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"The central fact of our lives today is the absolute certainty that our Creator has entered into our hearts and lives in a way which is indeed miraculous.  He has commenced to accomplish those things for us which we could never do by ourselves."

Alcoholics Anonymous

Source: c. 1939, AAWS, Alcoholics Anonymous, There Is A Solution, p. 25.

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A Quote by Alcoholics Anonymous on alcoholics anonymous, the big book, there is a solution, recovery, and twelve steps

 "The great fact is just this, and nothing less: That we have had deep and effective spiritual experiences which have revolutionized our whole attitude toward life, toward our fellows and toward God's universe."

Alcoholics Anonymous

Source: c. 1939 AAWS, Alcoholics Anonymous, There Is A Solution, p.25.

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A Quote by Alcoholics Anonymous on alcoholics anonymous, the big book, recovery, and there is a solution

 "When, therefore, we were approached by those in whom the problem had bee en solved, there was nothing left for us but to pick up the simple kit of spiritual tools laid at our feet.  We have found much of heaven and we have been rocketed into a fourth dimension of existence of which we had not even dreamed."

Alcoholics Anonymous

Source: c. 1939, AAWS, Alcoholics Anonymous, There Is A Solution, p.25.

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A Quote by Alcoholics Anonymous on alcoholics anonymous, recovery, deception, and there is a solution

"When this sort of thinking ifs fully established in an individual with alcoholic tendencies, he has probably placed himself beyond human aid, and unless locked up, may die or go permanently insane.  These stark and ugly facts have been confirmed by legions of alcoholics throughout history.  But for the grace of God, there would have been thousands more convincing demonstrations.   So many want to stop but cannot." 
   

Alcoholics Anonymous

Source: c. 1939, AAWS, Alcoholics Anonymous, There is A Solution, pp.24-25.

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A Quote by Alcoholics Anonymous on alcoholics anonymous, the big book, there is a solution, recovery, and twelve steps

"The alcoholic may say to himself in the most casual way, "It won't burn me this time, so here's how!"  Or perhaps he doesn't think at all.  How often have some of us begun to drink in this nonchalant way, and after the third or fourth, pounded on the bar and said to ourselves, "For God's sake, how did I ever get started again?"  Only to have that thought supplanted by,  "Well, Ill stop with the sixth drink."  Or "What's the use anyhow?" 

Alcoholics Anonymous

Source: c. 1939, AAWS, Alcoholics Anonymous, There Is A Solution, p. 24.

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A Quote by Alcoholics Anonymous on alcoholics anonymous, the big book, there is a solution, and recovery

"The almost certain consequences that follow taking even a glass of beer do not crowd into the mind to deter us. 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. There is the complete failure of the kind of defense that keeps one from putting his hand on a hot stove."

Alcoholics Anonymous

Source: c. 1939 AAWS, Alcoholics Anonymous, There Is A Solution, p. 24.

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A Quote by Alcoholics Anonymous on alcoholiics anonymous, recovery, there is a solution, and twelve steps

"The fact is that most alcoholics, for reasons yet obscure, have lost the power of choice in drink. Our so-called will power becomes practically nonexistent. We are unable, at certain times, to bring into our consciousness with sufficient force the memory of the suffering and humiliation of even a week or a month ago. We are without defense against the first drink."

Alcoholics Anonymous

Source: c. AAWS Alcoholics Anonymous, There Is A Solution, p. 24.

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A Quote by Alcoholics Anonymous on alcoholics anonymous, recovery, there is a solution, and twelve steps

"At a certain point in the drinking of every alcoholic, he passes into a state where the most powerful desire to stop drinking is of absolutely no avail. This tragic situation has already arrived in practically every case long before it is suspected."

Alcoholics Anonymous

Source: c. 1939, AAWS, Alcoholics Anonymous, There Is A Solution, p. 24.

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A Quote by Alcoholics Anonymous on alcoholics anonymous, the big book, recovery, and there is a solution

"Once in a while he (the alcoholic) may tell the truth.
And the truth, strange to say, is usually that he has
no more idea why he took that first drink than you have.
Some drinkers have excuses with which they are satisfied part of the time.
But in their hearts they really do not know why they do it."

Alcoholics Anonymous

Source: c. 1939 AAWS, Alcoholics Anonymous, The Big Book, There Is A Solution. p. 23.

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A Quote by Alcoholics Anonymous on alcoholics anonymous, the big book, there is a solution, recovery, and twelve steps

From the Big Book:
"Sometimes these excuses (from the alcoholic) have a certain plausibility, but none of them really makes sense in the light of the havoc an alcoholic's drinking bout creates. They sound like the philosophy of the man who, having a headache, beats himself on the head with a hammer so that he can't feel the ache. If you draw this fallacious reasoning to the attention of an alcoholic, he will laugh it off, or become irritated and refuse to talk."

Alcoholics Anonymous

Source: c.1939, AAWS, Alcoholics Anonymous, There Is A Solution. p. 23.

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