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1 "God, the Master and Maker and Encompasser of all, is both One and all things;…for the whole which is made up of all things is one." Hermetica (Walter Scott, translator)

2 "God is One and All." The Child Within Us Lives!, A Synthesis of Science, Religion and Metaphysics (William Samuel)

3 "Humans are a true mirror-image of God. They project the manifold, but remain one and also know it, or at least can come to know it, because their true nature as pure consciousness is the integrating power of the One." The Unity of Reality (Michael vonBruck)

4 "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)

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

6 "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)

7 "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)

8 "In diverse forms a common soul we see." G. Matheson Basic Theosophy (Geoffrey Hodson)

9 "Just as the figments of a dream derive from the life energy of one dreamer, representing only fluid splittings and complications of that single force, so do all the forms of all the worlds, whether terrestrial or divine, reflect the universal force of a single inscrutable mystery: the power that constructs the atom and controls the orbits of the stars." Hero With A Thousand Faces (Joseph Campbell)

10 "Each and every one believes it is their personal local 'I' that is doing something, but in the larger scheme, all these different local minds are actualy co-arising and co-creating each other, through the intent of the nonlocal mind. The trees must breathe so I can breathe. The rivers must flow so that my blood can circulate. In the end, there's only one exuberant, abundant, eternal, rhythmic, inseparable 'I'." Spontaneous Fulfillment of Desire (Deepak Chopra)

11 "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)

12 "Beloved ones, you are the Children of the Sun, you are the Children of the One." The Science of the Spoken Word (Mark L. and Elizabeth Clare Prophet)

13 "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)

14 "As we know from the workings of our own minds,…all beings yearn for unity; they long to return to the One…this is not an ascent to an external reality but an interior descent into the depths of the mind." A History of God, The 4,000 Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity and Islam (Karen Armstrong)

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

16 "Prophetic words are many in and of themselves, but they are one in their origin." Thomas Aquinas, In Jer 1, p. 579 Sheer Joy, Conversations with Thomas Aquinas on Creation Spirituality (Matthew Fox)

17 "The mystical sense is essentially a feeling for, a presentiment of, the total and final unity of the world, beyond its present sensiby apprehended multiplicity: it is a cosmic sense of 'oneness'." Toward the Future (Pierre Teilhard deChardin)

18 "Interconnectedness permeates all things visible and invisible, and binds the Many inseparably to the One." The Alternative Gospel (John Baldock)

19 "The One Mind being the Cause of All Causes, the Ultimate Reality, every other aspect of the Whole, visible and invisible, and all states or conditions of consciousness, are inseparably parts of the One Mind." The Tibetan Book of the Great Liberation (W. Y. Evans-Wentz, compiler and editor)

20 "O the one life within us and abroad, which meets all motion and becomes its soul, a light in sound, a sound-like power in light, rhythm in all thought, and joyance everywhere." Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834), 'The Eolian Harp' Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 16th edition (John Bartlett)

21 "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)

22 "All are fulfilled in the One who is." The Second Discourse of Great Seth The Gnostic Gospels of Jesus (Marvin Meyer)

23 "That there is a God and that God is one is the universal principle." The Spiritual Life/The Word of God (Emanuel Swedenborg)

24 "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.)

25 "Aligned with the One are those whose lives radiate from a core of love; they shall see love everywhere." Neil Douglas-Klotz, 'Prayers of the Cosmos' Son of Man, The Mystical Path to Christ (Andrew Harvey)

26 "Humans may have nervous systems that are automatically structured to produce instant insights that facilitate love and oneness." Handbook to Higher Consciousness (Ken Keyes, Jr.)

27 "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)

28 "Krishna…laid down in the 'Gita' the simple rules whereby depression and doubt can be overcome. They may be briefly summarised as follows: a. Know thyself to be the undying One. b. Control thy mind, for through that mind the undying One can be known. c. Learn that the form is but the veil which hides the splendour of Divinity. d. Realize that the One Life pervades all forms so that there is no death, no distress, no separation." A Treatise on White Magic (Alice A. Bailey)

29 "As you work or play or walk down the street, essentially you are the Atman – God, Brahman, the Essence of the Universe – replete with being-knowledge-joy, birthless and deathless, unconditioned by space, time, or motion. You are a role the universe is playing, and you are also the One who is playing this and all other roles. You are one and the One." Finding Deep Joy (Robert Ellwood)

30 "There is but one Magnet in the universe, and from it proceeds the magnetization of everything existing." Isis Unveiled (Helena P. Blavatsky)

31 "The Vedanta Philosophy has as its basis the belief that the universe of our experience is only one reality and it can be known." The Glorious Presence (Ernest E. Wood)

32 "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)

33 "The name 'One' means that God is uniquely all things through the transcendence of one unity and that He is the cause of all without ever departing from that oneness. Nothing in the world lacks its share of the One…that One which in its utterly comprehensive unity uniquely contains all and everything beforehand, even opposites." Pseudo-Dionysius, The Complete Works (John Farina, Editor-in-Chief)

34 "The universe is a dance of energy, a uni-verse, a single song of ever-changing rhythms and harmonies." The Spiral Dance, A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Great Goddess (Starhawk (Miriam Simos))

35 "'Only One Cosmos' – this slogan, indeed, is a guide for truly human behavior." Dialogue on Life, Buddhist Perspectives on Life and the Universe (Daisaku Ikeda)

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

37 "The Deity is one." St. John of Damascus, 'Exposition of the Orthodox Faith', (8th century) The Book of Catholic Quotations (John Chapin, Editor)

38 "The Good that is beyond being…is one." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'First Century of Various Texts' The Philokalia, volume 2 (various authors, compiled by St. Nikodimos of the Holy Mountain)

39 "From the lowliest insect to the most perfect sage, there breathes the same Universal Spirit, which assumes innumerable forms." B. K. S. Iyengar, 'Light on Yoga' One River, Many Wells: Wisdom Springing from World Faiths (Matthew Fox)

40 "The nature of the One must be grasped and comprehended." The Rays and The Initiations (Alice A. Bailey)

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

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

43 "There is but the One Mind (or Consciousness)." The Tibetan Book of the Great Liberation (W. Y. Evans-Wentz, compiler and editor)

44 "Survival in our world today means that we must have instant perception of oneness – of love – of compassion with everyone and understanding of everything around us." Handbook to Higher Consciousness (Ken Keyes, Jr.)

45 "We all move as one, and let us priase life that it is so." To Hear the Angels Sing (Dorothy Maclean)

46 "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.)

47 "We must understand that we are all truly part of one whole, that all of creation is, at the deepest level, one consciousness, one intelligence." The Path of Transformation, How Healing Ourselves Can Change The World (Shakti Gawain)

48 "Oneness exists and rules completely and without escape." Call to the Heights, Guidance on the Pathway to Self-illumination (Geoffrey Hodson)

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

50 "The movements are diverse and many, and the bodies differ one from another, but there is one ordered system which extends through all." Libellus XI:9 Hermetica (Walter Scott, translator)

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

52 "There is one Rudra only, they do not allow a second, who rules all the worlds by his powers. Behind all creatures he stands, the Protector; having created them, he gathers all beings together at the end of time." Shvetashvatara Upanishad Collected Works (Carl Jung)

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

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

55 "There flows onward, with the rushing music of mighty waves, an eternal stream of life, and power, and action, which issues from the original source of all life – from Thy life, O Infinite One!" Johann G. Fichte (1762-1814) Daily Strength for Daily Needs (Mary Wilder Tileston, Compiler)

56 "There is but one reality, like a brimming ocean, boundless as the sky, indivisible, absolute." The World's Religions (Huston Smith)

57 "The combined resources of all of humanity – which would be made available to all of humanity if humanity saw itself as One – are more than sufficient to end human lack and suffering." What God Wants (Neale Donald Walsch)

58 "I say to you, there is not God AND man. But there is God-Man or Man-God. There is the One. However multiplied, however divided, it is forever One." Mikhail Naimy (1889-1988), mystic and author, 'The Book of Mirdad – A Lighthouse and a Haven' The Quotable Spirit (Peter Lorie and Manuela D Mascetti, editors)

59 "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)

60 "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)

61 "There is no one else in the room. There is only one of us." Communion with God (Neale Donald Walsch)

62 "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)

63 "The stuff of the universe, woven in a single piece according to one and the same system, but never repeating itself from one point to another, represents a single figure. Structurally, it forms a Whole." The Phenomenon of Man (Pierre Teilhard deChardin)

64 "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)

65 "The deepest we can reach into our exploration of the unconscious mind is the layer where man is no longer a distinct individual, but where his mind widens out and merges into the mind of mankind – where we are all one." C. G. Jung, 'The Symbolic Life' Calling the Circle: The First and Future Culture (Christina Baldwin)

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

67 "The closer one gets to realisation, the clearer becomes the concept that the point at the centre and the periphery are one." Discipleship in the New Age (Alice A. Bailey)

68 "In the realm of the Clear Light (described in the Tibetan Book of the Dead), the mentality of a person in the ego-transcendent state enjoys a condition of balance, of perfect equilibrium, and of oneness." Psychedelic Experience, A Manual Based on the Tibetan Book of the Dead (Timothy Leary, Ralph Metzner, Richard Alpert)

69 "The One Life has been described as a conscious, hypersensitive, electric, creative energy. All effects, pleasurable or painful, produced upon one living creature are communicated by this electric, telegraphic Life-force, elan vital, throughout the whole of manifested life." Basic Theosophy (Geoffrey Hodson)

70 "An ultimate existence pervades all the boundaries of the universe, and all people and all things are of one essence." Oneness: Great Principles Shared By All Religions (Jeffrey Moses)

71 "This One is…not merely the Reality of all that is, but also a living and personal Object of Love." Mysticism (Evelyn Underhill)

72 "Only One-mindedness can be without confusion." A Course in Miracles (Helen Schucman and William Thetford)

73 “Let us contemplate the one simple nature of that peaceful unity which joins all things to itself and to each other, preserving them in their distinctiveness and yet linking them together in a universal and unconfused alliance.” Pseudo-Dionysius, The Complete Works (John Farina, Editor-in-Chief)

74 "Now, as you are, you are what you seek. You are of the One. Now!" Reflections of an Elder Brother: Awakening from the Dream (Mary-Margaret Moore)

75 "The one Universal Law guides unerringly." H. P. Blavatsky, 'TheTheosophical Glossary' Basic Theosophy (Geoffrey Hodson)

76 "Changes are not random or purposeless, for they are all under the One Law which runs through all that is." Theosophy, A Modern Expression of the Wisdom of the Ages (Robert Ellwood)

77 "God is giving herself, wholly and completely, in and as the incomprehensible stature of a single breath." Christian Meditation: Experiencing the Presence of God (James Finley)

78 "The highest and real truth of existence is the one Spirit, and it is the power of being of this Spirit which manifests itself in all that we experience as universe. This universal Nature is not a lifeless, inert or unconscious mechanism, but informed in all its movements by the universal Spirit." A Greater Psychology, An Introduction to Sri Aurobindo's Psychological Thought (Sri Aurobindo, edited by A. S. Dalal)

79 "There is ultimately one single physical reality developing in the cosmos, one single monad." Science and Christ (Pierre Teilhard deChardin)

80 "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)

81 "'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)

82 "The flowers emitted a joyous glow of the One White Light, within which were all the colors of all the rainbows, in all the universes of the One." Stanley Byron Roberts, 'Our Father' Tarot Revelations (Joseph Campbell & Richard Roberts)

83 "The living heart of all religion is experienced oneness with the Divine and its expression by means of wisely directed, loving service." Call to the Heights, Guidance on the Pathway to Self-illumination (Geoffrey Hodson)

84 "Consciousness is the ground of being; it is the one and only, the absolute." Amit Goswami The Seven Human Powers: Luminous Shadows of the Self (Shirley J. Nicholson)

85 "O hidden life vibrant in every atom; O hidden light shining in every creature; O hidden love embracing all in oneness; May each who feels himself as one with thee, know he is therefore one with every other." Annie Besant Gnosticism: New Light on the Ancient Tradition of Inner Knowing (Stephan A. Hoeller)

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

87 "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)

88 "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)

89 "As a spider throws out and retracts its web, as herbs spring up in the ground….so is the Universe derived from the undecaying One." Mandukya Upanishad The Secret Doctrine (Helena P. Blavatsky)

90 "The only One breathed breathless by itself. Other than It there nothing since has been." The Hymn of Prajapati in the Rig Vega Reincarnation: The Phoenix Fire Mystery (Cranston/Head, editors)

91 "According to Plotinus the supreme source of the world is the One." Willis Barnstone The Other Bible (Willis Barnstone, editor)

92 "My love has united me to One, and to One Alone." Romancing God: Contemplating the Beloved (Ramon Lull)

93 "Each of us is the light of the world, and by joining our minds in this light we proclaim the Kingdom of God together and as one." A Course in Miracles (Helen Schucman and William Thetford)

94 "If all of us saw ourselves as One, it would create a new ethic for our species and a new way of life on our planet." What God Wants (Neale Donald Walsch)

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

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

97 "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)

98 "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)

99 "Him on whom the sky, the earth, and the atmosphere are woven, and the mind, together with all the life-breaths, Him alone know as the one Soul. Other words dismiss. He is the bridge to immortality." Mundaka Upanishad, 2. 2. 5 Hero With A Thousand Faces (Joseph Campbell)

100 "All are one. Minerals, plants, animals, men, supermen, angels, archangels, worlds, suns, stars and galaxies – all are one, inseparably united……This is the sublime truth, the Master fact – all are one." Basic Theosophy (Geoffrey Hodson)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite