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1 "The ancient philosophers, constrained as it were by the truth, when they asserted an infinite principle, asserted likewise that there was only one such principle." Thomas Aquinas The Great Ideas, A Syntopicon, vol. 1 (Mortimer J. Adler, editor)

2 "'I' and 'that other' ARE one. Our sense and experience of separateness is of a secondary order, a mere effect of the way in which lightworld consciousness experiences objects within a conditioning frame of space and time. More deeply, more truly, we are of one life." Historical Atlas of World Mythology, vol. 1, The Way of the Animal Powers (Joseph Campbell)

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

4 "What are we without You!....You (are) the One, who is one thing and who is all!" Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855) Devotional Classics (Richard J. Foster and James Bryan Smith, editors)

5 "There is but one divine Will, one divine Life, and one divine Intelligence." Basic Theosophy (Geoffrey Hodson)

6 "Thou art I, I am Thou….Knowing, Knower, Known, as One!" Paramahansa Yogananda, 'Samadhi' Autobiography of a Yogi (Paramahansa Yogananda)

7 "Every existing creature manifests some aspect of the intelligence or power of the Eternal One." The Secret Teachings of All Ages (Manly P. Hall)

8 "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)

9 "In the structure of the world and in nature generally,…purpose and unconscious teleology can be recognized….The universe is a kind of organism." Dietrich vonEngelhardt, 'Natural Science in the Age of Romanticism' Modern Esoteric Spirituality (Antoine Faivre and Jacob Needleman, editors)

10 "Plotinus speaks of the One as 'that fountain always on'." Huston Smith Spiritual Genius, The Mastery of Life's Meaning (Winifred Gallagher)

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

12 "The true nature of happiness – the lasting inner oneness with all things." Oneness: Great Principles Shared By All Religions (Jeffrey Moses)

13 "Laws are only the unalterable conditions brought about by the activity, the orientation and the emanated decisive thoughts of the One in Whom we live and move and have our being, just as the activitis, the orientation and the thinking of a human being carry the cells and the atoms of his body along the line of his wishes." Discipleship in the New Age (Alice A. Bailey)

14 "The one Life takes on countless limitations, each right in its own place and time." The Ancient Wisdom (Annie Besant)

15 "There is one Divinity:…without parts, indivisible." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'Second Century on Theology' The Philokalia, volume 2 (various authors, compiled by St. Nikodimos of the Holy Mountain)

16 "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)

17 "You will continually find yourself with opportunities to acknowledge that all of us are one until you make it a part of your life creed and act according to its promptings." Invisible Acts of Power: Personal Choices That Create Miracles (Caroline Myss)

18 "Underneath our familial heritage, underneath our gender, underneath our race, underneath our sexual preferences, we are all the same. We all share the oneness, the allness that is God. Underneath our various veneers, we are one. When we are healed of our petty thoughts, prejudices, and attitudes, we can finally realize this wondrous Truth of our being." Joan Gattuso, 'Toward Living the Abundant Life' New Thoughts for a New Millennium (Michael A. Maday, editor)

19 "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)

20 “The One and Undivided is the very foundation of manifested existence.” Lectures on Ancient Philosophy (Manly P. Hall)

21 "All the sounds of nature blend themselves into one tone." The Astral Body (Arthur E. Powell)

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

23 "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)

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

25 "The beginning of our manifested universe did indeed come from One Source; in this, both physicist and metaphysicist agree." Soul Centered Astrology, A Key to Your Expanding Self (Alan Oken)

26 "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)

27 "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)

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

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

30 "There is thus an incessant multiplication of the inexhaustible One and unification of the indefinitely Many. Such are the beginnings and endings of worlds and of individual beings: expanded from a point without position or dimensions and a now without date or duration." Ananda K. Coomaraswamy Spectrum of Consciousness (Ken Wilber)

31 “Wisdom is the One who renews and makes perfect.” Pseudo-Dionysius, The Complete Works (John Farina, Editor-in-Chief)

32 "The One Existence has brought the phenomenal world into being." A Treatise on White Magic (Alice A. Bailey)

33 "At every level – from the atom and its parts through the myriad forms of life to the farthest stars and galaxies – all is permeated by one Life." Ancient Wisdom, Modern Insight (Shirley Nicholson)

34 "God is…a unity embracing a diversity of principles, each of which is an aspect of the Logos. Thus he who speaks about the truth…speaks always about the one." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'Second Century on Theology' The Philokalia, volume 2 (various authors, compiled by St. Nikodimos of the Holy Mountain)

35 "All these principles – unity, time, space, motion, polarity – are enfolded in the One." Ancient Wisdom, Modern Insight (Shirley Nicholson)

36 "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)

37 "Brahman is all, the One without a second." A Walk with Four Spiritual Guides: Krishna, Buddha, Jesus, and Ramakrishna (Andrew Harvey)

38 "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)

39 "All good exists as One." Robert Fludd, Western Esoteric Masters Series (William Huffman, editor)

40 "The All-That-Is-One is not now and never has been separate from this existing physical world. She is here, now, IS each of us in the eternal changing present; is no one but you, is nowhere but where you are – and yet is everyone." The Spiral Dance, A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Great Goddess (Starhawk (Miriam Simos))

41 "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)

42 "At the heart of everything is the supreme initiative of the One who acts, the One who is always there." Earthy Mysticism: Contemplation and the Life of Passionate Presence (William McNamara)

43 “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)

44 "There are millions among us who understand we are one. As we create deeper peace among any of us anywhere, the reality of peace becomes more probable everywhere. We can surround the world with a field of peace so powerful that hatred and fear will dissolve in its presence….knowing the truth of our spiritual oneness and embracing it within our hearts is the ultimate answer to all the problems of the world." Everyday Grace, Having Hope, Finding Forgiveness, and Making Miracles (Marianne Williamson)

45 "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)

46 "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)

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

48 "In the One Mind is the summation of the whole of consciousness, the ineffable at-one-ment of all the One Mind's microcosmic aspects." The Tibetan Book of the Great Liberation (W. Y. Evans-Wentz, compiler and editor)

49 "The One Reality creates the diversity of the natural world without compromising its own unity." The Alternative Gospel (John Baldock)

50 "You must understand the mystery of oneness whereby a thread of contact between each life and its Source serves to connect all who live to one great central switchboard." Saint Germain on Alchemy (Mark L. and Elizabeth Clare Prophet)

51 "A New Spirituality is emerging upon the earth, and the idea of Oneness is at its core." What God Wants (Neale Donald Walsch)

52 “All things are of one.” Senior, ‘De chemia’ Aurora Consurgens (Marie Louise vonFranz)

53 "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)

54 "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)

55 "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)

56 "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)

57 "The relationship between the One and the many, the macrocosm and the microcosm, becomes increasingly self-evident – another gift from the cosmos!" Soul Centered Astrology, A Key to Your Expanding Self (Alan Oken)

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

59 "The One appears to us in the wake of the Multiple, dominating the Multiple, since its essential and formal act is to unite." Science and Christ (Pierre Teilhard deChardin)

60 "The universal scheme is woven in one piece." Cosmic Consciousness (Richard M Bucke)

61 "The sages have affirmed in their wisdom that all creatures are to be brought to one substance." Gerhard Dorn, medieval Alchemist, 'Congeries Paracelsicae Chemicae' Quantum Questions, Mystical Writings of the World's Great Physicists (Ken Wilber, editor)

62 "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)

63 "Substance is one." Amos Bronson Alcott (1799-1888), American Transcendentalist lecturer and writer A Treasury of Philosophy, Vol. 1 (Dagobert D. Runes, editor)

64 "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.)

65 "God is Love. Love is One. One is All." Mysticism and Ecumenism (Robley Edward Whitson)

66 "All leads back to the idea of unity, and of the Oneness of all manifestation." A Treatise on White Magic (Alice A. Bailey)

67 "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)

68 "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)

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

70 "The person who sees in the One perceives through the One both himself and all men and all things." St. Symeon the New Theologian, 'Practical and Theological Texts' The Philokalia, volume 4 (various authors, compiled by St. Nikodimos and St. Makarios)

71 "All manifested divine Power, Life and Consciousness, and so all human Spirits, radiate from the One Source." Basic Theosophy (Geoffrey Hodson)

72 "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)

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

74 "One radiant energy pervades and gives rise to all life." The Findhorn Garden: Pioneering a New Vision of Man and Nature in Cooperation (The Findhorn Community)

75 "All great spiritual beings are just the pure emanation of that one soul we all share, the one we call the One." Turning Toward the Mystery: A Seeker's Journey (Stephen Levine)

76 "While the child Bacchus (the Logos) plays with his toys he is seized by the Titans and torn to pieces. Later these pieces are put together and built into a whole…..this, however clumsy it may seem to us, is an allegory which represents the descending of the One to become the many, and the re-union of the many in the One, through suffering and sacrifice." The Inner Life (Charles W. Leadbeater)

77 "That's why the world is called a UNIverse (Latin for 'one turn'). No other universes exist except within this One, which Plato refers to as the 'whole of wholes'." A Beginner's Guide to Constructing the Universe: The Mathematical Archetypes of Nature, Art & Science (Michael S. Schneider)

78 "Unity is, a unity that encompasses and binds together all existence. The universe is an expression of this oneness." The Hidden Face of God: How Science Reveals the Ultimate Truth (Gerald L. Schroeder, Ph.D.)

79 "God, the Isness, the Great Oneness of the Universe, is the collective presence of all things living, all evolving beings." Agartha: The Essential Guide to Personal Transformation in the New Era (Meredith L. Young)

80 "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)

81 "The atom is, in many ways, seen to behave as much like a wave as a particle. It can perhaps best be regarded as a poorly defined cloud, dependednt for its particular form on the whole environment, including the observing instrument…Both observer and observed are merging and interpenetrating aspects of one whole reality, which is indivisible." Fritjof Capra, 'The Tao of Physics' The Unfolding Self: Varieties of Transformative Experience (Ralph Metzner)

82 "Running through the field of time is this energy which is the one energy that is putting itself into all these forms." A Joseph Campbell Companion: Reflections on the Art of Living (Diane K. Osbon, editor)

83 "By tranquillity is meant Oneness and Oneness gives birth to the highest Samadhi [Enlightenment] which is gained by entering into the realm of Noble Wisdom that is realizable only within one's inmost consciousness." Lankavatara Sutra The Flame and the Light (Hugh I'anson Fausset)

84 "The One is all-pervading and without division." Call to the Heights, Guidance on the Pathway to Self-illumination (Geoffrey Hodson)

85 "Christianity, Hinduism, Kabbalah, alchemy…all admitted the existence of a unique 'ubiquitous agent', flowing through everything and from which everything issued. In other words, they already knew that matter was one and living." Francoise Bonardel, 'Alchemical Esotericism and the Hermeneutics of Culture' Modern Esoteric Spirituality (Antoine Faivre and Jacob Needleman, editors)

86 "I am One that transorms into Two…I am Two that transforms into Four…I am Four that transforms into Eight…After this I am One again." Egyptian (Hermopolitan) creation myth A Beginner's Guide to Constructing the Universe: The Mathematical Archetypes of Nature, Art & Science (Michael S. Schneider)

87 "We would shout it in words of fire that oneness is." The Findhorn Garden: Pioneering a New Vision of Man and Nature in Cooperation (The Findhorn Community)

88 "There is an indissoluble strength in the connection of things….by virtue of the one cause containing and assembling them into one." Thomas Aquinas, DDN Sheer Joy, Conversations with Thomas Aquinas on Creation Spirituality (Matthew Fox)

89 "The many are One." Freemasonry and Its Ancient Mystic Rites (C. W. Leadbeater)

90 "God is 'the One without a second' (Brihadaranyaka Upanishad 4.5.15)." Heaven, The Heart's Deepest Longing (Peter Kreeft)

91 "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)

92 "After all, consciousness is one." The Science of the Spoken Word (Mark L. and Elizabeth Clare Prophet)

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

94 "The spiritual world is one single spirit who stands like unto a light behind the bodily world and who, when any single creature comes into being, shines thorugh it as through a window." Aziz Nasafi, 13th century Islamic Persian mystic, quoted by Erwin Schroedinger in 'The Oneness of Mind' Quantum Questions, Mystical Writings of the World's Great Physicists (Ken Wilber, editor)

95 "It would not be possible for perfect order to exist in all the parts of the world unless they were united by one single divine and continuous spirit." Robert Fludd, Western Esoteric Masters Series (William Huffman, editor)

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

97 "One nourishes many sides, thus All is One." The Zohar, Isaac Myer's translation The Ancient Wisdom (Annie Besant)

98 "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)

99 "The universe and we are one. There is but one life." Wind of the Spirit (G. dePurucker)

100 “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)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite