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1 "The bread we eat is the whole cosmos." Living Buddha, Living Christ (Thich Nhat Hanh)

2 "I feel that the Shylocks, the Judases, and even the Devil, are broken spokes in the great wheel of good which shall in due time be made whole." The Story of My Life (Helen Keller)

3 "We shall be saved by an option that has chosen the whole." Science and Christ (Pierre Teilhard deChardin)

4 "The hologram (Greek Holos-gramma, 'the whole message') can offer useful insights into the nature of what is felt to be the undivided wholeness of reality. This analogy allows us to comprehend a single, coherent and flowing whole which contains both consciousness and the external reality as we experience it." Unknown Man (Yatri)

5 "The integrating principle of the whole – the Spirit, as it were, of the universe – instinct without contrivance, flows with purpose." George Romanes, Charles Darwin's colleague The World's Religions (Huston Smith)

6 "Scholastic theologians…tried to express in a reasonable way the unity of all reality grasped by the human intellect." Introduction to Theology (Thomas P. Rausch, editor)

7 "Everything that lives is holy." William Blake, 'The Marriage of Heaven and Hell' Encyclopedia of Religious Quotations (Frank S Mead, editor)

8 "Every speck and atom are in harmony with their fellow atoms, and these with the whole." The Secret Doctrine (Helena P. Blavatsky)

9 "We each have an opportunity right now to contribute to the evolution of ourselves, our species, and the planet as a whole. Everyone is needed. Everyone's genius fits into some evolving need of the whole system." Barbara Marx Hubbard, 'Awakening to Our Genius: The Heroine's Journey' The Fabric of the Future (M. J. Ryan, editor)

10 "On the grounds of a basic unity or karmic connectedness of all things, nothing can be lost, nothing can be outside." The Unity of Reality (Michael vonBruck)

11 "Every genesis presupposes inter-connections, mutual or reciprocal dependence, with no breach. It implies in the being that is forming itself a kinship between the composing elements; thus a static cosmos, fragmented in make-up, is unthinkable." Pierre Leroy, S.J., foreword The Divine Milieu (Pierre Teilhard deChardin)

12 "The scales of the whole hang balanced." C. G. Jung: Letters, 1906-1950 (Gerhard Adler and Aniela Jaffe, editors)

13 "Remember that every effort you make in the direction of wholeness and the common good contributes to shifting the overall consciousness of our world." Dr. Barbara L. King, 'Will: The Foundation Faculty of the New Global Order' New Thoughts for a New Millennium (Michael A. Maday, editor)

14 "We are all part of everything and everyone." Personhood: The Art of Being Fully Human (Leo F. Buscaglia, Ph.D.)

15 "When you talk about God, you're talking about what connects everything to everything else." Rabbi Lawrence Kushner Spiritual Genius, The Mastery of Life's Meaning (Winifred Gallagher)

16 "Looking deeply at any one thing, we see the whole cosmos. The one is made of the many." Spiritual Literacy, Reading the Sacred in Everyday Life (Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat)

17 "We do not 'come into' this world; we come out of it, as leaves from a tree. As the ocean 'waves', the universe 'peoples'. Every individual is an expression of the whole realm of nature, a unique action of the total universe." Alan Watts (1915-1973), 'The Book On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are' The Quotable Spirit (Peter Lorie and Manuela D Mascetti, editors)

18 "Relation is the essence of everything that is." Meister Eckhart The Coming of the Cosmic Christ (Matthew Fox)

19 "Each creature is but a patterned gradation (Schattierung) of one great harmonious whole." Goethe The Web of Life, A New Scientific Understanding of Living Systems (Fritjof Capra)

20 "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)

21 "In any domain – whether it be the cells of a body, the members of a society or the elements of a spiritual synthesis – union differentiates. In every organised whole, the parts perfect themselves and fulfill themselves." The Phenomenon of Man (Pierre Teilhard deChardin)

22 "The interdependence we talk about today was recognized intuitively as early as 2000 bce, based on the understanding of the (Egyptian) Goddess (Maat) as the unifying principle in all of creation." Dancing in the Flames, The Dark Goddess in the Transformation of Consciousness (Marion Woodman and Elinor Dickson)

23 "The perfection of any one thing considered in isolation is an imperfection, for one thing is merely one part of the entire integrity of the universe arising from the assembling together of many singular perfections." Thomas Aquinas, DV, q. 2, a. 2 Sheer Joy, Conversations with Thomas Aquinas on Creation Spirituality (Matthew Fox)

24 "Creation is the extension of God. Creation is God encountered in time and space. Creation is the infinite in the garb of the finite. To attend to creation is to attend to God. To attend to the moment is to attend to eternity. To attend to the part is to attend to the whole." 'Pirke Avot', 6:2 (Rabbinic sayings, ca. 250-275), The Essential Mystics (Andrew Harvey)

25 "All the varying aspects of the life of God are interdependent and not one proceeds onward into fuller realisation without benefiting the entire group." The Rays and The Initiations (Alice A. Bailey)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite