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1 "All things partake of The One in absolute dependence." The Great Ideas, A Syntopicon, vol. 1 (Mortimer J. Adler, editor)

2 "The Lord is Infinite, Immense, and Eternal….the Only One, from whom all things are." Emanuel Swedenborg A Compendium of the Theological Writings of Emanuel Swedenborg (Samuel M. Warren, compiler)

3 "One of the main necessities…at this time is to endeavour to think in terms of the one Reality." A Treatise on White Magic (Alice A. Bailey)

4 "There is a supreme Ruler of all things, God, ever One." Philolaus, 5th century Pythagorean philosopher The New Testament Background: Selected Documents (C. K. Barrett, editor)

5 "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)

6 "The Self or Atman, as the Hindus call it, or the 'spirit' of the Christians…is never cut off from our transcendent roots in the pure Consciousness of the One." Ancient Wisdom, Modern Insight (Shirley Nicholson)

7 "Joy is the realization of onenes, the oneness of our soul with the world and of the world-soul with the supreme love." Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941), Indian poet The Quotable Spirit (Peter Lorie and Manuela D Mascetti, editors)

8 "The world of existence is only dual in our conception of it. In Reality there is but one World." The Transforming Mind (Laurence and Phoebe Bendit)

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

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

11 "Within-ness and without-ness use both infinite, but also one." Basic Theosophy (Geoffrey Hodson)

12 "One Nature, perfect and pervading, circulates in all natures. One reality, all-comprehensive, contains within itself all realities." Larry Dossy, M.D., 'Ancient Messages in Modern Science' American Theosophist, The (Dora Kunz, Executive Editor)

13 "All is the play of the unitive life force in its various manifestations." The Strong Eye of Shamanism, A Journey Into the Caves of Consciousness (Robert E. Ryan, Ph.D.)

14 "One: Symbolic of being and of the revelation of the spiritual essence. It is the active principle which, broken into fragments, gives rise to multiplicity, and is to be equated with the mystic Centre, the Irradiating Point and the Supreme Power. It also stands for spiritual unity – the common basis between all beings." A Dictionary of Symbols (J. E. Cirlot)

15 “The reality is that all things are contained beforehand in and are embraced by the One in its capacity as an inherent unity.” Pseudo-Dionysius, The Complete Works (John Farina, Editor-in-Chief)

16 "Western alchemy's chief concern was the production of the One: 'one is the stone, one the vessel, one the procedure, and one the medicine." Aurora Consurgens (Marie Louise vonFranz)

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

18 "If God is not one, he is not God." Tertullian, Adv. Marc., 1, 3, 5 Catechism of the Catholic Church (Various)

19 "One Life nourishes, sustains and unites all parts and all beings." Basic Theosophy (Geoffrey Hodson)

20 "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)

21 "The One who is is one, and all are one." The Second Discourse of Great Seth The Gnostic Gospels of Jesus (Marvin Meyer)

22 "Behind all faces there is one face." Seth Speaks: The Eternal Validity of the Soul (Jane Roberts)

23 "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)

24 “There is but one spirit in the universe….there is but one consciousness.” Lectures on Ancient Philosophy (Manly P. Hall)

25 "Anuket [Egyptian Goddess] was known as 'The One.' She was self-begotten and self-produced." The Woman's Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets (Barbara G. Walker)

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

27 "By discovering who you are, you will see the beauty, the holiness, and the eternity in others. In eternity, there is truly no other. There is only One Life in which everything is related to everything else." " A Course in Miracles - A Gift For All Mankind (Tara Singh)

28 "The self (Atman) is really Brahman, the only being, the universal being, the One. So the self, the ego, and the essence of the universe are really one." The Religion Book, The Encyclopedia of Places, Prophets, Saints, and Seers (Jim Willis)

29 "Everything really subsists in a single thing, which is God Himself." Benedict Spinoza, 'Short Treatise' Ethics (Benedict Spinoza)

30 "The One-Supra-Mundane Mind, or the Universal All-Pervading Consciousness, transcendent over appearances and over every dualistic concept born of the finite or mundane aspect of mind, alone is real." The Tibetan Book of the Great Liberation (W. Y. Evans-Wentz, compiler and editor)

31 "We Are All One. There is great peace in that, and great comfort. My peace I give to you. Peace be with you." Communion with God (Neale Donald Walsch)

32 "Creation is precisely the manifestation in multitudinous form of the single superessential Nature." Richard McKeon, introduction to John Scotus Eriugena Selections From Medieval Philosophers (Richard McKeon, editor and translator)

33 "We feel the Self as one in all." A Greater Psychology, An Introduction to Sri Aurobindo's Psychological Thought (Sri Aurobindo, edited by A. S. Dalal)

34 "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)

35 "It is manifest that the Maker is one; for soul is one, and life is one, and matter is one." Hermetica (Walter Scott, translator)

36 "Matter is One, or as the alchemists used to say: 'One is All'." The History of Magic and the Occult (Kurt Seligmann)

37 "Consideration of the good of the collective whole naturally arises from recognizing one's intrinsic link with the One Life." Editors Karma, Rhythmic Return to Harmony (V. Hanson, R. Stewart & S. Nicholson, editors)

38 "Spinoza recognized only one substanc, God, and regarded extension and thought (and infinitely many unknown attributes as well) as all attributes of the one substance." Don Garrett, Introduction Ethics (Benedict Spinoza)

39 "Wholeness comes first, multiplicity later; the many derive from the one." Why Religion Matters: The Fate of the Human Spirit in an Age of Disbelief (Huston Smith)

40 "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)

41 "The many are but rays of the One, manifested centers of consciousness, channels of the One, each in its own measure." The Spiritual Life (Annie Besant)

42 "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)

43 "The multiple rises, attracted and incorporated by the 'Already One.'" Building the Earth (Pierre Teilhard deChardin)

44 "Whoever loves something fervently and with all his strength….he will never forget what he so loves, and in all things he will see the Image of the One, and he will see it within him more clearly as his love grows deeper and deeper." Meister Eckhart (1260-1327) The Soul Afire, Revelations of the Mystics (H. A. Reinhold, editor)

45 "Live this message of the nonseparation, of the Unity of Life and the Oneness of All Things. Live it in a practical way, not merely in a conceptual way. Allow it to seep into your being at the deepest level, and become a part of your subconscious and immediate response to every life encounter." Tomorrow's God, Our Greatest Spiritual Challenge (Neale Donald Walsch)

46 "Under it all we are the One Light of Buddha Nature." Turning Toward the Mystery: A Seeker's Journey (Stephen Levine)

47 "Scientists are now beginning to recognize a oneness that lies beyond all perceived reality. The oneness is God, and our beingness lies within it." A Return to Love, Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles (Marianne Williamson)

48 "The universe is an orchestration of the one Word God speaks from all eternity." The Human Adventure, Contemplation for Everyman (William McNamara, O.C.D.)

49 "There can be only One witness, One perceiver, and that is the one God hidden in all creatures." The Origins of Pagan and Christian Beliefs (Edward Carpenter)

50 "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)

51 "They [the Fathers of the Eastern Church] were aware that God is One." The Holy Fire, the Story of the Fathers of the Eastern Church (Robert Payne)

52 "All created things, every one of them, cannot be looked at, in their nature and action, without the same reality being found in their innermost being – like sunlight in the fragments of a broken mirror – one beneath its multiplicity." The Divine Milieu (Pierre Teilhard deChardin)

53 "Whatever exists...has some share in the effulgent beauty of the One." The Great Ideas, A Syntopicon, vol. 1 (Mortimer J. Adler, editor)

54 "God is the oneness of the beginning and the end." Heaven, The Heart's Deepest Longing (Peter Kreeft)

55 "Indeed the inscrutable One is out of the reach of every rational process. Nor can any words come up to the inexpressible Good, this One, this Source of all unity, this supra-existent Being." Pseudo-Dionysius, The Complete Works (John Farina, Editor-in-Chief)

56 "The One who speaks to us is not far away – by no means. He is more present to us than we are to ourselves." Centering Prayer, Renewing an Ancient Christian Prayer Form (M. Basil Pennington, O.C.S.O.)

57 "Hand in hand, we journey down the river of our lives toward the vast Ocean of Oneness that is our source and our destiny." Handbook to Higher Consciousness (Ken Keyes, Jr.)

58 "Vishnu is one, and yet He is certainly all-pervading. By His inconceivable potency, in spite of His one form, He is present everywhere." The Vedas Bhagavad-Gita As It Is (A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada)

59 "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)

60 "In descending to finitude, the singularity of the Infinite splays into multiplicity – the One becomes the many. The parts of the many are virtues, for they retain in lesser degree the signature of the One's perfection." The Soul of Christianity: Restoring the Great Tradition (Huston Smith)

61 "The ultimate truth of the Divine is Oneness." God Is A Verb, Kabbalah and the Practice of Mystical Judaism (Rabbi David A. Cooper)

62 "Relativity and quantum theory agree in that both imply the need to look upon the world as an undivided whole in which all the parts of the universe merge and unite in one totality." David Bohm, 'Wholeness and the Implicate Order' Who Do You Think You Are? The Healing Power of Your Sacred Self (Carlos Warter, M.D., Ph.D.)

63 "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)

64 "The Spirit is the One who 'makes all things new.'" The Coming of the Cosmic Christ (Matthew Fox)

65 "In order to experience and understand oneness one can look within and find the core of one's own being and find that core to be the common reality which we all share." Spirit Guides (Iris Belhayes)

66 "Our spirit inherently understands that we are all one – with other people and our universe." Invisible Acts of Power: Personal Choices That Create Miracles (Caroline Myss)

67 "All is a unity of one." Zohar Miraculous Living (Rabbi Shoni Labowitz)

68 "Brahman, though one, is all things, as a single flame takes many different shapes." Finding Deep Joy (Robert Ellwood)

69 "It is the purpose of life to be fully manifesting on the outer levels, and fully united and conscious of Oneness at the same time. That is reality. One life breathes through all. Reverence all life, for it is part of you and you are part of it." To Hear the Angels Sing (Dorothy Maclean)

70 "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)

71 "One composed of many." Virgil (70-19 bce), 'Minor Poems, Moretum', I.104 Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 16th edition (John Bartlett)

72 "The Sanskrit word 'Namaste' is often repeated with a little bow, hands in the prayer pose, as a greeting. This is a salute to the God within the other person, and a recognition of the God within yourself. Implicit in the greeting is the idea that when you are in your God-Self, and the other person is in theirs, you are one." Seven Paths to God, The Ways of the Mystic (Joan Borysenko, Ph.D.)

73 "The message of all spirituality is that, in some mysterious way, we are all one – therefore the joy and the sorrow of any one of us is the joy and the sorrow of all of us." The Spirituality of Imperfection: Modern Wisdom from Classic Stories (Ernest Kurtz & Katherine Ketcham)

74 "No manifested thing can be thought of except as part of a larger whole: the total aggregate being the One manifested Universe." The Secret Doctrine (Helena P. Blavatsky)

75 "One reality is expressing itself in individualization, alike in kind but different in manifestation." The Unobstructed Universe (Stewart Edward White)

76 "In truth all souls have a continuous relation to the ONE world-soul, as has the sunlight to the sun." Robert Fludd, Western Esoteric Masters Series (William Huffman, editor)

77 "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.)

78 “There is but one single thing, one medicine.” ‘Abraham le Juif’, from the Paris codex (Fr. 14765) Collected Works (Carl Jung)

79 "There is but one life, without beginning and without ending." The Spiritual Life (Annie Besant)

80 "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)

81 "The ultimate fullness of all dimensions….is Supreme Oneness." The Eye Aware: Zen Lessons for Christians (Jeroen Witkam)

82 “I rejoice that I love the One Who loves me, and I pray that I may love Him without measure and without ceasing.” Mechthild of Magdeburg Meditations from Mechthild of Magdeburg (Henry L. Carrigan, Jr., editor)

83 "The One embraces all, and carries all from great activity into the heart of cosmic peace." A Treatise on Cosmic Fire (Alice A. Bailey)

84 "The one ever becomes many and the many are ever reunited with and in the one. This process constitutes wholeness." Beatrice Bruteau, 'The Unknown Goddess' The Goddess Re-Awakening: The Feminine Principle Today (Shirley Nicholson, Compiler)

85 "All living things have their roots not only in the Earth, but in the universe itself. They all inhere in the One." Ancient Wisdom, Modern Insight (Shirley Nicholson)

86 "The physical universe is a manifestation of one eternal reality." Dialogue on Life, Buddhist Perspectives on Life and the Universe (Daisaku Ikeda)

87 "We have an eye of contemplation, which sees with higher or spiritual light the ultimate reality of oneness." The Unfolding Self: Varieties of Transformative Experience (Ralph Metzner)

88 "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)

89 "This is the Light! It is one, and all who see it and love it are one!" Confessions (St. Augustine)

90 "God is absolute knowledge, absolute wisdom, absolute love. By one thousand names He is known, but is only One." A Book of Angels (Sophy Burnham)

91 "As the smallest grain of dust is bound up with our entire solar system, drawn along with it in that undivided movement….so all organized beings, from the humblest to the highest, from the first origins of life to the time in which we are, and in all places as in all times, do but evidence a single impulsion." Henri Bergson (1859-1941), professor at College de France A Treasury of Philosophy, Vol. 1 (Dagobert D. Runes, editor)

92 "Truth is one single thing and it is also many things for our sakes who learn this one thing in love through many things." The Gospel of Philip (3rd century Christian Gnostic sacramental catechism) The Other Bible (Willis Barnstone, editor)

93 "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)

94 "That One is the beginning and end of all." Lamps of Western Mysticism (Arthur Edward Waite)

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

96 "One does not create oneness. One experiences it. Knows it. It already exists." Spirit Guides (Iris Belhayes)

97 "The whole Universe with all its parts…is interlocked, interwoven, to make a single whole, one body, one organism, one life, one consciousness, cyclicly evolving under one law." Basic Theosophy (Geoffrey Hodson)

98 "Brahman IS the world, and nondual mysticism takes its start with just that realization of One Taste." Integral Psychology: Consciousness, Spirit, Psychology, Therapy (Ken Wilber)

99 "The universe is one mighty, inconceivable medium." Encyclopedia of Ancient and Forbidden Knowledge (Zolar)

100 "We can know the oneness behind all life, for such knowledge lies within us already, waiting to be actualized." Ancient Wisdom, Modern Insight (Shirley Nicholson)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite