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1 "It is by The One that all beings are beings." Plotinus, 'The Good or The One' The Essential Plotinus (Translated by Elmer O'Brien, S.J.)

2 "Eternal Wisdom: My beloved ones are encompassed by My love, and are absorbed into the One Thing alone without imaged love and without spoken words, and are taken and infused into that good out of which they flowed." Henry Suso (1295-1366), German mystic The Soul Afire, Revelations of the Mystics (H. A. Reinhold, editor)

3 "We are part of the One, never apart from the One Life." Ancient Wisdom, Modern Insight (Shirley Nicholson)

4 "There is only the One Mind and not a particle of anything else on which to lay hold, for this Mind is the Buddha." Huang-Po (800-850), 'The Zen Teaching of Huang-Po' The Quotable Spirit (Peter Lorie and Manuela D Mascetti, editors)

5 “The Transcendent One predefined and brought into being everything that is.” Pseudo-Dionysius, The Complete Works (John Farina, Editor-in-Chief)

6 "In the self the one is also the many, and the many are all comprised in the one." Aurora Consurgens (Marie Louise vonFranz)

7 "That there is a God and that God is one is the universal principle." The Spiritual Life/The Word of God (Emanuel Swedenborg)

8 "Considered in its physical, concrete reality, the stuff of the universe cannot divide itself but, as a kind of gigantic 'atom', it forms in its totality…the only real indivisible." The Phenomenon of Man (Pierre Teilhard deChardin)

9 "Being is an endless cycle within the one absolute eternity, wherein move numberless inner cycles." The Secret Doctrine (Helena P. Blavatsky)

10 "Ultimately, to be sure, there is only one Monad (a term from Greek that means 'unity'). But as that Monad is reflected in evolved matter and the developed kingdoms of life, it is continually refracted, so that it seems to itself to become increasingly limited and fragmented. Thus the One apparently divides into the many." John Algeo, 'Dark Angels' Angels and Mortals, Their Co-Creative Power (Maria Parisen, compiler)

11 "Nature and matter, understood alchemically, can only be one and animated. Any demonstrative process that seeks to prove the opposite is mistaken not only in its manner but also in its mode of observation." Francoise Bonardel, 'Alchemical Esotericism and the Hermeneutics of Culture' Modern Esoteric Spirituality (Antoine Faivre and Jacob Needleman, editors)

12 "The whole totality of beings is somehow one and many." Introductory Metaphysics (Avery R. Dulles, James M. Demske, Robert J. O'Connell)

13 "I know no feeling of separation from any living soul for we are all one as the love of God works in and through His perfect creation." Drawing the Larger Circle, How to Love and Be Loved (Jack and Cornelia Addington)

14 "Everything seeks unity. The goal of many religions and mythic ordeals is to return to a lost state of Divine Oneness. But we have no need to return to a state of oneness because unity is axiomatic and we already are integrated in it." A Beginner's Guide to Constructing the Universe: The Mathematical Archetypes of Nature, Art & Science (Michael S. Schneider)

15 "Isaac Newton's profound theological occupation was with the One, with Divine Unity as revealed in nature." The Dictionary of Alchemy (Diana Fernando)

16 "At the deepest levels of our being we are all one." Riding With the Lion: In Search of Mystical Christianity (Kyriacos C. Markides)

17 "The stuff of the universe, woven in a single piece according to one and the same system, but never repeating itself from one point to another, represents a single figure. Structurally, it forms a Whole." The Phenomenon of Man (Pierre Teilhard deChardin)

18 "The pure soul is like a lens from which all irrelevancies and excrescences, all the beams and motes of egotism and prejudice have been removed; so that it may reflect a clear image of the one Transcendent." Evelyn Underhill, 'Practical Mysticism' Divine Light and Love (Peter Roche deCoppens)

19 "The end of Western Mysticism was the return of the many into the One." Lamps of Western Mysticism (Arthur Edward Waite)

20 "There is but one Life permeating all forms." Esoteric Healing (Alice A. Bailey)

21 "We are equally and essentially…expressions of the Monad, the One." The Rays and The Initiations (Alice A. Bailey)

22 "To experience compassion and to identify with the suffering of others – as well as with their joy – is to experience the Divine One who suffers and rejoices in each person." The Coming of the Cosmic Christ (Matthew Fox)

23 "All Is One." Sacred Contracts: Awakening Your Divine Potential (Caroline Myss)

24 "The [Buddhist] Doctrine of Mutual Arising..implies that no one – nobody and no thing – is to blame for anything that ever occurs, because all is mutually arising….You and your enemies; you and your friends: all parts of the one thing, one wreath: 'thing and thing: no division.' This, surely, is sublime." Myths To Live By (Joseph Campbell)

25 "The One that is all, forever remains: transcendent – beyond all; yet also immanent – within all." The Masks of God (Joseph Campbell)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite