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1 "God is one, that is to say, in nature there is but one substance." Ethics (Benedict Spinoza)

2 "The one Godhead, secret in all beings, all-pervading, the inner Self of all, presiding over all action, witness, conscious knower and absolute….the One in control over the many,… fashions one seed in many ways." Swetaswatara Upanishad A Beginner's Guide to Constructing the Universe: The Mathematical Archetypes of Nature, Art & Science (Michael S. Schneider)

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

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

5 "Life is one and naught can ever take or touch that life." The Rays and The Initiations (Alice A. Bailey)

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

7 "The divine spirit is one, omniscient and truly all-conscious, i.e., holding all the consciousness of the universe and thus comprising each individual consciousness….in a higher and highest connection." Gustave Theodor Fechner, 'Life After Death' Integral Psychology: Consciousness, Spirit, Psychology, Therapy (Ken Wilber)

8 “You will find nothing in the world which is not in the One….Everything owes to the One its individual existence and the process whereby it is perfected and preserved.” Pseudo-Dionysius, The Complete Works (John Farina, Editor-in-Chief)

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

10 "The One sits on the driver's seat." Adin Steinsalz Miraculous Living (Rabbi Shoni Labowitz)

11 "One great Consciousness includes the whole." The Hidden Side of Things (C. W. Leadbeater)

12 "There is in existence in the whole Universe only one Spiritual Essence, one Spiritual Being, one Divine Flame – and the Spiritual Self of man is forever at one with that all-inclusive One Alone. This is the one great truth." Basic Theosophy (Geoffrey Hodson)

13 "The Cretan and Neolithic religion was based upon a Mother Goddess who took many different forms in different civilizations but who put people in touch with nature, and was the focus of a widespread human understanding of nature as one entity." Nostradamus: Prophecies for Women (Manuela Dunn Muscetti & Peter Lorie)

14 "The One is the perfection of everything." Ramon Llull Ramon Lull and the Secret of Life (Amador Vega)

15 "The entire universe is one dominion and realm, governed by one ruler." Thomas Aquinas, In Meta XII, L. 12, p. 925 Sheer Joy, Conversations with Thomas Aquinas on Creation Spirituality (Matthew Fox)

16 "Our unity with the world-being is the consciousness of a Self which at one and the same time cosmicises in the world and individualizes through the individual, and both in that world-being and in this individual being and in all individual beings it is aware of the same Self manifesting and experiencing its various manifestations." A Greater Psychology, An Introduction to Sri Aurobindo's Psychological Thought (Sri Aurobindo, edited by A. S. Dalal)

17 "God, or in other words, a Supreme Being, exists perfectly just and merciful, that is to say, a pattern of the true life….He is one….He is omnipresent." Benedict Spinoza Ethics (Benedict Spinoza)

18 "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)

19 "On innate divinity is the brotherhood of all people based – one life, one glory which shall be revealed, and one divine relationship." The Reappearance of the Christ (Alice A. Bailey)

20 "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)

21 "Teach your children that they are deeply connected to all of Life, that they are One with all people, and that they are never separate from God." Communion with God (Neale Donald Walsch)

22 "There is but one principle of all things." The City of God (St. Augustine)

23 "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)

24 "Those old Grecians and Egyptians saw in all the phenomena of nature – in all the motions of the starry spheres, and in all the miracles of the world – the shadow of that mysterious One, who, although infinite and indivisible, yet in some manner individualizes himself to every human thought, and localizes himself in every place." A Dictionary of Freemasonry (Robert Macoy)

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

26 "All to me are one." Discipleship in the New Age (Alice A. Bailey)

27 "The one reality is, for the mystic, an object of love that draws us homeward under the guidance of the heart." Shadows of the Sacred: Seeing Through Spiritual Illusions (Frances Vaughan, Ph.D.)

28 "All beings come forth from the One." Basic Theosophy (Geoffrey Hodson)

29 "As God's essence is indivisible, so also nature itself, which is His emanation into the world, is in every respect one single form and indivisible in itself." Robert Fludd, Western Esoteric Masters Series (William Huffman, editor)

30 "The experiences that come from shamanism tend to foster a great respect for the universe, based on a feeling of oneness with all forms of life." Michael Harner, interview with Gary Doore Shamanism: An Expanded View of Reality (Shirley Nicholson, Compiler)

31 "There is but one Spirit pervading space. Life and Form, its positive and negative poles, are one." Rosicrucian Cosmo-Conception, or Christian Occult Science (Max Heindel)

32 "The mighty One rules all things….and ordains the eternal laws that govern the world." Nordic Scrolls of Wisdom The Secret Doctrine (Helena P. Blavatsky)

33 "The glory of that One Reality [is] ablaze in the humblest of growing things." The Mystic Way - A Psychological Study in Christian Origins (Evelyn Underhill)

34 "In the persistent advance of consciousness towards always more spontaneous and finally reflective forms, we have an objective element, allowing us to follow, through and beneath all complications of detail, the continually ascending advance of a single fundamental greatness." The Vision of the Past (Pierre Teilhard deChardin)

35 "All the Earth's surface is of one family, one creation, one intelligence." The Findhorn Garden: Pioneering a New Vision of Man and Nature in Cooperation (The Findhorn Community)

36 "It's all one single water from the ocean of God's holy love." Ecstatic Journey, The Transforming Power of Mystical Experience (Sophy Burnham)

37 "There is one Divinity, a Unity simple, beyond being, without parts and undivided." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'First Century of Various Texts' The Philokalia, volume 2 (various authors, compiled by St. Nikodimos of the Holy Mountain)

38 "All living things fit together into a single pattern." The Web of Life (John H. Storer)

39 "One god, the greatest among gods and men, neither in form like unto mortals nor in thought. He sees all over, thinks all over, and hears all over…without toil he sways all things by the thought of his mind." Xenophanes, Greek philosopher, circa 565bc, Fragments 23, 24, 25 Nature and the Greeks and Science and Humanism (Erwin Schrodinger)

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

41 "Love is no more and no less than the ethical expression of oneness." Theosophy, A Modern Expression of the Wisdom of the Ages (Robert Ellwood)

42 "As viewed by astronauts from the moon, the earth lacks those lines of sociopolitical division that are so prominent on maps….The web of interlacing socioeconomic interdependencies that now infolds the planet is of one life. All that is required is a general change of vision to accord with these contemporary facts. And that this will occur is certain. It is, in fact, already occuring. Moreover, the vision required is nothing new, nor unnatural." The Inner Reaches of Outer Space, Metaphor as Myth and as Religion (Joseph Campbell)

43 "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)

44 "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)

45 "That God is one means there's a oneness at the core of all being in whom everything…converges." Rabbi Lawrence Kushner Spiritual Genius, The Mastery of Life's Meaning (Winifred Gallagher)

46 "The great unitary vision of the Vedic sage made him capable of conceiving a oneness to which all aspects converged; all things, working toward greater harmony of the whole." Jeanine Miller, 'The Relevance of the Vedas to Modern Man' The American Theosophist (various)

47 "God is the One and Indivisible." Robert Fludd, Western Esoteric Masters Series (William Huffman, editor)

48 "Every creature reacts to and acts upon its environment, for all is one." The Findhorn Garden: Pioneering a New Vision of Man and Nature in Cooperation (The Findhorn Community)

49 "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)

50 "Anaximenes of Miletus, son of Eurastratos, who had been an associate of Anaximander, said, like him, that the underlying substance was one and infinite." Fragments of Anaximenes (ca. 585-525 bce), Milesian philosopher A Treasury of Philosophy, Vol. 1 (Dagobert D. Runes, editor)

51 "That the whole world is constituted of the One Reality is one of the essential principles of Vedantic thought." The Glorious Presence (Ernest E. Wood)

52 "God is the One, the All." C. G. Jung: Letters, 1951-1961 (Gerhard Adler and Aniela Jaffe, editors)

53 "Wisdom knows that behind the Many is the One." Ken Wilber, 'Sex, Ecology and Spirituality' Shadows of the Sacred: Seeing Through Spiritual Illusions (Frances Vaughan, Ph.D.)

54 "We are all divine, eternal beings, aspects of the essential oneness of life." The Path of Transformation, How Healing Ourselves Can Change The World (Shakti Gawain)

55 "In the midst of the whirling and changing worlds, we are ever rooted in the One, our deepest center of consciousness grounded in that unchanging, eternal background." Ancient Wisdom, Modern Insight (Shirley Nicholson)

56 "The essence of all things is one and that spirit is the source of all, the only certitude, the sole eternal reality." The Great Secret (Maurice Maeterlinck)

57 "There is in reality no separation or duality, no I, or Thou, but simply a God in manifestation, Whose nature is Light." Discipleship in the New Age (Alice A. Bailey)

58 "The universe turns as one (which is the root meaning of the word 'universe') and we all live in one element." Virginia Hanson, 'The Other Face of Karma' Karma, The Universal Law of Harmony (Virginia Hanson and Rosemarie Stewart, editors)

59 "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)

60 "Were I given a hundred thousand tongues instead of one, and the hundred thousand multiplied twentyfold, a hundred thousand times would I say, and say again, the Lord of all the worlds is one." Guru Nanak (1469-1539), Indian disciple of Kabir, 'Hymns of Guru Nanak' The Quotable Spirit (Peter Lorie and Manuela D Mascetti, editors)

61 "Every single creature leads to the knowledge of the first and highest One, which is infinite in every perfection." Thomas Aquinas, 'Commentary on Peter Lombard's Book of Sentences', III Sent. 1.3, ad 3 Sheer Joy, Conversations with Thomas Aquinas on Creation Spirituality (Matthew Fox)

62 "We all are one and even if those specific words are not taught to us, we develop an inner sense of their spiritual truth." Invisible Acts of Power: Personal Choices That Create Miracles (Caroline Myss)

63 "There is one infinite Intelligence moving through all life." The Language of Silence (J. Allen Boone)

64 "The universe, as many mystical traditions tell us, is the 'child' of a sacred marriage between the feminine and masculine forces within the One." The Essential Mystics (Andrew Harvey)

65 "The Oneness of the Holy Spirit…is the pneumatic state the creator attains to through the phase of incarnation." C. G. Jung: Letters, 1951-1961 (Gerhard Adler and Aniela Jaffe, editors)

66 "There is but one reality. It is all-inclusive." The Unobstructed Universe (Stewart Edward White)

67 "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)

68 "Consciousness is one with all and in all." Freemasonry and Its Ancient Mystic Rites (C. W. Leadbeater)

69 "If people can….realize all as one, then people can be companions of heaven." Liu I Ming (b. 1737), Taoist adept The Essential Mystics (Andrew Harvey)

70 "One is the One and All." The Secret Doctrine (Helena P. Blavatsky)

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

72 "There is One Flame but many sparks of differing brightness within that Flame. Such is the glory of the great Eternal One." Discipleship in the New Age (Alice A. Bailey)

73 "What you do for others the Holy One will do for you." ch. 46, v. 17b Aquarian Gospel of Jesus the Christ (Leo W. Dowling)

74 "The Holy One is the Soul of souls, the Spirit of spirits." Zohar 1:103b God Is A Verb, Kabbalah and the Practice of Mystical Judaism (Rabbi David A. Cooper)

75 "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)

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

77 "Unity and multiplicity must not be thought of as opposites but rather as the polarization, in Coleridge's words, of 'two forces of one power.'" Nature Word (R. A. Schwaller deLubicz)

78 “He who becomes luminous shines not with a separate light but rather is merged with the one light whose radiance is diffused throughout all worlds.” Lectures on Ancient Philosophy (Manly P. Hall)

79 "The one attracts the one, and the one rules the one…It is the whole in all things. And it has life and spirit." Zosimos, 3rd century Alchemist, 'Alch. Grecs', III, ix Collected Works (Carl Jung)

80 "All that exists is one, and..God is in all, is All…All are one, united in One, in divine fellowship." Men Who Have Walked With God (Sheldon Cheney)

81 "Once you have brought bondage to the dyad into subjection to the dignity and nature of the One, you will have subjected the whole of creation to God; for you will have brought into unity what was divided and will have reconciled all things." Nikitas Stithatos, 'On Spiritual Knowledge' The Philokalia, volume 4 (various authors, compiled by St. Nikodimos and St. Makarios)

82 "The first peace, which is the most important, is that which comes within the souls of people when they realize their relationship, their oneness, with the universe and all its powers, and when they realize at the center of the universe dwells the Great Spirit, and that this center is really everywhere, it is within each of us." As Above, So Below: Paths to Spiritual Renewal in Daily Life (Ronald S. Miller and the editors of New Age Journal)

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

84 "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)

85 "Just as the varied organs of the human body are inter-related by the nervous system, so within the body of the planet are the various kingdoms in nature and the multiplicity of forms. Back of the objective universe is the subtler sensitive body – one organism, not many, one sentient, responsive, connected form." A Treatise on White Magic (Alice A. Bailey)

86 "All around us, as far as the eye can see, the universe holds together, and only one way of considering it is really possible, that is, to take it as a whole, in one piece." The Phenomenon of Man (Pierre Teilhard deChardin)

87 "Glory to the unchangeable, holy, eternal, supreme Vishnu, of one universal nature….Glory to the supreme Vishnu, the cause of the creation, existence, and the end of this world; who is the root of the world and who consists of the world." The Vishnu Purana Lectures on Ancient Philosophy (Manly P. Hall)

88 "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.)

89 "There cannot but be one wisdom….Humans must therefore all agree that there is but one most simple wisdom whose power is infinite." Nicholas of Cusa, 'Opera Omnia' Wrestling with the Prophets, Essays on Creation Spirituality and Everyday Life (Matthew Fox)

90 "If I deny the oneness of man, I deny the oneness of God. Therefore I affirm both. Without a belief in human unity, I am hungry and incomplete." Norman Cousins, American editor Spiritual Literacy, Reading the Sacred in Everyday Life (Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat)

91 "The Laws of the universe are the modes of expression, the life impulses and the way of existence or activity of the One in Whom we live and move and have our being." The Rays and The Initiations (Alice A. Bailey)

92 "In the realm of Being, the trace of The One establishes reality: existence is a trace of The One." Plotinus The Great Ideas, A Syntopicon, vol. 1 (Mortimer J. Adler, editor)

93 "Life is One, and all its forms are interrelated. It follows that every act and thought by any form of life, from the highest to the lowest, must react on every other form." Christmas Humphreys (b. 1901), British author and Buddhist philosopher, 'Karma and Rebirth' Reincarnation: The Phoenix Fire Mystery (Cranston/Head, editors)

94 "The awareness that reads these words and seems to write them is God's knowing happening – and that 'happening' is confirmation of the One." The Child Within Us Lives!, A Synthesis of Science, Religion and Metaphysics (William Samuel)

95 "The Divine One is himself the Good (in the primary and proper sense of the word), whose very nature is goodness." Gregory of Nyssa (331-396) Devotional Classics (Richard J. Foster and James Bryan Smith, editors)

96 "Our destiny is one: the perfection of a divine humanity that is one in origin and one in training." The Spiritual Life (Annie Besant)

97 "The Law for the birth, growth, and decay of everything in Cosmos, from the sun to the glow-worm in the grass, is One." The Secret Doctrine (Helena P. Blavatsky)

98 "There is nothing real where the One Sole Good is not." Francois Fenelon (1651-1715), French Archbishop of Cambray, 'Spiritual Letters of Archbishop Fenelon' The Choice Is Always Ours (Dorothy B. Phillips, Chief Editor)

99 "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)

100 "Reality is in fact one and perfect." The World's Religions (Huston Smith)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite