Many / One

A database of 11,000+ illuminated guiding quotations in 40 categories from 600+ inspired books by our most brilliant and influential authors.
Compiled by JoAnn Kite

SHOW detailed search and navigation | Quotes | References | JoAnn

One | Circle | Center | Opposites | Archetypes | Good | Ethics | Living Wholeness | Random

The Masks of God
Joseph Campbell

1 "The rites of Demeter and Persephone of Eleusis, Isis of Alexandria, Mithra of the Persians, and the Great Mother, Cybele, of Asia Minor, mutually influenced and enriched each other in the course of centuries – all in terms of a common ability to sense and experience the miracle of life itself as divine, and wonderfully so."

2 "Nothing can occur that is not – in the frame of the totality – absolutely good."

3 "Like a flower potential in its seed, the blossom of the realization of love is potential in every heart...and requires only proper cultivation to be fostered to maturity."

4 "The [Egyptian] myths can no longer be taken simply in their literal sense. They have to be understood as a rendition of deeper thoughts, striving to comprehend the world spiritually, as a unit." Eduard Meyer

5 "The ever-living life in all lives appears to be many but is really one."

6 "The vocabulary of symbol is to such an extent constant through the world that it must be recognized to represent a single pictorial script, through which realizations of a tremendum experienced through life are given statement."

7 "All is God. Every stick and stone, person or power, that has ever been revered as a god, is indeed God; for God is all."

8 "Platonic ideas are the structuring principles of all things, inherent in all, and to be recognized by the wakened mind."

9 "Man is a cup, his soul the wine therein. Flesh is a pipe, spirit the voice within; O Khayyam, have you fathomed what man is? A magic lantern with a light therein." Omar Khayyam, Persian poet

10 "Myths and rites constitute a mesocosm – a mediating, middle cosmos, through which the microcosm of the individual is brought into relation to the macrocosm of the all."

11 "Finally, all is found to be in some manner God – as in the words of the Gnostic Thomas Gospel, attributed to Jesus: 'I am the All, the All came forth from Me and the All attained to Me. Cleave the wood and I am there; lift up the stone, you will find me there.'"

12 "The One that is all, forever remains: transcendent – beyond all; yet also immanent – within all."

13 "God is one not two. Who sees God sees nothing but one." Meister Eckhart (1260-1327)

14 "Shakespeare's definition of the function of his art, 'to hold, as 'twere, the mirror up to nature', is equally a definition of mythology. It is the revelation to waking consciousness of the powers of its own sustaining source."

15 "O Mother! Cause and Mother of the World! Thou art the One Primordial Being." The Tantrasara

16 "God is in all things as being, as activity, as power." Meister Eckhart (1260-1327)

17 "The mystery of the universe and the wonder of the temple of the world are what speak to us through all myths and rites – as well as the great effort of man to bring his individual life into concord with the whole."

18 "According to Posidonius of Alamea in Syria (ca. 135-50 bce), God is immanent throughout nature."

19 "Within a world that is itself divine, where God is immanent throughout, in the impulse of the flight of birds, the lightning, the falling rain, the fire in the sun, there is an epiphany of divinity in all sight, all thought, and all deeds."

20 "Mythological symbols touch and exhilarate centers of life beyond the reach of vocabularies of reason and coercion. The light-world modes of experience and thought were late, very late, developments in the biological prehistory of our species."

21 "No one achieves excellence in his life task without love for it, in himself without love for himself, or in his family without love for his home. Love brings everything to flower, each in terms of its own potential, and so is the true pedagogue of the open, free society."

22 "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)

23 "There is one God….He is all sight, all mind, all ear." Xenophanes of Colophon (fl. 536 bce)

24 "Divinity inheres in, as well as transcends, every particle of the universe and all its beings."

25 "God is the simultaneous mutual implication of all things, even the contradictory ones." Nicholas Cusanus (1401-1464) 'Apologia doctae ignorantiae'

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite