"God had done for him what he could not do for himself." (11:3, 'Alcoholics Anonymous')
"... you may be suffering from an illness which only a spiritual experience will conquer.
To one who feels he is an atheist or agnostic such an experience seems impossible, but to continue as he is means disaster, especially if he is an alcoholic of the hopeless variety. To be doomed to an alcoholic death or to live on a spiritual basis are not always easy alternatives to face." (44:1–2)
"When we saw others solve their problems by a simple reliance upon the Spirit of the Universe, we had to stop doubting the power of God. Our ideas did not work. But the God idea did." (52:3)
"When we look back, we realize that the things which came to us when we put ourselves in God's hands were better than anything we could have planned." (100:1)
"... they found that a new power, peace, happiness, and sense of direction flowed into them. This happened soon after they wholeheartedly met a few simple requirements." (50:4)
"Our stories disclose in a general way what we used to be like, what happened, and what we are like now." (58:2)
"Do I now believe, or am I even willing to believe, that there is a Power greater than myself?" (47:2)
"We found the Great Reality deep down within us. In the last analysis it is only there that He can be found." (55:3)
"If our testimony helps sweep away prejudice, enables you to think honestly, encourages you to search diligently within yourself, then, if you wish, you can join us on the Broad Highway. With this attitude you cannot fail. The consciousness of your belief is sure to come to you." (55:4)
"... our former thinking was soft and mushy when we threw up our hands in doubt and said 'We don't know.'
When we became alcoholics, crushed by a self imposed crisis we could not postpone or evade, we had to fearlessly face the proposition that either God is everything or else He is nothing. God either is, or He isn't. What was our choice to be?" (53:1–2)
"Some of us have tried to hold on to our old ideas and the result was nil until we let go absolutely." (58:3)Am I willing now to let go of every idea, emotion, attitude, plan, and design in this area, and to let God lead me moment by moment to an "un-dreamed-of future" (119:0)?