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1 "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.)

2 "The world is of one piece, the same spirit which is in the saddle in the globe is also in the atom." The Glorious Presence (Ernest E. Wood)

3 "He is one, the lord and innermost Self of all; of one form, he makes of himself many forms." Katha Upanishad Seven Paths to God, The Ways of the Mystic (Joan Borysenko, Ph.D.)

4 "Every man whose heart is no longer shaken by any doubt, knows with certainty that there is no being save only One." Muhammed Shabistari (written 1317) Wisdom for Life (Lynette Evans, editor)

5 "The impact of one encounter has the power to bring us to holy relationship with everyone in the world, because Life is One and Love, indivisible." A Course in Miracles - A Gift For All Mankind (Tara Singh)

6 "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)

7 "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)

8 "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)

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

10 "The Kosmos is ever one, and is a living and ever-living being." Hermetica (Walter Scott, translator)

11 "Although the Supersoul appears to be divided, He is never divided. He is situated as one." Bhagavad Gita, ch. 13, v. 17 Bhagavad-Gita As It Is (A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada)

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

13 "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)

14 "There is One Reality, the Unmanifested-Manifested. Ever-existent, He is Naam (Conscious Spirit), the Creator, pervading all." Guru Nanak (1469-1539), Indian disciple of Kabir, 'Psalms and Devotions' The Quotable Spirit (Peter Lorie and Manuela D Mascetti, editors)

15 "The oneness of the tiniest unit with the one great informing Life shows the integral beauty of the scheme. The life of the greatest cosmic Lord of Love pulsates in infinitesimal degree in the heart of His tiniest reflection, and for this reason the atom man can likewise say, 'I too am God; His Life is mine." A Treatise on Cosmic Fire (Alice A. Bailey)

16 "The wise is one only." Heraclitus The Way of The Earth, Encounters with Nature in Ancient and Contemporary Thought (T. C. McLuhan)

17 "All comes from God, all returns to God; all becomes one, one becomes all. God, or the world, is one: the divine idea is diffused throughout every quarter of the universe." The Great Secret (Maurice Maeterlinck)

18 "Question the beauty of the earth, question the beauty of the sea, question the beauty of the air diffusing itself, question the beauty of the sky….question all these realities. All respond: 'See, we are beautiful.' Their beauty is a profession. These beauties are subject to change. Who made them if not the Beautiful One who is not subject to change? St. Augustine, Sermo 241, 2 Catechism of the Catholic Church (Various)

19 "We are all One, in God." The Center of the Cyclone: An Autobiography of Inner Space (John C. Lilly, M.D.)

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

21 "All is One." The Alternative Gospel (John Baldock)

22 "The Tantric-Hindu theory of the creation of the world holds that Nature as a whole is the Dream of the One Mind." Seeing With the Mind's Eye (Mike Samuels, M.D. and Nancy Samuels)

23 "The central teaching of Unity (School of Christianity) is this: There is only one Presence and one Power in the universe – God, the Good and Omnipotent." James Dillet Freeman, 'Imagination: The Wondrous Power of Conception' New Thoughts for a New Millennium (Michael A. Maday, editor)

24 "Deity is one and all are manifestations of the One." The Mystery Religions and Christianity (Samuel Angus)

25 "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)

26 "All principles and their progeny are finally centered and rooted by their summits in the first great all-comprehending one. Thus all beings proceed from, and are comprehended in the first being; all intellects emanate from one first intellect; all souls from one first soul; all natures blossom from one first nature;…all these great monads are comprehended in the first one, from which both they and all their depending series are unfolded into light. Hence, this first one is truly the unity of unities, the monad of monads, the principle of principles, the God of Gods, one and all things, and yet one prior to all." Lectures on Ancient Philosophy (Manly P. Hall)

27 "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)

28 "Psychoanalysts have noted that the joining of the square with the circle (in such forms as the star, the rose, the lotus, concentric circles, the circle with a visible central point, etc.) is symbolic of the final stage in the process of individuation, or, in other words, of that phase of spiritual development when imperfections (irregular shapes) have been eliminated…for the sake of concentrating upon the achievement of Oneness." A Dictionary of Symbols (J. E. Cirlot)

29 "The divine Life is the spirit in everything that exists, from the atom to the archangel; the grain of dust could not be were God absent from it; the loftiest seraph is but a spark from the eternal Fire which is God. Sharers in one Life, all form one Brotherhood." The Riddle of Life (Annie Besant)

30 "What is it which determines the conformation of basic substance into the multiplex variety of Forms which we see about us? It is the One Universal Spirit." Rosicrucian Cosmo-Conception, or Christian Occult Science (Max Heindel)

31 "The Tree of Life is a universal symbol. To some extent it arises from the natural affection people feel for trees, but there is also something else at play. The tree is the most visible and obvious image for the essential unity of all that is. It has a single trunk yet ramifies outward in countless branches and twigs and leaves; it is the living representation of the world, which for all its multiplicity has its one life in God." Inner Christianity, A Guide to the Esoteric Tradition (Richard Smoley)

32 "Oneness is the major characteristic of the Universal Mind." The Rays and The Initiations (Alice A. Bailey)

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

34 "A genuine, unconditional, and universal love stems from the personal experience of being at one with the rest of humanity and the rest of creation. It is this experience that is needed before the vision of an ideal society can be fulfilled." The Global Brain, Speculations on the Evolutionary Leap to Planetary Consciousness (Peter Russell)

35 "The inward Self of all things, the One Controller, Who makes his one form manifold: the wise who perceive Him as standing within themselves, they and no others, know eternal bliss." The Flight of the Wild Gander (Joseph Campbell)

36 "The One Light illumines all creation." The Seven Human Powers: Luminous Shadows of the Self (Shirley J. Nicholson)

37 "Let the oneness grow in your awareness." The Findhorn Garden: Pioneering a New Vision of Man and Nature in Cooperation (The Findhorn Community)

38 "The Big Idea is that We Are All One." Tomorrow's God, Our Greatest Spiritual Challenge (Neale Donald Walsch)

39 "That which in modern phraseology is referred to as Spirit and Matter, is ONE in eternity as the perpetual cause, and it is…all that is, was, or will be, all that the imagination of man is capable of conceiving." The Secret Doctrine (Helena P. Blavatsky)

40 "The tenets of most faiths support the statement 'I AM my brother's keeper'; and this is as it should be, seeing that in reality, all life is one." The Science of the Spoken Word (Mark L. and Elizabeth Clare Prophet)

41 "The Eternal and Supreme Being, the One Alone, is the upholder of the whole universe." Max Muller, 'The Origin of Religion' The Great Secret (Maurice Maeterlinck)

42 "Deity is the One Universal SELF." Editors Reincarnation: The Phoenix Fire Mystery (Cranston/Head, editors)

43 "All things that are ever said to be consist of a one and a many." Plato, 'Philebus' Homage to Pythagoras, Rediscovering Sacred Science (Christopher Bamford, editor)

44 "The [Buddhist] Doctrine of Mutual Arising..implies that no one – nobody and no thing – is to blame for anything that ever occurs, because all is mutually arising….You and your enemies; you and your friends: all parts of the one thing, one wreath: 'thing and thing: no division.' This, surely, is sublime." Myths To Live By (Joseph Campbell)

45 "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.)

46 "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)

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

48 "The Brihadaranyaka Upanishad, the Kalika Purana, the Eddas, the Babylonian 'Epic of Creation', Ovid, the Memphite theogony, Vedantic philosophy, Kant, Goethe, through varieties of metaphor, have stated and stated again a single thought – and what would appear to be an easy thought to state, namely: the One, by some sleight of hand or trick of the eye, has become the Manifold." The Flight of the Wild Gander (Joseph Campbell)

49 "All that exists throughout the cosmos is but the temporary, ephemeral effect of the One Life refracted through the screen of objectivity." Ancient Wisdom, Modern Insight (Shirley Nicholson)

50 "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)

51 "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)

52 "Love, Wisdom and Power are in reality the One indivisible/undivided Whole which can never be divided or divisive – their atoms chanting as they chart the spheres: 'We are One, We are One, We Are One….'" Saint Germain on Alchemy (Mark L. and Elizabeth Clare Prophet)

53 "A Sumerian prayer declared: 'Hear O ye regions….magnify the Creatress, exalt the dignified, exalt the Glorious One, draw nigh unto the Mighty Lady.'" The Woman's Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets (Barbara G. Walker)

54 "There is One thing, that never dies, for it continues by perpetual increase." Aurora Consurgens (Marie Louise vonFranz)

55 "I believe like every Hindu in God and His oneness." Mahatma Gandhi, Autobiography of a Yogi (Paramahansa Yogananda)

56 "All experience is one – life as well as death." Dancing in the Flames, The Dark Goddess in the Transformation of Consciousness (Marion Woodman and Elinor Dickson)

57 "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)

58 "God is in an absolute sense one." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'First Century on Theology' The Philokalia, volume 2 (various authors, compiled by St. Nikodimos of the Holy Mountain)

59 "There is no other except the Lord, neither in heaven, nor in earth, nor in the very lowest places." Secrets of Enoch, ch. XLVII, v. 4b The Lost Books of The Bible and The Forgotten Books of Eden (various)

60 "According to the Zohar, the Kabbalistic Book of Splendor, when you hold on to the Divine Energy and push through the narrow feeling of otherness to the side of oneness, the glory of God is raised up in all realms of existence." Miraculous Living (Rabbi Shoni Labowitz)

61 "Anyone who is intent upon knowing the One Reality finds the One Reality everywhere." The Glorious Presence (Ernest E. Wood)

62 "The forces of the universe are ever in perfect harmony with the one great Immutable Law." Isis Unveiled (Helena P. Blavatsky)

63 "The whole Cosmos must necessarily exist in the One Source of energy from which this light emanates." The Secret Doctrine (Helena P. Blavatsky)

64 "'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)

65 "All men of wisdom have one religion; they all have one caste; they all behold the face of the One!" Dadu, 16th century Indian saint-poet One River, Many Wells: Wisdom Springing from World Faiths (Matthew Fox)

66 "It is now, all at once, one, continuous….Nor is it divisible more here and less there….but it is full of what is." Heraclitus, Fragment 8 Homage to Pythagoras, Rediscovering Sacred Science (Christopher Bamford, editor)

67 "Here is how Rumi describes the Divine and its works: 'That is the Ocean of Oneness, wherein is no mate or consort. Its pearls and its fish are none other than its waves….Spirit is truly and always one; but its manifestations on different planes of creation are different. Just as ice, water, and vapor are not three things but only three forms of the same thing, similarly Spirit is one, but its forms are many.'" The Cosmic Game, Explorations of the Frontiers of Human Consciousness (Stanislav Grof)

68 "There is but One God." Ravidas, poet and cobbler, 'World of Illusion' The Religion Book, The Encyclopedia of Places, Prophets, Saints, and Seers (Jim Willis)

69 "Only one in all the infinite universe! The All-loving, the Perfect One!" C. M. C., anonymous author Cosmic Consciousness (Richard M Bucke)

70 "The chaos, the wars and the threat of wars, the ruin and the disease in the world are, I suggest, the direct result of humanity's denial in motive and conduct of the truth that Life is One." Basic Theosophy (Geoffrey Hodson)

71 "We cannot get away from one ultimate enveloping cause, present in all causes and constituting their essential nature." The Glorious Presence (Ernest E. Wood)

72 "The One is the perfect chord of Being, of infinite melodious concords, all turned to a single note, in which Life and Wisdom and Bliss are blended into one keynote of Existence." The Ancient Wisdom (Annie Besant)

73 "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)

74 "This oneness IS and always has been." The Manifold and The One (Agnes Arber)

75 "We are all one in love." Revelations of Divine Love (Juliana of Norwich)

76 "One God! One Majesty! There is no God but Thee! Unbounded, an extended Unity!" F. Faber, 'The Unity of God' (19th century) The Book of Catholic Quotations (John Chapin, Editor)

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

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

79 "As a homogeneous whole, the Universe symbolizes the undivided One Mind." The Tibetan Book of the Great Liberation (W. Y. Evans-Wentz, compiler and editor)

80 "The one divine Principle, the nameless That of the Vedas, is the universal Total." The Secret Doctrine (Helena P. Blavatsky)

81 "All people worship God, the One;…This universal God is wisdom, will and love." ch. 28, vs. 13-14 Aquarian Gospel of Jesus the Christ (Leo W. Dowling)

82 "An Orphic teaching runs, 'One is the Self Begotten, and all things were derived from this same one.' The Egyptians called God 'Ua Neter', the One God." C. R. F. Seymour, contemporary esotericist Angels and Mortals, Their Co-Creative Power (Maria Parisen, compiler)

83 "In Hermetic philosophy the arcane substance has a 'thousand names', but essentially it consists of the One and Only (i.e., God)." Collected Works (Carl Jung)

84 "Know each thing separately, yet all things as one." W. Y. Evans-Wentz, introduction Tibetan Book of the Dead (W Y Evans-Wentz, translator)

85 "The One bears all things." 'Akathist to the Mother of God', 6th century Byzantine hymn, edited by Patriarch Sergius, 7th century At the Lighting of the Lamps, Hymns of the Ancient Church (John A. McGucklin, compiler)

86 "The decade (10 Sephiroth) of existence out of nothing has its end linked to its beginning and its beginning linked to its end, just as the flame is wedded to the live coal; because the Lord is one and there is not a second one." The Sepher Yetzirah, the Book of Creation, L. H. Frank 1877, p. 16 Covenant of the Heart, Meditations of a Christian Hermeticist on the Mysteries of Tradition (Valentin Tomberg)

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

88 "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)

89 "Brahman is one and is everything, above everything, outside everything, beyond everything and yet in everything….Brahman is the real self of all beings." The Unity of Reality (Michael vonBruck)

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

91 "All we do in the way of selfless compassion and service will bring as its logical consequence enhanced experience of the basic Oneness through enhanced awareness….Here is at work the paradoxical but crucial truth inculcated by all spiritual masters, that he who gives up his life for the sake of higher things will find it, and find it a hundredfold." Theosophy, A Modern Expression of the Wisdom of the Ages (Robert Ellwood)

92 "It is clear that the Universe is nudging us to seek more meaningful relationships based on the principle of oneness – one human family." Agartha: The Essential Guide to Personal Transformation in the New Era (Meredith L. Young)

93 "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)

94 “Pelagios asks: ‘Why speak ye of the manifold matter? The substance of natural things is one.’” Collected Works (Carl Jung)

95 "You cannot conceive the many without the one." Plato (ca. 428-348 bce), 'Dialogues, Parmenides', 129 Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 16th edition (John Bartlett)

96 "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)

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

98 "There is only the One Divinity and ALL else is an expression of Its Life, Love, Intelligence, and Body." Soul Centered Astrology, A Key to Your Expanding Self (Alan Oken)

99 "The totality of all things goes through one opening; the roots of all affairs come from one gate." Huainanzi Miraculous Living (Rabbi Shoni Labowitz)

100 "It's One! The ground I was standing on, the leaf I was touching, the cloud in the sky, God that I was breathing, my own very self – were utterly, completely, ungraspably one!" Christian Meditation: Experiencing the Presence of God (James Finley)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite