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Excerpts from "What to Put In Your Head Now that the Alcohol is Out"
The first truth we had to come to terms with was that we were addicts. It's not the only truth we had to learn, and some of them were very hard to swallow. But as difficult as facing the truth was, life became beter as soon as we learned to stop pushing it away. We discovered that it would be better to go through life mistakenly thinking that you were an alchololic than to go through life mistakenly thinking that you weren't one.
These are some of the truths we learned, and if we keep them in mind, we'll stay sober.
"Drunkenness is nothing but voluntary madness." Seneca
"If a problem has no solution, it may not be a problem, but a fact -- not to be solved, but to be coped with over time. " Anonymous
Note: "Anonymous" is the author most commonly cited in this book. Ironic, isn't it? Since we all place a lot of value on the fact that anonymity contributes to truth-telling, we've invited a lot of comments from our friend Anonymous.
"An alcoholic is anyone you don't like who drinks as much as you do." Dylan Thomas
"Imprisoned in every drunk man, a sober one is wildly signaling to be lef out." Anonymous
"It is usual enough with delicate beings to have a fine intelligence and a poor brain." Joseph Joubert
"The wise man does at once what the fool does finally." Gracian
"Do the hardest thing on earth for you. Act for yourself. Face the truth." Katherine Mansfield
"The distance is nothing; it's only the first step that is difficult." Amelia Earhart
"If you think you can you can, and if you think you can't you're right. " Mary Kay Ash
"It is never too late to be what you might have been." George Eliot
"The first rule of holes: when you're in one, stop digging. " Molly Ivins
"Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood." Marie Curie
"Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut." Ernest Hemingway
"A camel will labor 10 years willingly and patiently for you for the privilege of kicking you once." William Faulkner
"I ruined my health by drinking to other peoples'." Anonymous
"By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is the noblest; second, by imitation, which is the easiest; and third, by experience, which is the bitterest." Confucius
"Not every time you drank did horrible things happen. But every time horrible things happened, you were drinking." Missy Arndt
"The four most expensive words in the English language are 'this time it's different.'" John Templeton
"On the outskirts of every agony sits some observant fellow who points." Virginia Woolf
"It's no good running a pig farm for 30 years while saying 'Really, I was meant to be a ballet dancer.' By then, pigs will be your style." Quentin Crisp
"I only drink on special occasions, like the grand opening of a pack of cigarettes." Anonymous
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