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1 "Though there is only ONE truth it speaks in many tongues." Collected Works (Carl Jung)

2 "Prophets and apostles, evangelists and saints, speak to us with voices that never die." Cardinal Manning, 'The Eternal Priesthood' (19th century) The Book of Catholic Quotations (John Chapin, Editor)

3 "The old teachers knew what they were saying. Once we have learned to read again their symbolic language, it requires no more than the talent of an anthologist to let their teaching be heard." Hero With A Thousand Faces (Joseph Campbell)

4 "Always be kinder than the situation demands. Earth's greatest Teachers and Sages have taught this." Basic Theosophy (Geoffrey Hodson)

5 "If we carefully analyze the writings of all these people, and others, we see in them striking similarities. It seems to me that when twenty different people who do not know each other and live at twenty different times on the planet write essentially the same things, there may be something here for us to look at very carefully." Questions and Answers on Conversations With God (Neale Donald Walsch)

6 "Behind the symbols and languages of the world's manifold religions lies a common pattern of pointers to ultimate truth." Theosophy, A Modern Expression of the Wisdom of the Ages (Robert Ellwood)

7 "In the extraordinary archeology of Spirit, those spiritual pioneers (saints and sages) were ahead of their time, and they are still ahead of ours. They are thus voices, not of our past, but of our future; they point to emergents, not exhumations; they urge us forward, not backward. As the growing tip of humanity, they forged a future telos through which the trunk of humanity is now slowly heading, not as a rigid pregiven, but as a gentle persuasion. They are figures of the deepest layers of our own true Self, layers that whisper to us from the radiant depths of a greater tomorrow." Integral Psychology: Consciousness, Spirit, Psychology, Therapy (Ken Wilber)

8 "Anyone of any tribe or nation or language who in any sincere way turns to a Great Spirit, calling Him God or Allah or Life of whatever else he will, opens a door that God may enter his conscious mind and answer his prayers according to his faith." Behold Your God (Agnes Sanford)

9 "The thoughts of men have ever been religious. There has never been a time when religion or the thoughts of men about God, about the infinite, and about the Life which has brought all into being has not been present." A Treatise on White Magic (Alice A. Bailey)

10 "Yet among all the differences and out of all the gaps of undersanding and through all the failures in communication there emerges, right in our bodily awareness, a universal truth beyond words. That truth makes possible all our efforts and promises to redeem all our failures." A Retreat With St. Bonaventure (Leonard J. Bowman)

11 "There have been…individuals who have stumbled across an evolutionary threshold into what they see as the true evolutionary goal of the species. These pioneers have returned from their expeditions with maps and routes to the natural state of man and have shown where we originally came from, who we are and where we are heading." Unknown Man (Yatri)

12 "For the wise men of old the cardinal problem had been how to conform the soul to reality, and the solution had been knowledge, self-discipline, and virtue." Heaven, The Heart's Deepest Longing (Peter Kreeft)

13 "'That Which Is', says St. Augustine; 'The One', 'The Supplier of true Life', says Plotinus; 'the energitic Word', says St. Bernard; 'Eternal Light', says Dante; 'the Abyss', says Ruysbroeck; 'Pure Love', says St. Catherine of Genoa – poor symbols of Perfection at the best. But, through and by these oblique utterances, they give us the assurance that the Object of their discovery is one with the object of our quest." Mysticism (Evelyn Underhill)

14 "My heart has become capable of every form: It is a pasture for gazelles and a monastery for Christian monks…and the pilgrim's Ka'ba, and the tablets of the Torah, and the Book of the Koran. I follow the religion of Love; whatever way love's camel takes, that is my religion, my faith." Ibn Arabi (1165-1240), Spanish Sufi philosopher The Essential Mystics (Andrew Harvey)

15 "An integral approach – a sane approach – attempts to honor, acknowledge, and incorporate the enduring truths into the ongoing sweep of consciousness evolution, for they are the truths of our very own Self, even here and now." Integral Psychology: Consciousness, Spirit, Psychology, Therapy (Ken Wilber)

16 "He who is called Krishna is also called Shiva and bears the names Shakti, Jesus, and Allah as well – the one Rama with a thousand names….The substance is one under different names and everyone is seeking the same substance; nothing but climate, temperament, and names vary." Ramakrishna The Flight of the Wild Gander (Joseph Campbell)

17 "Fortunately, we have proof that the spirit always renews its strength in the fact that the essential teaching of the initiations is handed on from generation to generation. Ever and again there are human beings who understand what it means that God is their father. The equal balance of the flesh and the spirit is not lost to the world." Carl G. Jung (1875-1961), 'Freud and Psychoanalysis' The Choice Is Always Ours (Dorothy B. Phillips, Chief Editor)

18 "In spite of the changes which it underwent, the primitive tradition has preserved for mankind throughout the ages a deposit..of fundamental truths." An Introduction to Philosophy (Jacques Maritain)

19 "Studying, contemplating, and living in agreement with universal principles is a social responsibility and can be a spiritual path. It is becoming clear that when we cooperate with nature's ways we succeed; when we resist, we struggle. Implications for our environmental crises are obvious." A Beginner's Guide to Constructing the Universe: The Mathematical Archetypes of Nature, Art & Science (Michael S. Schneider)

20 "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)

21 "All the philosophies that acknowledge the existence of a spiritual world…did not bequeath these instructions to humanity on the basis of some vague feeling….They formed their moral precepts on the basis of their cognition. They knew that these precepts would affect humanity's finer and nobler nature, and they wanted their disciples gradually to train this nature. To live by such world views and philosophies means to work on perfecting ourselves spiritually. Only when we do this do we serve the cosmos as a whole." How To Know Higher Worlds: A Modern Path of Initiation (Rudolf Steiner)

22 "To the extent that all mystical or peak experiences are the same in their essence and have always been the same, all religions are the same in their essence and always have been the same." Religions, Values, and Peak-Experiences (Abraham Maslow)

23 "As philosophy professor Renee Weber recognizes, there is a single tradition, one universal core of knowledge underlying its many expressions, which are 'bound by a common intentionality, an integral vision of man and world.'" Ancient Wisdom, Modern Insight (Shirley Nicholson)

24 "The testimony of the mystics of all time is so vast that it now in itself constitutes a body of proven facts and cannot be gainsaid." The Labours of Hercules (Alice A. Bailey)

25 "As an old professor of mine in Comparative Religions at the University of Munich used to say: 'In its subjective sense the religion of all mankind is one and the same.'" Myths To Live By (Joseph Campbell)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite