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1 “Plato maintained that the One is All-Being.” Lectures on Ancient Philosophy (Manly P. Hall)

2 "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)

3 "Let us suggest a way to move through your day. Against all that your separated senses tell you, try to see through the unity of the inner eye. It sees the One – the Light – the Wholeness. So, as you walk, as you move, remember you can see with this inner eye. You do it by reminding yourself that one thing is not more important than another. You look at everything with the intention of seeing the One in all things. You carry with you the intention to see the Wholeness of Consciousness." Reflections of an Elder Brother: Awakening from the Dream (Mary-Margaret Moore)

4 "In one sense, all life is one. And this is the highest sense." Understanding Yourself: A Spiritual Approach to Self-Discovery and Soul-Awareness (Mark L. and Elizabeth Clare Prophet)

5 "I saw life moving as one. The earth, the stars, the sun all lived as scintillating replicas of an even more magnificent wholeness." Agartha: The Essential Guide to Personal Transformation in the New Era (Meredith L. Young)

6 "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)

7 "Unity with the One Life in all is the well or spring from which the waters of life are drawn, and active expression of deeply compassionate concern is the natural direction in which that water inevitably flows." Call to the Heights, Guidance on the Pathway to Self-illumination (Geoffrey Hodson)

8 "Everything has grown from this One, and through this One. It is the Uroboros, the serpent that fertilizes and gives birth to itself." Collected Works (Carl Jung)

9 "The Spirit is a Unity….It is the God of Truth, the Father of All, the Holy Spirit, the invisible one, the one who is over the All." The Secret Book of John (1st century Gnostic text) The Other Bible (Willis Barnstone, editor)

10 "One thing is sure – all is one; the world, mind and all." The Glorious Presence (Ernest E. Wood)

11 "If there is only One Thing, and that One Thing Is All That Is, there can be no insufficiency of any kind, because that One Thing is everything, and thus…It is sufficient unto Itself. This is a statement of the nature of God." Communion with God (Neale Donald Walsch)

12 "Jewish Wisdom literature taught that the 'spirit of the Lord fills the whole universe' (Wis. 1:7). Jewish cosmology teaches that the universe is one and that we are part of it and can know our place in it." Wrestling with the Prophets, Essays on Creation Spirituality and Everyday Life (Matthew Fox)

13 "In the course of a traditional vision quest associated with a rite of passage, such as we find among many Native American peoples, the neophyte learns that the life he or she is to follow is that of the Holy One." Shamanic Voices, A Survey of Visionary Narratives (Joan Halifax, Ph.D.)

14 "The 'One' has, as the alchemists say, a 'thousand names.'" Collected Works (Carl Jung)

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

16 "There is much to be gained by the study of mystic symbolism, in which we find everywhere a disguised humanity. It is a catholic [universal] illustration of the truth that there is but one vase and one matter." Lamps of Western Mysticism (Arthur Edward Waite)

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

18 "Nothing is real but the one Life that we seek for and love unconsciously under its many veils." The Ancient Wisdom (Annie Besant)

19 "Hail, One, thou mighty being of myriad forms and aspects, thou king of the world!" Ancient Egyptian text Egyptian Religion: Egyptian Ideas of the Future Life (E. A. Wallis Budge)

20 "The Universe…is spread apart from a center of oneness to a diversity of light, color, tone and density." Saint Germain on Alchemy (Mark L. and Elizabeth Clare Prophet)

21 "As one fellow put it, 'One soul is big enough for all of us. In fact, that is the One to which so many belief systems separately refer.'" Turning Toward the Mystery: A Seeker's Journey (Stephen Levine)

22 "The One gives life to the whole Kosmos." The Secret Doctrine (Helena P. Blavatsky)

23 "When the Biblical words are used: 'In Him we live and move and have our being,' we have the statement of a fundamental law in nature…the One Life animates every form on the outer objective plane." Telepathy (Alice A. Bailey)

24 "There is only one consciousness in a cosmic sense." Saul-Paul Sirag, scientist The Seven Human Powers: Luminous Shadows of the Self (Shirley J. Nicholson)

25 "Multiplicity ascends, attracted and engulfed by something which is 'already One'. This is the secret and guarantee of the irreversibility of life." Let Me Explain (Pierre Teilhard deChardin)

26 "All this apparent complexity and aimless motion is in fact a delusion, caused by the limitations of the consciousness….for only ONE extremely simple movement is really taking place." The Hidden Side of Things (C. W. Leadbeater)

27 "All form part of the One Life and there is nothing outside it." Arthur Robson, 'Infinite Continuity in Multimillionfold Diversity' Karma, The Universal Law of Harmony (Virginia Hanson and Rosemarie Stewart, editors)

28 "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)

29 “St. Augustine says: ‘God is a most simple being, and yet He works in a most manifold way, being all things in each single thing, and one in all of them together.” Blesed John Tauler (1300-1361), Dominican scholar The Soul Afire, Revelations of the Mystics (H. A. Reinhold, editor)

30 "There is only one Self feeling all pain or enjoying all success." Grace and Grit: Spirituality and Healing in the Life and Death of Treya Killam Wilber (Ken Wilber)

31 "God is one and wise." Thomas Aquinas, In 2 Cor, ch. 2, p. 310 Sheer Joy, Conversations with Thomas Aquinas on Creation Spirituality (Matthew Fox)

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

33 "The confession of God's oneness, which has its roots in the divine revelation of the Old Covenant, is inseparable from the profession of God's existence and is equally fundamental." Catechism of the Catholic Church (Various)

34 "By the mind this truth must be seen: there are not many, but only One." Brihadaranyaka Upanishad The Flame and the Light (Hugh I'anson Fausset)

35 "Here is the secret. Disunity does not exist. This insight can change your entire experience of life. This insight translates into a simple statement that, if lived as your day-to-day reality, would turn your world upside down: We Are All One." Communion with God (Neale Donald Walsch)

36 "All is one life." To Hear the Angels Sing (Dorothy Maclean)

37 "There is only one of us….it's always just God dancing with God." Paths to God: Living the Bhagavad Gita (Ram Dass)

38 "Heraclitus, Descartes, Dionysius, Ibn al-Farid, Aquinas, and Nicholas of Cusa carried over into modern thought the idea of a unity inclusive of the full complexity of manyness….In the history of religious thought, both in the East and in the West, there have been periods in which the conception of Oneness played an essential part." The Manifold and The One (Agnes Arber)

39 "The One Force, the All-Powerful Source of existence and the prime mover of the activities and motions of beings…is inside each being." Amadou Hampate Ba, 'Aspects de la civilisation africaine' The Way of The Earth, Encounters with Nature in Ancient and Contemporary Thought (T. C. McLuhan)

40 "We are all part of One; we are One." Erich Fromm, 'The Art of Loving' Saints and Madmen: Psychiatry Opens its Doors to Religion (Russell Shorto)

41 "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)

42 "In truth we are all indestructible parts of one great Unity in which 'we live and move and have our being.'" The Origins of Pagan and Christian Beliefs (Edward Carpenter)

43 "What all schools of wisdom and spirituality have taught us is true. All is one." Agartha: The Essential Guide to Personal Transformation in the New Era (Meredith L. Young)

44 "God is One Being, or, seen in another way, God is One, Being." What God Wants (Neale Donald Walsch)

45 "All blades of grass, wood and stone, all things are One." Meister Eckhart Mysticism, Its History and Challenge (Bruno Borchert)

46 "All things and events, while remaining perfectly separate and discrete, are only One." The Atman Project (Ken Wilber)

47 "The Beautiful is an eternal flow; it is the One in motion." Lectures on Ancient Philosophy (Manly P. Hall)

48 "Matter and spirit, as we know them in our universe, are not two separate substances, set side by side and differing in nature. They are two distinct aspects of one single cosmic stuff and there is between them no conflict to baffle our intelligence." Pierre Leroy, S.J., foreword The Divine Milieu (Pierre Teilhard deChardin)

49 "The beginning of all things is one and the end of all things is one, and the end and the beginning are the same." Hippocrates The Way of The Earth, Encounters with Nature in Ancient and Contemporary Thought (T. C. McLuhan)

50 "In the Kingdom of Heaven all is in all, all is one, and all is ours." Meister Eckhart The Perennial Philosophy (Aldous Huxley)

51 "Life is one; happy they who see its presence, and make themselves the channels of its living force." The Ancient Wisdom (Annie Besant)

52 "The successive phases of Spirit that animate the Nations…are themselves only steps in the development of the one Universal Spirit, which through them elevates and completes itself to a self-comprehending totality." Georg Hegel (1770-1831), The Great Ideas, A Syntopicon, vol. 1 (Mortimer J. Adler, editor)

53 "Broader awareness comes by recognizing our oneness with all aspects of life." The Findhorn Garden: Pioneering a New Vision of Man and Nature in Cooperation (The Findhorn Community)

54 "There is NOTHING ELSE. Nothing other than this singular totality. Everything, everything with no exception, is a manifestation of an eternal unity, a transcending ubiquitous consciousness, which many label as God. When you touch that unity, you perceive and also experience the wonder within which you and all the rest of creation are embedded." The Hidden Face of God: How Science Reveals the Ultimate Truth (Gerald L. Schroeder, Ph.D.)

55 "We are all one! That's what your breath is telling you." Psychedelic Experience, A Manual Based on the Tibetan Book of the Dead (Timothy Leary, Ralph Metzner, Richard Alpert)

56 "Life is ever brighter, flowing, creative, blooming, waxing and waning, eternally one." To Hear the Angels Sing (Dorothy Maclean)

57 "The cause of almost all human destructiveness and sorrow can be traced to absence of the knowledge that division is an error and oneness is the fact concerning human life – indeed all life." Call to the Heights, Guidance on the Pathway to Self-illumination (Geoffrey Hodson)

58 "This is the real message of the Bhagavad Gita: in short, temporal life and spiritual values stand in a relation of harmony – one divine life, as the Gita tells us." Swami Prabhavananda (b. 1893), monk of Ramakrishna Mission, 'Vedic Religion and Philosophy' The Choice Is Always Ours (Dorothy B. Phillips, Chief Editor)

59 "Reality [is] one constantly explosive dance of divine energy, love, and bliss, interconnected in all of its events and particulars." The Essential Gay Mystics (Andrew Harvey, Editor)

60 "Interconnectedness permeates all things visible and invisible, the Many Are the One." The Alternative Gospel (John Baldock)

61 "The object of the mystic's contemplation is always some aspect of the Infinite Life: of God, the one Reality." Mysticism (Evelyn Underhill)

62 "The greater our awareness, the more our perception of multiplicity dissolves." God Is A Verb, Kabbalah and the Practice of Mystical Judaism (Rabbi David A. Cooper)

63 "Reality is one." The Way Things Are (Huston Smith, edited by Phil Cousineau)

64 "We are one under the One." The Findhorn Garden: Pioneering a New Vision of Man and Nature in Cooperation (The Findhorn Community)

65 "All beings are synthesized to constitute one great Intelligence." Basic Theosophy (Geoffrey Hodson)

66 “The universe is the work of one creator.” Manilius Arcana Mundi (Georg Luck)

67 "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)

68 "All…had its origin in one germinating wholeness of being." Occult Preparations for a New Age (Dane Rudhyar)

69 "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.)

70 "Beyond all conception, the universal light shines forth. It is the great One, smaller than the smallest, farther than the farthest, nearer than the nearest. The wise know It resting deep within." Mundaka Upanishad The Upanishads, selections translated by Alistair Shearer and Peter Russell (Alistair Shearer and Peter Russell, translators)

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

72 "It is wise to listen not to me but to the word, and to confess that all things are one." Heraclitus, Fragment 50 The New Testament Background: Selected Documents (C. K. Barrett, editor)

73 "Though the proliferations of living matter are vast and manifold, they never lose their solidarity. A continuous adjustment co-adapts them from without. A profound equilibrium gives them balance within. Taken in its totality, the living substance spread over the earth – from the very first stages of its evolution – traces the lineaments of one single and gigantic organism." The Phenomenon of Man (Pierre Teilhard deChardin)

74 "Those who are asleep live each in a private world; those who are awake live in the one Great World." Herakleitos, ancient Greek sage The Unfolding Self: Varieties of Transformative Experience (Ralph Metzner)

75 "All activities emanate from the One." Edgar Cayce Symbols, Guiding Lights Along the Journey of Life (Kathleen R. Prata)

76 "Humans, as well as all other parts of the universe, live and move and have their being in the One." The Spiritual Life (Annie Besant)

77 "Just as the self of the human being is the centerpoint of the plurality of manifestations of his life of soul, so is the ONE God, transcending the self, the centerpoint of the world." Covenant of the Heart, Meditations of a Christian Hermeticist on the Mysteries of Tradition (Valentin Tomberg)

78 "When you see the one who exists eternally, that is the great vision." The Dialogue of the Savior The Gnostic Gospels of Jesus (Marvin Meyer)

79 "Accept your Oneness with all life." The Spirit of Findhorn (Eileen Caddy)

80 "The world is built up of thousands of differing rates of vibrations, all these having their origin in the One original vibration of the mind of the Creator." The Finding of the Third Eye (Vera Stanley Alder)

81 "All things and all living beings have originated from one common source." The Secret Doctrine (Helena P. Blavatsky)

82 "In One is all my peace." Angelus Silesius The Soul Afire, Revelations of the Mystics (H. A. Reinhold, editor)

83 "Though religion, psychology, philosophy, science and the arts all have varied languages, they all reveal related aspects of one life." Angels and Mortals, Their Co-Creative Power (Maria Parisen, compiler)

84 "There is only one Witness, one Self, throughout the universe. It is hidden in all living things, men and animals and plants; it pervades all creation. In every thing that has consciousness it is the Self; it watches over all operations, it overshadows all creatures, it moves in the depths of our hearts." The Origins of Pagan and Christian Beliefs (Edward Carpenter)

85 "A single consciousness, an all-encompassing wisdom, pervades the universe." The Hidden Face of God: How Science Reveals the Ultimate Truth (Gerald L. Schroeder, Ph.D.)

86 "All is one in that ultimate reality which is God." Summons to Life, Contemporary Christian Insights (Martin Israel)

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

88 "What we know of ourselves and the universe in which we live is an integral part of the One's own Self-revealing, Self-knowing state….The One knows itself through us – through our eyes, and ears, and minds, through our entire being." The Alternative Gospel (John Baldock)

89 "'This is myself and this is another.' – Be free of this bond which encompasses you about, and your own self is thereby released." Saraha, 9th century Buddhist monk and poet The Essential Mystics (Andrew Harvey)

90 "Growth involves inward transformation and living in accordance with the spirit of the oneness of all being that the truth implies." Theosophy, A Modern Expression of the Wisdom of the Ages (Robert Ellwood)

91 "Interrelatedness, seeing the oneness of all things and their interconnections, is the essence of compassion." Wrestling with the Prophets, Essays on Creation Spirituality and Everyday Life (Matthew Fox)

92 "Essentially, our greatest hope has already been realized. Heaven is here and now, in our capacity to realize our oneness." Everyday Grace, Having Hope, Finding Forgiveness, and Making Miracles (Marianne Williamson)

93 "There is only one reality, and all multiplicity is imaginary. The world seems pluralistic only because our awareness has limitations." God Is A Verb, Kabbalah and the Practice of Mystical Judaism (Rabbi David A. Cooper)

94 "The consciousness of this inner unity, the recognition of the One Self dwelling equally in all, is the one sure foundation of Brotherhood." The Ancient Wisdom (Annie Besant)

95 "Love in all its aspects is the symbol of the Logos as One….Whosoever expresses Love, brings spirit, which is One, into manifestation." Dion Fortune Revelations: The Wisdom of the Ages (Paul Roland)

96 "There are no breaks in the World of Becoming; Life, though it be instinct with spontaneity, though it cut new paths for its branching stream in fresh, unimaginable directions, behave in a thousand incalculable ways, ever remains one." The Mystic Way - A Psychological Study in Christian Origins (Evelyn Underhill)

97 "Him with fair wings, though only one in nature, inspired sages shape with songs in many figures." Rig Veda X.114.5 The American Theosophist (various)

98 "In the Bhagavad Gita, Arjuna suddenly sees the form of God, wherein all forms constitute the One Form." Esoteric Psychology II (Alice A. Bailey)

99 "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)

100 "As we are held as one in God, so do we learn as one in Him." A Course in Miracles (Helen Schucman and William Thetford)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite