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1 "Jewish Wisdom literature taught that the 'spirit of the Lord fills the whole universe' (Wis. 1:7). Jewish cosmology teaches that the universe is one and that we are part of it and can know our place in it." Wrestling with the Prophets, Essays on Creation Spirituality and Everyday Life (Matthew Fox)

2 "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)

3 "You must know that divinity is undivided." Symeon the Younger (949-1022), mystic of the Eastern Church The Soul Afire, Revelations of the Mystics (H. A. Reinhold, editor)

4 "First of all, believe that God is one, who created and completed all things." 'The Shepherd of Hermas', anonymous Christian writing, ca. 125 AD The Apostolic Fathers (Jack Sparks, editor)

5 "Striking is the resemblance – or more correctly the identity – of the doctrine of the One in the Upanishads and the Eleatic school. Xenophanes' teaching of the unity of God and the Kosmos and of the changelessness of the One, and even more that of Parmenides, who held that reality is ascribable only to the One unborn, indestructible and omnipresent,….these doctrines are completely identical with the essential contents of the Upanishads and of the Vedantic philosophy which springs from them." The Ancient Wisdom (Annie Besant)

6 "The Upanishads say: 'An ocean One the seer becomes, without duality. This is the highest path, the highest prize, the highest world, the highest bliss.'" Paths to God: Living the Bhagavad Gita (Ram Dass)

7 "The eternal Existence is proclaimed in the Chhandogyopanishad as 'One only, without a second.'" The Ancient Wisdom (Annie Besant)

8 "Following the best intuitions of all traditions, scientific and spiritual, let us all search, with mutual respect, for the one truth." The Visionary Window: A Quantum Physicist's Guide to Enlightenment (Amit Goswami, Ph.D.)

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

10 "The universe is a dance of energy, a uni-verse, a single song of ever-changing rhythms and harmonies." The Spiral Dance, A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Great Goddess (Starhawk (Miriam Simos))

11 "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)

12 "The world is of one piece, the same spirit which is in the saddle in the globe is also in the atom." The Glorious Presence (Ernest E. Wood)

13 "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)

14 "And He is entirely one, being the All with them all in a single doctrine because all these are from a single spirit." The Second Treatise of the Great Seth (early Christian Gnostic text) The Other Bible (Willis Barnstone, editor)

15 "Suffering is the leveler that reminds us of our common mortality, that none of us is exempt from the difficulties of human life. When suffering and despair come together, they provide us with the opportunity to affirm hope, love ourselves, and to say, against all odds, 'And yet I will love, and yet I will hope.' It is then that we learn transcendence; it is then that we know the beauty of oneness, of being part of the network of connectedness." The Hero Within: Six Archetypes We Live By (Carol Pearson, Ph.D.)

16 "Look to each other, respect one another from the vantage point of a shared Earth – Earth as partner, not object; as Master Teacher, as the ideal One." The Way of The Earth, Encounters with Nature in Ancient and Contemporary Thought (T. C. McLuhan)

17 "That there is a God and that God is one is the universal principle." The Spiritual Life/The Word of God (Emanuel Swedenborg)

18 "The one eternal soul with one eternal consciousness is a fundamental reality." The Spiritual Universe (Fred Alan Wolf, Ph. D.)

19 "For Plotinus as for the Pythagoreans The One is, statically, the unity by which all number is intelligible, and, dynamically, the unity whence and whither all multiplicity moves." Elmer O'Brien, S.J., translator The Essential Plotinus (Translated by Elmer O'Brien, S.J.)

20 "The seen and unseen, the social and spiritual, the cultural and natural, the ordinary and extraordinary inhabit one continuum of being that is complementary, bonded, and interdependent inflections of a single extended unity." Joan Halifax, 'Shamanism, Mind, and No-Self' Shamanism: An Expanded View of Reality (Shirley Nicholson, Compiler)

21 "God and life are One,…everything in life is part of a unified whole, and our different religions are merely wonderfully divergent paths to the same destination – a destination the soul need not strain to reach, because it is already there: the everlasting embrace of God." What God Wants (Neale Donald Walsch)

22 "There is only one Witness, one Self, throughout the universe. It is hidden in all living things, men and animals and plants; it pervades all creation. In every thing that has consciousness it is the Self; it watches over all operations, it overshadows all creatures, it moves in the depths of our hearts." The Origins of Pagan and Christian Beliefs (Edward Carpenter)

23 "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)

24 "According to the Indian view, our separateness from each other in space and time here on earth – our multitude – is but a secondary, deluding aspect of the truth, which is that in essence we are of one being, one ground." Myths To Live By (Joseph Campbell)

25 "Life being one,…our duty to our fellows is to understand them as extensions, other aspects, of ourselves – fellow facets of the same Reality." Christmas Humphreys, 'Buddhism' The World's Religions (Huston Smith)

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

27 "Every man whose heart is no longer shaken by any doubt, knows with certainty that there is no being save only One." Muhammed Shabistari (written 1317) Wisdom for Life (Lynette Evans, editor)

28 "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)

29 "God is One and Alone and no other exists with him. God is the One, the One who has made everything." Sir E. A. W. Budge, 'From Fetish to God in Ancient Egypt' The Garden of the Golden Flower, The Journey to Spiritual Fulfilment (Longfield Beatty)

30 "I am a messenger of Light. I am a pilgrim on the way of love. I do not walk alone but know myself as one with all souls, and one with them in service. Their strength is mine. This strength I claim. My strength is theirs and this I freely give. A soul, I walk on earth. I represent the ONE." Discipleship in the New Age (Alice A. Bailey)

31 "The One appears to us in the wake of the Multiple, dominating the Multiple, since its essential and formal act is to unite." Science and Christ (Pierre Teilhard deChardin)

32 "It can be said of all manifestations of the Goddess that they are fundamentally one." The Sword and The Serpent (Melita Denning and Osborne Phillips)

33 "I believe like every Hindu in God and His oneness." Mahatma Gandhi, Autobiography of a Yogi (Paramahansa Yogananda)

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

35 "This universe is one, broken into multitudes during manifestation; rooted in that One, living from it and by it. In it we live and we move and have all our being." Wind of the Spirit (G. dePurucker)

36 "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)

37 "All are essentially unified in a divine oneness." Wind of the Spirit (G. dePurucker)

38 "They call him Indra, Mitra, Varuna and Agni….To what is One, the poets give many a name." Rig Veda I. 164. 46 The Nature and Truth of the Great Religions (August Karl Reischauer)

39 "'We are all', as Schopenhauer avers, 'one and the same single Being.' And the sentiment proper to this selfless realization is compassion." The Masks of God (Joseph Campbell)

40 "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)

41 "May the Power of the one Life pour through the group of all true servers. May the Love of the One Soul characterize the lives of all who seek to aid the Great Ones. May I fulfill my part in the One work through self-forgetfulness, harmlessness and right speech." A Treatise on White Magic (Alice A. Bailey)

42 The One remains, the many change and pass." Percy Bysshe Shelley, 'Adonais' Encyclopedia of Religious Quotations (Frank S Mead, editor)

43 "The goal is to achieve harmony with the ultimate Oneness." Personhood: The Art of Being Fully Human (Leo F. Buscaglia, Ph.D.)

44 "The successive phases of Spirit that animate the Nations…are themselves only steps in the development of the one Universal Spirit, which through them elevates and completes itself to a self-comprehending totality." Georg Hegel (1770-1831), The Great Ideas, A Syntopicon, vol. 1 (Mortimer J. Adler, editor)

45 "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)

46 "The universe and the expressions of all natures within same are the manifestations of that one force, one power, one spirit, one energy known as Universal Force, Creative Energy, or God." Edgar Cayce Symbols, Guiding Lights Along the Journey of Life (Kathleen R. Prata)

47 “You will find nothing in the world which is not in the One….Everything owes to the One its individual existence and the process whereby it is perfected and preserved.” Pseudo-Dionysius, The Complete Works (John Farina, Editor-in-Chief)

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

49 "Anaximenes of Miletus, son of Eurastratos, who had been an associate of Anaximander, said, like him, that the underlying substance was one and infinite." Fragments of Anaximenes (ca. 585-525 bce), Milesian philosopher A Treasury of Philosophy, Vol. 1 (Dagobert D. Runes, editor)

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

51 "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)

52 "We are One Organism by our very nature." Soul Centered Astrology, A Key to Your Expanding Self (Alan Oken)

53 "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)

54 "To get back to the Garden you have to realize that all is one, you see?" Joseph Campbell The Hero's Journey (Phil Cousineau, editor)

55 "The entire universe exists in a continual outflow from the One into created multiplicity, which is then drawn back to the One." The Passion of the Western Mind: Understanding the Ideas That Have Shaped Our World View (Richard Tarnas)

56 "We are one with our earth at every level." Regents of the Seven Spheres (H. K. Challoner)

57 "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)

58 "When one discovers that Atman, the inner self, and Brahman, the essence of the universe, are indeed one, the experienced result is said to be one of immense peace and harmony, of coming home. The human perception of life is often that of a small, fragile being gazing out into an infinite, unknowable space. Hinduism teaches that the intuitive leap of realizing 'that art thou' tells us we belong. We have a place. We are one with the stars and the consciousness that brought them into being." The Religion Book, The Encyclopedia of Places, Prophets, Saints, and Seers (Jim Willis)

59 "Between God and man alone there is no difference, no separation, but Oneness." Meister Eckhart Men Who Have Walked With God (Sheldon Cheney)

60 "No form or shape has the incorporeal One most holy, beyond comparison. He was ere aught was made in heaven or earth; but His existence has no date or birth." The Kaddish, Prayers for the Pilgrim Festivals The Quotable Spirit (Peter Lorie and Manuela D Mascetti, editors)

61 "In One is all my peace." Angelus Silesius The Soul Afire, Revelations of the Mystics (H. A. Reinhold, editor)

62 "For an increasing number of people, the Inner Voice grows stronger, more insistent, calling: 'One life in all'." Basic Theosophy (Geoffrey Hodson)

63 "One is the Ineffable, the Unutterable, the eternal source of the fountain, the beginning of the unfolding." The Modern Numerology: A Practical Guide to the Meaning and Influence of Numbers (John King)

64 "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)

65 "All things and all living beings have originated from one common source." The Secret Doctrine (Helena P. Blavatsky)

66 "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)

67 “There is but one spirit in the universe….there is but one consciousness.” Lectures on Ancient Philosophy (Manly P. Hall)

68 "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)

69 "Amidst variety and multiplicity there exists harmony and unity which can only derive from the One Coordinator." Juda Halevi The History of Magic and the Occult (Kurt Seligmann)

70 "This is the real message of the Bhagavad Gita: in short, temporal life and spiritual values stand in a relation of harmony – one divine life, as the Gita tells us." Swami Prabhavananda (b. 1893), monk of Ramakrishna Mission, 'Vedic Religion and Philosophy' The Choice Is Always Ours (Dorothy B. Phillips, Chief Editor)

71 "I was passionate, filled with longing, I searched far and wide. But the day that the Truthful One found me, I was at home." Lal Ded, 14th century Kashmiri poet Parabola, the Magazine of Myth and Tradition (various)

72 "All blades of grass, wood and stone, all things are One." Meister Eckhart Mysticism, Its History and Challenge (Bruno Borchert)

73 "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)

74 "What is is One." The Second Treatise of the Great Seth (early Christian Gnostic text), The Other Bible (Willis Barnstone, editor)

75 "There is really only One of us, and I am a part of that One, and so, what I cause another to experience, I experience, and what I cause myself to experience, another experiences." Tomorrow's God, Our Greatest Spiritual Challenge (Neale Donald Walsch)

76 "I saw life moving as one. The earth, the stars, the sun all lived as scintillating replicas of an even more magnificent wholeness." Agartha: The Essential Guide to Personal Transformation in the New Era (Meredith L. Young)

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

78 "Flow, peak experiences, and what others call mystical experiences are all…characterized by a sense of unity or oneness." The Ancestral Mind: Reclaim the Power (Gregg D. Jacobs, Ph.D.)

79 "Out of one in all is all." The Secret Teachings of All Ages (Manly P. Hall)

80 “The One is the underlying reality beneath the infinite variations.” Theosophy, A Modern Expression of the Wisdom of the Ages (Robert Ellwood)

81 "We have heard repeatedly the term 'One World'. Events seem to be shaping themselves into a creation of a 'one world' consciousness." Rediscovering the Angels (Flower A. Newhouse)

82 "Within the speck God can be seen. Within the man God can reign. Within Brahma both are found; yet all is one." The Light of the Soul (Alice A. Bailey)

83 "The grandiose concept of cooperative oneness [is] charged with the power of love and freedom unbounded." Saint Germain on Alchemy (Mark L. and Elizabeth Clare Prophet)

84 "The one Breath of the whole universe, I know that mighty Spirit, the shining sun beyond the darkness….I know Him the unfading, the ancient, the Soul of all, omnipresent by His nature." Shvetash-vataropanishad, iii, 8, 21 The Ancient Wisdom (Annie Besant)

85 "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)

86 "As the smallest grain of dust is bound up with our entire solar system, drawn along with it in that undivided movement….so all organized beings, from the humblest to the highest, from the first origins of life to the time in which we are, and in all places as in all times, do but evidence a single impulsion." Henri Bergson (1859-1941), professor at College de France A Treasury of Philosophy, Vol. 1 (Dagobert D. Runes, editor)

87 "According to the theosophical perspective, the universe is one – living, intelligent and intelligible, multileveled, and comprised of beings that, together with the universe itself, co-evolve toward a higher life." Anna Freifeld Lemkow, 'Karmic Process in Science and Society' Karma, Rhythmic Return to Harmony (V. Hanson, R. Stewart & S. Nicholson, editors)

88 "All that exists is one, and..God is in all, is All…All are one, united in One, in divine fellowship." Men Who Have Walked With God (Sheldon Cheney)

89 "The concept of a divine, or 'Christ' mind, is the idea that, at our core, we are not just identical, but actually the same being. 'There is only one begotten Son' doesn't mean that someone else was it, and we're not. It means we're all it. There's only one of us here." A Return to Love, Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles (Marianne Williamson)

90 "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)

91 "The [Buddhist] Doctrine of Mutual Arising..implies that no one – nobody and no thing – is to blame for anything that ever occurs, because all is mutually arising….You and your enemies; you and your friends: all parts of the one thing, one wreath: 'thing and thing: no division.' This, surely, is sublime." Myths To Live By (Joseph Campbell)

92 "I say to you, there is not God AND man. But there is God-Man or Man-God. There is the One. However multiplied, however divided, it is forever One." Mikhail Naimy (1889-1988), mystic and author, 'The Book of Mirdad – A Lighthouse and a Haven' The Quotable Spirit (Peter Lorie and Manuela D Mascetti, editors)

93 "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)

94 "Wherever we see the one we should recognise the many also, and conversely." A Treatise on Cosmic Fire (Alice A. Bailey)

95 "This is the Light! It is one, and all who see it and love it are one!" Confessions (St. Augustine)

96 "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)

97 "He knew behind all creeds the Spirit that is one." Andrew Lang, 'Herodotus in Egypt' Macmillan Dictionary of Religious Quotations (Margaret Pepper, editor)

98 "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.)

99 "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)

100 "All Nature wears one universal grin." Henry Fielding (1707-1754), 'Tom Thumb', act I, sc. 1 Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 16th edition (John Bartlett)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite