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Great Quotes by Bill Wilson (Co-founder, Alcoholics Anonymous AA)

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Wikipedia Summary for Bill Wilson

William Griffith Wilson (November 26, 1895 – January 24, 1971), also known as Bill Wilson or Bill W., was the co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA).

AA is an international mutual aid fellowship with about two million members worldwide belonging to approximately 10,000 groups, associations, organizations, cooperatives, and fellowships of alcoholics helping other alcoholics achieve and maintain sobriety. Following AA's Twelfth Tradition of anonymity, Wilson is commonly known as "Bill W." or "Bill". In order to identify each other, members of AA will sometimes ask others if they are "friends of Bill". Although this question can be confusing, because "Bill" is a common name, it does provide a means of establishing the common experience of AA membership.

After Wilson's death in 1971, and amidst much controversy within the fellowship, his full name was included in obituaries by journalists who were unaware of the significance of maintaining anonymity within the organization.Wilson's sobriety from alcohol, which he maintained until his death, began December 11, 1934. In 1955 Wilson turned over control of AA to a board of trustees. Wilson died in 1971 of emphysema complicated by pneumonia from smoking tobacco. In 1999 Time listed him as "Bill W.: The Healer" in the Time 100: The Most Important People of the Century.

Quote: Depression is unfocused self-pity. by author Bill Wilson overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Wilson with quote

Depression is unfocused self-pity.


Quote: Through failure, we learn a lesson in humility which is probably needed, painful though it is. by author Bill Wilson overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Wilson with quote

Through failure, we learn a lesson in humility which is probably needed, painful though it is.


Quote: Indecision with the passing of time becomes decision. by author Bill Wilson overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Wilson with quote

Indecision with the passing of time becomes decision.


Quote: Whether the family goes on a spiritual basis or not, the alcoholic member has to if he would recover. The others must be convinced of his new status beyond the shadow of a doubt. Seeing is believing to most families who have lived with a drinker. by author Bill Wilson overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Wilson with quote

Whether the family goes on a spiritual basis or not, the alcoholic member has to if he would recover. The others must be convinced of his new status beyond the shadow of a doubt. Seeing is believing to most families who have lived with a drinker.


Quote: We are not cured of alcoholism. What we have is a daily reprieve contingent on the maintenance of our spiritual condition. Every day is a day when we must carry the vision of God's will into all of our daily activities. by author Bill Wilson overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Wilson with quote

We are not cured of alcoholism. What we have is a daily reprieve contingent on the maintenance of our spiritual condition. Every day is a day when we must carry the vision of God's will into all of our daily activities.


Quote: To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world. by author Bill Wilson overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Wilson with quote

To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world.


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