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

2 "The One and the many, time and eternity, are all One." Reshad Field, Sufi scholar, 'Steps to Freedom' As Above, So Below: Paths to Spiritual Renewal in Daily Life (Ronald S. Miller and the editors of New Age Journal)

3 "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)

4 "Like the Eastern traditions, it [Sufism] looks beyond appearances to the essential oneness of Being." Kabir Helminski, 'Sufism, A Path to Human Wholeness' The Inner West, An Introduction to the Hidden Wisdom of the West (Jay Kinney, editor)

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

6 "One is the Spirit of the living God, blessed be His Name, who lives forever!" 'Sepher Jezireh', the kabalistic Book of Creation Isis Unveiled (Helena P. Blavatsky)

7 "Deity is one and all are manifestations of the One." The Mystery Religions and Christianity (Samuel Angus)

8 "God, the Master and Maker and Encompasser of all, is both One and all things;…for the whole which is made up of all things is one." Hermetica (Walter Scott, translator)

9 "The essence of all things is one and that spirit is the source of all, the only certitude, the sole eternal reality." The Great Secret (Maurice Maeterlinck)

10 "When one knows Thee, then alien there is none, then no door is shut. Oh, grant me my prayer that I may never lose the touch of the one in the play of the many." Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941), 'Gitanjali' Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 16th edition (John Bartlett)

11 "There is but one God whose name is true. He is the creator, immortal, unborn, self-existent." Sikh teaching Oneness: Great Principles Shared By All Religions (Jeffrey Moses)

12 "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)

13 "Life is One, and all its forms are interrelated. It follows that every act and thought by any form of life, from the highest to the lowest, must react on every other form." Christmas Humphreys (b. 1901), British author and Buddhist philosopher, 'Karma and Rebirth' Reincarnation: The Phoenix Fire Mystery (Cranston/Head, editors)

14 "All we do in the way of selfless compassion and service will bring as its logical consequence enhanced experience of the basic Oneness through enhanced awareness….Here is at work the paradoxical but crucial truth inculcated by all spiritual masters, that he who gives up his life for the sake of higher things will find it, and find it a hundredfold." Theosophy, A Modern Expression of the Wisdom of the Ages (Robert Ellwood)

15 "The Beautiful is an eternal flow; it is the One in motion." Lectures on Ancient Philosophy (Manly P. Hall)

16 "'I covet nothing – but One.' You ought to have the meaning of these words in your intention and soul's habit always." Toward A Perfect Love (Walter Hilton)

17 "The Brihadaranyaka Upanishad, the Kalika Purana, the Eddas, the Babylonian 'Epic of Creation', Ovid, the Memphite theogony, Vedantic philosophy, Kant, Goethe, through varieties of metaphor, have stated and stated again a single thought – and what would appear to be an easy thought to state, namely: the One, by some sleight of hand or trick of the eye, has become the Manifold." The Flight of the Wild Gander (Joseph Campbell)

18 "The One desires to return to unity from multiplicity." Richard Roberts Tarot Revelations (Joseph Campbell & Richard Roberts)

19 "In the prison One shall come; and the chains which are stronger than iron, the fetters harder than steel, shall dissolve – you shall go free forever." Edward Carpenter, 'Towards Democracy' Cosmic Consciousness (Richard M Bucke)

20 "The one reality is, for the mystic, an object of love that draws us homeward under the guidance of the heart." Shadows of the Sacred: Seeing Through Spiritual Illusions (Frances Vaughan, Ph.D.)

21 "We are all one…..There are no 'others'." Basic Theosophy (Geoffrey Hodson)

22 “According to Plato, the One is the term most suitable for defining the Absolute.” The Secret Teachings of All Ages (Manly P. Hall)

23 "Diverse entities…have emerged from an original One in whom they can and eventually must be reabsorbed or reintegrated." Occult Preparations for a New Age (Dane Rudhyar)

24 "As God's essence is indivisible, so also nature itself, which is His emanation into the world, is in every respect one single form and indivisible in itself." Robert Fludd, Western Esoteric Masters Series (William Huffman, editor)

25 "From the lowliest insect to the most perfect sage, there breathes the same Universal Spirit, which assumes innumerable forms." B. K. S. Iyengar, 'Light on Yoga' One River, Many Wells: Wisdom Springing from World Faiths (Matthew Fox)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite