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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, and bills wilson

"But my friend sat before me, and he made the point-blank declaration that God had done for him what he could not do for himself. His human will had failed. Doctors had pronounced him incurable. Society was about to lock him up. Like myself, he had admitted complete defeat. Then he had, in effect, been raised from the dead, suddenly taken from the scrap heap to a level of life better than the best he had ever known!" __ 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, and twelve steps

"My intellectual heroes, the chemists, the astronomers, even the evolutionists, suggested vast laws and forces at work.  Despite contrary indications, I had little doubt that a might purpose and rhythm underlay all.  How could there be so much of precise and immutable law, and no intelligence?  I simply had to believe in a Spirit of the Universe, who knew nether time nor limitation.  But that was as far as I had gone." __Bill Wilson

Bill Wilson

Source: c. 1939, AAWS, Alcohoics 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

"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 bills story

"I was aghast.  So that was it__last summer an alcoholic crackpot: now, I suspected, a little cracked about religion.  He had that starry-eyed look. Yes, the old boy was on fire all right, But bless his heart, let him rant!  Besides, my gin would last longer that his preaching."  __Bill Wilson

Bill Wilson

Source: c. 1939 AAWS, Alcoholics Anonymous, Bill's Story, p.9.

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

 The cheery voice of an old school friend asked if he might come over.  He was sober.  It was years since I could remember his coming to New York in that condition. I was amazed.   Rumor had it that he had been committed for alcoholic insanity.  I wondered how he had escaped.  Of course he would have dinner, and then I could drink openly with him.  Unmindful of his welfare, I thought only of recapturing the spirit of other days. There was that time we had chartered an airplane to complete a jag! His coming was an oasis in this dreary desert of futility.  The very thing--an oasis! Drinkers are like that." __Bill Wilson

Bill Wilson

Source: c.1939, AAWS, Alcoholics Anonymous, Bill's Story, pp. 8-9.

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