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1 "Consciousness is a singular of which the plural is unknown;… there IS only one thing, and what seems to be a plurality is merely a series of different aspects of this one thing." Erwin Schroedinger (1887-1961), 'The I That Is God' Quantum Questions, Mystical Writings of the World's Great Physicists (Ken Wilber, editor)

2 “Only One exists.” Call to the Heights, Guidance on the Pathway to Self-illumination (Geoffrey Hodson)

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

4 "Whatever exists...has some share in the effulgent beauty of the One." The Great Ideas, A Syntopicon, vol. 1 (Mortimer J. Adler, editor)

5 "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)

6 "That's why the world is called a UNIverse (Latin for 'one turn'). No other universes exist except within this One, which Plato refers to as the 'whole of wholes'." A Beginner's Guide to Constructing the Universe: The Mathematical Archetypes of Nature, Art & Science (Michael S. Schneider)

7 "It is clear that the Universe is nudging us to seek more meaningful relationships based on the principle of oneness – one human family." Agartha: The Essential Guide to Personal Transformation in the New Era (Meredith L. Young)

8 "It is wise to listen not to me but to the word, and to confess that all things are one." Heraclitus, Fragment 50 The New Testament Background: Selected Documents (C. K. Barrett, editor)

9 "Here is how Rumi describes the Divine and its works: 'That is the Ocean of Oneness, wherein is no mate or consort. Its pearls and its fish are none other than its waves….Spirit is truly and always one; but its manifestations on different planes of creation are different. Just as ice, water, and vapor are not three things but only three forms of the same thing, similarly Spirit is one, but its forms are many.'" The Cosmic Game, Explorations of the Frontiers of Human Consciousness (Stanislav Grof)

10 "The One Cosmic Life-Consciousness, binding everything together, and permeating everything, flows through all." Lina Psaltis, introduction Dynamics of the Psychic World (Helena P. Blavatsky)

11 “All things are one in essence.” Lectures on Ancient Philosophy (Manly P. Hall)

12 "The atom is, in many ways, seen to behave as much like a wave as a particle. It can perhaps best be regarded as a poorly defined cloud, dependednt for its particular form on the whole environment, including the observing instrument…Both observer and observed are merging and interpenetrating aspects of one whole reality, which is indivisible." Fritjof Capra, 'The Tao of Physics' The Unfolding Self: Varieties of Transformative Experience (Ralph Metzner)

13 "Seek practical toeholds in everyday life that can help to further define oneness." Agartha: The Essential Guide to Personal Transformation in the New Era (Meredith L. Young)

14 "The great unitary vision of the Vedic sage made him capable of conceiving a oneness to which all aspects converged; all things, working toward greater harmony of the whole." Jeanine Miller, 'The Relevance of the Vedas to Modern Man' The American Theosophist (various)

15 "Even as time is, in its essentiality, beginningless and endless duration, incapable of division into past, present, and future, so space is dimensionless, and divisionless, and non-existent apart from the One Mind." The Tibetan Book of the Great Liberation (W. Y. Evans-Wentz, compiler and editor)

16 “The great work of primitive Buddhism was to emphasize the fundamental unity of life through the doctrine of the One Universal Self.” Lectures on Ancient Philosophy (Manly P. Hall)

17 "The world is built up of thousands of differing rates of vibrations, all these having their origin in the One original vibration of the mind of the Creator." The Finding of the Third Eye (Vera Stanley Alder)

18 "The true nature of happiness – the lasting inner oneness with all things." Oneness: Great Principles Shared By All Religions (Jeffrey Moses)

19 "Matter is one, soul is one, and God is one." 'Corpus Hermeticum' Aurora Consurgens (Marie Louise vonFranz)

20 "The entire universe is one dominion and realm, governed by one ruler." Thomas Aquinas, In Meta XII, L. 12, p. 925 Sheer Joy, Conversations with Thomas Aquinas on Creation Spirituality (Matthew Fox)

21 "Out of the One Eternal Source of Life – the Self of all – come the various sparks that are spiritual Intelligences in every grade of evolution." The Spiritual Life (Annie Besant)

22 "Ultimate ONENESS is a characteristic of the Rig Vedic vision." Jeanine Miller, 'The Relevance of the Vedas to Modern Man' The American Theosophist (various)

23 “No matter how different forms may appear, the Life of this universe is One Life.” Call to the Heights, Guidance on the Pathway to Self-illumination (Geoffrey Hodson)

24 "The Eight Hundred Myriads of Gods are but differing manifestations of one unique Deity…The Eternally Standing Divine Being of the Earth, The Great Unity of All Things in the Universe, The Primordial Being of Heaven and Earth, eternally existing." Izawa-Nagahide, 'Shinto-Ameno-Nuboko-no-Ki' Hero With A Thousand Faces (Joseph Campbell)

25 "Whether it is Blake losing himself in a knot in a piece of wood, Wordsworth in lines of curling mist or the figures of a shepherd and his dog, Shelley in the west wind, or Rilke in the bird flying through him and the tree growing within him – each and all of them were engaged in the task of reconciling the Knower and the Field, so that the perceiver and the perception might be one." The Flame and the Light (Hugh I'anson Fausset)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite