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1 "Godhead is granted as a gift to all things. It flows over in shares of goodness to all. And it becomes differentiated in a unified way. It is multiplied and yet remains singular. It is dispensed to all without ceasing to be a unity….God is indivisible multiplicity, the unified overfullness, which produces, perfects, and preserves all unity and all multiplicity….In fact, He is the one God who dwells indivisibly in every individual and who is in Himself undifferentiated unity with no commixture and no multiplication arising out of His presence among the many." Pseudo-Dionysius, The Complete Works (John Farina, Editor-in-Chief)

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

3 "The Spirit is a Unity….It is the God of Truth, the Father of All, the Holy Spirit, the invisible one, the one who is over the All." The Secret Book of John (1st century Gnostic text) The Other Bible (Willis Barnstone, editor)

4 "Prayer is a pure act of the will, seeking an integral understanding of and union with the Whole, the One." Gerald Heard (1889-197), English author and philosopher, 'A Preface to Prayer' The Choice Is Always Ours (Dorothy B. Phillips, Chief Editor)

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

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

7 "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)

8 "There can be only One witness, One perceiver, and that is the one God hidden in all creatures." The Origins of Pagan and Christian Beliefs (Edward Carpenter)

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

10 "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)

11 "All things partake of The One in absolute dependence." The Great Ideas, A Syntopicon, vol. 1 (Mortimer J. Adler, editor)

12 "Intuition is integral knowledge. The vision it gives is the vision of the whole, a unified, synoptic vision of reality, in which the inner and outer, the one and the many, the individual and the universal, are perceived as one." Chari, 'Vedantic Mysticism' Ancient Wisdom, Modern Insight (Shirley Nicholson)

13 "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)

14 "The universe [is] held firm in the One unfolding Presence." The Origins of Pagan and Christian Beliefs (Edward Carpenter)

15 "All things that are ever said to be consist of a one and a many." Plato, 'Philebus' Homage to Pythagoras, Rediscovering Sacred Science (Christopher Bamford, editor)

16 "Only he to whom all is one, who draws all things to one, and sees all things in one, may enjoy true peace and rest of spirit." Amos Bronson Alcott (1799-1888), American Transcendentalist lecturer and writer A Treasury of Philosophy, Vol. 1 (Dagobert D. Runes, editor)

17 "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)

18 "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)

19 "The Self that is here in a person, and the Self that is there in the sun, He is one." Taittiriya Upanishad The Upanishads, selections translated by Alistair Shearer and Peter Russell (Alistair Shearer and Peter Russell, translators)

20 "Oh! The one life within us and abroad, which meets all motion and becomes its soul, a light in sound, a sound-like power in light, rhythm in all thought, and joyance everywhere." Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834), English poet and philosopher, 'The Eolian Harp', 1.26 Oxford Dictionary of Quotations, 4th edition (Angela Partington, editor)

21 "An infinite multiplicity is a power of the infinite Oneness." A Greater Psychology, An Introduction to Sri Aurobindo's Psychological Thought (Sri Aurobindo, edited by A. S. Dalal)

22 "To experience compassion and to identify with the suffering of others – as well as with their joy – is to experience the Divine One who suffers and rejoices in each person." The Coming of the Cosmic Christ (Matthew Fox)

23 "From the lowliest insect to the most perfect sage, there breathes the same Universal Spirit, which assumes innumerable forms." B. K. S. Iyengar, 'Light on Yoga' One River, Many Wells: Wisdom Springing from World Faiths (Matthew Fox)

24 "When we are drawn to the sweetness, beauty, and goodness of creatures, how boldly we ought to be borne away to the One in whom all these little streams commingle and course!" Thomas Aquinas, 'Summa contra Gentiles', ch. 2, n. 4 Sheer Joy, Conversations with Thomas Aquinas on Creation Spirituality (Matthew Fox)

25 "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)

26 "No manifested thing can be thought of except as part of a larger whole: the total aggregate being the One manifested Universe." The Secret Doctrine (Helena P. Blavatsky)

27 "According to Plotinus the supreme source of the world is the One." Willis Barnstone The Other Bible (Willis Barnstone, editor)

28 "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)

29 "Let all Nature hear the Hymn…let every bar of the Abyss be opened…I will hymn the Lord of Creation, the All and One…let the immortal Cycle of God receive my praise…Let us all together give praise to him….powers of mine, hymn the One and All…Your own Word through me hymns You." 'The Hymn of Regeneration', Corpus Hermeticum The Mystery Religions and Christianity (Samuel Angus)

30 "One is the Spirit of the living God, blessed be His Name, who lives forever!" 'Sepher Jezireh', the kabalistic Book of Creation Isis Unveiled (Helena P. Blavatsky)

31 "Oneness exists and rules completely and without escape." Call to the Heights, Guidance on the Pathway to Self-illumination (Geoffrey Hodson)

32 "O Brahman, You are One….Having taken form, You face in all directions. You are the deep blue butterfly. You are the parrot, green with red eyes. You are the father of lightning. You are the seasons and the seas. Unborn, you are everywhere, and all that is, is born from You." Shvetashvatara Upanishad The Upanishads, selections translated by Alistair Shearer and Peter Russell (Alistair Shearer and Peter Russell, translators)

33 "The Self is one, however varying may be the forms in which it manifests itself." The Mental Body (Arthur E. Powell)

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

35 "Indeed in no being is it possible to discover a nature so independent that it could exist without partaking in that one and only true being." St. Gregory of Nyssa, The Soul Afire, Revelations of the Mystics (H. A. Reinhold, editor)

36 "One thing enters into every regimen and is found everywhere, being a stone and also not a stone; common and precious; hidden and concealed, yet known by everyone; of one name and many names….Without it nature never operates anything. Its name is one, yet we have called it by many names on account of the excellence of its nature." Turba Philosophorum Alchemy, The Art of Transformation (Jay Ramsay)

37 "They are all from the One, and of the One, and with the One, which is the root of itself." 'Rosarium Philosophorem', medieval Alchemical text Collected Works (Carl Jung)

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

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

40 "Ultimately, to be sure, there is only one Monad (a term from Greek that means 'unity'). But as that Monad is reflected in evolved matter and the developed kingdoms of life, it is continually refracted, so that it seems to itself to become increasingly limited and fragmented. Thus the One apparently divides into the many." John Algeo, 'Dark Angels' Angels and Mortals, Their Co-Creative Power (Maria Parisen, compiler)

41 "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)

42 "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)

43 "By realizing the interwoven complexity of existence, we experience the oneness both by revelation and by reason." The Hidden Face of God: How Science Reveals the Ultimate Truth (Gerald L. Schroeder, Ph.D.)

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

45 "Think in a vocabulary of oneness." Anatomy of the Spirit: The Seven Stages of Power and Healing (Caroline Myss)

46 "Deity is one and all are manifestations of the One." The Mystery Religions and Christianity (Samuel Angus)

47 "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)

48 "Love, Wisdom and Power are in reality the One indivisible/undivided Whole which can never be divided or divisive – their atoms chanting as they chart the spheres: 'We are One, We are One, We Are One….'" Saint Germain on Alchemy (Mark L. and Elizabeth Clare Prophet)

49 "Like a seed at rest, the nature-principle within, unfolding outwards, makes its way towards what appears a multiple life." Plotinus (205-270), 'Enneads' The Quotable Spirit (Peter Lorie and Manuela D Mascetti, editors)

50 "There is but one reality, like a brimming ocean, boundless as the sky, indivisible, absolute." The World's Religions (Huston Smith)

51 "We are all in extension of the One Life, and we can see peace instead of separation." A Course in Miracles - A Gift For All Mankind (Tara Singh)

52 "Being is an endless cycle within the one absolute eternity, wherein move numberless inner cycles." The Secret Doctrine (Helena P. Blavatsky)

53 "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)

54 "Say 'One' with your life." The Search for the Beloved (Jean Houston)

55 "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)

56 "In Lurianic Kabbalah, there is only one primordial soul in the world….From this one soul, sparks were disseminated throughout the universe." God Is A Verb, Kabbalah and the Practice of Mystical Judaism (Rabbi David A. Cooper)

57 "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)

58 "All living things have their roots not only in the Earth, but in the universe itself. They all inhere in the One." Ancient Wisdom, Modern Insight (Shirley Nicholson)

59 “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)

60 "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)

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

62 "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)

63 “That from which all beings arise and in which they have their origin is the Great One.” Lu Bu Ve, ‘The Spring and Autumn’ The Secret Power of Music (David Tame)

64 "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)

65 "However tenuous it was, the first veil of organised matter spread over the earth could neither have established nor maintained itself without some network of influences and exchanges which made it a biologically COHESIVE whole. From its origin, the cellular nebula necessarily represented, despite its internal multiplicity, a sort of diffuse super-organism." The Phenomenon of Man (Pierre Teilhard deChardin)

66 "Would it be too bold to imagine, that in the great length of time, since the earth began to exist, perhaps millions of ages before the commencement of the history of mankind, would it be too bold to imagine, that all warm-blooded animals have arisen from one living filament which the Great First Cause endued with animality….and thus possessing the faculty of continuing to improve by its own inherent activity, and of delivering down those improvements by generation to its posterity, world without end? Erasmus Darwin (1731-1802), grandfather of Charles Darwin, 'Zoonomia' Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 16th edition (John Bartlett)

67 "The Whole manifests simultaneously on all levels of manifestation. The Whole is also immanent in nature; that is, present in its Oneness and undivided in its Wholeness no matter in what form or in the number of its manifestations." Soul Centered Astrology, A Key to Your Expanding Self (Alan Oken)

68 "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)

69 "Since there is only one mind, all of us are telepathically communicating all the time." A Return to Love, Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles (Marianne Williamson)

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

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

72 "The world of existence is only dual in our conception of it. In Reality there is but one World." The Transforming Mind (Laurence and Phoebe Bendit)

73 "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)

74 "There is in the universe only one single individuality (one single monad), that of the whole." Writings in Time of War (Pierre Teilhard deChardin)

75 "The unborn timeless Mind is working in us. The Buddha-mind and our mind are not two." Bankei, quoted in 'Living by Zen' by D. T. Suzuki, Rider, 1972 Spectrum of Consciousness (Ken Wilber)

76 "The flowers emitted a joyous glow of the One White Light, within which were all the colors of all the rainbows, in all the universes of the One." Stanley Byron Roberts, 'Our Father' Tarot Revelations (Joseph Campbell & Richard Roberts)

77 "The First Principle, being One, is transcendent over measure or number….The Supreme Principle must be essentially unitary, and simple, while essences [derived therefrom] form a multitude." Plotinus, Ennead V The Tibetan Book of the Great Liberation (W. Y. Evans-Wentz, compiler and editor)

78 "In truth, all reality is one." Theosophy (Rudolf Steiner)

79 "There cannot but be one wisdom….Humans must therefore all agree that there is but one most simple wisdom whose power is infinite." Nicholas of Cusa, 'Opera Omnia' Wrestling with the Prophets, Essays on Creation Spirituality and Everyday Life (Matthew Fox)

80 "Only through awakening to the oneness of one's true Self with the Eternal, does liberation come." Sankaracharya, 'The Crest Jewel of Wisdom' Reincarnation: The Phoenix Fire Mystery (Cranston/Head, editors)

81 "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)

82 “I rejoice that I love the One Who loves me, and I pray that I may love Him without measure and without ceasing.” Mechthild of Magdeburg Meditations from Mechthild of Magdeburg (Henry L. Carrigan, Jr., editor)

83 "Oneness is the supreme truth; its full and continuous realization the highest attainment of humanity." Call to the Heights, Guidance on the Pathway to Self-illumination (Geoffrey Hodson)

84 "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)

85 "A Greater Mind contains many smaller minds. As I write this I am reminded of the words of the visionary Black Elk as he prayed on the summit of Mt. Harney: '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 shape of all things in the spirit, and the shape of all shapes as they must live together as one being.'" Joan Halifax, 'Shamanism, Mind, and No-Self' Shamanism: An Expanded View of Reality (Shirley Nicholson, Compiler)

86 "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)

87 "The eternal Oneness underlies and permeates all impermanent phenomena." Making Peace With God, A Practical Guide (Harold Bloomfield, M.D. & Philip Goldberg, Ph.D.)

88 "The gospel of tomorrow will be a gospel of one being." Lectures on Ancient Philosophy (Manly P. Hall)

89 "Think your way towards the principle of Oneness as far as you possibly can." Basic Theosophy (Geoffrey Hodson)

90 "Whoever loves something fervently and with all his strength….he will never forget what he so loves, and in all things he will see the Image of the One, and he will see it within him more clearly as his love grows deeper and deeper." Meister Eckhart (1260-1327) The Soul Afire, Revelations of the Mystics (H. A. Reinhold, editor)

91 "The Laws of the universe are the modes of expression, the life impulses and the way of existence or activity of the One in Whom we live and move and have our being." The Rays and The Initiations (Alice A. Bailey)

92 "Open the door for yourself that you may know the one who is. Knock on yourself that the Word may open for you." 'Teachings of Silvanus' Son of Man, The Mystical Path to Christ (Andrew Harvey)

93 "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)

94 "The (quality) of the intuition can be covered by the word, universality, or the sense of universal Oneness." Glamour, A World Problem (Alice A. Bailey)

95 "I am One that transorms into Two…I am Two that transforms into Four…I am Four that transforms into Eight…After this I am One again." Egyptian (Hermopolitan) creation myth A Beginner's Guide to Constructing the Universe: The Mathematical Archetypes of Nature, Art & Science (Michael S. Schneider)

96 "Behind all faces there is one face." Seth Speaks: The Eternal Validity of the Soul (Jane Roberts)

97 "Time is a stream of forms…in which the One manifests." Mysticism, Its History and Challenge (Bruno Borchert)

98 "The forces of the universe are ever in perfect harmony with the one great Immutable Law." Isis Unveiled (Helena P. Blavatsky)

99 "There is but the One Mind (or Consciousness)." The Tibetan Book of the Great Liberation (W. Y. Evans-Wentz, compiler and editor)

100 "The One Existence has brought the phenomenal world into being." A Treatise on White Magic (Alice A. Bailey)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite