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1 "All beings come forth from the One." Basic Theosophy (Geoffrey Hodson)

2 "The Commandments…constitute One indivisible logos." S. Y. Agnon, compiler Present at Sinai, The Giving of the Law (S. Y. Agnon, compiler)

3 "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)

4 "The One…will again reassert his soverign claim, and gather all the fragmented and estranged shreds of being into the reconciled opposites of the one Word." Earthy Mysticism: Contemplation and the Life of Passionate Presence (William McNamara)

5 "The condensation and differentiation of the One Body as many is the Divine Incarnations among sentient beings." W. Y. Evans-Wentz, introduction Tibetan Book of the Dead (W Y Evans-Wentz, translator)

6 "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)

7 "That 'persistent One' exists behind all phenomena." Esoteric Astrology (Alice A. Bailey)

8 "Brahman IS the world, and nondual mysticism takes its start with just that realization of One Taste." Integral Psychology: Consciousness, Spirit, Psychology, Therapy (Ken Wilber)

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

10 "As we are held as one in God, so do we learn as one in Him." A Course in Miracles (Helen Schucman and William Thetford)

11 "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)

12 "Running through the field of time is this energy which is the one energy that is putting itself into all these forms." A Joseph Campbell Companion: Reflections on the Art of Living (Diane K. Osbon, editor)

13 "The divinity is One reality which, because of our manner of seeing it, appears in different hypostases which are perfect in themselves." The Unity of Reality (Michael vonBruck)

14 "A gardener or farmer plants his seeds underground and, in due course, the new plants appear and complete their cycle of growth, which is generally consummated in the production of more seeds. The One Life, the One Law and the One Energy, to which the name 'God' has been given, would seem similarly to provide for the innermost selves of humanity the conditions necessary for the germination and development of their limitless, but at first seed-like deific powers. These conditions have some analogy with those provided for the seed of a plant when it is planted in the soil." Basic Theosophy (Geoffrey Hodson)

15 "God is one and wise." Thomas Aquinas, In 2 Cor, ch. 2, p. 310 Sheer Joy, Conversations with Thomas Aquinas on Creation Spirituality (Matthew Fox)

16 "Like knots spaced out along a cord, or like the folds into which a single curtain falls, or the eddies forming on one and the same surface, everything that moves and lives in the universe represents, in one particular aspect, the modifications of one and the same thing." Writings in Time of War (Pierre Teilhard deChardin)

17 "The Microcosmic Mind is inseparable from the Macrocosmic Mind, both alike being of the One Essence." The Tibetan Book of the Great Liberation (W. Y. Evans-Wentz, compiler and editor)

18 "Interrelatedness, seeing the oneness of all things and their interconnections, is the essence of compassion." Wrestling with the Prophets, Essays on Creation Spirituality and Everyday Life (Matthew Fox)

19 "Beyond all conception, the universal light shines forth. It is the great One, smaller than the smallest, farther than the farthest, nearer than the nearest. The wise know It resting deep within." Mundaka Upanishad The Upanishads, selections translated by Alistair Shearer and Peter Russell (Alistair Shearer and Peter Russell, translators)

20 "The one who is wise takes his stand upon the beautiful orderliness of the world. He moves in accordance with the one constitution of all things." Lao-Tse Men Who Have Walked With God (Sheldon Cheney)

21 "This belief that our world is one indivisible thing is held by modern scientists today, and they come very near to proving it also – at least nothing ever happens to create a doubt of its truth….the world of our experience is in some way one." The Glorious Presence (Ernest E. Wood)

22 "In fact, subjectivity and objectivity are not independent realities, they depend upon each other; they are the Being, through consciousness, looking at itself as subject on the object and the same Being offering itself to its own consciousness as object to the subject." A Greater Psychology, An Introduction to Sri Aurobindo's Psychological Thought (Sri Aurobindo, edited by A. S. Dalal)

23 "There may be thousands or billions of perceptions, but they are still One." Shambhala (Chogyam Trungpa)

24 "The function of Love is one." A Course in Miracles (Helen Schucman and William Thetford)

25 "The whole universe is like one principality and one kingdom, and must therefore be governed by one ruler." Thomas Aquinas, In Meta XII, L. 12, p. 925 Sheer Joy, Conversations with Thomas Aquinas on Creation Spirituality (Matthew Fox)

26 "What is it which determines the conformation of basic substance into the multiplex variety of Forms which we see about us? It is the One Universal Spirit." Rosicrucian Cosmo-Conception, or Christian Occult Science (Max Heindel)

27 "If we are enlightened by the contemplation of and knowledge of the One we are enabled to be unified, to achieve a truly divine oneness and it will never happen that we succumb to that fragmentation…which is the source of hostility between equals." Pseudo-Dionysius, The Complete Works (John Farina, Editor-in-Chief)

28 "A unity pervades and underlies all existence. This is the meaning of 'the Eternal is One' (Old Testament, Deut. 6:4)." The Hidden Face of God: How Science Reveals the Ultimate Truth (Gerald L. Schroeder, Ph.D.)

29 "I dwell within a world of unity. I know all souls are one." Atlantean chant A Treatise on White Magic (Alice A. Bailey)

30 "The Way of One – there is none other." Miraculous Living (Rabbi Shoni Labowitz)

31 "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)

32 "Granted that there are countless individuals, at last is everything one, and the recognition of this unity forms the goal and end of all philosophy and natural research." Giordano Bruno, 'De la Causa', Dialogue 4 Ethics (Benedict Spinoza)

33 "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)

34 "From the One Life formless and uncreate, proceeds the Universe of lives." The Secret Doctrine (Helena P. Blavatsky)

35 "I am perceiving everyone, including myself, as an awakening being who is here to claim his or her birthright to the higher consciousness..of unconditional love and oneness." Handbook to Higher Consciousness (Ken Keyes, Jr.)

36 "There's only oneness." Karunamayi, Hindu spiritual mother Spiritual Genius, The Mastery of Life's Meaning (Winifred Gallagher)

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

38 "As the one fire has entered the world and become corresponding in form to every form, so the one interior Self of all things corresponds in form to every form, and yet is beyond." Katha Upanishad, 5.9 The Flight of the Wild Gander (Joseph Campbell)

39 "'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)

40 "How true it is that all life is one." Rosicrucian Cosmo-Conception, or Christian Occult Science (Max Heindel)

41 "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)

42 "The whole universe is one reality, and that reality is pure consciousness. Pure consciousness is absolute existence. It is One that is not followed by a Second." Chandogya Upanishad Spontaneous Fulfillment of Desire (Deepak Chopra)

43 "As a homogeneous whole, the Universe symbolizes the undivided One Mind." The Tibetan Book of the Great Liberation (W. Y. Evans-Wentz, compiler and editor)

44 "If all of us saw ourselves as One, it would create a new ethic for our species and a new way of life on our planet." What God Wants (Neale Donald Walsch)

45 "Ten thousand 'consciousnesses' are at play at the same time; nevertheless, there is only one Consciousness." Nature Word (R. A. Schwaller deLubicz)

46 "Our unity with the world-being is the consciousness of a Self which at one and the same time cosmicises in the world and individualizes through the individual, and both in that world-being and in this individual being and in all individual beings it is aware of the same Self manifesting and experiencing its various manifestations." A Greater Psychology, An Introduction to Sri Aurobindo's Psychological Thought (Sri Aurobindo, edited by A. S. Dalal)

47 "Thou art I, I am Thou….Knowing, Knower, Known, as One!" Paramahansa Yogananda, 'Samadhi' Autobiography of a Yogi (Paramahansa Yogananda)

48 "There is only the One Divinity and ALL else is an expression of Its Life, Love, Intelligence, and Body." Soul Centered Astrology, A Key to Your Expanding Self (Alan Oken)

49 "The Arabic word 'islam' means 'submission', or to be more precise 'the surrender of one's whole being, to the Divine Unity, to the Oneness that is God." The Essence of Sufism (John Baldock)

50 "We are all, in our consciousness, one. And we're one with the totality and potentially omniscient." Joseph Campbell The Hero's Journey (Phil Cousineau, editor)

51 "Matter and spirit, as we know them in our universe, are not two separate substances, set side by side and differing in nature. They are two distinct aspects of one single cosmic stuff and there is between them no conflict to baffle our intelligence." Pierre Leroy, S.J., foreword The Divine Milieu (Pierre Teilhard deChardin)

52 "Though religion, psychology, philosophy, science and the arts all have varied languages, they all reveal related aspects of one life." Angels and Mortals, Their Co-Creative Power (Maria Parisen, compiler)

53 “The Transcendent One predefined and brought into being everything that is.” Pseudo-Dionysius, The Complete Works (John Farina, Editor-in-Chief)

54 "Vishnu is one, and yet He is certainly all-pervading. By His inconceivable potency, in spite of His one form, He is present everywhere." The Vedas Bhagavad-Gita As It Is (A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada)

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

56 "Substance is one." Amos Bronson Alcott (1799-1888), American Transcendentalist lecturer and writer A Treasury of Philosophy, Vol. 1 (Dagobert D. Runes, editor)

57 "Increasingly, we need to make our decisions from the larger perspective provided by serving the One Life." William Metzger, 'Choosing: Karma & Kharma in the 21st Century' Karma, Rhythmic Return to Harmony (V. Hanson, R. Stewart & S. Nicholson, editors)

58 "Within the cosmos all the elements are dependent upon one another ontologically, in the ascending order of their true being (which means of their consciousness); and the entire cosmos, as one complete whole, is held up, 'informed', by the powerful energy of a higher, and unique, Monad which gives to everything below itself its definitive intelligibility and its definitive power of action and reaction." Science and Christ (Pierre Teilhard deChardin)

59 “The truth is: there is only one of us.” Questions and Answers on Conversations With God (Neale Donald Walsch)

60 "The One manifests as the Many while never ceasing to be the One." The Alternative Gospel (John Baldock)

61 "We have to come to a point when we truly feel the oneness, the unity in all the aspects of our lives." Sun Bear (Native American elder), 'The Shaman and The Medicine Wheel' Ancient Wisdom, Modern Insight (Shirley Nicholson)

62 "We are equally and essentially…expressions of the Monad, the One." The Rays and The Initiations (Alice A. Bailey)

63 "Human reason, if it will, may perceive or conclude that there is a God, and that He is one. This truth it can confirm by innumerable things in the visible world. For the universe is as a theatre on which the testimony that there is a God, and that He is one, is continually set forth." A Compendium of the Theological Writings of Emanuel Swedenborg (Samuel M. Warren, compiler)

64 "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)

65 “All the evidence seems to tell us that all of nature does indeed function by virtue of one fundamental force.” The Secret Power of Music (David Tame)

66 "Inside, outside, o friends, all one." Kabir The Coming of the Cosmic Christ (Matthew Fox)

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

68 "From the many to the one, from duality to unity – the direction of growth and evolution is toward integration, toward oneness." The Unfolding Self: Varieties of Transformative Experience (Ralph Metzner)

69 "The homogeneous is the cause of the heterogeneous, unity produces diversity, the One is responsible for the many." The Light of the Soul (Alice A. Bailey)

70 "We are all one! That's what your breath is telling you." Psychedelic Experience, A Manual Based on the Tibetan Book of the Dead (Timothy Leary, Ralph Metzner, Richard Alpert)

71 "Oh, grant me my prayer that I may never lose the bliss of the touch of the one in the play of the many." Rabindranath Tagore, 'Gitanjali' Shadows of the Sacred: Seeing Through Spiritual Illusions (Frances Vaughan, Ph.D.)

72 "All life is one, and all its manifestations with which we have had contact are climbing the ladder of evolution." Lord Hugh Dowding (1882-1970), British Air Chief Marshal, speech delivered before the House of Lords, July 18, 1957 Reincarnation: The Phoenix Fire Mystery (Cranston/Head, editors)

73 "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)

74 "God's Idea, from which infinite numbers of things follow in infinite ways, can be one only." 'Nature and the Origin of the Mind', Proposition 4 Ethics (Benedict Spinoza)

75 "Despite its denial by man, the fact of oneness remains. From that unity, that one Source, is derived the God-Self of man, the Inner Ruler Immortal. From and through that Immortal Self, Power from the One Source is flowing." Basic Theosophy (Geoffrey Hodson)

76 "The deepest we can reach into our exploration of the unconscious mind is the layer where man is no longer a distinct individual, but where his mind widens out and merges into the mind of mankind – where we are all one." C. G. Jung, 'The Symbolic Life' Calling the Circle: The First and Future Culture (Christina Baldwin)

77 "In spite of the diversity of forms, evolution attests to the oneness of life." Ancient Wisdom, Modern Insight (Shirley Nicholson)

78 "There is one, absolute, infinite, eternal Being, which is manifested in all the different forms of nature and human life. The object of life is to realize the absolute, indivisible unity of this one Being." Christ in India: Essays Towards a Hindu-Christian Dialogue (Bede Griffiths)

79 "There is but one Magnet in the universe, and from it proceeds the magnetization of everything existing." Isis Unveiled (Helena P. Blavatsky)

80 "All people worship God, the One;…This universal God is wisdom, will and love." ch. 28, vs. 13-14 Aquarian Gospel of Jesus the Christ (Leo W. Dowling)

81 "The one cause – which is the Whole – is what existence is and what we are." The Glorious Presence (Ernest E. Wood)

82 "Nothing is real but the one Life that we seek for and love unconsciously under its many veils." The Ancient Wisdom (Annie Besant)

83 “And behold it is One thing, One root, One essence with nothing extraneous added.” Nicolaus Melchior, chaplain at King Louis II’s court, 1490-1516 Collected Works (Carl Jung)

84 "Everything really subsists in a single thing, which is God Himself." Benedict Spinoza, 'Short Treatise' Ethics (Benedict Spinoza)

85 "There is a supreme Ruler of all things, God, ever One." Philolaus, 5th century Pythagorean philosopher The New Testament Background: Selected Documents (C. K. Barrett, editor)

86 "In its depths the life in all that exists IS the One Life." Ancient Wisdom, Modern Insight (Shirley Nicholson)

87 "This whole essence is but one thing only, like the mind of a man. Even as he is in soul and body, so also is this whole essence." Jacob Boehme Collected Works (Carl Jung)

88 "There is a teleological message contained in the image of the spiral; for it moves in successively opposite directions towards the ultimate expression of both the infinitely expanded and the infinitely contracted. The spiral is constantly approaching these two incomprehensible aspects of the ultimate reality, and therefore symbolizes a universe moving toward the perfect singularity from which it arose." Robert Lawlor, 'Ancient Temple Architecture' Homage to Pythagoras, Rediscovering Sacred Science (Christopher Bamford, editor)

89 "The holy omnipresence of the Divine One [is] in all things." The Coming of the Cosmic Christ (Matthew Fox)

90 "The universe is a uni-verse, there is nothing else: it is one-only….and everything is connected to everything else." Nature Word (R. A. Schwaller deLubicz)

91 "The need of the world is for a conscious turning to God, to know that there is one life from One Source." To Hear the Angels Sing (Dorothy Maclean)

92 "Men and women of many different periods, races, and religions have felt themselves to have entered in varying degrees into a mystical Union in which they knew the Manifold as the One; and they have attempted to recount what they then realised." The Manifold and The One (Agnes Arber)

93 "Love is no more and no less than the ethical expression of oneness." Theosophy, A Modern Expression of the Wisdom of the Ages (Robert Ellwood)

94 "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)

95 "All is fused into one great work of art, all forms part of one living whole." The Mystic Way - A Psychological Study in Christian Origins (Evelyn Underhill)

96 "To apprehend the one in the many constitutes the special character of love." Ernst Troeltsch, 'Christianity and Other Religions' Macmillan Dictionary of Religious Quotations (Margaret Pepper, editor)

97 "There is in reality no separation or duality, no I, or Thou, but simply a God in manifestation, Whose nature is Light." Discipleship in the New Age (Alice A. Bailey)

98 "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)

99 "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.)

100 "Meister Eckhart, the thirteenth-century Christian mystic, noted his experience that: 'All that man has here externally in multiplicity is intrinsically One. Here all blades of grass, wood and stone, all things are One. This is the deepest depth…'. And Henry Suso, a German Dominican, wrote: 'All creatures…are the same life, the same essence, the same power, the same one and nothing less.' What these mystics seem to be saying is that 'at the deepest level of my being I am of the same essence as you and the same as the rest of the universe. We are all of this same essence, and I experience my Self as such. This is what we are…this is our deepest level of identity.'" The Global Brain, Speculations on the Evolutionary Leap to Planetary Consciousness (Peter Russell)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite