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“What other people think of you is none of your business. ”

“Change only happens when the pain of holding on is greater than the fear of letting go. ”

“Faith is a lighted doorway, but trust is a dark hall”

“There are two days in every week which we have no control over—-yesterday and tomorrow. today is the only day we can change.”

“The road to disappointment (resentment) is paved with expectation”

“Be nice to newcomers, one day they may be your sponsor”

“When I came to recovery I realized that being a child for 28 years nearly killed me”

“I’m not going to give anybody free rent in my head.”

“Anger may identify a problem, but it will never solve one.”

“Gossip and criticism do not belittle the other person; they belittle me.”

“I was always comparing my insides to someone else’s outsides.”

“Sponsoring yourself is like using unskilled labor.”

“Nervousness is just God trying to share the truth out of you.”

“Humility is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less.”

“Winners do what they have to do and losers do what they want to do.”

“Meetings are an archipelago of sanity in a lunatic sea.”

“I’ve been driven to a good attitude by being hit over the head by self-will.”

“If you want to see how grateful someone is, ask them to help you. Some folks think God sets up the chairs and cleans up after the meeting.”

“W’d better be careful when I say Im grateful. Gratitude can only be expressed in deeds, not words .”

“I don’t have relationships, I have Close Encounters.”

“The power behind me is greater than the problem in front of me. ”

“I didn’t make it all the way to the beach to drown in the sand.”

“Praying is asking God for help, meditating is listening for Gods answer. ”

“The reason I’m here is because I’m not all there. ”

“My biggest problem was bottles of the two-legged variety. ”

“My basic problem is that I flee from those who want me and I pursue the rejecters.”

“I had to learn how to float in this program because I’m a sinker. ”

“On relapse: I never did anything in moderation…except maybe the steps.”

“Its not the load that takes you down…it’s the way you carry it.”

“When you choose the lesser of two evils, always remember that it is still an evil.”

“If everything is coming your way, you’re in the wrong lane. ”

“If you can’t love everybody today, at least try not to hurt anybody.”

“The reasonable person adapts to society. An unreasonable person adapts society.”

“We are attracted to people who share in our growth and progress and lose interest in those who don’t.”

“The only way to have gratitude is to live in the now, not in the past or the future. ”

“We consume our tomorrows fretting about our yesterdays.” ~Persius

“As a rule, men worry more about what they can’t see than about what they can.” ~Julius Caesar

“The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.”

“Work to become, not to acquire.” (Elbert Hubbard)

“On relapse: I never did anything in moderation…especially the steps.”

“Seven days without a meeting makes one weak.”

“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.” Mark Twain

“If you feel there are others below you, you will feel the crush of others above you.” ~Duane Alan Hahn

“Nothing pains some people more than having to think.” ~Martin Luther King, Jr.

“A whale is harpooned only when it spouts.” ~Henry Hillman

“Worry is a useless mulling over of things we cannot change.”

“What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself.” ~Abraham H. Maslow

“Never miss a good chance to shut up.” ~Scott Beach’s grandfather

“I try to hold grudges, but they always wiggle out of my hands.” ~Duane Alan Hahn

“Go often to the house of thy friend, for weeds choke the unused path.” (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

“When I die, I’m leaving my body to science fiction.”

“To err is human; to admit it, superhuman.” ~Doug Larson

“As I grow to understand life less and less, I learn to love it more and more.” ~Sir Thomas Brown

“If you want what you’ve never had, you must do what you’ve never done.”

“Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.” ~ Les Brown

“The healthy person finds happiness in helping others. Thus, for him, unselfishness is selfish.”

“You are not responsible for your disease, but you are responsible for your behavior.”

“God doesn’t close one door without opening a better one ~ BUT ~ we’ve got to get our fingers out of the closing door. The reason you’re in pain is because you have your fingers in a door God is trying to close.”

“PAIN: The effort required to cling to old ideas and old behaviors.”

“If you’re going to pray, don’t worry. If you’re going to worry, don’t pray.”

“If you have to talk to more than three people about the same problem, you don’t want help, you want attention.”

“You don’t have a problem. You have a solution you don’t like.”

“I was living in the pollution instead of the solution.”

“The power behind me is greater than the problem in front of me.”

“Switching from one compulsion to another is like switching seats on the Titanic.”

“We aren’t bad people trying to get good. Were sick people trying to get well.”

“If you want what the winners have, do what the winners do.”

“If you feel like taking something to feel better, take one of the Steps.”

“My life is none of my business. I just show up every morning and report for duty.”

“If you’re working your own program properly, you wont have time to work someone else’s!!”

“My relationship isn’t my problem, and it isn’t my solution.”

“We get a *daily* reprieve, based on what we do *today*for our recovery.”

“Remember, don’t run so fast that your guardian angel can’t keep up”

“When you’re home by yourself you’re behind enemy lines.”

“If you share your pain you cut it in half, if you don’t you double it.”

“If you don’t want what we have, go back out to what you had.”

“My head is like a bad neighborhood and I shouldn’t go in there alone.”

“Religion is for people who are afraid they’ll go to hell. Spirituality is for people who have been there.”

“I need to put things in perspective because I have a disease of perception.”

“The quality of your recovery is proportional to the quality of your surrender.”

“Those who relapse are attending powerlessness graduate school.”

“Fear is the darkroom where negatives are developed”

“Before engaging your mouth, put your mind in gear!”

“There is no chemical solution to a spiritual problem”

“Spirituality is the ability to get our minds off ourselves”

“The first step in overcoming mistakes is to admit them”

“Willpower= our willingness to use a higher power”

“When your head begins to swell your mind stops growing”

“A journey of a 1,000 miles begins with the first step”

“You received without cost, now give without charge”

“Faith is not belief without proof but trust without reservation”

“Minds are like parachutes—-they won’t work unless they’re open”

“If you don’t want what we have, go back out to what you had.”

“Part of compliance is defiance, but you must arrive at acceptance of the disease.”

“My head is like a bad neighborhood and I shouldn’t go in there alone.”

“Religion is for people who are afraid they’ll go to hell. Spirituality is for people who have been there.”

“I’m not going to give anybody free rent in my head. ”

“I was hopelessly dopeful…now Im dopelessly hopeful. ”

“I used to be a hopeless dope fiend, now I’m a dopeless hope fiend. ”

“I need to put things in perspective because I have a disease of perception.”

“The quality of your recovery is proportional to the quality of your surrender.”

“I’m basically a negative person, that’s why I’m so happy. ”

“Those who relapse are attending powerlessness graduate school. ”

“This program changes the way I relate to me. That’s what I’m trying to do, change the way I relate to me. ”

“If you commit suicide you’re killing the wrong person. ”

“I’ve been beating up on myself so much I feel like hitting myself. ”

“A critic is a person who goes onto the battlefield after the battle has been fought and shoots the survivors.”

“I can’t ~he can ~I think I’ll let him (steps 1,2,3)”

“Keep coming back, it works if you work it”

“I came; I came to; I came to believe (steps 1,2,3)”

“Have a good day unless of course u have made other plans”

“Take the cotton out of your ears and put it in your mouth”

“The price for serenity and sanity is self-sacrifice”

“If you turn it over and don’t let go of it, you will be upside down.”

“God taught us to laugh again but god please don’t let us forget that we once cried”

“Serenity is not freedom from the storm but peace amid the storm”

“It isn’t the load that weighs us down——its the way we carry it”

“When u do all the talking you only learn what you already know”

“When we surrender to our higher power, the journey begins”

“Knowledge of the answers never made anyone slip—it was failing to practice the answers known”

“The 12 steps tell us how it works; the 12 traditions tell us why it works”

“If faith without works is dead; then willingness without action is fantasy”

“The task ahead of us is never as great as the power behind us”

“You are not required to like it, you’re only required to DO IT”

“When wallowing in your self-pity …… get off the cross we need the wood”

“We are not human beings having spiritual experiences; we are spiritual beings having human experiences”

“Remember nothing is going to happen today that you and god can’t handle”

“When man listens, god speaks; when man obeys, god works”

“Don’t watch the slippers but watch those who don’t slip closely and watch them go through difficulties and pull through”

“Its a pity we can’t forget our troubles the same way we forget our blessings”

“Be careful what you pray for; you’re liable to get it”

“The time to attend a meeting is when you least feel like going”

“The first step is the only step a person can work perfectly”

“The will of god will never take you where the grace of god will not protect you”

“Time wasted in getting even can never be used in getting ahead”

“Get out of the driver’s seat…….let go and let god”

“Everyday is a gift that is why we call it the present”

“If you find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere”

“RULE 62—-don’t take yourself so damn seriously!!!!!!!”

“Faith is our greatest gift; its sharing with others our greatest responsibility”

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