Alcoholics Anonymous

“We shall be of little use if your attitude is one of bitterness or hostility.”

“Putting these principles into action at home and at work.”

“The fragrance always remains on the hand that gives the rose.”

– Ghandi

“Your greatest life messages and your most effective ministry will come out of your deepest hurts.”

– Warren

“The problems of the community might engage attention.”

“What would Integrity have me do?”

– Khamisa

“This work kept me sober. It wasn’t a question of those alcoholics giving me anything. My stability came out of trying to give, not out of demanding that I receive.”

– Grapevine

“The only true voyage of discovery, the only fountain of Eternal Youth, would be not to visit strange lands but to possess other eyes, to behold the universe through the eyes of another, of a hundred others, to behold the hundred universes that each of them beholds, that each of them is.”

– Proust

“You as well as your husband ought to think of what you can put into life instead of how much you can take out. Inevitably, your lives will be fuller for doing so.”

“To be vital, faith must be accompanied by self-sacrifice and unselfish, constructive action.”

“He that does good to another does good also to himself, not only in the consequence but in the very act. For the consciousness of well-doing is in itself ample reward.”

– Seneca

“If human beings can be trained for cruelty and greed and a belief in power which comes through hate and fear and force, certainly we can train equally well for greatness and mercy and the power of love which comes because of the strength of the good qualities to be found in the soul of every human being.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt

“Though they knew they must help other alcoholics if they would remain sober, that motive became secondary. It was transcended by the happiness they found in giving themselves for others. They shared their homes, their slender resources and gladly devoted spare hours to fellow-sufferers.”

“… the alcoholic is an extreme example of self-will run riot … Above everything, we alcoholics must get rid of selfishness. God makes that possible.”

“Ask Him in your morning meditation what you can do each day for the man who is still sick. Give freely of what you find …”

“The alcoholic is an extreme example of self-will run riot, though he usually doesn’t think so. Above everything, we alcoholics must be rid of this selfishness. We must, or it kills us!”

“AA service is anything whatever that helps us reach a fellow sufferer — ranging all the way from the Twelfth Step itself to a ten-cent phone call and a cup of coffee, and to AA’s General Service Headquarters for national and international action. The sum total of all these services is our Third Legacy.”

– Bill W.

“The noblest question in the world is: ‘What good may I do in it?'”

– Benjamin Franklin

“Your job now is to be at the place where you may be of maximum helpfulness to others; so never hesitate to go anywhere if you can be helpful.”

“But those of us who have tried to shoulder the entire burden and troubles of others find we are soon overcome by them.”