11 April 2021

17 of 180 QUOTES by the Famous, Infamous & Anonymous in ALL DRINKING ASIDE (Chapters 11 - 20, Part Two of Nine)

 from Chapter Eleven: Birth, Insanity, Recovery or Death

"Strange as it seems, no amount of learning can cure stupidity, and higher education positively fortifies it." - Stephen Vizinczey

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30 Years of STREET KNOWLEDGE could neither Replace nor Erase my ACADEMIA, but STREETSMARTS have Bolstered my RECOVERY and are in my TOOLBOX.

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Stephen Vizinczey's Quote opens Chapter Eleven (Birth, Insanity, Recovery or Death) of All Drinking Aside.

My response to it today, several years after publication, is patently absurd (Your Choice):

GOT MILK? (or) GOT RECOVERY?

All kidding aside, learn more here:

ALL DRINKING ASIDE: The Destruction, Deconstruction & Reconstruction of an Alcoholic Animal  

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All Drinking Aside bookends each of its 90 Chapters with Quotes by the Famous, Infamous & Anonymous.

This is one of them:


"The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes." Marcel Proust

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Under the Influence of ALCOHOL in Addiction or Under the Influence of REALISTIC POSSIBILITIES in Recovery

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"Having new eyes," as referenced here by this Quote by Marcel Proust, is much about being Clean & Sober to me, not Red-Eyed & Addicted. This Quote finishes out Chapter Eleven (Birth, Insanity, Recovery or Death.) of All Drinking Aside. Great Expectations (different Author, lol) were left at the door when I first got sober. All I wanted was to NOT Drink and to NOT Die.

In Recovery Meetings, in response to the Question, "What do I have to Change?" the answer is often "Everything," a new landscape AND new eyes.

All kidding aside, read more here:

ALL DRINKING ASIDE: The Destruction, Deconstruction & Reconstruction of an Alcoholic Animal  

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All Drinking Aside bookends each of its 90 Chapters with Quotes by the Famous, Infamous & Anonymous.

This is one of them:


from Chapter Twelve: Click Me Sober, Click Me Drunk

"Worry is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it doesn't get you anywhere." - Anonymous

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This STRESS-RELIEVER opens Chapter Twelve (Click Me Sober, Click Me Drunk) of All Drinking Aside. Use SPARINGLY or as you see fit (I use it LIBERALLY!).

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All kidding aside, read more here:

ALL DRINKING ASIDE: The Destruction, Deconstruction & Reconstruction of an Alcoholic Animal  

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All Drinking Aside bookends each of its 90 Chapters with Quotes by the Famous, Infamous & Anonymous.

This is one of them:


"Nothing is more difficult than competing with a myth." - Francoise Giroud

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This Francoise Giroud Quote closes Chapter Twelve (Click Me Sober, Click Me Drunk) of All Drinking Aside. Conundrum, Riddle or Myth, Nothing Itself is a Mystery to me.

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All kidding aside, read more here:

ALL DRINKING ASIDE: The Destruction, Deconstruction & Reconstruction of an Alcoholic Animal  

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All Drinking Aside bookends each of its 90 Chapters with Quotes by the Famous, Infamous & Anonymous.

This is one of them:


from Chapter Thirteen: The Hallucinated Self

"The worst loneliness is to not be comfortable with yourself." - Mark Twain

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"The Hallucinated Self," Chapter 13 of All Drinking Aside, opens with this Mark Twain Quote (pictured). 

An ill-fitting garment, my selfhood was numbed and stifled by addiction, but has been blossoming in recovery ever since. A long way home after 30 years of one more for the road.

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Immerse yourself in my descent into addiction and eventual recovery. Emerge more fully whole.

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All Drinking Aside bookends each of its 90 Chapters with Quotes by the Famous, Infamous & Anonymous.

This is one of them:


"To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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When I was a Teen the Desire to Belong & the Fear of Being Shunned were Incentives to Drink & Smoke (Over 50% of Adult Males Smoked Cigarettes in 1950, the year I was born).

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[A Google Search provided this: "In 1950s America cigarette smoking was the epitome of cool and glamour. ... By the late 1950s around half of the population of industrialised nations smoked - in the UK up to 80% of adults were hooked."]

All of the Above, brings me to the Emerson Quote (pictured) which closes Chapter Thirteen of All Drinking Aside (The Hallucinated Self). Today, I neither drink nor smoke, but tobacco and alcohol were substances to which I was addicted long after my desire to belong and fear of being shunned were part of the reason I continued to drink and smoke. Thirty years of addiction to alcohol and tobacco were followed by eight years of on-again/off-again relapse. Today, I am approaching 17 years of continuous recovery.

I NO LONGER DRINK OR SMOKE. TAKE THAT WORLD!

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Follow my Journey:

Immerse yourself in my descent into addiction and eventual recovery. Emerge more fully whole.

ALL DRINKING ASIDE: The Destruction, Deconstruction & Reconstruction of an Alcoholic Animal  

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All Drinking Aside bookends each of its 90 Chapters with Quotes by the Famous, Infamous & Anonymous.

This is one of them:


from Chapter Fourteen: The Unseen Bar Scene Seen

"A man who suffers before it is necessary suffers more than is necessary." - Seneca

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NEW VERSION: A man who suffers after it is no longer necessary suffers more than is necessary.

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In the extreme, this could be PTSD or more mildly, simply not letting go once you have passed through and benefitted from whatever the experience at hand is. As far as we know, humans are the only animal that can communicate about yesterday or tomorrow (the Humpback Whale might turn out to be another). 

This Seneca Quote, which opens Chapter 14 of All Drinking Aside, is not unrelated to "Worry is like a rocking chair It gives you something to do, but it doesn't get you anywhere" by Anonymous, which opened Chapter 12. Worry, then, is often an unnecessary form or suffering.

"Progress, not Perfection" is what I've heard in the Rooms of Recovery. All Drinking Aside takes you on my Journey:

Immerse yourself in my descent into addiction and eventual recovery. Emerge more fully whole.

ALL DRINKING ASIDE: The Destruction, Deconstruction & Reconstruction of an Alcoholic Animal  

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All Drinking Aside bookends each of its 90 Chapters with Quotes by the Famous, Infamous & Anonymous.

This is one of them:


"Opportunity may knock only once, but temptation leans on the doorbell." - Anonymous

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TEMPTATION: The Song of the Siren, Half-Bird/Half-Woman, lured Sailors with Songs of Sweetness. Addiction makes Promises, but the Promises are Never Kept. They Are Not Real. I Found Only Debris on that Path & The Sailors' Ships Sank.

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Thank-You, Oh Anonymous Someone for opening Chapter 14 (The Unseen Bar Scene Seen) of All Drinking Aside with your words of wisdom (pictured). Every Day I Choose the Opportunity for Another Day Sober.

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Immerse yourself in my descent into addiction and eventual recovery. Emerge more fully whole.

ALL DRINKING ASIDE: The Destruction, Deconstruction & Reconstruction of an Alcoholic Animal  

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All Drinking Aside bookends each of its 90 Chapters with Quotes by the Famous, Infamous & Anonymous.

This is one of them:


"A man who has committed a mistake and doesn't correct it is committing another mistake." - Confucius

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CONFUSION! (Sorry, My mistake. Let me Correct it Now!) CONFUCIUS espoused Social Justice, Kindness & Sincerity. Certainly Better than the CONFUSION (There it is!) of ADDICTION!

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This Confucius Quote ends Chapter 15 (Everything Changed Except Me) of All Drinking Aside.

Immerse yourself in my descent into addiction and eventual recovery. Emerge more fully whole.

ALL DRINKING ASIDE: The Destruction, Deconstruction & Reconstruction of an Alcoholic Animal  

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All Drinking Aside bookends each of its 90 Chapters with Quotes by the Famous, Infamous & Anonymous.

This is one of them:


"To live is to suffer. To survive is to find meaning in suffering." - Viktor Frankl

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I am the Child of Addiction (my own Addiction) and what came after. 

Recovery, for me, has been the Construction of a rewarding Lifestyle, free of Addiction's Restraints. 

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Viktor Frankl was a Prisoner of War. He was a Holocaust Survivor. 

I am a Survivor of Addiction and of Cancer. 

The Search for Meaning is a Primal Force. Through Viktor Frankl's writing, I've learned to marvel at the capacity of children to produce artwork on the prison walls in which they found themselves, despite their suffering. Meaning found beyond suffering, created while surviving it.

I could not scrawl upon the prison walls of Addiction, but undeterred, have produced a life that I now value. 

Immerse yourself in my Descent into Addiction and eventual Recovery as captured in my Early Recovery within the pages of my book. Emerge more fully whole.

ALL DRINKING ASIDE: The Destruction, Deconstruction & Reconstruction of an Alcoholic Animal  

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All Drinking Aside bookends each of its 90 Chapters with Quotes by the Famous, Infamous & Anonymous.

Here, paraphrased, are Viktor Frankl's words as found in the opening of Chapter 16 (You Are Eve Before the Apple and I Am Adam After the Fall) of All Drinking Aside:



 

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"The men who really believe in themselves are all in lunatic asylums." - G. K. Chesterton

I became the LUNATIC.  The Asylum was ADDICTION.

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"Reefer Madness," the 1936 American film, is viewed today almost as a Parody of itself and a total failure at discouraging drug use. The "Just Say No" Advertising Campaign of the 1980's & 90's also proved ineffective as a Teaching Tool. That War on Drugs seemed more a War on Drug Users. A jail cell is punitive, not rehabilitating.

The War on Drugs continues today. I'd rather Education & Rehabilitation than Crime & Punishment. Progress is Possible. I hope I live to see more of it.

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Immerse yourself in my descent into addiction and eventual recovery. Emerge more fully whole.

ALL DRINKING ASIDE: The Destruction, Deconstruction & Reconstruction of an Alcoholic Animal  

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All Drinking Aside bookends each of its 90 Chapters with Quotes by the Famous, Infamous & Anonymous.

The G. K. Chesterton quote pictured (the center of the 3 quotes) closes out Chapter 16 (You Are Eve Before the Apple and I Am Adam After the Fall) of All Drinking Aside: 


"The louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Fill NO LESS THAN 8 Crystal Wine Glasses with VARYING AMOUNTS of WATER, then

GATHER YOUR SPOONS & Bang Out [Your Favorite Tune Here]

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If you don't know what the hell I'm talking about, you haven't read the Quote (pictured) by Ralph Waldo Emerson, which opens Chapter 17 (Fossilized) of All Drinking Aside.

Immerse yourself in my descent into addiction and eventual recovery. Emerge more fully whole.

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All Drinking Aside bookends each of its 90 Chapters with Quotes by the Famous, Infamous & Anonymous.

Chapter 17 also closes with a Quote on the Light Side by Oscar Wilde. In the meantime, here's that Emerson Quote: 


"Life is too important to be taken seriously." - Oscar Wilde

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At its Worst, ADDICTION became Life-Threatening & Life-Destroying. NO JOKE, ZERO, ZILCH.

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For me, ADDICTION & RECOVERY formed a BELL CURVE of sorts. DRINKING  was all Fun & Games until it Progressively Escalated into Prime Importance and my Reason for Living at the Top of the Bell. Drinking was very SERIOUS at the Top of the Bell and Recovery became a matter of Life & Death when it took over where Addiction left off. In the beginning of my Recovery, I had no recognizable Choice but to Stop Drinking and to Start Living. It was not fun & there were no games.  As I slowly eased up and my years of Recovery accrued, this Oscar Wilde Quote (pictured) became more Sustainably TRUE. 

At the time, as Chapter 17 (Fossilized) of All Drinking Aside drew to a close, I was not finding Oscar Wilde to be funny in the least. Addiction had its grip on me long after the alcohol stopped flowing.

*****

Immerse yourself in my Descent into Addiction and eventual Recovery in this Autobiographical Fiction. Emerge more fully whole.

ALL DRINKING ASIDE: The Destruction, Deconstruction & Reconstruction of an Alcoholic Animal  

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All Drinking Aside bookends each of its 90 Chapters with Quotes by the Famous, Infamous & Anonymous.


"There is no way to happiness. Happiness is the way." - The Tao

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"How did I get in here? Wasn't I here last year?" PUZZLING QUESTIONS never asked when I mysteriously came to in the hospital after multiple overdoses. 

I was not looking for Happiness, but this COULD NOT be the way.

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Immerse yourself in my Descent into Addiction and eventual Recovery in this Autobiographical Fiction. Emerge more fully whole.

ALL DRINKING ASIDE: The Destruction, Deconstruction & Reconstruction of an Alcoholic Animal  

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All Drinking Aside bookends each of its 90 Chapters with Quotes by the Famous, Infamous & Anonymous.

Attributed to The Tao in the Introduction to Chapter 18 (The Distance of Disease) of All Drinking Aside, this artist's interpretation of the Quote is especially precious.


"Anticipate the good so that you may enjoy it." - Ethiopian Proverb

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ANTICIPATING the NEXT HIT on my drug of choice was HALF the HIGH until ADDICTION turned the next hit into a NECESSITY and its LACK, so very, very, PAINFUL.

*****

Immerse yourself in my Descent into Addiction and eventual Recovery in this Autobiographical Fiction. Emerge more fully whole.

ALL DRINKING ASIDE: The Destruction, Deconstruction & Reconstruction of an Alcoholic Animal  

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All Drinking Aside bookends each of its 90 Chapters with Quotes by the Famous, Infamous & Anonymous.

This Ethiopian Proverb closes Chapter 18 (The Distance of Disease) of All Drinking Aside. If I may venture my opinion, I find this Proverb to be true in my Recovery, but not in my Descent. In my Addiction, MORE was never enough, even simple satisfaction, elusive or impossible.

Anticipate this book. You will enjoy it.


"One faces the future with one's past." - Pearl S. Buck

*****

The Past is the Bedrock upon which my Resilience has been built. 

The 1,000 left-hand turns of  my Addiction are being righted.

*****

Immerse yourself in my Descent into Addiction and eventual Recovery in this Autobiographical Fiction. Emerge more fully whole.

ALL DRINKING ASIDE: The Destruction, Deconstruction & Reconstruction of an Alcoholic Animal  

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#alcoholism #addiction #recovery #books

All Drinking Aside bookends each of its 90 Chapters with Quotes by the Famous, Infamous & Anonymous.

Pearl S. Buck's Quote (pictured) opens Chapter 19 (Transformers) of All Drinking Aside.

Whatever your past, include All Drinking Aside in your future. 


"Man's main task in life is to give birth to himself, to become what he potentially is." - Erich Fromm

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KNOWLEDGE, EFFORT & EXPERIENCE are Writ Large in Erich Fromm's take on Achieving Human Potential. My Transition from Addiction to Recovery required all of that and more. Love of Self & Love for Others was the Product of Shared Courage. This School of Hard Knocks in many ways Superseded my Diplomas.

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Immerse yourself in my Descent into Addiction and eventual Recovery in this Autobiographical Fiction. Emerge more fully whole.

ALL DRINKING ASIDE: The Destruction, Deconstruction & Reconstruction of an Alcoholic Animal  

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#alcoholism #addiction #recovery #books

All Drinking Aside bookends each of its 90 Chapters with Quotes by the Famous, Infamous & Anonymous.

Erich Fromm's Quote (pictured) closes Chapter 20 (Meditate or Medicate?) of All Drinking Aside.

Whatever your past experience, include All Drinking Aside in your future. 



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