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1 "Let us think…of the oneness to which all our nature testifies." Lamps of Western Mysticism (Arthur Edward Waite)

2 "Unity is, a unity that encompasses and binds together all existence. The universe is an expression of this oneness." The Hidden Face of God: How Science Reveals the Ultimate Truth (Gerald L. Schroeder, Ph.D.)

3 "Behold! The One who is unchanging, who is the Origin of the origins." Ching-ching, Nestorian Christian monk Living Christianity (Martin Palmer)

4 "The soul-order, originating from one primal Soul, descends to a manifold of souls and again carries back the manifold to the one." Proclus (410-485 ad), Greek Neoplatonic philosopher, 'Elements of Theology' Reincarnation: The Phoenix Fire Mystery (Cranston/Head, editors)

5 "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)

6 "The One Self is in all." The Ancient Wisdom (Annie Besant)

7 "I saw all forms gathered within the Form of God. Thus one great Form appeared." Discipleship in the New Age (Alice A. Bailey)

8 "Dionysius the Areopagite speaks of the One as containing all things 'in Its all-embracing Unity…combining even opposites under the form of oneness.'" The Manifold and The One (Agnes Arber)

9 "According to Jewish tradition, the whole of mankind was contained in Adam from the beginning, which meant the soul of everybody who would ever be born. The soul of Adam, therefore, was like the wick of a lamp composed of innumerable strands. In this symbol the idea of a total oneness of all human existence, beyond all individual units, is clearly expressed." Marie Louise vonFranz Man and His Symbols (Carl Jung)

10 "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)

11 "The 'prima materia', the alchemists declared, can be found everywhere. It was considered the essence of all substances, 'the underlying something that always remains identical and one.' (Aristotle, 'On Generation and Corruption', Bk 1)" The History of Magic and the Occult (Kurt Seligmann)

12 "Truth admits of no plurality, and reveals itself as single and unique." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'Third Century of Various Texts' The Philokalia, volume 2 (various authors, compiled by St. Nikodimos of the Holy Mountain)

13 "Reality is basically an Absolute Oneness." The Nature and Truth of the Great Religions (August Karl Reischauer)

14 "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)

15 "The multiplicity of things and events around us are simply expressions of one and the same ultimate reality, which rises above all ideas and images and is more than its manifestations." Mysticism, Its History and Challenge (Bruno Borchert)

16 "The stuff of the universe, woven in a single piece according to one and the same system, but never repeating itself from one point to another, represents a single figure. Structurally, it forms a Whole." The Phenomenon of Man (Pierre Teilhard deChardin)

17 "My life is offered in service to the One." Paths to God: Living the Bhagavad Gita (Ram Dass)

18 "We are One Essential Whole, expressing Itself through a limitless number of forms and varieties." Soul Centered Astrology, A Key to Your Expanding Self (Alan Oken)

19 "There is but One God." Ravidas, poet and cobbler, 'World of Illusion' The Religion Book, The Encyclopedia of Places, Prophets, Saints, and Seers (Jim Willis)

20 "We would shout it in words of fire that oneness is." The Findhorn Garden: Pioneering a New Vision of Man and Nature in Cooperation (The Findhorn Community)

21 "We are One." The Findhorn Garden: Pioneering a New Vision of Man and Nature in Cooperation (The Findhorn Community)

22 "The person who sees in the One perceives through the One both himself and all men and all things." St. Symeon the New Theologian, 'Practical and Theological Texts' The Philokalia, volume 4 (various authors, compiled by St. Nikodimos and St. Makarios)

23 “The universe is the work of one creator.” Manilius Arcana Mundi (Georg Luck)

24 "There are millions among us who understand we are one. As we create deeper peace among any of us anywhere, the reality of peace becomes more probable everywhere. We can surround the world with a field of peace so powerful that hatred and fear will dissolve in its presence….knowing the truth of our spiritual oneness and embracing it within our hearts is the ultimate answer to all the problems of the world." Everyday Grace, Having Hope, Finding Forgiveness, and Making Miracles (Marianne Williamson)

25 "God is the oneness of the beginning and the end." Heaven, The Heart's Deepest Longing (Peter Kreeft)

26 "Realisation of the unity of life solves problems of human relations, personal, national and international. All are one, and realisation of this fact by a sufficient number of people will bring world peace." Basic Theosophy (Geoffrey Hodson)

27 "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)

28 "There is only one Source of That Which Is, and the one Source IS That Which Is." Communion with God (Neale Donald Walsch)

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

30 "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)

31 "One Nature, perfect and pervading, circulates in all natures. One reality, all-comprehensive, contains within itself all realities." Larry Dossy, M.D., 'Ancient Messages in Modern Science' American Theosophist, The (Dora Kunz, Executive Editor)

32 "We are all one in Thee, for all are Thine." William Walsham How (1823-1897), English bishop and hymn-writer The Lion Christian Quotation Collection (Hannah Ward & Jennifer Wild, compilers)

33 "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)

34 "We are all One." Regents of the Seven Spheres (H. K. Challoner)

35 "Wholeness comes first, multiplicity later; the many derive from the one." Why Religion Matters: The Fate of the Human Spirit in an Age of Disbelief (Huston Smith)

36 "All comes from God, all returns to God; all becomes one, one becomes all. God, or the world, is one: the divine idea is diffused throughout every quarter of the universe." The Great Secret (Maurice Maeterlinck)

37 "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)

38 "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)

39 "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)

40 "In reality, there is but one spirit." Rosicrucian Cosmo-Conception, or Christian Occult Science (Max Heindel)

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

42 "The great wheels turn in cyclic motion, bearing all things toward one consummation." Regents of the Seven Spheres (H. K. Challoner)

43 "All the Buddhas and all sentient beings are nothing but the One Mind, beside which nothing exists. This Mind, which is without beginning, is unborn and indestructible….Only awake to the One Mind." Master Huang Po, 'The Zen Teaching of Huang Po, trans. John Blofeld Spectrum of Consciousness (Ken Wilber)

44 "As a spider throws out and retracts its web, as herbs spring up in the ground….so is the Universe derived from the undecaying One." Mandukya Upanishad The Secret Doctrine (Helena P. Blavatsky)

45 "Both yin and yang have their common origin in an undivided One." The Secret of the Golden Flower (Richard Wilhelm, translator)

46 "It's all one single water from the ocean of God's holy love." Ecstatic Journey, The Transforming Power of Mystical Experience (Sophy Burnham)

47 "There is one absolute, eternal, infinite, unchanging Being, which is the unique source of all existence, of all knowledge and of all life; which is above all things and in all things and for which all things exist." Christ in India: Essays Towards a Hindu-Christian Dialogue (Bede Griffiths)

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

49 "Your Wholeness, your entire psyche, has one main directive – bring this separated one to the knowledge there is but One Self. There is but One." Reflections of an Elder Brother: Awakening from the Dream (Mary-Margaret Moore)

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

51 "God is in an absolute sense one." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'First Century on Theology' The Philokalia, volume 2 (various authors, compiled by St. Nikodimos of the Holy Mountain)

52 "Life immanent and life transcendent, the Temporal and the Eternal order, are the complementary expressions of a Reality which is one." The Mystic Way - A Psychological Study in Christian Origins (Evelyn Underhill)

53 "The One loves us." The Center of the Cyclone: An Autobiography of Inner Space (John C. Lilly, M.D.)

54 "Now, as you are, you are what you seek. You are of the One. Now!" Reflections of an Elder Brother: Awakening from the Dream (Mary-Margaret Moore)

55 "God is one not two. Who sees God sees nothing but one." Meister Eckhart (1260-1327) The Masks of God (Joseph Campbell)

56 "Humans may have nervous systems that are automatically structured to produce instant insights that facilitate love and oneness." Handbook to Higher Consciousness (Ken Keyes, Jr.)

57 "The 'I' is ultimately the same in all of us. We are collectively one great being….This is why we are to 'love thy neighbor as thyself' – our neighbors are literally ourselves." Inner Christianity, A Guide to the Esoteric Tradition (Richard Smoley)

58 "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)

59 "There is one Rudra only, they do not allow a second, who rules all the worlds by his powers. Behind all creatures he stands, the Protector; having created them, he gathers all beings together at the end of time." Shvetashvatara Upanishad Collected Works (Carl Jung)

60 "You all are clothed by the One." Understanding Yourself: A Spiritual Approach to Self-Discovery and Soul-Awareness (Mark L. and Elizabeth Clare Prophet)

61 "You can lose sight of oneness, but can not make sacrifice of its reality." A Course in Miracles (Helen Schucman and William Thetford)

62 "Natural magnetism…will draw the pilgrim irresistibly along the road from the Many to the One." Mysticism (Evelyn Underhill)

63 "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)

64 "Life is ever brighter, flowing, creative, blooming, waxing and waning, eternally one." To Hear the Angels Sing (Dorothy Maclean)

65 "Creation is precisely the manifestation in multitudinous form of the single superessential Nature." Richard McKeon, introduction to John Scotus Eriugena Selections From Medieval Philosophers (Richard McKeon, editor and translator)

66 "Reality is in fact one and perfect." The World's Religions (Huston Smith)

67 "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)

68 "The true Self of all selves is the Subject of all conditions, and all conditions together are literally the Body of that One." The Enlightenment of the Whole Body (Bubba Free John)

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

70 "When you see the one who exists eternally, that is the great vision." The Dialogue of the Savior The Gnostic Gospels of Jesus (Marvin Meyer)

71 "Once you have brought bondage to the dyad into subjection to the dignity and nature of the One, you will have subjected the whole of creation to God; for you will have brought into unity what was divided and will have reconciled all things." Nikitas Stithatos, 'On Spiritual Knowledge' The Philokalia, volume 4 (various authors, compiled by St. Nikodimos and St. Makarios)

72 "All great spiritual beings are just the pure emanation of that one soul we all share, the one we call the One." Turning Toward the Mystery: A Seeker's Journey (Stephen Levine)

73 "This sensation of being one with the universe is much more common than one might initially suspect, for it is the very foundation of all other sensations." Spectrum of Consciousness (Ken Wilber)

74 "The person who successfully probes his own inner nature and existence back to its Centre and Core, finds one single source of all men, all beings, all existence. Unity then emerges as the supreme verity, the everlasting truth." Basic Theosophy (Geoffrey Hodson)

75 "That One is the beginning and end of all." Lamps of Western Mysticism (Arthur Edward Waite)

76 "Life is one; happy they who see its presence, and make themselves the channels of its living force." The Ancient Wisdom (Annie Besant)

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

78 "If I deny the oneness of man, I deny the oneness of God. Therefore I affirm both. Without a belief in human unity, I am hungry and incomplete." Norman Cousins, American editor Spiritual Literacy, Reading the Sacred in Everyday Life (Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat)

79 "All things are One Thing, and there is nothing else. 'We Are All One' is more than a beautiful slogan. It is a precise description of the nature of Ultimate Reality." Communion with God (Neale Donald Walsch)

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

81 "All forms are…externalizations of the one Infinite Being." A Treatise on White Magic (Alice A. Bailey)

82 "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)

83 "The beginning of our manifested universe did indeed come from One Source; in this, both physicist and metaphysicist agree." Soul Centered Astrology, A Key to Your Expanding Self (Alan Oken)

84 "Truly the face you see of the person in front of you is none other than your own,…we're all altars of the Divine One." Joan Borysenko, Ph. D., 'Glimpses of Eternity – My Mother's Last Gift Upon Her Passing' Experiencing the Soul (Eliot Jay Rosen, editor)

85 "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)

86 "God is the One and Indivisible." Robert Fludd, Western Esoteric Masters Series (William Huffman, editor)

87 "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)

88 "The doctrine of Oneness used as a basis for all human political, economic, social, educational, and religious decisions would breathtakingly alter life as it is lived on the earth." What God Wants (Neale Donald Walsch)

89 "Glory to the unchangeable, holy, eternal, supreme Vishnu, of one universal nature….Glory to the supreme Vishnu, the cause of the creation, existence, and the end of this world; who is the root of the world and who consists of the world." The Vishnu Purana Lectures on Ancient Philosophy (Manly P. Hall)

90 "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)

91 "All are one. Minerals, plants, animals, men, supermen, angels, archangels, worlds, suns, stars and galaxies – all are one, inseparably united……This is the sublime truth, the Master fact – all are one." Basic Theosophy (Geoffrey Hodson)

92 "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)

93 "Wisdom is one and unique – to know the intelligence by which all things are steered through all things." Heraclitus, Fragment 32 Homage to Pythagoras, Rediscovering Sacred Science (Christopher Bamford, editor)

94 “There is but one single thing, one medicine.” ‘Abraham le Juif’, from the Paris codex (Fr. 14765) Collected Works (Carl Jung)

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

96 "Time and again the alchemists reiterate that the opus [spiritual work] proceeds from the one and leads back to the one." Collected Works (Carl Jung)

97 "God is the infinite and eternal substance of all finite existences, an absolute and unchanging ONE underlying the finite modes in which it variably manifests itself." The Great Ideas, A Syntopicon, vol. 1 (Mortimer J. Adler, editor)

98 "Only one in all the infinite universe! The All-loving, the Perfect One!" C. M. C., anonymous author Cosmic Consciousness (Richard M Bucke)

99 "God and His creation are not separate. The oneness of the Creator and the creation is your wholeness, your sanity." A Course in Miracles (Helen Schucman and William Thetford)

100 "We all are one and even if those specific words are not taught to us, we develop an inner sense of their spiritual truth." Invisible Acts of Power: Personal Choices That Create Miracles (Caroline Myss)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite