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1 "We were created as one and we remain as one. The Golden Rule is so fundamental because what we do to others, we literally are doing to ourselves." Everyday Grace, Having Hope, Finding Forgiveness, and Making Miracles (Marianne Williamson)

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

3 "Blessed are the consistent in heart; they shall contemplate the One." Neil Douglas-Klotz, 'Prayers of the Cosmos' Son of Man, The Mystical Path to Christ (Andrew Harvey)

4 "When the intellect is rich in the knowledge of the One, the senses will be completely under control." St. Thalassios the Libyan, 'Second Century' The Philokalia, volume 2 (various authors, compiled by St. Nikodimos of the Holy Mountain)

5 "You and the other are ONE. And the experience of the separateness is simply a function of the way we experience in the field of time and space." Joseph Campbell The Hero's Journey (Phil Cousineau, editor)

6 "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)

7 "God cannot be separated from God and so is separate from nothing at all. God can differentiate Itself in countless ways, which It does as a means of Self-Expression, through which It becomes Self-Conscious. Yet differentiation is not division. Separation does not exist." What God Wants (Neale Donald Walsch)

8 "It is as if the universe is one single organism, motivated by a single power, developing in many ways to gradually become aware of itself through the awareness of the creatures and forces it produces." A Beginner's Guide to Constructing the Universe: The Mathematical Archetypes of Nature, Art & Science (Michael S. Schneider)

9 "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)

10 "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)

11 "Those who are asleep live each in a private world; those who are awake live in the one Great World." Herakleitos, ancient Greek sage The Unfolding Self: Varieties of Transformative Experience (Ralph Metzner)

12 "The One is a sovereign that has nothing over it. It is God and parent, father of all….the One is the invisible spirit." The Secret Book of John The Gnostic Gospels of Jesus (Marvin Meyer)

13 "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)

14 "In its highest unity, all that moves us in feeling is one….our being and living is a being and living in and through God." Friedrich Schleiermacher (1768-1834), German theologian The Lion Christian Quotation Collection (Hannah Ward & Jennifer Wild, compilers)

15 "We are all part of one life, no higher or lower. Praise God forever in the vastness of all life." To Hear the Angels Sing (Dorothy Maclean)

16 “The supra-divine transcendentally one God dwells indivisibly in every individual.” Pseudo-Dionysius, The Complete Works (John Farina, Editor-in-Chief)

17 "God is breath. All that breathes resides in the Only Being." New Testament, John 4:24, Aramaic translation One River, Many Wells: Wisdom Springing from World Faiths (Matthew Fox)

18 "All matter, originating as it does from its One Source, is essentially divine." Soul Centered Astrology, A Key to Your Expanding Self (Alan Oken)

19 "The universe and the expressions of all natures within same are the manifestations of that one force, one power, one spirit, one energy known as Universal Force, Creative Energy, or God." Edgar Cayce Symbols, Guiding Lights Along the Journey of Life (Kathleen R. Prata)

20 "Fundamentally all is one, all beings are one." Wind of the Spirit (G. dePurucker)

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

22 "The One to be praised, the Father-Mother, the One rich in mercy, takes form in its seed." The Secret Book of John (1st century Gnostic text) The Other Bible (Willis Barnstone, editor)

23 "Despite ordinary appearances, our inner life and the outer life of the world are deeply interrelated….in some sense, All is One." Saints and Madmen: Psychiatry Opens its Doors to Religion (Russell Shorto)

24 "In reality, there is Mind-only, all inclusive, non-dual, the timeless ground of all temporal phenomena, fusion without confusion, a Reality without duality but not without relations." Spectrum of Consciousness (Ken Wilber)

25 "We are a means of expression for the eternal and infinite I AM, the Spirit; the dynamic flow of energy, the all-encompassing motivating force that Is the One Reality." The Alternative Gospel (John Baldock)

26 "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.)

27 "The ever-living life in all lives appears to be many but is really one." The Masks of God (Joseph Campbell)

28 "A genuine love for the rest of creation comes from the personal experience of oneness with the rest of creation, the awareness that, at the deepest level, the Self and the world are one." The Global Brain, Speculations on the Evolutionary Leap to Planetary Consciousness (Peter Russell)

29 "Consciousness is One." The Visionary Window: A Quantum Physicist's Guide to Enlightenment (Amit Goswami, Ph.D.)

30 "In last analysis, somehow or other, there must be a single energy operating in the world." The Phenomenon of Man (Pierre Teilhard deChardin)

31 "Eternally, all creatures are God in God….So far as they are in God, they are the same life, the same essence, the same power, the same One, and nothing less." Suso The Perennial Philosophy (Aldous Huxley)

32 "Would it be too bold to imagine, that in the great length of time, since the earth began to exist, perhaps millions of ages before the commencement of the history of mankind, would it be too bold to imagine, that all warm-blooded animals have arisen from one living filament which the Great First Cause endued with animality….and thus possessing the faculty of continuing to improve by its own inherent activity, and of delivering down those improvements by generation to its posterity, world without end? Erasmus Darwin (1731-1802), grandfather of Charles Darwin, 'Zoonomia' Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 16th edition (John Bartlett)

33 "The pure soul is like a lens from which all irrelevancies and excrescences, all the beams and motes of egotism and prejudice have been removed; so that it may reflect a clear image of the one Transcendent." Evelyn Underhill, 'Practical Mysticism' Divine Light and Love (Peter Roche deCoppens)

34 "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)

35 "He who is in the fire, He who is here in the heart, and He who is yonder in the sun: He is one." Maitri Upanishad, 7.7 The Flight of the Wild Gander (Joseph Campbell)

36 "We are not simply physical forms, lost in and limited by the material world, but are in essence unlimited, eternal spiritual beings, a part of the oneness of all life." The Path of Transformation, How Healing Ourselves Can Change The World (Shakti Gawain)

37 "The Divine One is the 'One who is with us', Emmanuel, 'God with us.'" The Coming of the Cosmic Christ (Matthew Fox)

38 "I am perceiving everyone, including myself, as an awakening being who is here to claim his or her birthright to the higher consciousness..of unconditional love and oneness." Handbook to Higher Consciousness (Ken Keyes, Jr.)

39 "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)

40 "The great wheels turn in cyclic motion, bearing all things toward one consummation." Regents of the Seven Spheres (H. K. Challoner)

41 "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)

42 "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)

43 "Let us suggest a way to move through your day. Against all that your separated senses tell you, try to see through the unity of the inner eye. It sees the One – the Light – the Wholeness. So, as you walk, as you move, remember you can see with this inner eye. You do it by reminding yourself that one thing is not more important than another. You look at everything with the intention of seeing the One in all things. You carry with you the intention to see the Wholeness of Consciousness." Reflections of an Elder Brother: Awakening from the Dream (Mary-Margaret Moore)

44 "All the individual forms that make their appearances belong to one single whole." The Essential Steiner (Rudolf Steiner, edited by Robert A. McDermott)

45 "Life is one; happy they who see its presence, and make themselves the channels of its living force." The Ancient Wisdom (Annie Besant)

46 "The perennial philosophy repeatedly declares that the realization of our essential oneness is not reserved for a select few. Because the Self is common to everyone, we all have the potential to be aware of our real inner natures." The Global Brain, Speculations on the Evolutionary Leap to Planetary Consciousness (Peter Russell)

47 "Everything has grown from this One, and through this One. It is the Uroboros, the serpent that fertilizes and gives birth to itself." Collected Works (Carl Jung)

48 "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)

49 "God or the One Reality is the material cause of all things…the substance of all things is that One." The Glorious Presence (Ernest E. Wood)

50 "Whence shall he have grief, how shall he be deluded who sees everywhere the Oneness?" Isha Upanishad A Beginner's Guide to Constructing the Universe: The Mathematical Archetypes of Nature, Art & Science (Michael S. Schneider)

51 "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)

52 "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)

53 "How many divine beings are there really? One!" Brihadaranyaka Upanishad The Upanishads, selections translated by Alistair Shearer and Peter Russell (Alistair Shearer and Peter Russell, translators)

54 "The unborn timeless Mind is working in us. The Buddha-mind and our mind are not two." Bankei, quoted in 'Living by Zen' by D. T. Suzuki, Rider, 1972 Spectrum of Consciousness (Ken Wilber)

55 "Learn to look with an equal eye upon all beings, seeing the one Self in all." Srimad Bhagavatam The Perennial Philosophy (Aldous Huxley)

56 "Attaining harmony with the Source happens naturally when we are in relationship with it, a relationship characterized by the deepest sense of oneness." The Mystic Hours, A Daybook of Interspiritual Wisdom & Devotion (Wayne Teasdale)

57 "Many modern discoveries help man to apprehend the cosmos as a varied expression of one power – light, guided by divine intelligence." Paramahansa Yogananda Mandala, Luminous Symbols for Healing (Judith Cornell, Ph.D.)

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

59 "This is one great use for memory, to recall the oneness of life." The Findhorn Garden: Pioneering a New Vision of Man and Nature in Cooperation (The Findhorn Community)

60 "You all are clothed by the One." Understanding Yourself: A Spiritual Approach to Self-Discovery and Soul-Awareness (Mark L. and Elizabeth Clare Prophet)

61 "Albert Einstein once remarked that the illusion that we are separate is an optical delusion of consciousness. Indeed, in holy moments we are aware that there is only One Mind in the universe, a Mind present in every thing and every one." Seven Paths to God, The Ways of the Mystic (Joan Borysenko, Ph.D.)

62 “For the One is the whole;…because of the One everything is.” Barnaud Collected Works (Carl Jung)

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

64 "Hail to thee, mighty Lord, all-potent Vishnu! Soul of the universe, unchangeable, holy, eternal, always one in nature." Vishnu Purana The Quotable Spirit (Peter Lorie and Manuela D Mascetti, editors)

65 "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)

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

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

68 "Oneness is the supreme truth; its full and continuous realization the highest attainment of humanity." Call to the Heights, Guidance on the Pathway to Self-illumination (Geoffrey Hodson)

69 "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)

70 "There are vast ranges of consciousness all stemming from the One, the One who is this consciousness in all of us and whose plan it is that all parts of life become more aware of each other and more united in the great forward movement which is life, all life, becoming greater consciousness." To Hear the Angels Sing (Dorothy Maclean)

71 "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)

72 "The Upanishads say: 'An ocean One the seer becomes, without duality. This is the highest path, the highest prize, the highest world, the highest bliss.'" Paths to God: Living the Bhagavad Gita (Ram Dass)

73 "Following the best intuitions of all traditions, scientific and spiritual, let us all search, with mutual respect, for the one truth." The Visionary Window: A Quantum Physicist's Guide to Enlightenment (Amit Goswami, Ph.D.)

74 “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)

75 "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)

76 "Life, in its real meaning and functioning, is an all-including and boundless totality, an inseparable oneness, a complete participation and sharing." The Language of Silence (J. Allen Boone)

77 "This whole essence is but one thing only, like the mind of a man. Even as he is in soul and body, so also is this whole essence." Jacob Boehme Collected Works (Carl Jung)

78 "I saw life moving as one. The earth, the stars, the sun all lived as scintillating replicas of an even more magnificent wholeness." Agartha: The Essential Guide to Personal Transformation in the New Era (Meredith L. Young)

79 "While the consciousness identifies itself with forms, it appears to be multiple; when it identifies itself as life, it stands forth as one." The Spiritual Life (Annie Besant)

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

81 "That within us that is most aligned with the God-Self is the beauty and wisdom of our Being. It is a part of the One, and knows itself to be one with the All." Reflections of an Elder Brother: Awakening from the Dream (Mary-Margaret Moore)

82 "The whole universe is like one principality and one kingdom, and must therefore be governed by one ruler." Thomas Aquinas, In Meta XII, L. 12, p. 925 Sheer Joy, Conversations with Thomas Aquinas on Creation Spirituality (Matthew Fox)

83 "In many of the contexts the statement, 'Life is One', is meant to convey that life is a consciousness animating all forms." The Cosmic Womb, An Interpretation of Man's Relationship to the Infinite (Arthur W. Osborn)

84 "One common vital principle pervades all things." Dynamics of the Psychic World (Helena P. Blavatsky)

85 "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)

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

87 "God is one not two. Who sees God sees nothing but one." Meister Eckhart (1260-1327) The Masks of God (Joseph Campbell)

88 "From the pantheist point of view, everything in the universe is seen to be radically One, Absolute, and Divine." Writings in Time of War (Pierre Teilhard deChardin)

89 "It is the nature of the Infinite One to multiply Being infinitely and still remain one." The Science of the Spoken Word (Mark L. and Elizabeth Clare Prophet)

90 "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)

91 "The fact of universal relatedness has been curiously anticipated by philosophers for millenniums. Anaximander of Miletos in ancient Greece, for one, is said to have taught that 'the primary substance of the world is infinite, eternal and all encompassing.' Two thousand years later Bruno went further in writing that 'all reality is one in substance, one in cause, one in origin…and every particle of reality is composed inseparably of the physical and the psychic. The object of philosophy, therefore,…is to rise to that highest knowledge of the universal unity which is the intellectual equivalent of the love of God.'" Seven Mysteries of Life, An Exploration in Science and Philosophy (Guy Murchie)

92 "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)

93 "There's a level on which we are all one consciousness, deeply connected to the one mass consciousness." Shakti Gawain, speaker/workshop leader, 'Moving Toward the New Millennium' The Fabric of the Future (M. J. Ryan, editor)

94 "Let the energies that have been trained to focus on duality be raised to the plane of oneness." The Human Aura (Kuthumi and Djwal Kul)

95 "There is no separateness in the universe, but only the appearance of separation. The One without a second who alone exists, who is the one Reality, THAT is the Self of each, the One Life." The Spiritual Life (Annie Besant)

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

97 "The dreams and lives of all interlock, as though of a single, superordinated context." The Inner Reaches of Outer Space, Metaphor as Myth and as Religion (Joseph Campbell)

98 "The Microcosmic Mind is inseparable from the Macrocosmic Mind, both alike being of the One Essence." The Tibetan Book of the Great Liberation (W. Y. Evans-Wentz, compiler and editor)

99 "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)

100 "The divinity is One reality which, because of our manner of seeing it, appears in different hypostases which are perfect in themselves." The Unity of Reality (Michael vonBruck)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite