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1 "The glorious Universal Self is the One who is in all, the All which is in each." Lectures on Ancient Philosophy (Manly P. Hall)

2 "As we realize our basic oneness with all life, we appreciate our differences more." To Hear the Angels Sing (Dorothy Maclean)

3 "That all-sufficient life, primal, life in One, who can regard it without longing, disdainful of all else?" Plotinus Men Who Have Walked With God (Sheldon Cheney)

4 "Every part of creation is of one order. This is God's Will and yours." A Course in Miracles (Helen Schucman and William Thetford)

5 "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)

6 "We move toward that consciousness of our shared destiny in One World." Joy Mills, foreword The Transforming Mind (Laurence and Phoebe Bendit)

7 "Oh, grant me my prayer, that I may never lose the touch of the one in the play of the many." Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941), Indian poet A Beginner's Guide to Constructing the Universe: The Mathematical Archetypes of Nature, Art & Science (Michael S. Schneider)

8 "Between God and man alone there is no difference, no separation, but Oneness." Meister Eckhart Men Who Have Walked With God (Sheldon Cheney)

9 "To apprehend the one in the many constitutes the special character of love." Ernst Troeltsch, 'Christianity and Other Religions' Macmillan Dictionary of Religious Quotations (Margaret Pepper, editor)

10 "Whether we read the Upanishads, the Bhagavad Gita, or the New Testament, we find ourselves in exactly the same atmosphere as regards the meaning and nature of the spiritual life: it is that which knows the oneness." The Spiritual Life (Annie Besant)

11 "Blessedness consists in unanimity and harmony, so that many, even very many, suppose themselves to be one….for from the harmony of many there exists a One from which there is blessedness and happiness." Emanuel Swedenborg Angels and Mortals, Their Co-Creative Power (Maria Parisen, compiler)

12 "O Brahman, You are One….Having taken form, You face in all directions. You are the deep blue butterfly. You are the parrot, green with red eyes. You are the father of lightning. You are the seasons and the seas. Unborn, you are everywhere, and all that is, is born from You." Shvetashvatara Upanishad The Upanishads, selections translated by Alistair Shearer and Peter Russell (Alistair Shearer and Peter Russell, translators)

13 "There is but one Life, boundless and inexhaustible, which is the very essence of all." The Brotherhood of Angels & of Men (Geoffrey Hodson)

14 "In the deepest part of your being, in the very center of your own pure awareness, you are fundamentally one with Spirit, one with Godhead, one with the All, in a timeless and eternal and unchanging fashion." Grace and Grit: Spirituality and Healing in the Life and Death of Treya Killam Wilber (Ken Wilber)

15 "According to the theosophical perspective, the universe is one – living, intelligent and intelligible, multileveled, and comprised of beings that, together with the universe itself, co-evolve toward a higher life." Anna Freifeld Lemkow, 'Karmic Process in Science and Society' Karma, Rhythmic Return to Harmony (V. Hanson, R. Stewart & S. Nicholson, editors)

16 "The chaos, the wars and the threat of wars, the ruin and the disease in the world are, I suggest, the direct result of humanity's denial in motive and conduct of the truth that Life is One." Basic Theosophy (Geoffrey Hodson)

17 "In the holographic universe, each subjective part contains the objective whole, and chronological time is just one aspect of a simultaneous universe. Subjective and objective merge into an experience of cosmic oneness." Great Cosmic Mother, Rediscovering the Religion of the Earth (Monica Sjoo and Barbara Mor)

18 "Oneness and unity is an intrinsic quality of the world." Larry Dossey, M.D., 'Ancient Messages in Modern Science' American Theosophist, The (Dora Kunz, Executive Editor)

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

20 "The One loves All." The Center of the Cyclone: An Autobiography of Inner Space (John C. Lilly, M.D.)

21 "All Nature wears one universal grin." Henry Fielding (1707-1754), 'Tom Thumb', act I, sc. 1 Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 16th edition (John Bartlett)

22 "All are One and are knotted in One, nor are they separated one from another." The Zohar The Ancient Wisdom (Annie Besant)

23 "All that lives and breathes evolves from the emanations of the One." The Secret Doctrine (Helena P. Blavatsky)

24 "Oneness unites all things within itself." A Course in Miracles (Helen Schucman and William Thetford)

25 "The One breaks into the manifold and the many are reconciled in the One." Hero With A Thousand Faces (Joseph Campbell)

26 "I am thee, thou art me, we are One. I love me, love thee, love the One." The Center of the Cyclone: An Autobiography of Inner Space (John C. Lilly, M.D.)

27 “This One Alone is no mere philosophic abstraction, but a Reality.” Call to the Heights, Guidance on the Pathway to Self-illumination (Geoffrey Hodson)

28 "Souls are all One. All souls are infinite and eternal. They are formless. All souls are One." Meher Baba (1894-1969), Indian master, 'God Speaks – The Theme of Creation and Its Purpose' The Quotable Spirit (Peter Lorie and Manuela D Mascetti, editors)

29 "The overall number of inner selves is but one." Ken Wilber, Foreword Entering the Castle: An Inner Path to God and Your Soul (Caroline Myss)

30 "All cycles of experience are interlinked and are the expression of one immutable law." Mandala (Jose and Miriam Arguelles)

31 "There is only one fundamental energy or force in the universe." Visions and Prophecies for a New Age (Mark A. Thurston, Ph.D.)

32 "Deity is the One Universal SELF." Editors Reincarnation: The Phoenix Fire Mystery (Cranston/Head, editors)

33 "The story of the unfolding of the divine One is as much a story about psychology as it is about mythology and metaphysics." The Gnostic Gospels of Jesus (Marvin Meyer)

34 "The One is none other than the All, the All none other than the One. Take your stand on this, and the rest will follow of its own accord." Seng Ts'an, 'Trust in the Heart' The World's Religions (Huston Smith)

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

36 "What we are seeking is something that is One, that is organic….In these latter days, this is what many souls are saying." Science and Christ (Pierre Teilhard deChardin)

37 "Your encounters with others reveal your connection with the Oneness." Spiritual Literacy, Reading the Sacred in Everyday Life (Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat)

38 "All things started from one beginning." Origen The Soul of Christianity: Restoring the Great Tradition (Huston Smith)

39 "There is a teleological message contained in the image of the spiral; for it moves in successively opposite directions towards the ultimate expression of both the infinitely expanded and the infinitely contracted. The spiral is constantly approaching these two incomprehensible aspects of the ultimate reality, and therefore symbolizes a universe moving toward the perfect singularity from which it arose." Robert Lawlor, 'Ancient Temple Architecture' Homage to Pythagoras, Rediscovering Sacred Science (Christopher Bamford, editor)

40 "So we say deep down the consciousness of mankind is one. This is a virtual certainty because even in the vacuum, matter is one; and if we don't see this it is because we are blinding ourselves to it." David Bohm Unknown Man (Yatri)

41 "One Already is the Fact; near infinite numbers of possibilities are Its confirmation following. Godhead is One Already." The Child Within Us Lives!, A Synthesis of Science, Religion and Metaphysics (William Samuel)

42 "All things are but one thing." Robert Fludd, Western Esoteric Masters Series (William Huffman, editor)

43 "There is a Great One…who works for the good of the world." The Inner Life (Charles W. Leadbeater)

44 "We live in a veritable sea of moving forces, qualified in countless ways, conditioned by countless minds….yet all of them perforce finding place in the mind content of the One in Whom we live and move and have our being." Discipleship in the New Age (Alice A. Bailey)

45 "God and life are One,…everything in life is part of a unified whole, and our different religions are merely wonderfully divergent paths to the same destination – a destination the soul need not strain to reach, because it is already there: the everlasting embrace of God." What God Wants (Neale Donald Walsch)

46 "Now, it must be understood with cherishment that all Life is one." Saint Germain on Alchemy (Mark L. and Elizabeth Clare Prophet)

47 "The seen and unseen, the social and spiritual, the cultural and natural, the ordinary and extraordinary inhabit one continuum of being that is complementary, bonded, and interdependent inflections of a single extended unity." Joan Halifax, 'Shamanism, Mind, and No-Self' Shamanism: An Expanded View of Reality (Shirley Nicholson, Compiler)

48 "The creative agent referred to by various names in the world's cosmogonies is the active expression of that eternal, incomprehensible One Alone." Basic Theosophy (Geoffrey Hodson)

49 "We are all in extension of the One Life, and we can see peace instead of separation." A Course in Miracles - A Gift For All Mankind (Tara Singh)

50 "All men of wisdom have one religion; they all have one caste; they all behold the face of the One!" Dadu, 16th century Indian saint-poet One River, Many Wells: Wisdom Springing from World Faiths (Matthew Fox)

51 "God, the all-pervading oneness of spirit, is seen in essence as love." Oneness: Great Principles Shared By All Religions (Jeffrey Moses)

52 "The one who is wise takes his stand upon the beautiful orderliness of the world. He moves in accordance with the one constitution of all things." Lao-Tse Men Who Have Walked With God (Sheldon Cheney)

53 "Whether I am on the burning ground or on the mountain top, whether I am silent in the secret place or surrounded by the surging crowds of humanity, it matters not. The lessons of divine indifference, once mastered, release the soul to union with the One." Discipleship in the New Age (Alice A. Bailey)

54 "The One, who vibrates more quickly than the mind, who attains more speed than the mind can ever attain… - He moving, everything moves. In Him all exists." Swami Vivekananda, Hindu sage Forbidden Faith: The Gnostic Legacy from the Gospels to The Da Vinci Code (Richard Smoley)

55 "The fact of universal relatedness has been curiously anticipated by philosophers for millenniums. Anaximander of Miletos in ancient Greece, for one, is said to have taught that 'the primary substance of the world is infinite, eternal and all encompassing.' Two thousand years later Bruno went further in writing that 'all reality is one in substance, one in cause, one in origin…and every particle of reality is composed inseparably of the physical and the psychic. The object of philosophy, therefore,…is to rise to that highest knowledge of the universal unity which is the intellectual equivalent of the love of God.'" Seven Mysteries of Life, An Exploration in Science and Philosophy (Guy Murchie)

56 "Whoever in Love's city enters, finds but room for One, and but in One-ness, Union." Jalalu'd Din, 'Wisdom of the East Series' Mysticism (Evelyn Underhill)

57 "The One Light illumines all creation." The Seven Human Powers: Luminous Shadows of the Self (Shirley J. Nicholson)

58 "Behold! The One who is unchanging, who is the Origin of the origins." Ching-ching, Nestorian Christian monk Living Christianity (Martin Palmer)

59 "The One recreates the entire world anew each second." Eliezer Shore, 'The Heart of Ritual' Parabola, the Magazine of Myth and Tradition (various)

60 “One is all, and by it all, and for it all.” Alchemical saying Arcana Mundi (Georg Luck)

61 "There is one divine Mind which keeps the universe in order and one providence which governs it." Plutarch (ca. 46-120), Greek biographer, 'Lives' The Quotable Spirit (Peter Lorie and Manuela D Mascetti, editors)

62 "Granted that there are countless individuals, at last is everything one, and the recognition of this unity forms the goal and end of all philosophy and natural research." Giordano Bruno, 'De la Causa', Dialogue 4 Ethics (Benedict Spinoza)

63 "We are, in fact, all part of one thing, all different materializations of the one life." The Findhorn Garden: Pioneering a New Vision of Man and Nature in Cooperation (The Findhorn Community)

64 "According to all great masters, humankind's greatest goal is to overcome the cosmic illusion that all forms are separate and distinct….to experience ourselves and the universe as the totality of God's Absolute Nature – the One, illumined throughout by cosmic light." Mandala, Luminous Symbols for Healing (Judith Cornell, Ph.D.)

65 "The unborn timeless Mind is working in us. The Buddha-mind and our mind are not two." Bankei, quoted in 'Living by Zen' by D. T. Suzuki, Rider, 1972 Spectrum of Consciousness (Ken Wilber)

66 "We are all One." Regents of the Seven Spheres (H. K. Challoner)

67 "The One is Love." The Center of the Cyclone: An Autobiography of Inner Space (John C. Lilly, M.D.)

68 "God is breath. All that breathes resides in the Only Being." New Testament, John 4:24, Aramaic translation One River, Many Wells: Wisdom Springing from World Faiths (Matthew Fox)

69 "The universe, produced from the one undivided Atman by the on-rolling process of manifestation, is a unified system, a mighty organism in which the inmost nucleus and pervading Spirit and Self is the one abiding Being." J. C. Chatterji, 'The Wisdom of the Vedas' The American Theosophist (various)

70 "Without you there would be a lack in God….for what God wills is whole, and part of Him because His Will is one." A Course in Miracles (Helen Schucman and William Thetford)

71 "Love, Wisdom and Power are in reality the One indivisible/undivided Whole which can never be divided or divisive – their atoms chanting as they chart the spheres: 'We are One, We are One, We Are One….'" Saint Germain on Alchemy (Mark L. and Elizabeth Clare Prophet)

72 "We must say, over and over, there is only one Universe." The Unobstructed Universe (Stewart Edward White)

73 "This sensation of being one with the universe is much more common than one might initially suspect, for it is the very foundation of all other sensations." Spectrum of Consciousness (Ken Wilber)

74 "From this beautiful One beauty comes to be in all beings." Thomas Aquinas One River, Many Wells: Wisdom Springing from World Faiths (Matthew Fox)

75 "There is no end to God's gifts to his creation. In all this we are one, without separation. Let us extend that oneness to all levels, and let us do it here and now." The Findhorn Garden: Pioneering a New Vision of Man and Nature in Cooperation (The Findhorn Community)

76 "We have to come to a point when we truly feel the oneness, the unity in all the aspects of our lives." Sun Bear (Native American elder), 'The Shaman and The Medicine Wheel' Ancient Wisdom, Modern Insight (Shirley Nicholson)

77 "The universe is the combination of a thousand elements, and yet the expression of a single spirit." Isis Unveiled (Helena P. Blavatsky)

78 “All life within all forms is One Life.” Call to the Heights, Guidance on the Pathway to Self-illumination (Geoffrey Hodson)

79 "See the beauty and the wonder of all whose lives you touch, for you are each wondrous indeed, yet no one more wondrous than another. And you will all one day melt into the Oneness, and know then that you form together a single stream." Communion with God (Neale Donald Walsch)

80 "Truly the face you see of the person in front of you is none other than your own,…we're all altars of the Divine One." Joan Borysenko, Ph. D., 'Glimpses of Eternity – My Mother's Last Gift Upon Her Passing' Experiencing the Soul (Eliot Jay Rosen, editor)

81 "The mystic knows that in some mysterious and indescribable manner God and his universe are one." Behold the Spirit, A Study in the Necessity of Mystical Religion (Alan Watts)

82 "Eternally, all creatures are God in God….So far as they are in God, they are the same life, the same essence, the same power, the same One, and nothing less." Suso The Perennial Philosophy (Aldous Huxley)

83 "When we mentally identify with the realm of the spirit, we see endless love, unlimited possibility, and the oneness of all things." The Gift of Change, Spiritual Guidance for a Radically New Life (Marianne Williamson)

84 "There is one God who created and framed all things…into a being." The Second Book of Hermas, Command I, v. 1 The Lost Books of The Bible and The Forgotten Books of Eden (various)

85 "Spirit is One, but within that essential unity the points of fire, the divine sparks, can be seen and noted." Esoteric Psychology I (Alice A. Bailey)

86 "I accomplish everything through the Good One, for this is the union of the truth." The Second Treatise of the Great Seth (early Christian Gnostic text) The Other Bible (Willis Barnstone, editor)

87 “It is a great mystery, one unique mother of all mortal things, and they have all originated in her.” Paracelsus Collected Works (Carl Jung)

88 "There is no chaos, forsaken by God, but only the one reality as an ordered whole, filled with divine power." The Unity of Reality (Michael vonBruck)

89 "There is only One Body. One Being. Always remember that." Communion with God (Neale Donald Walsch)

90 "In spite of the diversity of forms, evolution attests to the oneness of life." Ancient Wisdom, Modern Insight (Shirley Nicholson)

91 "You can lose sight of oneness, but can not make sacrifice of its reality." A Course in Miracles (Helen Schucman and William Thetford)

92 “In the one thing are hidden all parts.” Laurentius Ventura, 16th century Venetian physician Collected Works (Carl Jung)

93 "There is but one Governor of the world, as there is but one Architect and one Creator." My Way of Life, The Summa Simplified for Everyone (Walter Farrell and Martin J. Healy)

94 "If we treat everything as alive, intelligent and part of the One Life, our own life is greatly enriched." The Findhorn Garden: Pioneering a New Vision of Man and Nature in Cooperation (The Findhorn Community)

95 "All individuals are united to the whole; so that we see that the whole is one, and of the one are all things." Hermetica (Walter Scott, translator)

96 "The world of separate things is the reflection of the One; the One is the reflection of the myriad separate things of the world." The Spiral Dance, A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Great Goddess (Starhawk (Miriam Simos))

97 "That Being through Which all exist must be one….There is, then, some one Being Which alone exists in the greatest and highest degree of all." St. Anselm, 'Monologium', (11th century) The Book of Catholic Quotations (John Chapin, Editor)

98 "We now know beyond doubt that large and widely scattered numbers of otherwise sane and sober people have had experiences of 'cosmic consciousness' in which the sense of life becomes perfectly clear. The antagonisms of good and evil, life and death, being and nothing, self and other are felt as the poles or undulations of a single, eternal and harmonious energy –exuding a sense of joy and love." Behold the Spirit, A Study in the Necessity of Mystical Religion (Alan Watts)

99 The One remains, the many change and pass." Percy Bysshe Shelley, 'Adonais' Encyclopedia of Religious Quotations (Frank S Mead, editor)

100 "Plotinus and the Neoplatonic tradition saw the universe as a chain of being extending from the One, and the One was not only supreme ineffable Reality but also supreme Beauty known in ecstasy." Theosophy, A Modern Expression of the Wisdom of the Ages (Robert Ellwood)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite