A.A. Sayings

  • Expectations are preconceived resentments.
  • SLIP: Sobriety loses it’s priority.
  • Carry the message, not the mess.
  • It’s alcohol-ism, not -wasm.
  • Insanity: doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.
  • Gossip hurts – and sometimes kills.
  • Pain is necessary, suffering is optional!
  • If nothing changes, nothing changes.
  • Tell it to your sponsor, or you will be telling it to a bartender.
  • If you do what you always did, you’ll get what you always got.
  • Some things have to be believed to be seen.
  • Feelings aren’t facts!!!
  • In AA, first we remove the anesthesia, then we operate.
  • Fellowship is the meeting after the meeting.
  • Let us love you until you learn to love yourself.
  • Isolation is the dark room where we develop our ‘negatives’.
  • You’re as sick as your secrets.
  • Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less.
  • Compare and despair.
  • Don’t compare you insides to other people’s outsides.
  • Let go or get dragged.
  • If your spinning your wheels, try getting out of the driver’s seat.
  • HALT: Don’t get too Hungry, Angry, Lonely, Tired
  • If your ass falls off, pick it up, put it in a paper bag, and carry it to a meeting.
  • Take an action, then let go of the results.
  • Don’t tease your disease.
  • Step 13: My life is unmanageable, and I want to share it with you.
  • It’s the first car of a train that kills you, not the caboose.
  • Relapse is NOT a requirement.
  • Relapse begins long before you pick up the drink/drug.
  • The elevator is broken – take the steps!
  • If you hang around a barbershop long enough, eventually you’ll get a haircut.
  • Those who matter, don’t mind; those who mind, don’t matter.
  • Don’t speak unless you can improve on silence.
  • You don’t need to “find God”; He isn’t lost.
  • Surrendering means you don’t have to fight any more.
  • Surrender Dorothy!
  • I didn’t use drugs, drugs used me.
  • You can be just a crazy sober as you were drunk, you’ll just remember it the next day.
  • The steps keep us from suicide; the traditions keep us from homicide.
  • The only thing alcoholics do in moderation is the 12 steps!
  • Serenity isn’t freedom from the storm; it is peace within the storm.