"Service, gladly rendered, obligations squarely met, troubles well accepted or solved with God 's help, the knowledge that at home or in the world outside we are partners in a common effort, the well - understood fact that in God 's sight all human beings are important, the proof that love freely given surely brings a full return, the certainty that we are no longer isolated and alone in self - constructed prisons, the surety that we need no longer be square pegs in round holes but can fit and belong in God 's scheme of things -- these are the permanent and legitimate satisfactions of right living for which no amount of pomp and circumstance, no heap of material possessions, could possibly be substitutes."

- The Twelve & Twelve,  Page 124