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1 "God Is oneness….God is our shared heart and mind….those who see their oneness with just one other living thing cannot fail to see God." Hugh and Gayle Prather', 'God is Love' Handbook for the Heart, Original Writings on Love (Richard Carlson and Benjamin Shield, editors)

2 "Accepting and acting according to the basic truth 'All Is One' is a universal spiritual challenge." Anatomy of the Spirit: The Seven Stages of Power and Healing (Caroline Myss)

3 “It is the one Truth who works at all these stages: in the first, teaching as a Master, in the second consoling as a Friend and Brother, in the third embracing as a Father.” St. Bernard of Clairvaux Bernard of Clairvaux, Essential Writings (Dennis E. Tamburello, O.F.M.)

4 "We are all part of One; we are One." Erich Fromm, 'The Art of Loving' Saints and Madmen: Psychiatry Opens its Doors to Religion (Russell Shorto)

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

6 "What could exist were it not one?" Plotinus, 'The Good or The One' The Essential Plotinus (Translated by Elmer O'Brien, S.J.)

7 "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)

8 "Everything seems to interact with everything else at many subtle levels of the universe beyond the purely physical level, and the deeper we penetrate into these other levels, the more do we realize that we are One." William A. Tiller, Preface Stalking the Wild Pendulum: On The Mechanics of Consciousness (Itzhak Bentov)

9 "God's Idea, from which infinite numbers of things follow in infinite ways, can be one only." 'Nature and the Origin of the Mind', Proposition 4 Ethics (Benedict Spinoza)

10 "Our universe that appears to contain countless myriads of separate entities and elements, is in its deepest nature just one being of immense proportions and unimaginable complexity." The Cosmic Game, Explorations of the Frontiers of Human Consciousness (Stanislav Grof)

11 "There is but one life, without beginning and without ending." The Spiritual Life (Annie Besant)

12 "In truth we are all indestructible parts of one great Unity in which 'we live and move and have our being.'" The Origins of Pagan and Christian Beliefs (Edward Carpenter)

13 "We, and all living beings, are grafted upon one and the same Reality as tangible as our own substance." The Soul of the World (Pierre Teilhard deChardin)

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

15 "Here are four words to memorize: We are all One. Model that when you make your next choices and decisions." Tomorrow's God, Our Greatest Spiritual Challenge (Neale Donald Walsch)

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

17 "There is no separation OF anything, FROM anything. There is only Unity. There is only Oneness." Communion with God (Neale Donald Walsch)

18 "Since there is only one mind, all of us are telepathically communicating all the time." A Return to Love, Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles (Marianne Williamson)

19 "Heraclitus, Descartes, Dionysius, Ibn al-Farid, Aquinas, and Nicholas of Cusa carried over into modern thought the idea of a unity inclusive of the full complexity of manyness….In the history of religious thought, both in the East and in the West, there have been periods in which the conception of Oneness played an essential part." The Manifold and The One (Agnes Arber)

20 "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)

21 "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)

22 "Our world of diversity, the many, emerges from the numinous Source of all, the One." Ancient Wisdom, Modern Insight (Shirley Nicholson)

23 "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)

24 "All is the play of the unitive life force in its various manifestations." The Strong Eye of Shamanism, A Journey Into the Caves of Consciousness (Robert E. Ryan, Ph.D.)

25 "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)

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

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

28 "The one and only has many faces." The Spiritual Universe (Fred Alan Wolf, Ph. D.)

29 "We have an eye of contemplation, which sees with higher or spiritual light the ultimate reality of oneness." The Unfolding Self: Varieties of Transformative Experience (Ralph Metzner)

30 "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)

31 "The divine nature is one and indivisible." Nikitas Stithatos, 'On Spiritual Knowledge' The Philokalia, volume 4 (various authors, compiled by St. Nikodimos and St. Makarios)

32 "There can be only one absolutely absolute absolute." Heaven, The Heart's Deepest Longing (Peter Kreeft)

33 "God and His creation are not separate. The oneness of the Creator and the creation is your wholeness, your sanity." A Course in Miracles (Helen Schucman and William Thetford)

34 "We are, in fact, all part of one thing, all different materializations of the one life." The Findhorn Garden: Pioneering a New Vision of Man and Nature in Cooperation (The Findhorn Community)

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

36 "Those who choose the approach of oneness in their outlook see a profound interrelationship between all aspects of life. Not denying the appearance of duality, they claim that it is more fruitful to experience the underlying oneness behind the appearance." Visions and Prophecies for a New Age (Mark A. Thurston, Ph.D.)

37 "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)

38 "One nature delights in another, one nature overcomes another, one nature overrules another, and the whole of them are One." Synesius Isis Unveiled (Helena P. Blavatsky)

39 "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)

40 "The Commandments…constitute One indivisible logos." S. Y. Agnon, compiler Present at Sinai, The Giving of the Law (S. Y. Agnon, compiler)

41 "The life of a moment and the life of thousands of years, your life and the lives of all creatures seen and unseen, is one." Leo Tolstoy, 'Esarhaddon, King of Assyria' The Alternative Gospel (John Baldock)

42 "All…had its origin in one germinating wholeness of being." Occult Preparations for a New Age (Dane Rudhyar)

43 "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)

44 "Only he to whom all is one, who draws all things to one, and sees all things in one, may enjoy true peace and rest of spirit." Amos Bronson Alcott (1799-1888), American Transcendentalist lecturer and writer A Treasury of Philosophy, Vol. 1 (Dagobert D. Runes, editor)

45 "We are that single, sole light which came into being." The Paraphrase of Shem (Gnostic text, ca. 1st century bce), The Other Bible (Willis Barnstone, editor)

46 "'This is myself and this is another.' – Be free of this bond which encompasses you about, and your own self is thereby released." Saraha, 9th century Buddhist monk and poet The Essential Mystics (Andrew Harvey)

47 "The Spirit is the One who 'makes all things new.'" The Coming of the Cosmic Christ (Matthew Fox)

48 "Think in a vocabulary of oneness." Anatomy of the Spirit: The Seven Stages of Power and Healing (Caroline Myss)

49 "Creator uncreated, sole one, unique one, who traverses eternity…with millions under his care; Your splendor is like heaven's splendor." Suti and Hor (15th to 14th centuries bce), architects to Amenhotep III, 'First Hymn to the Sun God' Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 16th edition (John Bartlett)

50 "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)

51 "They call him Indra, Mitra, Varuna and Agni….To what is One, the poets give many a name." Rig Veda I. 164. 46 The Nature and Truth of the Great Religions (August Karl Reischauer)

52 "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)

53 “All are dependent upon the one fertilizing principle existing in the Supreme Mind.” The Secret Teachings of All Ages (Manly P. Hall)

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

55 "The universe is a uni-verse, there is nothing else: it is one-only….and everything is connected to everything else." Nature Word (R. A. Schwaller deLubicz)

56 "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)

57 "The One Cosmic Life-Consciousness, binding everything together, and permeating everything, flows through all." Lina Psaltis, introduction Dynamics of the Psychic World (Helena P. Blavatsky)

58 "A succinct definition of Hinduism might read, 'The Universe is profoundly One.'" The Religion Book, The Encyclopedia of Places, Prophets, Saints, and Seers (Jim Willis)

59 "The One Life permeates, supports, and gives life to everything that arises from it. The One Form of Existence manifests IN matter." Ancient Wisdom, Modern Insight (Shirley Nicholson)

60 "The (quality) of the intuition can be covered by the word, universality, or the sense of universal Oneness." Glamour, A World Problem (Alice A. Bailey)

61 "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)

62 “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)

63 "There is only one Source of That Which Is, and the one Source IS That Which Is." Communion with God (Neale Donald Walsch)

64 "We are one with our earth at every level." Regents of the Seven Spheres (H. K. Challoner)

65 "Though One, Brahman is the cause of the many." Shankara The Perennial Philosophy (Aldous Huxley)

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

67 "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)

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

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

70 "There is one divine Mind which keeps the universe in order and one providence which governs it." Plutarch (ca. 46-120), Greek biographer, 'Lives' The Quotable Spirit (Peter Lorie and Manuela D Mascetti, editors)

71 "Quantum theory reveals a basic oneness of the universe. It shows that we cannot decompose the world into independently existing smallest units. As we penetrate into matter, nature does not show us any isolated building blocks, but rather appears as a complicated web of relations between the various parts of a unified whole." Ken Wilber, 'The Holographic Paradigm', 1982 The Relevance of Bliss (Nona Coxhead)

72 "All is a unity of one." Zohar Miraculous Living (Rabbi Shoni Labowitz)

73 "Spirit, soul, and body are one, and all is of One." Zadith Senior (Zadith ben Hamuel), 'De chemia' Aurora Consurgens (Marie Louise vonFranz)

74 "The one ever becomes many and the many are ever reunited with and in the one. This process constitutes wholeness." Beatrice Bruteau, 'The Unknown Goddess' The Goddess Re-Awakening: The Feminine Principle Today (Shirley Nicholson, Compiler)

75 “Heraclius said: This magistery proceeds first from one root, which afterwards expands into several things, and returns again to the one.” Morienus, ‘De transmutatione metall’ Collected Works (Carl Jung)

76 "The One embraces all sides." The Zohar, The Book of Radiance The Other Bible (Willis Barnstone, editor)

77 "We move toward that consciousness of our shared destiny in One World." Joy Mills, foreword The Transforming Mind (Laurence and Phoebe Bendit)

78 “Nightmares will begin to give way to day, as the sunshine of wisdom revealing Oneness dawns upon the human mind.” Call to the Heights, Guidance on the Pathway to Self-illumination (Geoffrey Hodson)

79 "There is within us One who knows the truth." A Return to Love, Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles (Marianne Williamson)

80 “Plato maintained that the One is All-Being.” Lectures on Ancient Philosophy (Manly P. Hall)

81 "They [the Fathers of the Eastern Church] were aware that God is One." The Holy Fire, the Story of the Fathers of the Eastern Church (Robert Payne)

82 "This sensation of being one with the universe is much more common than one might initially suspect, for it is the very foundation of all other sensations." Spectrum of Consciousness (Ken Wilber)

83 "As the holy man and visionary Black Elk stood on the summit of Harney Peak, he had a mystical perception of the universe, a cosmos of harmony and balance transcending all polarities: 'Then I was standing on the highest mountain of them all, and round about beneath me was the whole hoop of the world and while I stood there I saw more than I can tell and I understood more than I saw, for I was seeing in a sacred manner the shapes of things in the spirit, and the shape of all shapes, as they must live together like one being.'" Shamanic Voices, A Survey of Visionary Narratives (Joan Halifax, Ph.D.)

84 "All beings are synthesized to constitute one great Intelligence." Basic Theosophy (Geoffrey Hodson)

85 "The universe is a finite reflection of this infinite Being, a reflection of the One in the many, of the eternal in time, of the infinite in space." Christ in India: Essays Towards a Hindu-Christian Dialogue (Bede Griffiths)

86 "Hearken ye with attentive mind. There was and ever is one thing alone, even Mind, and beside the unity of this one thing, there was nothing else in being. This mind, ever existing in itself, ever encompasses all things with its own light and spirit….There is no god, nor angel, nor daemon, nor any other being, that is outside of Him; for He is Lord and Father of all, and all things are in Him and subject to Him." Hermetica (Walter Scott, translator)

87 “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)

88 "All created things, every one of them, cannot be looked at, in their nature and action, without the same reality being found in their innermost being – like sunlight in the fragments of a broken mirror – one beneath its multiplicity." The Divine Milieu (Pierre Teilhard deChardin)

89 "All is one consciousness." The Visionary Window: A Quantum Physicist's Guide to Enlightenment (Amit Goswami, Ph.D.)

90 “One is all, and by it all, and for it all.” Alchemical saying Arcana Mundi (Georg Luck)

91 "Within-ness and without-ness use both infinite, but also one." Basic Theosophy (Geoffrey Hodson)

92 "The multiple faces of God that are celebrated by many of the world's religions express the sense that in the One, there are the many, while through the many is to be found the One." A Mythic Life, Learning to Live our Greater Story (Jean Houston)

93 "The one eternal soul with one eternal consciousness is a fundamental reality." The Spiritual Universe (Fred Alan Wolf, Ph. D.)

94 "First the molecules of carbon compounds with their thousands of atoms symmetrically grouped; next the cell which, within a very small volume, contains thousands of molecules linked in a complicated system; then the metazoa in which the cell is no more than an almost infinitesimal element; and later the manifold attempts made sporadically by the metazoa to enter into symbiosis and raise themselves to a higher biological condition. And now, as a germination of planetary dimensions, comes the thinking layer which over its full extent develops and intertwines its fibres, not to confuse and neutralise them but to reinforce them in the living unity of a single tissue." The Phenomenon of Man (Pierre Teilhard deChardin)

95 "God is One and Alone and no other exists with him. God is the One, the One who has made everything." Sir E. A. W. Budge, 'From Fetish to God in Ancient Egypt' The Garden of the Golden Flower, The Journey to Spiritual Fulfilment (Longfield Beatty)

96 "The 'I' is ultimately the same in all of us. We are collectively one great being….This is why we are to 'love thy neighbor as thyself' – our neighbors are literally ourselves." Inner Christianity, A Guide to the Esoteric Tradition (Richard Smoley)

97 "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)

98 "All form part of the One Life and there is nothing outside it." Arthur Robson, 'Infinite Continuity in Multimillionfold Diversity' Karma, The Universal Law of Harmony (Virginia Hanson and Rosemarie Stewart, editors)

99 "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)

100 "The universe [is] held firm in the One unfolding Presence." The Origins of Pagan and Christian Beliefs (Edward Carpenter)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite