AA ‘Big Book’ – Quote
All changes made over the years in the Big Book ( A.A. members’ fond nickname for this volume ) have had the same purpose: to represent the current membership of Alcoholics Anonymous more accurately, and thereby to reach more alcoholics. If you have a drinking problem, we hope that you may pause in reading one of the forty-two personal stories and think: ‘Yes, that happened to me’; or, more important, ‘Yes, I’ve felt like that’; or, most important, ‘Yes, I believe this program can work for me too.’ – Pg. xii – 4th. Edition – Preface
Hour To Hour – Book – Quote
When we feel like we can’t hold on for a whole day, we get a clock and hold on for an hour. When an hour is too long, we hold on for 10 minutes. At the end of 10, do another 10, and another and another, until it’s OK.
Help me make it from hour to hour, or minute to minute if need be!
Tian Dayton, PhD. – Book Quotes – Emotional Sobriety
Today, I accept that without truth there is nothing. Truth is the soil out of which sustenance grows and nourishment comes, so that we can move in healthy directions. Lies have no food value and starve my spirit; but truth though it can hurt, has a way of hoeing and tilling the soil so that some new growth can occur. Even though knowing the truth may seem unnecessary somewhere inside, I know it anyway. Bringing truth out into the open gives me a chance to lift the veil of secrecy that has made a wound feel like a dark hole. It allows angst to transform and break into a thousand little somethings that each contain usable and illuminating information that can again nurture health and life.
I am willing to live with truth.
– Tian Dayton PhD
Misc. AA Literature – Quote
We need to distinguish sharply between spiritual simplicity and functional simplicity.
When we say that A.A. advocates no theological proposition except God as we understand Him, we greatly simplify A.A. life by avoiding conflict and exclusiveness.
But when we get into questions of action by groups, by areas, and by A.A. as a whole, we find that we must to some extent organize to carry the message–or else face chaos. And chaos is not simplicity.
I learned that the temporary or seeming good can often be the deadly enemy of the permanent best. When it comes to survival for A.A., nothing short of our very best will be good enough.
Pocket Sponsor – Book – Quote
‘Take the cotton out of your ears and put it in your mouth’ applies to the old-timer as well as the beginner – anyone who is too fond of their own voice.
From “Walk Softly and Carry a Big Book” – Book
You must go within or you go without.