"To us, the realm of spirit is broad, roomy, all inclusive, never exclusive or forbidding to those who earnestly seek. (Page 46)"
"As we go through the day we pause, when agitated or doubtful, and ask for the right thought or action. (Page 87)"
"What we really have is a daily reprieve contingent on the maintenance of our spiritual condition (Page 85)"
"We found that God does not make too hard terms with those who seek him. (Page 46)"
"Do not be discouraged. No one among us has been able to maintain anything like perfect adherence to these principles. (Page 60)"
"Physicians who are familiar with alcoholism agree there is no such thing as making a normal drinker out of an alcoholic. (Page 31)"
"The alcoholic, at certain times has no effective mental defense against the first drink...His defense must come from a Higher Power. (Page 43)"
"Lack of power, that was our dilemma. We had to find a power by which we could live, and it had to be a Power greater than ourselves. (Page 45)"
"Some of us have to hold on to our old ideas and the result was nil until we let go absolutely. (Page 58)"
"Rarely have we seen a person fail who has thoroughly followed our path. (Page 58)"
"So our troubles, we think, are basically of our own making. (Page 62)"
"Resentment is the 'number one' offender. It destroys more alcoholics than anything else. (Page 64)"
"When the spiritual malady is overcome, we straighten out mentally and physically. (Page 64)"
"We trust infinite God rather than our finite selves. (Page 68)"
"We must be entirely honest with somebody if we expect to live long or happily in this world. (Page 73)"
"If we skip this vital step, we may not overcome drinking. (Page 72)"
"Practical experience shows that nothing will so much insure immunity from drinking as intensive work with other alcoholics. (Page 89)"
"Assuming we are spiritually fit, we can do all sorts of things alcoholics are not supposed to do. (Page 100)"
"The age of miracles is still with us. Our own recovery proves that! (Page 153)"
"We had a new Employer. Being all powerful, He provided what we needed. If we kept close to Him and performed His work well. (Page 63)"
"Here we ask God for inspiration, an intuitive thought or decision. (Page 86)"
"Love and tolerance of others is our code. (Page 84)"
"Our real purpose is to fit ourselves to be of maximum service to God and the people about us. (Page 77)"
"Remember it was agreed at the beginning we would go to any lengths for victory over alcohol. (Page 76)"
"Actually we were fooling ourselves, for deep down in every man, woman, and child, is the fundamental idea of God. (Page 55)"
"If we were to live, we had to be free of anger. (Page 86)"
"Our liquor was but a symptom. So we had to get down to causes and conditions. (Page 64)"
"Therefore, the main problem of the alcoholic centers in the mind, rather than the body. (Page 23)"
"We found the Great Reality deep down within us. In the last analysis it is only there that He may be found. (Page 55)"
"The first requirement is that we be convinced that any life run on self-will can hardly be a success. (Page 60)"
"Our ideas did not work. But the God idea did. (Page 52)"
"People of faith have a logical idea of what life is all about. (Page 49)"
"Half measure availed us nothing. We stood at the turning point. We asked His protection and care with complete abandon. (Page 59)"
"We learned that we had to fully concede to our innermost selves that we were alcoholics. This is the first step in recovery. (Page 30)"
"The delusions that we are like other people, or presently may be, has to be smashed. (Page 30)"
"The idea that somehow, someday he will control and enjoy his drinking is the great obsession of every abnormal drinker. (Page 30)"
"There is a solution. (Page 25)"
"If you are seriously alcoholic as we were, we believe there is no middle-of-the-road solution. (Page 25)"
"We have found much of heaven nd we have been rocketed into a fourth dimension of existence of which we had not even dreamed. (Page 25)"
"The tremendous fact for every one of us is that we have discovered a common solution. (Page 17)"
"We have entered the world of the spirit. Our next function is to grow in understanding and effectiveness. (Page 84)"
"Above everything, we alcoholics must be rid of this selfishness. We must, or it kills us! God makes that possible. (Page 62)"
"But we aren't a glum lot. If newcomers could see no joy or fun in our existence, they wouldn't want it. We absolutely insist on enjoying life. (Page 132)"
"It is easy to let up on the spiritual program of action and rest on our laurels. We are headed for trouble if we do, for alcohol is a subtle foe. (Page 85)"
"If sex is very troublesome, we throw ourselves the harder into helping others. We think of their needs and work for them. This takes us out of ourselves. (Page 70)"
"Most alcoholics owe money. We do not dodge our creditors. (Page 76)"
"And we have ceased fighting anything or anyone -- even alcohol. (Page 84)"
"We relax and take it easy. We don't struggle. (Page 86)"
"...we find that our thinking will, as time passes, be more on the plane of inspiration. We come to rely upon it. (Page 67)"