Bill Wilson

A Quote by Bill on alcoholics anonymous, the big book, recovery, and bill wilson

"Most of us feel we need look no further for Utopia.  We have it with us right here and now.  Each day my friend's simple talk in our kitchen multiplies itself in a widening circle of peace on earth and good will to men." 

Bill Wilson

Source: C. 1939 AAWS, Alcoholics Anonymous, The Big Book, Bill's Story, p. 16. (Bill W., co-founder of A. A. died January 21, 1971)

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A Quote by Bill on alcoholics anonymous, the big book, recovery, bill wilson, and willingness

"it was only a matter of being willing to believe in a Power Greater than myself.  Nothing more was required of me to make my beginning. I saw that growth could start from that point.  Upon a foundation of complete willingness I might build what I saw in my friend.  Would I have it?  Of course I would." __Bill Wilson

Bill Wilson

Source: c. 1939 AAWS, Alcoholics Anonymous, Bill's Story, p. 12

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A Quote by Bill on alcohlics anonymous, the big book, recovery, bill wilson, and god

"Despite the living example of my friend there remained in me the vestiges of my old prejudice. The word God still aroused a certain antipathy. When the thought was expressed that there might be a God personaI to me this feeling was intensified. I didn't like the idea." __Bill Wilson

Bill Wilson

Source: c. AAWS, Alcoholics Anonymous, Bill's Story, p.12.

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A Quote by Bill on alcoholics anonymous, the big book, recovery, twelve steps, and bill wilson

"I saw that my friend was much more than inwardly reorganized.  He was on a different footing.  His roots grasped new soil."  __Bill Wilson

Bill Wilson

Source: c. 1939, AAWS, Alcoholics Anonymous, Bill's Story, pp.11-12.

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A Quote by Bill on alcoholics anonymous, the big book, recovery, hapiness, and bill wilson

"Had this power originated in him?  Obviously it had not .   There had been no more power in him than there was in me at that minute; and this was none at all.  That floored me.  It began to look as though religious people were right after all.  Here was something at work in a human heart which had done the impossible. My ideas about miracles were drastically revised right then.  Never mind the musty past; here sat a miracle directly across the kitchen table.  He shouted great tidings."__Bill Wilson

Bill Wilson

Source: c. 1939, AAWS, Alcoholics Anonymous, Bill's Story, p.11.

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A Quote by Bill on alcoholics anonymous, the big book, recovery, twelve steps, and bill wilson

The wars which had been fought, the burnings and chicanery that religious dispute had facilitated, made me sick.  I honestly doubter whether, on balance, the religions of mankind had done any good.  Judging from what I had seen in Europe and since, the power of God in human affairs was negligible, the Brotherhood of Man a grim jest.  If there was a Devil, he seemed the Boss Universal, and he certainly had me.

Bill Wilson

Source: c.1939, AAWS, Alcoholics Anonymous, Bill's Story, p. 11.

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A Quote by Bill on alcoholics anonymous, the big book, recovery, and bill wilson

 "To Christ I conceded the certainty of a great man, not too closely followed by those who claim Him.  His moral teaching--most excellent.  For myself, I had adopted those parts which seemed convenient and not too difficult; the rest I disregarded." __Bill Wilson

Bill Wilson

Source: c.1939, AAWS, Alcoholics Anonymous, Bill's Story, p.11.

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A Quote by Bill on alcoholics anonymous, the big book, recovery, twelve steps, and bill wilson

"I had always believed in a Power greater than myself. I had often pondered these things. I was not an atheist. Few people really are, for that means blind faith in the strange proposition that this universe originated in a cipher and aimlessly rushes nowhere. __Bill Wilson

Bill Wilson

Source: c. 1939, AAWS, Alcoholics Anonymous, Bill's Story, p.10.

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A Quote by Bill on alcoholics anonymous, the big book, recovery, twelve steps, and bill wilson

"Trembling, I stepped from the hospital a broken man.  Fear sobered me for a bit. Then came the insanity of the first drink, and on Armistice Day, 1934, I was off again.  Everyone became resigned to the certainty that I would have to be shut up somewhere, or would stumble along to a miserable end." __ Bill Wilson

Bill Wilson

Source: c. 1939, AAWS, Alcoholics Anonymous, Bill's Story, p 8.

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A Quote by Bill Wilson on alcoholics anonymous, the big book, recovery, high resolve, and bill wilson

 "...I got a promising business opportunity. Stocks were at the low point of 1932, and I had somehow formed a group to buy.  I was to share generously in the profits.  Then I went on a prodigious bender, and the chance vanished.  I woke up.  This had to be stopped.  I saw I could not take so much as one drink. I was through forever. Before then, I had written lots of sweet promises, but my wife happily observed that this time I meant business.  And so i did.  Shortly afterward I came home drunk.  There had been no fight. Where had been my high resolve?" __Bill Wilson

Bill Wilson

Source: c. 1939, AAWS, Alcoholics Anonymous, Bill's Story, p. 5

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