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1 "The One Light illumines all creation." The Seven Human Powers: Luminous Shadows of the Self (Shirley J. Nicholson)

2 "Those who are asleep live each in a private world; those who are awake live in the one Great World." Herakleitos, ancient Greek sage The Unfolding Self: Varieties of Transformative Experience (Ralph Metzner)

3 "If you want to follow the doctrine of the One, do not rage against the World of the Senses. Only by accepting the World of the Senses can you share in the True Perception." Anonymous 7th century patriarch of Zen Buddhism The Manifold and The One (Agnes Arber)

4 "The One, transcendent to all differentiation and form, is the source of all." Elmer O'Brien, S.J., translator The Essential Plotinus (Translated by Elmer O'Brien, S.J.)

5 "The wise is one only." Heraclitus The Way of The Earth, Encounters with Nature in Ancient and Contemporary Thought (T. C. McLuhan)

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

7 "The ouroboros is an expression of the unified field of matter and mind, and the cosmic destiny that is also ours. 'Oneness'. Alchemy, The Art of Transformation (Jay Ramsay)

8 "This oneness IS and always has been." The Manifold and The One (Agnes Arber)

9 "One does not create oneness. One experiences it. Knows it. It already exists." Spirit Guides (Iris Belhayes)

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

11 "When I gained the unshakable belief that there is no death, that all life is indivisible, that the here and hereafter are one, that time and eternity are inseparable, that this is one unobstructed universe, then I found the most satisfying and convincing philosophy of my entire life." The Power of Positive Thinking and The Amazing Results of Positive Thinking (Norman Vincent Peale)

12 "There is but one Life, boundless and inexhaustible, which is the very essence of all." The Brotherhood of Angels & of Men (Geoffrey Hodson)

13 "There flows onward, with the rushing music of mighty waves, an eternal stream of life, and power, and action, which issues from the original source of all life – from Thy life, O Infinite One!" Johann G. Fichte (1762-1814) Daily Strength for Daily Needs (Mary Wilder Tileston, Compiler)

14 "We who dwell on this earth belong to one humanity; There is but one God, and we are His children." Sant Darshan Singh, 'The Cry of the Soul' Experiencing the Soul (Eliot Jay Rosen, editor)

15 “’As all things proceed from the One….so all things are born of this one thing’, says the ‘Tabula smaragdina’.” Collected Works (Carl Jung)

16 "The story of the unfolding of the divine One is as much a story about psychology as it is about mythology and metaphysics." The Gnostic Gospels of Jesus (Marvin Meyer)

17 "Teach us to respect the essence of all religions, and lead us to the One Ultimate Reality." Japanese prayer In Silence: Why We Pray (Donald Spoto, Ph.D.)

18 "In Lurianic Kabbalah, there is only one primordial soul in the world….From this one soul, sparks were disseminated throughout the universe." God Is A Verb, Kabbalah and the Practice of Mystical Judaism (Rabbi David A. Cooper)

19 "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)

20 “Meister Eckhart says:….’One with the One, One from the One, and in the One itself the One, eternally!’” Collected Works (Carl Jung)

21 "God is a pure, clear One who is separate from all twoness." Meister Eckhart One River, Many Wells: Wisdom Springing from World Faiths (Matthew Fox)

22 "Only One-mindedness can be without confusion." A Course in Miracles (Helen Schucman and William Thetford)

23 "There is one being – God – whose essence is identical with His existence. Thus, all other beings are like God in that they exist." Introductory Metaphysics (Avery R. Dulles, James M. Demske, Robert J. O'Connell)

24 "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)

25 "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)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite