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"Each Alcoholics Anonymous group ought to be [an autonomous] spiritual entity... carrying its message to the alcoholic who still suffers." — Tradition Five
"...wrecked in the same vessel...restored and united under one God, with hearts and minds attuned to the welfare of others...
"...we have discovered a common solution...a way out on which we can absolutely agree, and upon which we can join in brotherly and harmonious action...the great news this book carries to those who suffer from alcoholism." — A.A. pages 161, 17
"'I know I must get along without liquor, but how can I? Have you a sufficient substitute?'
"Yes, there is a substitute and it is vastly more than that. It is [fellowship within an autonomous] fellowship in Alcoholics Anonymous. There you will find release from care, boredom and worry. Your imagination will be fired. Life will mean something at last. The most satisfactory years of your existence lie ahead. Thus we find the [spiritual] fellowship [we share], and so will you." — A.A. page 152
During the earliest of A.A. days, "...scarce an evening passed that someone's home did not shelter a little gathering...[with] one night a week set apart for...anyone or everyone interested in a spiritual way of life...where new people might bring their problems.
"... Many a [spouse] has visited...
"...[envisioning] the Great Reality - their loving and All Powerful Creator."