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1 "The sages have affirmed in their wisdom that all creatures are to be brought to one substance." Gerhard Dorn, medieval Alchemist, 'Congeries Paracelsicae Chemicae' Quantum Questions, Mystical Writings of the World's Great Physicists (Ken Wilber, editor)

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

3 "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)

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

5 "The universe in its entirety must be regarded as one gigantic process, a process of becoming, of attaining new levels of existence and organisation." Julian Huxley The Phenomenon of Man (Pierre Teilhard deChardin)

6 "Just as the varied organs of the human body are inter-related by the nervous system, so within the body of the planet are the various kingdoms in nature and the multiplicity of forms. Back of the objective universe is the subtler sensitive body – one organism, not many, one sentient, responsive, connected form." A Treatise on White Magic (Alice A. Bailey)

7 "The sum of all individual minds is the one Universal Mind, so that in the last analysis, gods, men, and worlds are each fragments of the whole." Lectures on Ancient Philosophy (Manly P. Hall)

8 "We must say, over and over, there is only one Universe." The Unobstructed Universe (Stewart Edward White)

9 "The 'neshama' [the soul] looks at each potential act and quietly asks, will this act move me closer to or further from the joy of touching the oneness of creation?" The Hidden Face of God: How Science Reveals the Ultimate Truth (Gerald L. Schroeder, Ph.D.)

10 "There is only one Heart, one Child, One God. It is the same for all of us." The Child Within Us Lives!, A Synthesis of Science, Religion and Metaphysics (William Samuel)

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

12 "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)

13 "From the One Life formless and uncreate, proceeds the Universe of lives." The Secret Doctrine (Helena P. Blavatsky)

14 “God is known as One.” The Zohar Collected Works (Carl Jung)

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

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

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

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

19 "So we say deep down the consciousness of mankind is one. This is a virtual certainty because even in the vacuum, matter is one; and if we don't see this it is because we are blinding ourselves to it." David Bohm Unknown Man (Yatri)

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

21 "All is one in that ultimate reality which is God." Summons to Life, Contemporary Christian Insights (Martin Israel)

22 “’As all things proceed from the One….so all things are born of this one thing’, says the ‘Tabula smaragdina’.” Collected Works (Carl Jung)

23 "Many modern discoveries help man to apprehend the cosmos as a varied expression of one power – light, guided by divine intelligence." Paramahansa Yogananda Mandala, Luminous Symbols for Healing (Judith Cornell, Ph.D.)

24 "We may know – not as a mere static dictum but as a winged intuition, carrying an infinitude of significance both for mind and heart – that the One IS the Manifold, and the Manifold IS the One." The Manifold and The One (Agnes Arber)

25 "We are a means of expression for the eternal and infinite I AM, the Spirit; the dynamic flow of energy, the all-encompassing motivating force that Is the One Reality." The Alternative Gospel (John Baldock)

26 "One of the main necessities…at this time is to endeavour to think in terms of the one Reality." A Treatise on White Magic (Alice A. Bailey)

27 "The whole universe is like one principality and one kingdom, and must therefore be governed by one ruler." Thomas Aquinas, In Meta XII, L. 12, p. 925 Sheer Joy, Conversations with Thomas Aquinas on Creation Spirituality (Matthew Fox)

28 "Before the Unconditioned, the conditioned dances: 'Thou and I are one!' this trumpet proclaims." Kabir The Mystic Hours, A Daybook of Interspiritual Wisdom & Devotion (Wayne Teasdale)

29 "All activities emanate from the One." Edgar Cayce Symbols, Guiding Lights Along the Journey of Life (Kathleen R. Prata)

30 "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)

31 "There is but One Life and Law: and he that worketh it is One. Nothing is inner, nothing is outer; nothng is great, nothing is small; nothing is high, nothing is low, in the Divine Economy." Hermetic Axiom As Above, So Below: Paths to Spiritual Renewal in Daily Life (Ronald S. Miller and the editors of New Age Journal)

32 "Here is how Rumi describes the Divine and its works: 'That is the Ocean of Oneness, wherein is no mate or consort. Its pearls and its fish are none other than its waves….Spirit is truly and always one; but its manifestations on different planes of creation are different. Just as ice, water, and vapor are not three things but only three forms of the same thing, similarly Spirit is one, but its forms are many.'" The Cosmic Game, Explorations of the Frontiers of Human Consciousness (Stanislav Grof)

33 "Then I looked. And I saw that lover, beloved, and love are one; for in the world of unity all can be one." Abu Yazid (Bayazid) of Bistan (d. 874) The Masks of God (Joseph Campbell)

34 "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)

35 "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)

36 "Consciousness is one with all and in all." Freemasonry and Its Ancient Mystic Rites (C. W. Leadbeater)

37 "The Universe…is spread apart from a center of oneness to a diversity of light, color, tone and density." Saint Germain on Alchemy (Mark L. and Elizabeth Clare Prophet)

38 "The creative agent referred to by various names in the world's cosmogonies is the active expression of that eternal, incomprehensible One Alone." Basic Theosophy (Geoffrey Hodson)

39 "There is One Reality, the Unmanifested-Manifested. Ever-existent, He is Naam (Conscious Spirit), the Creator, pervading all." Guru Nanak (1469-1539), Indian disciple of Kabir, 'Psalms and Devotions' The Quotable Spirit (Peter Lorie and Manuela D Mascetti, editors)

40 "You will continually find yourself with opportunities to acknowledge that all of us are one until you make it a part of your life creed and act according to its promptings." Invisible Acts of Power: Personal Choices That Create Miracles (Caroline Myss)

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

42 "In its depths the life in all that exists IS the One Life." Ancient Wisdom, Modern Insight (Shirley Nicholson)

43 "As we are held as one in God, so do we learn as one in Him." A Course in Miracles (Helen Schucman and William Thetford)

44 "All heavenly lights may appear as separate yet emanate from the One Source and are one unified light." Zohar Miraculous Living (Rabbi Shoni Labowitz)

45 "God is one; all God's creation is one; and we are to be at one in our journey of love into God." A Retreat With St. Bonaventure (Leonard J. Bowman)

46 "There is in reality one Mind….This Mind is the life, intelligence, power, and creativity in the entire universe." Worldwide Laws of Life: 200 Eternal Spiritual Principles (John Marks Templeton)

47 "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)

48 "Under it all we are the One Light of Buddha Nature." Turning Toward the Mystery: A Seeker's Journey (Stephen Levine)

49 “How can we bridge language and prejudice gaps? By understanding, accepting and implementing the highest truth: we are all one.” Questions and Answers on Conversations With God (Neale Donald Walsch)

50 “Only One exists.” Call to the Heights, Guidance on the Pathway to Self-illumination (Geoffrey Hodson)

51 "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)

52 "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)

53 "The mystic knows that in some mysterious and indescribable manner God and his universe are one." Behold the Spirit, A Study in the Necessity of Mystical Religion (Alan Watts)

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

55 "The One who is is one, and all are one." The Second Discourse of Great Seth The Gnostic Gospels of Jesus (Marvin Meyer)

56 "Just as the arms and legs and fingers are quite different entities but also are parts of one body, so all things and events in the universe are aspects of one fundamental Whole." The Atman Project (Ken Wilber)

57 "All forms of sincere worship and all gods are facets which mirror one aspect or other of the One Reality." Jeanine Miller, 'The Relevance of the Vedas to Modern Man' The American Theosophist (various)

58 "Blessedness consists in unanimity and harmony, so that many, even very many, suppose themselves to be one….for from the harmony of many there exists a One from which there is blessedness and happiness." Emanuel Swedenborg Angels and Mortals, Their Co-Creative Power (Maria Parisen, compiler)

59 "Consciousness is one, yet produces the varied forms of the many." The Light of the Soul (Alice A. Bailey)

60 "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)

61 "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)

62 "The many are One." Freemasonry and Its Ancient Mystic Rites (C. W. Leadbeater)

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

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

65 "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)

66 "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)

67 "All gestures, words, acts and events are equivalent in value – all are manifestations of the one consciousness which pervades everything." Psychedelic Experience, A Manual Based on the Tibetan Book of the Dead (Timothy Leary, Ralph Metzner, Richard Alpert)

68 "To divide or multiply consciousness is something meaningless. In all the world, there is no kind of framework within which we can find consciousness in the plural; this is simply something we construct because of the spatio-temporal plurality of individuals, but it is a false conception." Erwin Schrodinger, 'My View of the World' The Flight of the Wild Gander (Joseph Campbell)

69 "The nature of the divine existence is to possess always its unity, but to possess it also in an infinite experience, from many standpoints, on many planes, through many conscious powers or selves of itself, individualities – of the one conscious being." A Greater Psychology, An Introduction to Sri Aurobindo's Psychological Thought (Sri Aurobindo, edited by A. S. Dalal)

70 "One certain seed had within it the whole semination of the universe. It is like the egg of some variegated and many-colored bird, such as the peacock or some other bird which is even more multiform and many-colored, an egg which though one has within it many forms of multiform, many-colored, many-constituted substances." Basilides, 2nd century Syrian-Egyptian Gnostic The Other Bible (Willis Barnstone, editor)

71 "The profound fact of oneness not only on Earth but in all creation is becoming more and more evident as knowledge expands outward, and nowhere are to be found any absolute boundary lines or uncrossable barriers between any kingdoms of life. Not even between life and nonlife, nor between body and mind and spirit." Seven Mysteries of Life, An Exploration in Science and Philosophy (Guy Murchie)

72 "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)

73 "We who dwell on this earth belong to one humanity; There is but one God, and we are His children." Sant Darshan Singh, 'The Cry of the Soul' Experiencing the Soul (Eliot Jay Rosen, editor)

74 "Brahman is all, the One without a second." A Walk with Four Spiritual Guides: Krishna, Buddha, Jesus, and Ramakrishna (Andrew Harvey)

75 "There is but one principle of all things." The City of God (St. Augustine)

76 "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.)

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

78 "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)

79 "All men of wisdom have one religion; they all have one caste; they all behold the face of the One!" Dadu, 16th century Indian saint-poet One River, Many Wells: Wisdom Springing from World Faiths (Matthew Fox)

80 "In the persistent advance of consciousness towards always more spontaneous and finally reflective forms, we have an objective element, allowing us to follow, through and beneath all complications of detail, the continually ascending advance of a single fundamental greatness." The Vision of the Past (Pierre Teilhard deChardin)

81 "One Life nourishes, sustains and unites all parts and all beings." Basic Theosophy (Geoffrey Hodson)

82 “For the One is the whole;…because of the One everything is.” Barnaud Collected Works (Carl Jung)

83 "The mighty One rules all things….and ordains the eternal laws that govern the world." Nordic Scrolls of Wisdom The Secret Doctrine (Helena P. Blavatsky)

84 "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)

85 "A single fundamental rhythm beats below and gives rise to the many diverse rhythms in the world." Ancient Wisdom, Modern Insight (Shirley Nicholson)

86 "Guided by One Mind, our lesser minds unite." One Thousand Inspirational Things (Audrey Stone Morris, Compiler)

87 "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)

88 "There is but one life, without beginning and without ending." The Spiritual Life (Annie Besant)

89 "Though the principle of the center is One, the patterns, the swirls and eddies of form and process which are generated by and through the center are infinite; and though infinite in number, the centers are essentially one, for each is the same irreducible point, the primary syllable, the word, the Logos, through which all is uttered." Mandala (Jose and Miriam Arguelles)

90 "All life is one, and all its manifestations with which we have had contact are climbing the ladder of evolution." Lord Hugh Dowding (1882-1970), British Air Chief Marshal, speech delivered before the House of Lords, July 18, 1957 Reincarnation: The Phoenix Fire Mystery (Cranston/Head, editors)

91 "Hail, One, thou mighty being of myriad forms and aspects, thou king of the world!" Ancient Egyptian text Egyptian Religion: Egyptian Ideas of the Future Life (E. A. Wallis Budge)

92 "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)

93 "If people can….realize all as one, then people can be companions of heaven." Liu I Ming (b. 1737), Taoist adept The Essential Mystics (Andrew Harvey)

94 "We are, in fact, all part of one thing, all different materializations of the one life." The Findhorn Garden: Pioneering a New Vision of Man and Nature in Cooperation (The Findhorn Community)

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

96 "'Everything comes from the One and returns to the One, by the One, for the One' reads the alchemical axiom." Alchemy, The Art of Transformation (Jay Ramsay)

97 "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)

98 "Life is One." A Course in Miracles - A Gift For All Mankind (Tara Singh)

99 "The real is ONE. It is a unity, non-dual and whole." Unknown Man (Yatri)

100 "All things are but one thing." Robert Fludd, Western Esoteric Masters Series (William Huffman, editor)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite