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1 "What form of living is best?....There can be only one mode of living entitled to be called best. It is that which will prepare us to realize our oneness with infinite life. The operative word is 'realize'. It is a matter of knowing what already is a fact." The Cosmic Womb, An Interpretation of Man's Relationship to the Infinite (Arthur W. Osborn)

2 "There can be only one absolutely absolute absolute." Heaven, The Heart's Deepest Longing (Peter Kreeft)

3 "Just as the figments of a dream derive from the life energy of one dreamer, representing only fluid splittings and complications of that single force, so do all the forms of all the worlds, whether terrestrial or divine, reflect the universal force of a single inscrutable mystery: the power that constructs the atom and controls the orbits of the stars." Hero With A Thousand Faces (Joseph Campbell)

4 "The Holy Spirit stands at the gate of every man's heart, preparing to initiate him into greater and more lasting joy – the joy of the Eternal One." The Science of the Spoken Word (Mark L. and Elizabeth Clare Prophet)

5 "Live this message of the nonseparation, of the Unity of Life and the Oneness of All Things. Live it in a practical way, not merely in a conceptual way. Allow it to seep into your being at the deepest level, and become a part of your subconscious and immediate response to every life encounter." Tomorrow's God, Our Greatest Spiritual Challenge (Neale Donald Walsch)

6 "Let the oneness grow in your awareness." The Findhorn Garden: Pioneering a New Vision of Man and Nature in Cooperation (The Findhorn Community)

7 "Between the two (objective/subjective) is ONE, greater than either separately, and the Source of both." The Child Within Us Lives!, A Synthesis of Science, Religion and Metaphysics (William Samuel)

8 "The universe, as many mystical traditions tell us, is the 'child' of a sacred marriage between the feminine and masculine forces within the One." The Essential Mystics (Andrew Harvey)

9 “St. Augustine says: ‘God is a most simple being, and yet He works in a most manifold way, being all things in each single thing, and one in all of them together.” Blesed John Tauler (1300-1361), Dominican scholar The Soul Afire, Revelations of the Mystics (H. A. Reinhold, editor)

10 "Unity with the One Life in all is the well or spring from which the waters of life are drawn, and active expression of deeply compassionate concern is the natural direction in which that water inevitably flows." Call to the Heights, Guidance on the Pathway to Self-illumination (Geoffrey Hodson)

11 "There must be knowledge and recognition of the One on whom all worlds are built, the Self eternal and unchanging that throws out universes, as a spider throws out webs, and draws them in again (Mundakopanishad, i. I. 7). One must recognize the one Existence which is at the root of all, supreme...the One without a second." The Spiritual Life (Annie Besant)

12 "There is but one Absolute basis, from, on, and in which are built the countless basic centres on which proceed the Universal, cyclic, and individual Evolutions." The Secret Doctrine (Helena P. Blavatsky)

13 "All principles and their progeny are finally centered and rooted by their summits in the first great all-comprehending one. Thus all beings proceed from, and are comprehended in the first being; all intellects emanate from one first intellect; all souls from one first soul; all natures blossom from one first nature;…all these great monads are comprehended in the first one, from which both they and all their depending series are unfolded into light. Hence, this first one is truly the unity of unities, the monad of monads, the principle of principles, the God of Gods, one and all things, and yet one prior to all." Lectures on Ancient Philosophy (Manly P. Hall)

14 "The One bears all things." 'Akathist to the Mother of God', 6th century Byzantine hymn, edited by Patriarch Sergius, 7th century At the Lighting of the Lamps, Hymns of the Ancient Church (John A. McGucklin, compiler)

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 "At the heart of everything is the supreme initiative of the One who acts, the One who is always there." Earthy Mysticism: Contemplation and the Life of Passionate Presence (William McNamara)

17 "I accomplish everything through the Good One, for this is the union of the truth." The Second Treatise of the Great Seth (early Christian Gnostic text) The Other Bible (Willis Barnstone, editor)

18 "All is fundamentally one." Masanobu Fukuoka, Japanese microbiologist The Way of The Earth, Encounters with Nature in Ancient and Contemporary Thought (T. C. McLuhan)

19 "When he perceiveth the diversified existence of beings as rooted in One, and spreading forth from it, then he reaches the Eternal." The Cosmic Womb, An Interpretation of Man's Relationship to the Infinite (Arthur W. Osborn)

20 "The one Life takes on countless limitations, each right in its own place and time." The Ancient Wisdom (Annie Besant)

21 “Nature is a moving affirmation of the psyche and its ever-renewing oneness.” Mary Within (David Richo)

22 "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)

23 "Earth's multitude of human and sub-human creatures, each of them like a single cell, collectively constitute the body of one multicellular organism, mentally illuminated by the One Cosmic Mind. We are, as St. Paul perceived, all members of One Body; or, as the Mahayana [Buddhism] likewise teaches, other and self are identical." The Tibetan Book of the Great Liberation (W. Y. Evans-Wentz, compiler and editor)

24 "As viewed by astronauts from the moon, the earth lacks those lines of sociopolitical division that are so prominent on maps….The web of interlacing socioeconomic interdependencies that now infolds the planet is of one life. All that is required is a general change of vision to accord with these contemporary facts. And that this will occur is certain. It is, in fact, already occuring. Moreover, the vision required is nothing new, nor unnatural." The Inner Reaches of Outer Space, Metaphor as Myth and as Religion (Joseph Campbell)

25 “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)

26 "Consciousness is One." The Visionary Window: A Quantum Physicist's Guide to Enlightenment (Amit Goswami, Ph.D.)

27 "We are all divine, eternal beings, aspects of the essential oneness of life." The Path of Transformation, How Healing Ourselves Can Change The World (Shakti Gawain)

28 "All experience is one – life as well as death." Dancing in the Flames, The Dark Goddess in the Transformation of Consciousness (Marion Woodman and Elinor Dickson)

29 "There is one eternal Law in nature, one that always tends to adjust contraries and to produce final harmony." The Secret Doctrine (Helena P. Blavatsky)

30 "Although our bodies and minds may be on different trips, on the consciousness level all of us are alike in our humanness. We are one." Handbook to Higher Consciousness (Ken Keyes, Jr.)

31 "If there is only One Thing, and that One Thing Is All That Is, there can be no insufficiency of any kind, because that One Thing is everything, and thus…It is sufficient unto Itself. This is a statement of the nature of God." Communion with God (Neale Donald Walsch)

32 "The universal God is one, yet he is more than one; all things are God; all things are one. By the sweet breaths of God all life is bound in one; so if you touch a fiber of a living thing you send a thrill from center to the outer bounds of life." ch. 28, vs.4-5, Aquarian Gospel of Jesus the Christ (Leo W. Dowling)

33 "The Divine One is the 'One who is with us', Emmanuel, 'God with us.'" The Coming of the Cosmic Christ (Matthew Fox)

34 "There is a God, who is the Creator and Preserver of the universe, and that God is one." The Spiritual Life/The Word of God (Emanuel Swedenborg)

35 "All is one life." To Hear the Angels Sing (Dorothy Maclean)

36 "A great and eternal fact began dawning over the horizon of my awareness. This: that in reality, there were no separating barriers between one living thing and another. That innately, I and every living thing were needed individual parts, or expressions in the forever functioning of the inseparable oneness of all life. And this is true regardless of all surface appearances and seemings to the contrary." The Language of Silence (J. Allen Boone)

37 "As the holy man and visionary Black Elk stood on the summit of Harney Peak, he had a mystical perception of the universe, a cosmos of harmony and balance transcending all polarities: 'Then I was standing on the highest mountain of them all, and round about beneath me was the whole hoop of the world and while I stood there I saw more than I can tell and I understood more than I saw, for I was seeing in a sacred manner the shapes of things in the spirit, and the shape of all shapes, as they must live together like one being.'" Shamanic Voices, A Survey of Visionary Narratives (Joan Halifax, Ph.D.)

38 “Plato maintained that the One is All-Being.” Lectures on Ancient Philosophy (Manly P. Hall)

39 "The son of Pandu (Arjuna) beheld the entire universe in all its multitudinous diversity, lodged as one being within the body of the God of gods." Bhagavad Gita 11:11 Ecstatic Journey, The Transforming Power of Mystical Experience (Sophy Burnham)

40 "There is but one reality. It is all-inclusive." The Unobstructed Universe (Stewart Edward White)

41 "The fact of universal relatedness has been curiously anticipated by philosophers for millenniums. Anaximander of Miletos in ancient Greece, for one, is said to have taught that 'the primary substance of the world is infinite, eternal and all encompassing.' Two thousand years later Bruno went further in writing that 'all reality is one in substance, one in cause, one in origin…and every particle of reality is composed inseparably of the physical and the psychic. The object of philosophy, therefore,…is to rise to that highest knowledge of the universal unity which is the intellectual equivalent of the love of God.'" Seven Mysteries of Life, An Exploration in Science and Philosophy (Guy Murchie)

42 "One nature delights in another, one nature overcomes another, one nature overrules another, and the whole of them are One." Synesius Isis Unveiled (Helena P. Blavatsky)

43 "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)

44 "All is one consciousness." The Visionary Window: A Quantum Physicist's Guide to Enlightenment (Amit Goswami, Ph.D.)

45 "All the principles of human reason unite and as it were concentre in the idea that God is one." A Compendium of the Theological Writings of Emanuel Swedenborg (Samuel M. Warren, compiler)

46 "The One is all-pervading and without division." Call to the Heights, Guidance on the Pathway to Self-illumination (Geoffrey Hodson)

47 "Underlying the inifinite diversity of life is the unity of one all-pervasive spirit." The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success (Deepak Chopra)

48 "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)

49 "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)

50 "One composed of many." Virgil (70-19 bce), 'Minor Poems, Moretum', I.104 Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 16th edition (John Bartlett)

51 "This is the miracle of creation; that it is one forever." A Course in Miracles (Helen Schucman and William Thetford)

52 "The Holy One is the Soul of souls, the Spirit of spirits." Zohar 1:103b God Is A Verb, Kabbalah and the Practice of Mystical Judaism (Rabbi David A. Cooper)

53 "A Sumerian prayer declared: 'Hear O ye regions….magnify the Creatress, exalt the dignified, exalt the Glorious One, draw nigh unto the Mighty Lady.'" The Woman's Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets (Barbara G. Walker)

54 "It is now, all at once, one, continuous….Nor is it divisible more here and less there….but it is full of what is." Heraclitus, Fragment 8 Homage to Pythagoras, Rediscovering Sacred Science (Christopher Bamford, editor)

55 "One Force in every place, though manifold. I am the Sacrifice. I am the Prayer. I am the Funeral Cake set for the dead. I am the healing herb. I am the ghee, the Mantra, and the flame, and that which burns. I am, of all this boundless Universe, the Father, Mother, Ancestor and Guard." Bhagavad Gita, Book 9 Wisdom for Life (Lynette Evans, editor)

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

57 "The absolute, the intelligible, lies at the centre, in the direction in which everything is heightened to the point of being but one." Science and Christ (Pierre Teilhard deChardin)

58 "The Kosmos is ever one, and is a living and ever-living being." Hermetica (Walter Scott, translator)

59 "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)

60 "He is the one God, hidden in all creatures, all pervading, the self within all, watching over all works, shadowing all creatures, the witness, the perceiver, the only one." Svetasvatara Upanishad The Origins of Pagan and Christian Beliefs (Edward Carpenter)

61 "I saw the One I love, with eyes that learned to see. I saw within my soul that He was waiting there." Mechtild of Magdeburg (ca. 1207-1294), German mystic The Soul Afire, Revelations of the Mystics (H. A. Reinhold, editor)

62 "Recognition of this relationship of oneness is the only possible way to personal, national, and international health, peace, and therefore happiness." Call to the Heights, Guidance on the Pathway to Self-illumination (Geoffrey Hodson)

63 "The One Mind being the Cause of All Causes, the Ultimate Reality, every other aspect of the Whole, visible and invisible, and all states or conditions of consciousness, are inseparably parts of the One Mind." The Tibetan Book of the Great Liberation (W. Y. Evans-Wentz, compiler and editor)

64 "As Plato teaches in the 'Timaeus', the universe is one single, visible living being." Christopher Bamford, introduction Homage to Pythagoras, Rediscovering Sacred Science (Christopher Bamford, editor)

65 "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)

66 "Just as the plurality of the human soul's life of imagination, feeling, and will has a focus, a center, around which it orders and orientates itself, so also does the multiplicity of the appearances of the world have ONE center, which orders and holds everything together." Covenant of the Heart, Meditations of a Christian Hermeticist on the Mysteries of Tradition (Valentin Tomberg)

67 "Adonai, Allah, Brahman, Elohim, God, Jehovah, Krishna, and Yahweh are among the many names humans have given to The One Thing That Is….The One Thing That Is is all that exists. There is nothing that is not part of The One Thing That Is." What God Wants (Neale Donald Walsch)

68 “With the One, all diversity is unity.” Meister Eckhart (1260-1327) The Soul Afire, Revelations of the Mystics (H. A. Reinhold, editor)

69 "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)

70 "In diverse forms a common soul we see." G. Matheson Basic Theosophy (Geoffrey Hodson)

71 "Train yourselves to see in everything an expression of the One." The Brotherhood of Angels & of Men (Geoffrey Hodson)

72 "God Is oneness….God is our shared heart and mind….those who see their oneness with just one other living thing cannot fail to see God." Hugh and Gayle Prather', 'God is Love' Handbook for the Heart, Original Writings on Love (Richard Carlson and Benjamin Shield, editors)

73 "God cannot be separated from God and so is separate from nothing at all. God can differentiate Itself in countless ways, which It does as a means of Self-Expression, through which It becomes Self-Conscious. Yet differentiation is not division. Separation does not exist." What God Wants (Neale Donald Walsch)

74 "Though the proliferations of living matter are vast and manifold, they never lose their solidarity. A continuous adjustment co-adapts them from without. A profound equilibrium gives them balance within. Taken in its totality, the living substance spread over the earth – from the very first stages of its evolution – traces the lineaments of one single and gigantic organism." The Phenomenon of Man (Pierre Teilhard deChardin)

75 "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)

76 "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)

77 "The one Life is eternal, invisible, yet Omnipresent, without beginning or end." The Secret Doctrine (Helena P. Blavatsky)

78 "The physical universe is a manifestation of one eternal reality." Dialogue on Life, Buddhist Perspectives on Life and the Universe (Daisaku Ikeda)

79 "When the awareness of the mind transcends the isolation of the personal self, it establishes an intimate relationship with the other, so that it is no longer merely a subject-object communication. This communication is one in which perceiver and perceived, thinker and thought, subject and object are united into a single all-pervading reality in which duality, or separation, is lost." Summons to Life, Contemporary Christian Insights (Martin Israel)

80 "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)

81 "The whole of nature is one, a unity." L. H. Leslie-Smith, 'Karma and Reincarnation' Karma, The Universal Law of Harmony (Virginia Hanson and Rosemarie Stewart, editors)

82 "Pythagoras appears to have taught the unity of God, whom he regarded as one omnipresent Spirit from whom our spirits emanated." An Introduction to Philosophy (Jacques Maritain)

83 "You and the Source are One. All separation is illusion. So know your Self and be free." Reflections of an Elder Brother: Awakening from the Dream (Mary-Margaret Moore)

84 "With the emergence of the realizations of oneness, the depth of our growth in enlightenment becomes ever richer and deeper." Spirit Guides (Iris Belhayes)

85 "God is absolutely One – in fact, Oneness." Mysticism and Ecumenism (Robley Edward Whitson)

86 "Here is the secret. Disunity does not exist. This insight can change your entire experience of life. This insight translates into a simple statement that, if lived as your day-to-day reality, would turn your world upside down: We Are All One." Communion with God (Neale Donald Walsch)

87 "One nourishes many sides, thus All is One." The Zohar, Isaac Myer's translation The Ancient Wisdom (Annie Besant)

88 "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)

89 "Consideration of the good of the collective whole naturally arises from recognizing one's intrinsic link with the One Life." Editors Karma, Rhythmic Return to Harmony (V. Hanson, R. Stewart & S. Nicholson, editors)

90 “The One may be called the underlying element of all things.” Pseudo-Dionysius, The Complete Works (John Farina, Editor-in-Chief)

91 "Although You are one, You are spread throughout the sky and the planets and in all space between, O great one." Bhagavad Gita, ch. 11, v. 20 Bhagavad-Gita As It Is (A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada)

92 "Through the steadfast practice of Mindfulness we may centre ourselves in this Oneness in which the light of insight scatters the shadows of external discrimination, and differences no longer divide, but enrich and unite." The Flame and the Light (Hugh I'anson Fausset)

93 "The universe is an orchestration of the one Word God speaks from all eternity." The Human Adventure, Contemplation for Everyman (William McNamara, O.C.D.)

94 "How truly the Lord is one." Edgar Cayce A Million Years to the Promised Land (Robert W. Krajenke)

95 "All that exists throughout the cosmos is but the temporary, ephemeral effect of the One Life refracted through the screen of objectivity." Ancient Wisdom, Modern Insight (Shirley Nicholson)

96 "Your real being is everything you are now looking at….you are literally one with all manifestation, one with the universe." Grace and Grit: Spirituality and Healing in the Life and Death of Treya Killam Wilber (Ken Wilber)

97 "The One is the immeasurable light, pure, holy, immaculate." The Secret Book of John The Gnostic Gospels of Jesus (Marvin Meyer)

98 "The forward roll of the cosmogonic round precipitates the One into the many." Hero With A Thousand Faces (Joseph Campbell)

99 "Anaximenes, son of Eurystratus, of Miletus, a companion of Anaximander, also says like him that the underlying nature is one and infinite." Simplicius, 'In Phys., 24, 26-30 The Cambridge Companion to Early Greek Philosophy (A. A. Long, editor)

100 "The God of Pythagoras was the Monad, or the One that is Everything. He described God as the Supreme Mind distributed throughout all parts of the universe – the Cause of all things, the Intelligence of all things, and the Power within all things." The Secret Teachings of All Ages (Manly P. Hall)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite