"Your best thinking got you here” is a slogan of Alcoholic Anonymous. “Your best thinking got you here” has been cited in print since at least 1988 and is of unknown authorship.
How to Stay Sober:
Recovery Without Religion
By James Christopher
Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books
‘One longtime AA, member simply said, “Shut upl” Another answered, “Your best thinking got you here,” meaning if you “think”—that is, if you question AA, dogma—it really means that you want to drink.
Cult or Cure?
By Charles Bufe
San Francisco, CA: See Sharp Press
Thus, Oxford Group members were told, “Doubt stifles and makes abortive our attempt to act upon God’s guidance,” and A. A. newcomers are often told, “Your best thinking got you here.”
Google News Archive
9 November 1993, The Blade (Toledo, OH), pg. 6, col. 5:
They are told: “Your best thinking got you here,” and “Don’t analyze.”
(Letter from Frank Murphy—ed.)
When Is Enough, Enough?:
What you can do if you never feel satisfied
By Laurie Ashner and Mitch Meyerson
Center City, MN: Hazelden
There’s a saying in Twelve Step programs: Your best thinking got you here.
The Addiction Files: How Do We Define Recovery?
By Maia Szalavitz Sept. 20, 2010
A: We’re still trying to figure out a whole philosophy of choice. People need to have choices relevant to their pathways to recovery. But how do you talk about a philosophy of choice, when traditionally,
people in AA said [sarcastically], “Your best thinking got you here.”
(William White, a senior research consultant at Chestnut Health Systems, an addiction and mental health services provider in Bloomington, Ill.—ed.)