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1 "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)

2 "No matter how different forms may appear, the Life of this universe is One Life." Call to the Heights, Guidance on the Pathway to Self-illumination (Geoffrey Hodson)

3 "The Cretan and Neolithic religion was based upon a Mother Goddess who took many different forms in different civilizations but who put people in touch with nature, and was the focus of a widespread human understanding of nature as one entity." Nostradamus: Prophecies for Women (Manuela Dunn Muscetti & Peter Lorie)

4 "An infinite divine reality – call it Brahman, God, or the One – underlies all that is and is the ultimate nature of all that is; we humans, as part of it, have an infinite origin and destiny; and these things can be known through wisdom, for they are our heritage and our very selves." Theosophy, A Modern Expression of the Wisdom of the Ages (Robert Ellwood)

5 "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.)

6 "True consciousness…embraces all divisions in its own unity. For it is based in an unconditioned Knower who reconciles the Field of Knowing with Himself, since there is nothing which is not a form of His Consciousness." The Flame and the Light (Hugh I'anson Fausset)

7 "In the Orient the guiding ideal is that each should realize that he himself and all others are of the one substance of that universal Being of beings which is, in fact, the same Self in all." Myths To Live By (Joseph Campbell)

8 "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)

9 "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)

10 "We gaze at the heavens and the earth, 'Why then, how much greater must the One be who formed them!' (Wisdom 13:4)." Thomas Aquinas, CGII, ch. 2 n. 3 Sheer Joy, Conversations with Thomas Aquinas on Creation Spirituality (Matthew Fox)

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

12 "There is but the One Life – the Universal Life of God, in Whom it is an actual fact that 'we live, and move, and have our being." Rosicrucian Cosmo-Conception, or Christian Occult Science (Max Heindel)

13 "Beneath all differences there lies concealed the unalterable fact of oneness." Call to the Heights, Guidance on the Pathway to Self-illumination (Geoffrey Hodson)

14 "The essence of all things is one." Ashvaghosha, 'The Awakening of Faith' (Suzuki's translation), Tibetan Book of the Dead (W Y Evans-Wentz, translator)

15 "Here are four words to memorize: We are all One. Model that when you make your next choices and decisions." Tomorrow's God, Our Greatest Spiritual Challenge (Neale Donald Walsch)

16 "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)

17 "After all, consciousness is one." The Science of the Spoken Word (Mark L. and Elizabeth Clare Prophet)

18 "Only a self-imposed illusion of separateness keeps us from recognizing our own center of awareness and identity with the One" A Beginner's Guide to Constructing the Universe: The Mathematical Archetypes of Nature, Art & Science (Michael S. Schneider)

19 "Infinite, all-pervading and all-embracing Consciousness is both One and Many, Only and All, Source and Suchness, Cause and Condition, such that all things are only a gesture of this One, and all forms a play upon it. As Infinity, it demands wonder; as God, it demands worship; as Truth, it demands wisdom; and as one's true Self it demands identity." The Atman Project (Ken Wilber)

20 "One Teacher is in all minds and He teaches the same lesson to all." A Course in Miracles (Helen Schucman and William Thetford)

21 "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)

22 "We are all one…..There are no 'others'." Basic Theosophy (Geoffrey Hodson)

23 "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)

24 "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)

25 "There is One thing, that never dies, for it continues by perpetual increase." Aurora Consurgens (Marie Louise vonFranz)

26 "That within us that is most aligned with the God-Self is the beauty and wisdom of our Being. It is a part of the One, and knows itself to be one with the All." Reflections of an Elder Brother: Awakening from the Dream (Mary-Margaret Moore)

27 "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)

28 "One pervasive consciousness runs through us and everything else. As numberless ponds and even muddy puddles reflect the one moon, the light of consciousness in each of us has but one source." The Seven Human Powers: Luminous Shadows of the Self (Shirley J. Nicholson)

29 "Endless, ceaseless, continuous, The One if we try to name it, is lost in nothingness – which yet is filled: for this is the form of the formless, the shape of the shapeless, the look of the invisible….In the unfolding of Tao the unseeable is imaged." Lao-Tse Men Who Have Walked With God (Sheldon Cheney)

30 "God is giving herself, wholly and completely, in and as the incomprehensible stature of a single breath." Christian Meditation: Experiencing the Presence of God (James Finley)

31 "The Tantric-Hindu theory of the creation of the world holds that Nature as a whole is the Dream of the One Mind." Seeing With the Mind's Eye (Mike Samuels, M.D. and Nancy Samuels)

32 "There exists just the One Mind….Every grain of matter, every appearance is one with Eternal and Immutable Reality!" Huang Po, founder of the Buddhist Lin Chi sect The Essential Mystics (Andrew Harvey)

33 "Realization of the One Mind, through introspectively attaining understanding of the true nature of its macrocosmic aspect innate in man, is equivalent to the attainment of…the Full Awakening of Buddhahood." The Tibetan Book of the Great Liberation (W. Y. Evans-Wentz, compiler and editor)

34 "In the Mind's Eye I see the Infinite Sphere and Its Self-Awareness, two that are One." The Child Within Us Lives!, A Synthesis of Science, Religion and Metaphysics (William Samuel)

35 "The All-That-Is-One is not now and never has been separate from this existing physical world. She is here, now, IS each of us in the eternal changing present; is no one but you, is nowhere but where you are – and yet is everyone." The Spiral Dance, A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Great Goddess (Starhawk (Miriam Simos))

36 "The divine nature is one and indivisible." Nikitas Stithatos, 'On Spiritual Knowledge' The Philokalia, volume 4 (various authors, compiled by St. Nikodimos and St. Makarios)

37 "The many contains the unity of the one without losing the possibilities of the many." A Blue Fire (James Hillman)

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

39 "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)

40 "There is much to be gained by the study of mystic symbolism, in which we find everywhere a disguised humanity. It is a catholic [universal] illustration of the truth that there is but one vase and one matter." Lamps of Western Mysticism (Arthur Edward Waite)

41 "Latent spiritual intelligence is our human birthright, waiting to be uncovered. It is the one tool that is indispensable if we are to solve our manifold problems. The fruit of this intelligence is the realization that we are one Self." Translators The Upanishads, selections translated by Alistair Shearer and Peter Russell (Alistair Shearer and Peter Russell, translators)

42 "Plotinus and the Neoplatonic tradition saw the universe as a chain of being extending from the One, and the One was not only supreme ineffable Reality but also supreme Beauty known in ecstasy." Theosophy, A Modern Expression of the Wisdom of the Ages (Robert Ellwood)

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

44 "All cycles of experience are interlinked and are the expression of one immutable law." Mandala (Jose and Miriam Arguelles)

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

46 "My love has united me to One, and to One Alone." Romancing God: Contemplating the Beloved (Ramon Lull)

47 "God or the One Reality is the material cause of all things…the substance of all things is that One." The Glorious Presence (Ernest E. Wood)

48 "The One, the Beloved, is both the seeker and the sought." Unknown Man (Yatri)

49 "There is no separateness in the universe, but only the appearance of separation. The One without a second who alone exists, who is the one Reality, THAT is the Self of each, the One Life." The Spiritual Life (Annie Besant)

50 "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)

51 "In the Bhagavad Gita, Arjuna suddenly sees the form of God, wherein all forms constitute the One Form." Esoteric Psychology II (Alice A. Bailey)

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

53 "That all-sufficient life, primal, life in One, who can regard it without longing, disdainful of all else?" Plotinus Men Who Have Walked With God (Sheldon Cheney)

54 "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)

55 "Whether I am on the burning ground or on the mountain top, whether I am silent in the secret place or surrounded by the surging crowds of humanity, it matters not. The lessons of divine indifference, once mastered, release the soul to union with the One." Discipleship in the New Age (Alice A. Bailey)

56 "In truth all souls have a continuous relation to the ONE world-soul, as has the sunlight to the sun." Robert Fludd, Western Esoteric Masters Series (William Huffman, editor)

57 "All matter, originating as it does from its One Source, is essentially divine." Soul Centered Astrology, A Key to Your Expanding Self (Alan Oken)

58 "In keeping with the Gaia Hypothesis, formulated by English scientist James Lovelock, deep ecologists view the world as a living organism whose many species make up a single breathing entity." As Above, So Below: Paths to Spiritual Renewal in Daily Life (Ronald S. Miller and the editors of New Age Journal)

59 "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)

60 “Lead us, Shepherd of the sheep, reason-gifted, holy One.” Clement of Alexandria (ca. 150-215 ad), head of the Alexandrian catechetic school The Soul Afire, Revelations of the Mystics (H. A. Reinhold, editor)

61 "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)

62 "The memory of oceanic Oneness is part of our soul's code. It is buried deep in our awareness; our very brains are programmed to reclaim it." Making Peace With God, A Practical Guide (Harold Bloomfield, M.D. & Philip Goldberg, Ph.D.)

63 "The decade (10 Sephiroth) of existence out of nothing has its end linked to its beginning and its beginning linked to its end, just as the flame is wedded to the live coal; because the Lord is one and there is not a second one." The Sepher Yetzirah, the Book of Creation, L. H. Frank 1877, p. 16 Covenant of the Heart, Meditations of a Christian Hermeticist on the Mysteries of Tradition (Valentin Tomberg)

64 "One is All, by him is all, and for him is all, and in him is all." Early Alchemical saying The History of Magic and the Occult (Kurt Seligmann)

65 "The One gives life to the whole Kosmos." The Secret Doctrine (Helena P. Blavatsky)

66 "The combined resources of all of humanity – which would be made available to all of humanity if humanity saw itself as One – are more than sufficient to end human lack and suffering." What God Wants (Neale Donald Walsch)

67 "From this beautiful One beauty comes to be in all beings." Thomas Aquinas One River, Many Wells: Wisdom Springing from World Faiths (Matthew Fox)

68 "All things and events, while remaining perfectly separate and discrete, are only One." The Atman Project (Ken Wilber)

69 "One day while taking a walk I asked the universe a question: What is our story? What is happening on planet Earth? I knew it must be one story, for it was one Earth. With that question, I went into a slight daydreaming type walk. Suddenly, I had an 'out-of-Earth' experience. My mind's eye was lifted into outer space. Floating as the astronauts did, I experienced our planet as a living organism struggling to coordinate itself as a whole. I felt the pollution choking our lungs, the hunger torturing our bodies, the weapons killing ourselves. I felt the pain in the whole system for one frightful instant in time. Then, a miracle seemed to happen. I felt as though I were seeing a few frames ahead in the movie of creation. In this moment of expanded reality, an unbearable pain intensified throughout the whole planetary body, very much like the pain before giving birth to a child. There was a flash of light, an unearthly light, the kind that the mystics see. It came from within us, and from beyond us. We saw the light together. The floodgates of our hearts opened. Love streamed forth. The barriers that separated us dissolved. The air cleared, the waters cleared. Healings abounded. I heard the inner words: 'Our story is a birth. We are one body. What the avatars have come to tell us is true. Go tell the story of our birth, Barbara!'" Barbara Marx Hubbard, 'Awakening to Our Genius, the Heroine's Journey' The Fabric of the Future (M. J. Ryan, editor)

70 “One is all, and by it all, and for it all.” Alchemical saying Arcana Mundi (Georg Luck)

71 "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)

72 "By the mind this truth must be seen: there are not many, but only One." Brihadaranyaka Upanishad The Flame and the Light (Hugh I'anson Fausset)

73 "'God is One' is the utterance of truth. One life pervades all forms and those forms are the expressions, in time and space, of the central universal energy." A Treatise on White Magic (Alice A. Bailey)

74 "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)

75 "O hidden life vibrant in every atom; O hidden light shining in every creature; O hidden love embracing all in oneness; May each who feels himself as one with thee, know he is therefore one with every other." Annie Besant Gnosticism: New Light on the Ancient Tradition of Inner Knowing (Stephan A. Hoeller)

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

77 "The Eternal and Supreme Being, the One Alone, is the upholder of the whole universe." Max Muller, 'The Origin of Religion' The Great Secret (Maurice Maeterlinck)

78 "The whole cosmos and all its forms are…creations of divine mind, outstreamings of one heart-fire." Son of Man, The Mystical Path to Christ (Andrew Harvey)

79 "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)

80 "The universe is one, infinite…There is no proportionate part, nor part at all, which differs from the whole." Giordano Bruno, 'De la Causa', Dialogue 5 Ethics (Benedict Spinoza)

81 "We, and all living beings, are grafted upon one and the same Reality as tangible as our own substance." The Soul of the World (Pierre Teilhard deChardin)

82 "As one fellow put it, 'One soul is big enough for all of us. In fact, that is the One to which so many belief systems separately refer.'" Turning Toward the Mystery: A Seeker's Journey (Stephen Levine)

83 "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)

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

85 "Know, therefore,….that from that One the whole of creation proceeded." Pythagoras, 'Turba Philosophorum' (medieval Arabic text) Aurora Consurgens (Marie Louise vonFranz)

86 "'For there is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars, for one star differs from another star in glory' (1 Cor. 15:41); and yet all of them shine in a single divine firmament." St. Gregory of Sinai, 'On Commandments and Doctrines' The Philokalia, volume 4 (various authors, compiled by St. Nikodimos and St. Makarios)

87 "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)

88 "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)

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

90 "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)

91 "From this beautiful One beauty comes to be in all beings." Thomas Aquinas, DDN, n. 349 Sheer Joy, Conversations with Thomas Aquinas on Creation Spirituality (Matthew Fox)

92 “Everything divided and different belongs to one and the same world, which is a postulate whose probability is vouched for by the fact that until now no one has been able to discover a world in which the known laws of nature are invalid.” Collected Works (Carl Jung)

93 "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)

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

95 "Our world of diversity, the many, emerges from the numinous Source of all, the One." Ancient Wisdom, Modern Insight (Shirley Nicholson)

96 "All are bound together as the variously functioning organs of a single mighty organism." The Flight of the Wild Gander (Joseph Campbell)

97 "It is because of The One that we breathe and have our being." Plotinus, 'The Good or The One' The Essential Plotinus (Translated by Elmer O'Brien, S.J.)

98 "We move toward that consciousness of our shared destiny in One World." Joy Mills, foreword The Transforming Mind (Laurence and Phoebe Bendit)

99 “God is one and he dispenses his oneness to every part of the universe as well as to its totality, to the single as well as to the multiple. He is one in an unchanging and transcendent way.” Pseudo-Dionysius, The Complete Works (John Farina, Editor-in-Chief)

100 "The Divine Reality – the Source of Being, Allah, the Brahman, the Tao, the One, the Ground of Being – has a limitless number of qualities; each one of these is itself infinite, but each also expresses the one nature." The Mystic Hours, A Daybook of Interspiritual Wisdom & Devotion (Wayne Teasdale)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite