship and sociability, the prime object was to provide a time and place where new people might bring their problems.


50.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... time and place would come -- I would ...   BB More About Alcoholism, p.41  
I now remembered what my alcoholic friends had told me, how they prophesied that if I had an alcoholic mind, the time and place would come -- I would drink again.


51.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... time and study for the next two ...   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.178  
I gave the matter much time and study for the next two and a half years, but I still got tight every night nevertheless.


52.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... time, and was plagued by waves of ...   BB Bill's Story, p.15  
I was not too well at the time, and was plagued by waves of self-pity and resentment.


53.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... time, and you're broke.   12&12 Tradition Two, p.136  
But you're giving this work full time, and you're broke.


54.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... time, are able to stop or moderate, ...   BB More About Alcoholism, p.39  
That may be true of certain nonalcoholic people who, though drinking foolishly and heavily at the present time, are able to stop or moderate, because their brains and bodies have not been damaged as ours were.


55.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... time as bad as ever.   BB More About Alcoholism, p.33  
Commencing to drink after a period of sobriety, we are in a short time as bad as ever.


56.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... time, as I opened a letter which ...   BB To Employers, p.136  
Another time, as I opened a letter which lay on my desk, a newspaper clipping fell out.


57.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... time assistant manager of a corporation department ...   BB To Employers, p.136  
I was at one time assistant manager of a corporation department employing sixty-six hundred men.


58.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... time, at Step Ten, we had begun ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.108  
By this time, at Step Ten, we had begun to get a basis for daily living, and we keenly realized that we would need to continue taking personal inventory, and that when we were in the wrong we ought to admit it promptly.


59.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... time avoiding certain alluring distractions of the ...   BB A Vision For You, p.162  
This practice enables us to lend a hand, at the same time avoiding certain alluring distractions of the road, about which any traveling man can inform you.(*)


60.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... time behind them was sufficient to convince ...   BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xvii  
By late 1937, the number of members having substantial sobriety time behind them was sufficient to convince the membership that a new light had entered the dark world of the alcoholic.


61.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... time being, we who were atheist or ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.107  
For the time being, we who were atheist or agnostic discovered that our own group, or A.A. as a whole, would suffice as a higher power.


62.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... time, but he failed to enlarge his ...   BB More About Alcoholism, p.35  
All went well for a time, but he failed to enlarge his spiritual life.


63.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... time, but he usually winds up with ...   BB Working With Others, p.101  
If the alcoholic tries to shield himself he may succeed for a time, but he usually winds up with a bigger explosion then ever.


64.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... time, but I might as well get ...   BB Bill's Story, p.6  
As the whisky rose to my head I told myself I would manage better next time, but I might as well get good and drunk then.


65.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... time, but was not able to bring ...   BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxxi  
I talked with him for some time, but was not able to bring myself to feel that I had known him before.


66.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... time, but will be seen later as ...   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.


67.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... time came for him to speak in ...   12&12 Tradition Three, p.143  
At length the time came for him to speak in a meeting.


68.
View TRADITION EIGHT essay   ... time careers do not professionalize A.A.'s Twelfth ...   12&12 Tradition Eight, p.170  
Members who select such full-time careers do not professionalize A.A.'s Twelfth Step."


69.
View STEP TEN essay   ... time-consumers?   12&12 Step Ten, p.89  
Aren't these practices joy-killers as well as time-consumers?


70.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... time day in old Winchester Cathedral came ...   BB Bill's Story, p.10  
That war-time day in old Winchester Cathedral came back again.


71.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... time differentiate the true from the false.   BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxviii  
The sensation is so elusive that, while they admit it is injurious, they cannot after a time differentiate the true from the false.


72.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... time doing that and it doesn't work.   BB Into Action, p.87  
Many of us have wasted a lot of time doing that and it doesn't work.


73.
View TRADITION ELEVEN essay   ... time, editors and rewrite men have repeatedly ...   12&12 Tradition Eleven, p.183  
Since that time, editors and rewrite men have repeatedly deleted names and pictures of members from A.A. copy; frequently, they have reminded ambitious individuals of A.A.'s anonymity policy.


74.
View STEP TEN essay   ... time factor does distinguish one from another.   12&12 Step Ten, p.89  
Although all inventories are alike in principle, the time factor does distinguish one from another.


75.
View TRADITION SIX essay   ... time for legalities.   12&12 Tradition Six, p.159  
"But this is no time for legalities.


76.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... time for living together has come, it ...   BB Working With Others, p.99  
When the time for living together has come, it will be apparent to both parties.


77.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... time for the train.   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.179  
I had to wait some time for the train.


78.
View TRADITION SIX essay   ... time) for us to feel that we ...   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.


79.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... time good characters will be revived the ...   12&12 Step Four, p.45  
We believe that our one-time good characters will be revived the moment we quit alcohol.


80.
View STEP TWO essay   ... time had we asked what God's will ...   12&12 Step Two, p.31  
At no time had we asked what God's will was for us; instead we had been telling Him what it ought to be.


81.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... time has a fractured skull.   BB More About Alcoholism, p.38  
Presently he is hit again and this time has a fractured skull.


82.
View STEP EIGHT essay   ... time has come when he ought to ...   12&12 Step Eight, p.77  
To a degree, he has already done this when taking moral inventory, but now the time has come when he ought to redouble his efforts to see how many people he has hurt, and in what ways.


83.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... time has passed with no return to ...   BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxxi  
A long time has passed with no return to alcohol.


84.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... time have I been anywhere near yielding.   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.181  
But at no time have I been anywhere near yielding.


85.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... time he can take a drink without ...   BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxx  
There is the type who always believes that after being entirely free from alcohol for a period of time he can take a drink without danger.


86.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... time he did so.   BB To Wives, p.116  
But be careful not to be resentful about the last time he did so.


87.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... time, he lived in conscious companionship with ...   BB We Agnostics, p.56  
For the first time, he lived in conscious companionship with his Creator.


88.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... time he may try to hug the ...   BB The Family Afterward, p.129  
For a time he may try to hug the new treasure to himself.


89.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... time," he says, "every A.A. group had ...   12&12 Tradition Three, p.139  
"At one time," he says, "every A.A. group had many membership rules.


90.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... time he tries to look within himself.   12&12 Step Four, p.49  
Both his pride and his fear beat him back every time he tries to look within himself.


91.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... time he was quite shaky.   BB More About Alcoholism, p.40  
This time he was quite shaky.


92.
View TRADITION SEVEN essay   ... time help, that was sure.   12&12 Tradition Seven, p.162  
We'd have to have some more full-time help, that was sure.


93.
View TRADITION FIVE essay   ... time, I couldn't have bought anything else."   12&12 Tradition Five, p.154  
At the time, I couldn't have bought anything else."


94.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... time I do it I take out ...   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.181  
4. Because every time I do it I take out a little more insurance for myself against a possible slip.


95.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... time I had completed the course, I ...   BB Bill's Story, p.2  
By the time I had completed the course, I knew the law was not for me.


96.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... time I had not thought of the ...   BB More About Alcoholism, p.41  
This time I had not thought of the consequences at all.


97.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... time I meant business.   BB Bill's Story, p.5  
Before then, I had written lots of sweet promises, but my wife happily observed that this time I meant business.


98.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... time I returned to the hospital.   BB Bill's Story, p.7  
After a time I returned to the hospital.


99.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... time I was beating on the bar ...   BB Bill's Story, p.6  
In no time I was beating on the bar asking myself how it happened.


100.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... time I was beginning to pay very ...   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.174  
By this time I was beginning to pay very dearly physically and, in hope of relief, voluntarily incarcerated myself at least a dozen times in one of the local sanitariums.


101.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... time I was not aware of the ...   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.175  
At that time I was not aware of the almost unlimited supply the government made it possible for us doctors to obtain, neither had I any knowledge of the bootlegger who soon appeared on the horizon.


102.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... time in all probability we have gained ...   12&12 Step Seven, p.74  
By this time in all probability we have gained some measure of release from our more devastating handicaps.


103.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... time in life, a compelling desire to ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.117  
Nearly every sound human being experiences, at some time in life, a compelling desire to find a mate of the opposite sex with whom the fullest possible union can be made -- spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical.


104.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... time in many years.   BB Into Action, p.80  
He attended church for the first time in many years.


105.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... time in our lives, and strenuously trying ...   12&12 Step Eleven, p.96  
We A.A.'s are active folk, enjoying the satisfactions of dealing with the realities of life, usually for the first time in our lives, and strenuously trying to help the next alcoholic who comes along.


106.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... time in our lives stood among people ...   12&12 Step Five, p.57  
When we reached A.A., and for the first time in our lives stood among people who seemed to understand, the sense of belonging was tremendously exciting.


107.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... time in the past we have made ...   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.


108.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... time in the sort of effort which ...   BB There Is A Solution, p.19  
All of us spend much of our spare time in the sort of effort which we are going to describe.


109.
View FOREWORD   ... time in the Twelve Steps, and the ...   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.


110.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... time in the world, and considerable stomach ...   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.174  
I had some money, all the time in the world, and considerable stomach trouble.


111.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... time in the world of spiritual make-believe ...   BB The Family Afterward, p.130  
Those of us who have spent much time in the world of spiritual make-believe have eventually seen the childishness of it.


112.
View TRADITION ONE essay   ... time is greatly puzzled.   12&12 Tradition One, pp.129-130  
Every newcomer, every friend who looks at A.A. for the first time is greatly puzzled.


113.
View STEP NINE essay   ... time is not yet, when in reality ...   12&12 Step Nine, p.85  
Or we may just procrastinate, telling ourselves the time is not yet, when in reality we have already passed up many a fine chance to right a serious wrong.


114.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... time -- is the only thing we need ...   12&12 Step Four, p.45  
This being so, we think it logically follows that sobriety -- first, last, and all the time -- is the only thing we need to work for.


115.
View STEP NINE essay   ... time, is the very spirit of Step ...   12&12 Step Nine, p.87  
For the readiness to take the full consequences of our past acts, and to take responsibility for the well-being of others at the same time, is the very spirit of Step Nine.


116.
View TRADITION NINE essay   ... time it must avoid those dangers of ...   12&12 Tradition Nine, p.175  
A.A. has to function, but at the same time it must avoid those dangers of great wealth, prestige, and entrenched power which necessarily tempt other societies.


117.
View STEP TEN essay   ... time it takes won't be missed.   12&12 Step Ten, p.89  
Once this healthy practice has become grooved, it will be so interesting and profitable that the time it takes won't be missed.


118.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... time, it was billboarded throughout the entire ...   BB To Employers, p.145  
Only a few knew of it at first but, within a short time, it was billboarded throughout the entire company.


119.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... time later, and just as he thought ...   BB A Vision For You, p.155  
Some time later, and just as he thought he was getting control of his liquor situation, he went on a roaring bender.


120.
View STEP TWO essay   ... time losers.   12&12 Step Two, p.30  
We who had won so handsomely in a walk turned into all-time losers.


121.
View STEP TEN essay   ... time, maybe a lot of time.   12&12 Step Ten, p.92  
Such a radical change in our outlook will take time, maybe a lot of time.


122.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... time, men and reputation.   BB To Employers, p.148  
Alcoholism may be causing your organization considerable damage in its waste of time, men and reputation.


123.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... time, my health was at the breaking ...   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.178  
I was self conscious and ill at ease most of the time, my health was at the breaking point, and I was thoroughly miserable.


124.
View STEP TWO essay   ... time, my instructors held up to me ...   12&12 Step Two, p.26  
Time after time, my instructors held up to me the basic principle of all scientific progress: search and research, again and again, always with the open mind.


125.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... time newcomers have tried to keep to ...   BB Into Action, p.72  
Time after time newcomers have tried to keep to themselves certain facts about their lives.


126.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... time nobody stirred.   12&12 Tradition Three, p.144  
But this time nobody stirred.


127.
View STEP ONE essay   ... time, none but the most desperate cases ...   12&12 Step One, p.22  
In A.A.'s pioneering time, none but the most desperate cases could swallow and digest this unpalatable truth.


128.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... time nor limitation.   BB Bill's Story, p.10  
I simply had to believe in a Spirit of the Universe, who knew neither time nor limitation.


129.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... time nor take the quantities some of ...   BB More About Alcoholism, p.33  
To be gravely affected, one does not necessarily have to drink a long time nor take the quantities some of us have.


130.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... time nothing could be seen but two ...   12&12 Tradition Three, p.141  
In that time nothing could be seen but two struggling, nameless groups of alcoholics trying to hold their faces up to the light.


131.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... time, nothing seemed so fragile, so easily ...   12&12 Tradition Three, p.139  
In our early time, nothing seemed so fragile, so easily breakable as an A.A. group.


132.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... time of it in our world.   12&12 Step Seven, p.70  
Humility, as a word and as an ideal, has a very bad time of it in our world.


133.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... time of the beer experiment I was ...   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.178  
About the time of the beer experiment I was thrown in with a crowd of people who attracted me because of their seeming poise, health, and happiness.


134.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... time of the day or night.   BB Working With Others, p.97  
Your telephone may jangle at any time of the day or night.


135.
View STEP TEN essay   ... time of the day, whenever we find ...   12&12 Step Ten, p.89  
There's the spot-check inventory, taken at any time of the day, whenever we find ourselves getting tangled up.


136.
View STEP EIGHT essay   ... time of these occurrences, they may actually ...   12&12 Step Eight, p.80  
At the time of these occurrences, they may actually have given our emotions violent twists which have since discolored our personalities and altered our lives for the worse.


137.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... time on any one situation is to ...   BB Working With Others, p.96  
To spend too much time on any one situation is to deny some other alcoholic an opportunity to live and be happy.


138.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... time our friend of the hotel lobby ...   BB A Vision For You, p.159  
All this time our friend of the hotel lobby incident remained in that town.


139.
View TRADITION SEVEN essay   Time out of mind we've been dependent ...   12&12 Tradition Seven, p.160  
Time out of mind we've been dependent upon somebody, usually money-wise.


140.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... time passed.   BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xx  
But great numbers of these -- about two out of three -- began to return as time passed.


141.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... time passed, and confidence began to be ...   BB Bill's Story, p.5  
Some time passed, and confidence began to be replaced by cocksureness.


142.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... time passed we found that with the ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.121  
But as time passed we found that with the help of A.A.'s Twelve Steps we could lose those fears, no matter what our material prospects were.


143.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... time passes.   BB Bill's Story, p.8  
I was to know happiness, peace, and usefulness, in a way of life that is incredibly more wonderful as time passes.


144.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... time passes, be more and more on ...   BB Into Action, p.87  
Nevertheless, we find that our thinking will, as time passes, be more and more on the plane of inspiration.


145.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... time passing on what I learned to ...   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.180  
I spend a great deal of time passing on what I learned to others who want and need it badly.


146.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... time provided, however, the alcoholic continues to ...   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.


147.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... time sanity will have returned.   BB Into Action, p.84  
For by this time sanity will have returned.


148.
View TRADITION SEVEN essay   ... time secretaries hired.   12&12 Tradition Seven, p.161  
To save whole areas from turmoil, small offices had to be set up, telephones installed, and a few full-time secretaries hired.


149.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... time secretary.   BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.565  
The small group may elect its secretary, the large group its rotating committee, and the groups of a large metropolitan area their central or intergroup committee, which often employs a full-time secretary.


150.
View TRADITIONS LONG FORM   ... time secretary.   12&12 Tradition Nine (Long), p.191  
The small group may elect its secretary, the large group its rotating committee, and the groups of a large metropolitan area their central or intergroup committee, which often employs a full-time secretary.


151.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... time, seemed vitally important.   BB A Vision For You, pp.153-154  
Had he been successful in his enterprise, he would have been set on his feet financially which, at the time, seemed vitally important.


152.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... time sensed that it might be an ...   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.178  
My wife became deeply interested, and it was her interest that sustained mine, though I at no time sensed that it might be an answer to my liquor problem.


153.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... time, so here's how!"   BB There Is A Solution, p.24  
The alcoholic may say to himself in the most casual way, "It won't burn me this time, so here's how!"


154.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... time, so it was not at all ...   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.174  
I soon discovered that a couple of drinks would alleviate my gastric distress, at least for a few hours at a time, so it was not at all difficult for me to return to my former excessive indulgence.


155.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... time that of myself I was nothing; ...   BB Bill's Story, p.13  
I admitted for the first time that of myself I was nothing; that without Him I was lost.


156.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... time that some form of moral psychology ...   BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxvii  
We doctors have realized for a long time that some form of moral psychology was of urgent importance to alcoholics, but its application presented difficulties beyond our conception.


157.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... time the desperate experiment of the first ...   BB More About Alcoholism, p.35  
What sort of thinking dominates an alcoholic who repeats time after time the desperate experiment of the first drink?


158.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... time, the Presence and Power of God ...   BB A Vision For You, p.162  
Many of us have felt, for the first time, the Presence and Power of God within its walls.


159.
View FOREWORD   ... time the recoveries numbered about one hundred.   12&12 Foreword, p.17  
At this time the recoveries numbered about one hundred.


160.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... time, the struggling groups thought, to place ...   BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xvii  
It was now time, the struggling groups thought, to place their message and unique experience before the world.


161.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... time, their uncertain flames blew out and ...   12&12 Tradition Three, p.139  
Time after time, their uncertain flames blew out and couldn't be relighted.


162.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... time, therefore, I did not take the ...   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.176  
Most of the time, therefore, I did not take the morning drink which I craved so badly, but instead would fill up on large doses of sedatives to quiet the jitters, which distressed me terribly.


163.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... time they will see that he is ...   BB The Family Afterward, p.134  
In time they will see that he is a new man and in their own way they will let him know it.


164.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... time, this apparent calamity has been a ...   BB To Wives, p.116  
Time after time, this apparent calamity has been a boon to us, for it opened up a path which led to the discovery of God.


165.
View TRADITION SEVEN essay   ... time, this was a fairly large donation.   12&12 Tradition Seven, p.162  
As my total income was thirty dollars a week at the time, this was a fairly large donation.


166.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... time to clear away the wreck.   BB The Family Afterward, p.123  
It will take time to clear away the wreck.


167.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... time to consider it, my own mind ...   12&12 Tradition Two, p.137  
"Although I asked Charlie for a little time to consider it, my own mind was about made up.


168.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... time to drift back into the old ...   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.175  
I drank with moderation at first, but it took me only a relatively short time to drift back into the old habits which had wound up so disastrously before.


169.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... time to keep chasing a man who ...   BB Working With Others, p.96  
We find it a waste of time to keep chasing a man who cannot or will not work with you.


170.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... time to outgrow that serious handicap.   BB The Family Afterward, p.125  
It takes some of us a long time to outgrow that serious handicap.


171.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... time to pass it on to me.   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.181  
3. Because in so doing I am paying my debt to the man who took time to pass it on to me.


172.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... time to pitiful and incomprehensible demoralization.   BB More About Alcoholism, p.30  
All of us felt at times that we were regaining control, but such intervals -- usually brief -- were inevitably followed by still less control, which led in time to pitiful and incomprehensible demoralization.


173.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... time to the work.   BB There Is A Solution, p.19  
A few are fortunate enough to be so situated that they can give nearly all their time to the work.


174.
View TRADITION SIX essay   ... time trouble, and this would really do ...   12&12 Tradition Six, p.159  
I certainly won't be the guy to land A.A. in big-time trouble, and this would really do it!"


175.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... time trying to persuade him.   BB Working With Others, p.90  
If he does not want to stop drinking, don't waste time trying to persuade him.


176.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... time until new perspective, new victory over ...   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.


177.
View STEP TWO essay   ... time vice-president of the American Atheist Society, ...   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."


178.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... time, we acted as if the money ...   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.


179.
View STEP TEN essay   ... time we are disturbed, no matter what ...   12&12 Step Ten, p.90  
It is a spiritual axiom that every time we are disturbed, no matter what the cause, there is something wrong with us.


180.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... time we became more or less ostracized ...   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.177  
During all this time we became more or less ostracized by our friends.


181.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... time we had chartered an airplane to ...   BB Bill's Story, p.9  
There was that time we had chartered an airplane to complete a jag!


182.
View TRADITION EIGHT essay   ... time we have tried to professionalize our ...   12&12 Tradition Eight, p.166  
Every time we have tried to professionalize our Twelfth Step, the result has been exactly the same: Our single purpose has been defeated.


183.
View TRADITION SEVEN essay   ... time we now -- sober -- paid our own ...   12&12 Tradition Seven, p.160  
They figured that it was high time we now -- sober -- paid our own way.


184.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... time we played the big shot, we ...   12&12 Step Four, p.47  
We had to see that every time we played the big shot, we turned people against us.


185.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... time we sailed for "Over There."   BB Bill's Story, p.1  
In time we sailed for "Over There."


186.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... time we shall handle ourselves like other ...   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.


187.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... time we stayed broke.   BB Bill's Story, p.4  
This time we stayed broke.


188.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... time, we thought, to rebuild our shattered ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.121  
There simply wouldn't be time, we thought, to rebuild our shattered fortunes.


189.
View PREFACE   ... Time") were carried over from the second ...   BB Preface, p.xii  
Nine of the stories in Part II ("They Stopped in Time") were carried over from the second edition; eight new stories were added.


190.
View TRADITION ELEVEN essay   ... time when the press of America thought ...   12&12 Tradition Eleven, p.182  
There was actually a time when the press of America thought the anonymity of A.A. was better for us than some of our own members did.


191.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... time when we could commence to see ...   12&12 Step Seven, p.75  
It marked the time when we could commence to see the full implication of Step Seven: "Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings."


192.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... time will be helpful, but we think ...   BB More About Alcoholism, p.34  
The experiment of quitting for a period of time will be helpful, but we think we can render an even greater service to alcoholic sufferers and perhaps to the medical fraternity.


193.
View STEP SIX essay   ... time wishing for what we have not, ...   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?


194.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... time with him?   BB To Employers, p.142  
If not, why waste time with him?


195.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... time with other alcoholics, but this activity ...   BB The Family Afterward, p.131  
Father will necessarily spend much time with other alcoholics, but this activity should be balanced.


196.
View TRADITION EIGHT essay   ... time workers.   12&12 Tradition Eight, p.168  
Neither could A.A. itself function without full-time workers.


197.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... time you and he have a heated ...   BB To Wives, p.118  
Next time you and he have a heated discussion, no matter what the subject, it should be the privilege of either to smile and say, "This is getting serious.


198.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... time you get drunk.   BB To Employers, p.147  
You put me on the spot every time you get drunk.


199.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... time you may have to send for ...   BB Working With Others, p.97  
Another time you may have to send for the police or an ambulance.


200.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... time you quit.   BB Working With Others, p.91  
If he is not communicative, give him a sketch of your drinking career up to the time you quit.


201.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... time, you see, A.A. was on the ...   12&12 Tradition Three, p.143  
He browbeat everybody, and everybody expected that he'd soon get drunk -- for at the time, you see, A.A. was on the pious side.


202.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... time you will feel no reluctance to ...   BB To Employers, p.148  
At the same time you will feel no reluctance to rid yourself of those who cannot or will not stop.


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