The above is a sticker, “Made to be placed on first page of Big Book”.
Struggle and Prayer
“As we had once struggled and prayed for individual recovery, just so earnestly did we commence to quest for the principles through which A.A. itself might survive. On anvils of experience, the structure of our Society was hammered out.”
-pg.131 The 12 Steps and 12 Traditions
A VISION OF RECOVERY
“A feeble prayer forged a lasting connection with a Higher Power for this Mic-Mac Indian. “I thought i was different because I’m an Indian.” I heard that statement from many Natives at my early A.A. meetings. I would only shrug and say to myself: “You think you’re different, what about me? I’m a red-headed Indian.”
-pg.494 Big Book, Fourth Edition
A lot of Anvils
“Would it simply explode and fly all to pieces? On thousands of anvils of experience, of which the Manhattan Group was certainly one (down in that 41st Street club, more sparks came off that anvil than any I ever saw), we hammered out the Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous…”
-Bill Wilson 1955
“Historians may one day recognize Alcoholics Anonymous to have been a great venture in social pioneering which forged a new instrument for social action; a new therapy based on the kinship of common suffering; one having a vast potential for the myriad other ills of mankind.”
-fragment from the 1951 Lasker Award citation.