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1 "He knew behind all creeds the Spirit that is one." Andrew Lang, 'Herodotus in Egypt' Macmillan Dictionary of Religious Quotations (Margaret Pepper, editor)

2 "All people worship God, the One;…This universal God is wisdom, will and love." ch. 28, vs. 13-14 Aquarian Gospel of Jesus the Christ (Leo W. Dowling)

3 "Deity is one and all are manifestations of the One." The Mystery Religions and Christianity (Samuel Angus)

4 "One principle must make the universe a single complex living creature, one from all." Plotinus (205-270), 'Enneads', bk. II, treatise iii, sec. 8 Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 16th edition (John Bartlett)

5 "Prayer is a pure act of the will, seeking an integral understanding of and union with the Whole, the One." Gerald Heard (1889-197), English author and philosopher, 'A Preface to Prayer' The Choice Is Always Ours (Dorothy B. Phillips, Chief Editor)

6 "According to Jewish tradition, the whole of mankind was contained in Adam from the beginning, which meant the soul of everybody who would ever be born. The soul of Adam, therefore, was like the wick of a lamp composed of innumerable strands. In this symbol the idea of a total oneness of all human existence, beyond all individual units, is clearly expressed." Marie Louise vonFranz Man and His Symbols (Carl Jung)

7 "There must be knowledge and recognition of the One on whom all worlds are built, the Self eternal and unchanging that throws out universes, as a spider throws out webs, and draws them in again (Mundakopanishad, i. I. 7). One must recognize the one Existence which is at the root of all, supreme...the One without a second." The Spiritual Life (Annie Besant)

8 "The famous axiom attributed to Hermes Trismegistus is an accepted part of the teaching of the Mystery Schools: As it is above so it is below; as it is within, so it is without; as in the great so in the small; There is but one Life and one Law." Regents of the Seven Spheres (H. K. Challoner)

9 "Say 'One' with your life." The Search for the Beloved (Jean Houston)

10 "Heaven is not a place nor a condition. It is merely an awareness of perfect oneness, and the knowledge that there is nothing else; nothing outside this oneness, and nothing else within." A Course in Miracles (Helen Schucman and William Thetford)

11 "Since there is only one mind, all of us are telepathically communicating all the time." A Return to Love, Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles (Marianne Williamson)

12 "Nobel Prize winner Werner Heisenberg delivered an address in 1970 on 'The Meaning of Beauty in the Exact Sciences." In that talk he called mathematics 'the archetype of the beauty of the world', and he invoked the philosopher Plotinus, who said 'Beauty is the translucence, through the material phenomena, of the eternal splendor of the 'One'.'" One River, Many Wells: Wisdom Springing from World Faiths (Matthew Fox)

13 "Consciousness is a singular of which the plural is unknown;… there IS only one thing, and what seems to be a plurality is merely a series of different aspects of this one thing." Erwin Schroedinger (1887-1961), 'The I That Is God' Quantum Questions, Mystical Writings of the World's Great Physicists (Ken Wilber, editor)

14 "Natural magnetism…will draw the pilgrim irresistibly along the road from the Many to the One." Mysticism (Evelyn Underhill)

15 "The Creative Force within us is one single force." The Finding of the Third Eye (Vera Stanley Alder)

16 "The Good that is beyond being…is one." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'First Century of Various Texts' The Philokalia, volume 2 (various authors, compiled by St. Nikodimos of the Holy Mountain)

17 "O wonderful mystery! The Father of all things is one; the Word of all things is one; the Holy Spirit is one and the same everywhere." Clement of Alexandria (c.150-215), Theologian The Lion Christian Quotation Collection (Hannah Ward & Jennifer Wild, compilers)

18 "May the Power of the one Life pour through the group of all true servers. May the Love of the One Soul characterize the lives of all who seek to aid the Great Ones. May I fulfill my part in the One work through self-forgetfulness, harmlessness and right speech." A Treatise on White Magic (Alice A. Bailey)

19 "The One is the perfect chord of Being, of infinite melodious concords, all turned to a single note, in which Life and Wisdom and Bliss are blended into one keynote of Existence." The Ancient Wisdom (Annie Besant)

20 "The noumenal, nonmaterial Source of all remains forever one and undivided, while the interconnections and wholeness perceived in the world reflect this background oneness." Ancient Wisdom, Modern Insight (Shirley Nicholson)

21 "There may be thousands or billions of perceptions, but they are still One." Shambhala (Chogyam Trungpa)

22 "Oneness is the supreme truth." Basic Theosophy (Geoffrey Hodson)

23 "The spiritual crisis pervading all spheres of Western industrial society can be remedied only by a change in our world view. We shall have to shift from the materialistic, dualistic belief that people and their environment are separate, toward a new consciousness of an all-encompassing reality which embraces the experiencing ego, a reality in which people feel their oneness with animate nature and all of creation." Albert Hofmann Cleansing the Doors of Perception (Huston Smith)

24 "There is One thing, that never dies, for it continues by perpetual increase." Aurora Consurgens (Marie Louise vonFranz)

25 "What could exist were it not one?" Plotinus, 'The Good or The One' The Essential Plotinus (Translated by Elmer O'Brien, S.J.)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite