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Meeting Quotes

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Everybody has a favorite meeting quote or remembers some words of wisdom from a recent meeting. This is the place to share them. You can add some by going to the "Meeting Quotes" section of the forums.


"Courage is Fear that has Learned How to Pray"

"The difference between scared and sacred is how we 'C' ourselves"

"The only problem with isolation is I'm the only one I get my solutions from." (scary thought)

"Sometimes the hardest decision in life is which bridge to cross and which one to burn"

"Things aren't necessarily going wrong just because they're not going my way"

"I'm not where I need to be but thank God I'm not where I used to be"

"Justification and rationalization leads to masturbation because you're just screwing yourself"

"The worst prison is in your own mind"

"You can't stay sober today on yesterday's sobriety"

"I may not be much, but I'm all I think about all day!"

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"I would be fine, If I listened to opinions other than just my own......."

"Keep your acceptance level high and your expectation level low!"

"Going to meetings is like taking aspirin before a headache."

"I don't know how to make it better but I sure know how to make it worse."

"It's A Really Good Day To Be Clean, But It's A Great Day To Be In Recovery"

"Be good to yourself!"

"There are several paths to the top of the mountain, but the view is the same."

"Dope is liking cutting your throat with an electric razor. It hurts a lot and can take a long time!"

"Things aren't necessarily going wrong just because they're not going my way!"

"Drinking yourself to death is liking cutting your throat with an electric razor. It hurts a lot and takes a long time!"

"Sponsorship: Help someone up the hill, and you'll get to the top yourself."

"Sometimes the hardest decision in life is which bridge to cross and which one to burn!"

"Attitude is the difference between an ordeal and an adventure!"

"I once had the blues because I had no shoes, then when walking down the street I met a man with no feet!"

"Everything can be replaced except you."

"Drinking is a slow suicide, like being nibbled to death by a duck."

"Recovery allows me to break on through to the other side and see the world from a different perspective unencumbered by the bondage of active addiction."

"Recovery is good when you stay out of the drivers seat."


"Doing what is right everyday to the best of my ability insures my recovery ability."

"Being humble isn't that we think less of ourselves, it's that we think of ourselves less."

"My life is my gift from "GOD". What I do with my life is my gift to "GOD""

"Change your attitude or change your sobriety date!"

"People who don’t go to meetings never get to see what happens to people who don`t go to meetings"

"I am not the General Manager of the Universe... sometimes I tend to forget that..."

"Happiness is wanting what you do, not doing what you want."

"Reality Is A Nice Place To Visit, But I Really Don't Like Living There."

"A wrong decision isn't forever; it can be reversed. The losses from a delayed decision are forever; they can never be retrieved."

"In order to recover, one must know the difference in having faith in God, and actually trusting God."

"Don't think of it as having a bad day--think of it as second step work."

"Don't ask someone to be your temporary sponsor, unless you want to stay temporarily sober..."

"I go to a lot meetings because I never know when the miracles will happen and I want to be there when it does!"

"If you like everyone you have met at meetings, you haven't been to enough meetings!"

"When you are standing on the edge of all that you have known and are about to step into the darkness, remember that one of two things can happen. Either there will be something solid for you to stand on or you will be taught to fly."

"Give all your problems to "God", he'll be up all night anyway!"

"Feelings of "guilt" are God's way of letting me know I am out of balance spiritually."

"I am not guilty; I am accountable."

"It's not my job to to grant awareness."

"Faith isn't the absence of fear but the courage to walk through it."

"When you reach the end of your rope...tie a knot in it and hold on for dear life!"

"The good news is that your feelings come back...The bad news is that your feelings come back."

"Without a program life is like a soup sandwich. No matter how you make it, you always wind up with a mess. "

"We are not human beings learning to become spiritual, we are spiritual beings learning to become human."

"If you hang around the barber shop long enough you're gonna get a hair cut."

"I know I'm alcoholic 'cause I have a low tolerance for reality."

"The first thing you put ahead of your sobriety will be the second thing you lose."

"Nothing is so painful or insurmountable in my journey now. Someone is always there to share life's burdens with me."

"Yesterday is history; tomorrow is a mystery; today is a gift - that's why they call it the present."

"If I get in the urge to pick up, I pray to God that it's the phone that I pick."

"Before recovery I thought I was GOD and now I gave up the job."

"Forgiveness is giving up hope for a better past!"

"I tried to contain myself but I escaped."

"Step One is God help me!"

"No matter how many times I fall I will always have a chance for a first class life."

"I knew all the words by heart, but I couldn't hear the music!"

"You know you're in recovery when everyone else sees a bum and you see a prospect!"

"We all have the same last name, "Alcoholic!"

"I believe in God Almighty and the Golden Rule. Everything else is just crowd control."

"Recovery is not something you get, it's something you work for."

"We may not have it all together, BUT together we have it ALL!"

"In the beginning, it wasn't the parts of the book that I DIDN'T relate to that worried me... it was the parts of the book that I COULD relate to that worried me "

"If you "think" you have an addiction or alcohol problem, remember where that "thought" came from... A sick mind can't cure a sick mind! We can't do it alone."

"Enjoy the moment, in minute it'll be a memory."

"If your head is full of you - you'll learn nothing new."

"The wreckage of the past is environmentally safe and bio-degradable."

"God forgives in an instant, but character building is a lifetime proposition."

"You have to be clean to learn to live clean."

"Without the pain of introspect, there will be no gain of self respect."

"We are all crazy, but thank God were not all crazy on the same day!"

"I don't always have to believe what I'm thinking."

"Worrying is praying for something you don't want."

"God does move mountains but you have to bring the shovel!"

"I came into this program to save my ass and found it was attached to my soul."

"Holding a resentment is like drinking a glass of poison and waiting for the other son of bitch to die."

"I used to think I was a social butterfly, but I found out I was just a social fly."

"I can't, God can, why don't I let Him?"

"It's easy to quit drinking, put the plug in the jug. Living life on life's terms is the hard part."

"What you think of me is none of my business."

"Growing Old is Natural... Growing Up is Spiritual..."

"I'd rather live sober in AA wondering if I'm really an alcoholic, than die drunk trying to prove I'm not."

"People may not always believe what I say, but they will always believe what I do."

"When alcohol and drugs beat me to my knees, I found I was right where I needed to be."

"Recovery is like sitting on the back of two seater bike... you don't get to steer but you have to keep peddling!"

"I wasn't ready 'til I got beat half to death by the second step!"

"Forget 'Keep Coming Back' and just stay with us."

"Working the steps gets self out of the way enough for God to work the miracle."

"Just because you're having a bad day doesn't mean you're having a bad life."

"Do not allow others to upset you; their only power comes from your reaction."

"Do not rent space in your head to other people's sicknesses."

"The definition of faith is believing what you cannot see. The reward of faith is seeing what you believe."

"If we stay clean JUST FOR TODAY...we will never relapse...because...EVERYDAY IS TODAY."


"What I used to call boredom, I now call serenity."

"Dear God I understand No, I understand Yes, I don't understand WAIT."

"I was really crazy, definitely missing something up-stairs, I was 12 steps from a program that is for sure!"

"My head is a bad neighborhood to be in by myself."

"Slogan for HOPE Hang Onto Power Everyday"

"I went to the first meeting and didn't know what they were talking about, the only bit I could understand was when they said keep coming back. So I did that. "

"I used to think that I was 'Large and in charge'."

"You have to change you're playthings, playmates, and playgrounds to change you're future."

"S.P.O.N.S.O.R. = Sober Person Offering Newcomers Suggestions On Recovery."

Why I go to meetings. "It is difficult to solve a problem with the same mind that created it."

"If you always do what you always did, you'll always get what you always got!"

"With one leg in yesterday, and one leg in tomorrow, your pissing on today."

"God's will is to be of maximum service to others without regard of cost to self. Self will is to be of maximum service to self without regard of cost to others."

"Lifers life. Life aint half bad ,if you don't fight life." Al J. Died Sober

"We addicts have a problem with commitment, consistency, and follow-through."

"I know I'm allergic to alcohol 'cause every time I drink, I break out in handcuffs."

"We pour it out so we don't have to pour it in."

"TEAM: Together Everyone Achieves More."

"Addicts don't have relationships, we take hostages!"

"The biggest lie is that we all say we wish we could drink like normies. The truth is we all drank TO forget, TO get obliterated, TO get drunk."

"Look in the mirror and you will find what is bugging you."

"The Spirit within you is Stronger than the Spirits you pour in you."

"Around these tables, people let me steal their thoughts and ideas to help me stay sober. To me, this is the one time stealing is acceptable."

"When I say NO to you, I'm saying YES to me."

"You can't experience victory if you refuse to surrender."

"The program helps me to change the way I think, thus the way I feel, without having to pick up an intoxicating substance."

"Today is all you have."

"H.O.W. = Honesty, Open-mindedness, and Willingness."


"Resentments take a lot of work. They need to be held close, fed, and kept warn. Cuz if you don't take good care of them, they die. And then what good would a good resentment be, if it died?"

"With every Step I take, God holds the Solution, however I have to be Willing to Work for my Surrender."

"I only have two active brain cells left... and today they aren't speaking to each other."

"where ever I go there I am. alcoholics need 2 things; something to believe in and something to do."

"I was simply existing to drink and drinking for oblivion; caught up in a vicious cycle, catchin' hell and calling it fun."

"The bottom started falling out faster than I could lower my standards."

"When the student is ready, the teacher will appear."

"When you are in fear you should remember to go to you Higher Power and T.R.U.S.T. - Try Really Using Step Three."

"Take the program seriously, not yourself."

"Everything that is coming from inside if it is good or bad is my choice. No More."

"It take a powerful man to rule over all with a loud voice. But it takes a truly wise man to change one person view with a whisper."

"Don't count the Days, Make the Days Count."

"Keep it Simple, Breath In- Breath Out, Don't drink or drug in between Breaths."

"We are all human beings loved into existence by the miracle of God's love."

"had to reconsider or die, I chose to get honest and LIVE!!!"

"Keep your nose in the Big book"

"I have the patience of a gnat!"

"If it works, don't fix it."

“Humility is a perpetual quietness of heart.” From Dr. Bob’s desk plaque

"Those who piss us off the most are our greatest teachers."

"Addictions are cunning, baffling, powerful and very, very patient!"

"The world’s a tuxedo and I’m a brown shoe."

"If I have one eye on yesterday and one eye on tomorrow,
I'll be cockeyed today!"

"I am Twleve Steps away from a drink."

"This is a "We" program."

"God, May everyone treat me tomorrow as I treated everyone today."

"I may not always know Gods will
But I ALWAYS know what his will is NOT!"

"Yesterday is history, Tomorrow is a mystery."

"If your too busy for meetings,
Your too damn busy."

"After 15 years in the program, it finally struck me....
The journey is the destination."

"You're not who you think you are."

"I cannot mend if I bend the truth."



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