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1 "The creative agent referred to by various names in the world's cosmogonies is the active expression of that eternal, incomprehensible One Alone." Basic Theosophy (Geoffrey Hodson)

2 "Brahma and the universe form one Being, each particle of which is in its essence Brahma himself, who proceeded out of himself." The Secret Doctrine (Helena P. Blavatsky)

3 "God is One Being, or, seen in another way, God is One, Being." What God Wants (Neale Donald Walsch)

4 "Every act of love brings happiness; there is no act of love which does not bring peace and blessedness as its reaction. Real existence, real knowledge, and real love are eternally connected with one another, the three in one: where one of them is, the others also must be; they are the three aspects of the One without a second – the Existence-Knowledge-Bliss." Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902), Hindu mystic, 'Karma-Yoga' The Choice Is Always Ours (Dorothy B. Phillips, Chief Editor)

5 "We are One Essential Whole, expressing Itself through a limitless number of forms and varieties." Soul Centered Astrology, A Key to Your Expanding Self (Alan Oken)

6 "We are all beautifully interwoven into a single consciousness." Daphne Rose Kingma, 'A Profound Infusion of Love' The Fabric of the Future (M. J. Ryan, editor)

7 "Who is the Creator? The One God." Rabbi Bachya ibn Paquda Miraculous Living (Rabbi Shoni Labowitz)

8 "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)

9 “The One is the underlying reality beneath the infinite variations.” Theosophy, A Modern Expression of the Wisdom of the Ages (Robert Ellwood)

10 "Broader awareness comes by recognizing our oneness with all aspects of life." The Findhorn Garden: Pioneering a New Vision of Man and Nature in Cooperation (The Findhorn Community)

11 "So we say deep down the consciousness of mankind is one. This is a virtual certainty because even in the vacuum, matter is one; and if we don't see this it is because we are blinding ourselves to it." David Bohm Unknown Man (Yatri)

12 "The same elements compose my mind and the world. This situation is the same for every mind and its world, in spite of the unfathomable abundance of cross-references between them. The world is given to me only once, not one existing and one perceived. Subject and object are only one." Erwin Schroedinger (1887-1961), 'Why Not Talk Physics?' Quantum Questions, Mystical Writings of the World's Great Physicists (Ken Wilber, editor)

13 "The One existed before this tangible view of things came into finite being." The Child Within Us Lives!, A Synthesis of Science, Religion and Metaphysics (William Samuel)

14 "The real is ONE. It is a unity, non-dual and whole." Unknown Man (Yatri)

15 "The One Mind, as Reality, is the Heart which pulsates forever, sending forth purified the blood-streams of existence, and taking them back again; the Great Breath, the Inscrutable Brahman, the Eternally Unveiled Mystery of the Mysteries of Antiquity, the Goal of all Pilgrimages, the End of all Existence." The Tibetan Book of the Great Liberation (W. Y. Evans-Wentz, compiler and editor)

16 "The One, who vibrates more quickly than the mind, who attains more speed than the mind can ever attain… - He moving, everything moves. In Him all exists." Swami Vivekananda, Hindu sage Forbidden Faith: The Gnostic Legacy from the Gospels to The Da Vinci Code (Richard Smoley)

17 "The universe is one mighty, inconceivable medium." Encyclopedia of Ancient and Forbidden Knowledge (Zolar)

18 "Life is One." A Course in Miracles - A Gift For All Mankind (Tara Singh)

19 "God is one, that is to say, in nature there is but one substance." Ethics (Benedict Spinoza)

20 "A river passes through many countries and each claims it for its own. But there is only one river." Sheikh Ragip Frager, 'Love is the Wine: Talks of a Sufi Master' The Coming of the Cosmic Christ (Matthew Fox)

21 "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)

22 "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)

23 "There are no breaks in the World of Becoming; Life, though it be instinct with spontaneity, though it cut new paths for its branching stream in fresh, unimaginable directions, behave in a thousand incalculable ways, ever remains one." The Mystic Way - A Psychological Study in Christian Origins (Evelyn Underhill)

24 "The One Reality creates the diversity of the natural world without compromising its own unity." The Alternative Gospel (John Baldock)

25 “It is a great mystery, one unique mother of all mortal things, and they have all originated in her.” Paracelsus Collected Works (Carl Jung)

26 "Basically, everything is one. There is no way in which you draw a line between things. What we normally do is to make these subdivisions, but they're not real." Barbara McClintock, geneticist Turbulent Mirror (John Briggs and F. David Peat)

27 "The Creative Force within us is one single force." The Finding of the Third Eye (Vera Stanley Alder)

28 "I saw all forms gathered within the Form of God. Thus one great Form appeared." Discipleship in the New Age (Alice A. Bailey)

29 "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)

30 "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)

31 "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)

32 "One: Symbolic of being and of the revelation of the spiritual essence. It is the active principle which, broken into fragments, gives rise to multiplicity, and is to be equated with the mystic Centre, the Irradiating Point and the Supreme Power. It also stands for spiritual unity – the common basis between all beings." A Dictionary of Symbols (J. E. Cirlot)

33 "Love in all its aspects is the symbol of the Logos as One….Whosoever expresses Love, brings spirit, which is One, into manifestation." Dion Fortune Revelations: The Wisdom of the Ages (Paul Roland)

34 "Be careful to remember him, the One who is all things, - him who is the creator of all things." Hermetica (Walter Scott, translator)

35 "Every existing creature manifests some aspect of the intelligence or power of the Eternal One." The Secret Teachings of All Ages (Manly P. Hall)

36 "Striking is the resemblance – or more correctly the identity – of the doctrine of the One in the Upanishads and the Eleatic school. Xenophanes' teaching of the unity of God and the Kosmos and of the changelessness of the One, and even more that of Parmenides, who held that reality is ascribable only to the One unborn, indestructible and omnipresent,….these doctrines are completely identical with the essential contents of the Upanishads and of the Vedantic philosophy which springs from them." The Ancient Wisdom (Annie Besant)

37 "Isaac Newton's profound theological occupation was with the One, with Divine Unity as revealed in nature." The Dictionary of Alchemy (Diana Fernando)

38 "The ladder of existence and the archetypal world meet in the crossroads of the heart to bring the archetypal patterns into time, and to raise the human being higher in his journey up the ladder toward the One." The Search for the Beloved (Jean Houston)

39 "Art is the humble and marvelous image of the cosmic order itself….The spirit of the forms is one." Elie Faure Creative Vision for Art and for Life (Richard Guggenheimer)

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

41 "The experiences that come from shamanism tend to foster a great respect for the universe, based on a feeling of oneness with all forms of life." Michael Harner, interview with Gary Doore Shamanism: An Expanded View of Reality (Shirley Nicholson, Compiler)

42 "The universal God is one, yet he is more than one; all things are God; all things are one. By the sweet breaths of God all life is bound in one; so if you touch a fiber of a living thing you send a thrill from center to the outer bounds of life." ch. 28, vs.4-5, Aquarian Gospel of Jesus the Christ (Leo W. Dowling)

43 "The history of nature has to do not just with individual, finite, imminently perishable being, but with an imperishable basis of all that can be seen, which unites it all and gives it soul. It teaches a love which loves in all things, a universal soul which sets everything, even that which is most remote and apart, in a living interplay that gives to all that can be seen, from the firmament of heaven to the ephemeral insect, one rhythm of time and law of life." G. H. Schubert, 'Allgemeine Naturegeschichte', 4 Modern Esoteric Spirituality (Antoine Faivre and Jacob Needleman, editors)

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

45 "Nobel Prize winner Werner Heisenberg delivered an address in 1970 on 'The Meaning of Beauty in the Exact Sciences." In that talk he called mathematics 'the archetype of the beauty of the world', and he invoked the philosopher Plotinus, who said 'Beauty is the translucence, through the material phenomena, of the eternal splendor of the 'One'.'" One River, Many Wells: Wisdom Springing from World Faiths (Matthew Fox)

46 "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)

47 "There is a raying out of all orders of existence, an external emanation from the ineffable One." Plotinus Cosmic Consciousness (Richard M Bucke)

48 "A New Spirituality is emerging upon the earth, and the idea of Oneness is at its core." What God Wants (Neale Donald Walsch)

49 "I have always been Served by that One. And I have Transcended everything, even all experiences, through the Grace of that One." The Enlightenment of the Whole Body (Bubba Free John)

50 "All are One and are knotted in One, nor are they separated one from another." The Zohar The Ancient Wisdom (Annie Besant)

51 "God and life are One,…everything in life is part of a unified whole, and our different religions are merely wonderfully divergent paths to the same destination – a destination the soul need not strain to reach, because it is already there: the everlasting embrace of God." What God Wants (Neale Donald Walsch)

52 "Behind all faces there is one face." Seth Speaks: The Eternal Validity of the Soul (Jane Roberts)

53 "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)

54 "'Consciousness' in its true connotation is the 'One who knows'. A Treatise on Cosmic Fire (Alice A. Bailey)

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

56 "The individuation process subordinates the many to the One. But the One is God, and that which corresponds to him in us is the 'imago Dei', the God-image." Collected Works (Carl Jung)

57 "Our spirit inherently understands that we are all one – with other people and our universe." Invisible Acts of Power: Personal Choices That Create Miracles (Caroline Myss)

58 "What is is One." The Second Treatise of the Great Seth (early Christian Gnostic text), The Other Bible (Willis Barnstone, editor)

59 "There is but one divine Will, one divine Life, and one divine Intelligence." Basic Theosophy (Geoffrey Hodson)

60 "All these principles – unity, time, space, motion, polarity – are enfolded in the One." Ancient Wisdom, Modern Insight (Shirley Nicholson)

61 "There is one supernal soul which is the soul of all souls." The Zohar, The Book of Radiance The Other Bible (Willis Barnstone, editor)

62 "Western alchemy's chief concern was the production of the One: 'one is the stone, one the vessel, one the procedure, and one the medicine." Aurora Consurgens (Marie Louise vonFranz)

63 "You who want knowledge, seek the Oneness within. There you will find the clear mirror already waiting." Hadewijch II, 13th century Beguine Parabola, the Magazine of Myth and Tradition (various)

64 "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)

65 "As humanity quite naturally travels the evolutionary pathway, this state of realized oneness will become more easily attained." Call to the Heights, Guidance on the Pathway to Self-illumination (Geoffrey Hodson)

66 "By the mind this truth must be seen: there are not many, but only One." Brihadaranyaka Upanishad The Flame and the Light (Hugh I'anson Fausset)

67 "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)

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

69 "The One underlies all the diversities of external nature." The Ancient Wisdom (Annie Besant)

70 "The Cretan and Neolithic religion was based upon a Mother Goddess who took many different forms in different civilizations but who put people in touch with nature, and was the focus of a widespread human understanding of nature as one entity." Nostradamus: Prophecies for Women (Manuela Dunn Muscetti & Peter Lorie)

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

72 "One is the Ineffable, the Unutterable, the eternal source of the fountain, the beginning of the unfolding." The Modern Numerology: A Practical Guide to the Meaning and Influence of Numbers (John King)

73 "According to the Indian view, our separateness from each other in space and time here on earth – our multitude – is but a secondary, deluding aspect of the truth, which is that in essence we are of one being, one ground." Myths To Live By (Joseph Campbell)

74 "When we are drawn to the sweetness, beauty, and goodness of creatures, how boldly we ought to be borne away to the One in whom all these little streams commingle and course!" Thomas Aquinas, 'Summa contra Gentiles', ch. 2, n. 4 Sheer Joy, Conversations with Thomas Aquinas on Creation Spirituality (Matthew Fox)

75 "The One is, in truth, beyond all statement: whatever you say would limit It. The All-transcending has no name….But if we do not grasp It by knowledge, that does not mean that we do not seize It at all." Plotinus Men Who Have Walked With God (Sheldon Cheney)

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 "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)

78 "All good exists as One." Robert Fludd, Western Esoteric Masters Series (William Huffman, editor)

79 "Let the love of the individual parts for one another and for the Whole exceed self-love and excel unto an expansion of Love within the creation in honor of the Creator, finding thereby reunion with the one Life which is All and in all." Saint Germain on Alchemy (Mark L. and Elizabeth Clare Prophet)

80 "There must be knowledge and recognition of the One on whom all worlds are built, the Self eternal and unchanging that throws out universes, as a spider throws out webs, and draws them in again (Mundakopanishad, i. I. 7). One must recognize the one Existence which is at the root of all, supreme...the One without a second." The Spiritual Life (Annie Besant)

81 "One can no more know oneself or the oneness of all things without knowing the anguish of myriads who are part of that web of life, and responding to their anguish as though to one's own, than one could act in a play and ignore all the other actors in their parts." Theosophy, A Modern Expression of the Wisdom of the Ages (Robert Ellwood)

82 "The search for the 'one', for the ultimate source of all understanding, has doubtless played a similar role in the origin of both religion and science." Werner Heisenberg (1901-1976), 'The Debate between Plato and Democritus' Quantum Questions, Mystical Writings of the World's Great Physicists (Ken Wilber, editor)

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

84 "All living things have their roots not only in the Earth, but in the universe itself. They all inhere in the One." Ancient Wisdom, Modern Insight (Shirley Nicholson)

85 "(Albert) Einstein knew much of this quality of oneness, and drew his strength from it." Larry Dossey, M.D., 'Ancient Messages in Modern Science' American Theosophist, The (Dora Kunz, Executive Editor)

86 "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.)

87 “The ‘I Ching’ is based on the hypothesis of the Oneness of man and the surrounding cosmos.” Jolande Jacobi, ‘Symbols in an Individual Analysis’ Man and His Symbols (Carl Jung)

88 "What, then is The One? It is what makes all things possible. Without it nothing would exist." Plotinus, 'Contemplation' The Essential Plotinus (Translated by Elmer O'Brien, S.J.)

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

90 "The One is Love." The Center of the Cyclone: An Autobiography of Inner Space (John C. Lilly, M.D.)

91 "The Self that is here in a person, and the Self that is there in the sun, He is one." Taittiriya Upanishad The Upanishads, selections translated by Alistair Shearer and Peter Russell (Alistair Shearer and Peter Russell, translators)

92 "Brahman is all, the One without a second." A Walk with Four Spiritual Guides: Krishna, Buddha, Jesus, and Ramakrishna (Andrew Harvey)

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

94 "The One, the Beloved, is both the seeker and the sought." Unknown Man (Yatri)

95 "You and the Source are One. All separation is illusion. So know your Self and be free." Reflections of an Elder Brother: Awakening from the Dream (Mary-Margaret Moore)

96 "There is but one Spirit pervading space. Life and Form, its positive and negative poles, are one." Rosicrucian Cosmo-Conception, or Christian Occult Science (Max Heindel)

97 "Intuitive knowledge of the One is the pinnacle of spiritual fulfillment." The Unity of Reality (Michael vonBruck)

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

99 "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)

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

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite