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  • “Always tell the truth. Then you don't have to remember anything.”
    by Mark Twain
  • “How dark it is before the dawn! In reality that was the beginning of my last debauch. I was soon to be catapulted into what I like to call the fourth dimension of existence. I was to know happiness, peace, and usefulness, in a way of life that is incredibly more wonderful as time passes.”
    by Bill W
  • “No matter how unreasonable others may seem, I am responsible for not reacting negatively. Regardless of what is happening around me I will always have the prerogative, and the responsibility, of choosing what happens within me. I am the creator of my own reality. When I [review my day], I know that I must stop judging others. If I judge others, I am probably judging myself. Whoever is upsetting me most is my best teacher. I have much to learn from him or her, and in my hearts, I should thank that person.”
    by Bill W
  • “Pain is the touchstone of all growth”
    by Bill W
  • “We have no desire to convince anyone that there is only one way by which faith can be acquired.”
    by Bill W
  • “Is sobriety all that we are to expect of a spiritual awakening? No, sobriety is only a bare beginning; it is only the first gift of the first awakening. If more gifts are to be received, our awakening has to go on. As it does go on, we find that bit by bit we can discard the old life - the one that did not work - for a new life that can and does work under any conditions whatever.”
    by Bill W
  • “We lose the fear of making decisions, great and small; as we realize that should our choice prove wrong we can, if we will, learn from the experience.”
    by Bill W
  • “Because of our kinship in suffering, our channels of contact have always been charged with the language of the heart.”
    by Bill W
  • “Nothing matters more to AA's future welfare than the manner in which we use the colossus of modern communication. Used unselfishly and well, it can produce results surpassing our present imagination.”
    by Bill W
  • “Nothing can be more demoralizing than a clinging and abject dependence upon another human being. This often amounts to the demand for a degree of protection and love that no one could possibly satisfy. So our hoped for protectors finally flee, and once more we are left alone - either to grow up or to disintegrate.”
    by Bill W
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It must never be forgotten that the purpose of Alcoholics Anonymous is to sober up alcoholics. There is no religious or spiritual requirement for membership. No demands are made on anyone. An experience is offered which members may accept or reject. That is up to them by Bill W.