You are full of the
white man's devil water. You are like dogs in the hot moon when they run mad
and snap at their own shadows...You are fools you cannot see the face of your
chief; your eyes are full of smoke. You cannot hear his voice; your ears are
full of roaring water. Braves, you are little children--you are fools.
all we can say, many who are real alcoholics are not going to believe they
are in that class. By every form of self-deception and experimentation, they
will try to prove themselves exceptions to the rule, therefore nonalcoholic. If
anyone who is showing inability to control his drinking can do the
right-about-face and drink like a gentleman, our hats are off to him. Heaven
knows, we have tried hard enough and long enough to drink like other people!
Book pg. 31
some circumstances we have gone out deliberately to get drunk, feeling
ourselves justified by nervousness, anger, worry, depression, jealousy, or the
like. But even in this type of beginning we are obliged to admit that our
justification for a spree was insanely insufficient in the light of what always
happened. We now see that when we began to drink deliberately, instead of
casually, there was little serious or effective thought during the period of
premeditation of what the terrific consequences might be.
Book pg. 37
help us. Thank you for our sobriety.