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1 "We all move as one, and let us priase life that it is so." To Hear the Angels Sing (Dorothy Maclean)

2 "'Only One Cosmos' – this slogan, indeed, is a guide for truly human behavior." Dialogue on Life, Buddhist Perspectives on Life and the Universe (Daisaku Ikeda)

3 "Everything seeks unity. The goal of many religions and mythic ordeals is to return to a lost state of Divine Oneness. But we have no need to return to a state of oneness because unity is axiomatic and we already are integrated in it." A Beginner's Guide to Constructing the Universe: The Mathematical Archetypes of Nature, Art & Science (Michael S. Schneider)

4 "From the day when we beheld thee, from the day when we heard thy word, our hearts were filled with peace. We believed in thee, Good One, we beheld thy light and shall not forget thee." The Ginza (Mandaean Scripture) Gnosticism: New Light on the Ancient Tradition of Inner Knowing (Stephan A. Hoeller)

5 "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)

6 "There is but one divine Will, one divine Life, and one divine Intelligence." Basic Theosophy (Geoffrey Hodson)

7 "All are One." Lina Psaltis, introduction Dynamics of the Psychic World (Helena P. Blavatsky)

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

9 "I am thee, thou art me, we are One. I love me, love thee, love the One." The Center of the Cyclone: An Autobiography of Inner Space (John C. Lilly, M.D.)

10 "The chaos, the wars and the threat of wars, the ruin and the disease in the world are, I suggest, the direct result of humanity's denial in motive and conduct of the truth that Life is One." Basic Theosophy (Geoffrey Hodson)

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

12 "We are all part of One; we are One." Erich Fromm, 'The Art of Loving' Saints and Madmen: Psychiatry Opens its Doors to Religion (Russell Shorto)

13 "Growth involves inward transformation and living in accordance with the spirit of the oneness of all being that the truth implies." Theosophy, A Modern Expression of the Wisdom of the Ages (Robert Ellwood)

14 "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)

15 "The early Christian mystics referred to the quest for wholeness as the way of 'oneing'. Oneing is active everywhere: in art, poetry, the human body and psyche, the eternal wisdom in a great many of the world's traditional cosmologies….and above all in Nature." The Way of The Earth, Encounters with Nature in Ancient and Contemporary Thought (T. C. McLuhan)

16 "The atom is, in many ways, seen to behave as much like a wave as a particle. It can perhaps best be regarded as a poorly defined cloud, dependednt for its particular form on the whole environment, including the observing instrument…Both observer and observed are merging and interpenetrating aspects of one whole reality, which is indivisible." Fritjof Capra, 'The Tao of Physics' The Unfolding Self: Varieties of Transformative Experience (Ralph Metzner)

17 "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)

18 "Although the Supersoul appears to be divided, He is never divided. He is situated as one." Bhagavad Gita, ch. 13, v. 17 Bhagavad-Gita As It Is (A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada)

19 "Time and Space are forms of the One incognizable Deity." The Secret Doctrine (Helena P. Blavatsky)

20 "There is no one else in the room. There is only one of us." Communion with God (Neale Donald Walsch)

21 "And your God is one God, there is no God but The One, the Compassionate, the Merciful." The Koran, Surah 2 Seven Paths to God, The Ways of the Mystic (Joan Borysenko, Ph.D.)

22 “The Transcendent One predefined and brought into being everything that is.” Pseudo-Dionysius, The Complete Works (John Farina, Editor-in-Chief)

23 "O 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), 'The Eolian Harp' Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 16th edition (John Bartlett)

24 "There are no breaks in the World of Becoming; Life, though it be instinct with spontaneity, though it cut new paths for its branching stream in fresh, unimaginable directions, behave in a thousand incalculable ways, ever remains one." The Mystic Way - A Psychological Study in Christian Origins (Evelyn Underhill)

25 "Let the energies that have been trained to focus on duality be raised to the plane of oneness." The Human Aura (Kuthumi and Djwal Kul)

26 "The only reality is One." Lafcadio Hearn Buddhism and Psychotherapy, The Healing of Heart Doctrine (Manly P. Hall)

27 "Where is any more misery for him who sees the Oneness in the universe?" Swami Vivekananda, Hindu sage Forbidden Faith: The Gnostic Legacy from the Gospels to The Da Vinci Code (Richard Smoley)

28 "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)

29 "If we really learn how to see, we will enjoy a pure intuition born of love and thus behold the manifold in the One." The Human Adventure, Contemplation for Everyman (William McNamara, O.C.D.)

30 "What is it which determines the conformation of basic substance into the multiplex variety of Forms which we see about us? It is the One Universal Spirit." Rosicrucian Cosmo-Conception, or Christian Occult Science (Max Heindel)

31 "The universe and we are one. There is but one life." Wind of the Spirit (G. dePurucker)

32 "Heraclitus, Descartes, Dionysius, Ibn al-Farid, Aquinas, and Nicholas of Cusa carried over into modern thought the idea of a unity inclusive of the full complexity of manyness….In the history of religious thought, both in the East and in the West, there have been periods in which the conception of Oneness played an essential part." The Manifold and The One (Agnes Arber)

33 "The universe is of one piece – it is a 'one only': one humanity, one nature, one universe, one God." Homage to Pythagoras, Rediscovering Sacred Science (Christopher Bamford, editor)

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

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

36 "Within-ness and without-ness use both infinite, but also one." Basic Theosophy (Geoffrey Hodson)

37 "The followers of Pythagoras and Empedocles, and most of the Italian philosophers, say that there is a certain community uniting us not only with each other and with the gods, but even with creation. There is in fact one breath pervading the whole cosmos like a soul and uniting us with them." Sextus Empiricus, 'Advanced Mathematics' Homage to Pythagoras, Rediscovering Sacred Science (Christopher Bamford, editor)

38 "The One…will again reassert his soverign claim, and gather all the fragmented and estranged shreds of being into the reconciled opposites of the one Word." Earthy Mysticism: Contemplation and the Life of Passionate Presence (William McNamara)

39 "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)

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

41 "The nature of the One must be grasped and comprehended." The Rays and The Initiations (Alice A. Bailey)

42 "All the sounds of nature blend themselves into one tone." The Astral Body (Arthur E. Powell)

43 "Each and every one believes it is their personal local 'I' that is doing something, but in the larger scheme, all these different local minds are actualy co-arising and co-creating each other, through the intent of the nonlocal mind. The trees must breathe so I can breathe. The rivers must flow so that my blood can circulate. In the end, there's only one exuberant, abundant, eternal, rhythmic, inseparable 'I'." Spontaneous Fulfillment of Desire (Deepak Chopra)

44 "Every act of love brings happiness; there is no act of love which does not bring peace and blessedness as its reaction. Real existence, real knowledge, and real love are eternally connected with one another, the three in one: where one of them is, the others also must be; they are the three aspects of the One without a second – the Existence-Knowledge-Bliss." Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902), Hindu mystic, 'Karma-Yoga' The Choice Is Always Ours (Dorothy B. Phillips, Chief Editor)

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

46 "Who is the Creator? The One God." Rabbi Bachya ibn Paquda Miraculous Living (Rabbi Shoni Labowitz)

47 "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)

48 "God is in an absolute sense one." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'First Century on Theology' The Philokalia, volume 2 (various authors, compiled by St. Nikodimos of the Holy Mountain)

49 "Christianity, Hinduism, Kabbalah, alchemy…all admitted the existence of a unique 'ubiquitous agent', flowing through everything and from which everything issued. In other words, they already knew that matter was one and living." Francoise Bonardel, 'Alchemical Esotericism and the Hermeneutics of Culture' Modern Esoteric Spirituality (Antoine Faivre and Jacob Needleman, editors)

50 "A succinct definition of Hinduism might read, 'The Universe is profoundly One.'" The Religion Book, The Encyclopedia of Places, Prophets, Saints, and Seers (Jim Willis)

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

52 "Everything really subsists in a single thing, which is God Himself." Benedict Spinoza, 'Short Treatise' Ethics (Benedict Spinoza)

53 "The present history of religious sentiment in men, whoever they may be, seems to me to be dominated by a sort of revelation, emerging in human consciousness, of the one great universe." Science and Christ (Pierre Teilhard deChardin)

54 "Brahma and the universe form one Being, each particle of which is in its essence Brahma himself, who proceeded out of himself." The Secret Doctrine (Helena P. Blavatsky)

55 "The confession of God's oneness, which has its roots in the divine revelation of the Old Covenant, is inseparable from the profession of God's existence and is equally fundamental." Catechism of the Catholic Church (Various)

56 "What, then is The One? It is what makes all things possible. Without it nothing would exist." Plotinus, 'Contemplation' The Essential Plotinus (Translated by Elmer O'Brien, S.J.)

57 "Though One, Brahman is the cause of the many." Shankara The Perennial Philosophy (Aldous Huxley)

58 "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)

59 "The one cause – which is the Whole – is what existence is and what we are." The Glorious Presence (Ernest E. Wood)

60 "We are all beautifully interwoven into a single consciousness." Daphne Rose Kingma, 'A Profound Infusion of Love' The Fabric of the Future (M. J. Ryan, editor)

61 “St. Augustine says: ‘God is a most simple being, and yet He works in a most manifold way, being all things in each single thing, and one in all of them together.” Blesed John Tauler (1300-1361), Dominican scholar The Soul Afire, Revelations of the Mystics (H. A. Reinhold, editor)

62 "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)

63 "An Orphic teaching runs, 'One is the Self Begotten, and all things were derived from this same one.' The Egyptians called God 'Ua Neter', the One God." C. R. F. Seymour, contemporary esotericist Angels and Mortals, Their Co-Creative Power (Maria Parisen, compiler)

64 "'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)

65 "One Nature, perfect and pervading, circulates in all natures. One reality, all-comprehensive, contains within itself all realities." Larry Dossy, M.D., 'Ancient Messages in Modern Science' American Theosophist, The (Dora Kunz, Executive Editor)

66 "In the prison One shall come; and the chains which are stronger than iron, the fetters harder than steel, shall dissolve – you shall go free forever." Edward Carpenter, 'Towards Democracy' Cosmic Consciousness (Richard M Bucke)

67 "The noumenal, nonmaterial Source of all remains forever one and undivided, while the interconnections and wholeness perceived in the world reflect this background oneness." Ancient Wisdom, Modern Insight (Shirley Nicholson)

68 "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)

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

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

71 "We are all one in love." Revelations of Divine Love (Juliana of Norwich)

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

73 "Every part of creation is of one order. This is God's Will and yours." A Course in Miracles (Helen Schucman and William Thetford)

74 “The One Supreme Power manifesting throughout the cosmic organism should be considered as manifesting through all created things.” Lectures on Ancient Philosophy (Manly P. Hall)

75 "All in one and one in all." Wei Lang (ca. 80 bce), philosopher, 'The Sutra' The Quotable Spirit (Peter Lorie and Manuela D Mascetti, editors)

76 "Try to see this world and the personalities of men as vehicles for the Divine Presence and the Divine Life, remembering also: All are but parts of one stupendous whole." Basic Theosophy (Geoffrey Hodson)

77 "As you work or play or walk down the street, essentially you are the Atman – God, Brahman, the Essence of the Universe – replete with being-knowledge-joy, birthless and deathless, unconditioned by space, time, or motion. You are a role the universe is playing, and you are also the One who is playing this and all other roles. You are one and the One." Finding Deep Joy (Robert Ellwood)

78 "The self and the not-self are centred in a Reality which makes them one. They are one in..the primordial Spirit of Which the whole universe is the Self-expression." The Flame and the Light (Hugh I'anson Fausset)

79 "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)

80 “The truth is: there is only one of us.” Questions and Answers on Conversations With God (Neale Donald Walsch)

81 "The Universe unfolds through the creation of the myriad forms of its expression, yet it always remains essentially One." Soul Centered Astrology, A Key to Your Expanding Self (Alan Oken)

82 "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)

83 "You cannot conceive the many without the one." Plato (ca. 428-348 bce), 'Dialogues, Parmenides', 129 Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 16th edition (John Bartlett)

84 "The One entered into the many, and became the Self of each. The beings of all things are the One, and that One is the subtle essence of all that exists." Chandogya Upanishad Spontaneous Fulfillment of Desire (Deepak Chopra)

85 "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)

86 "I dwell within a world of unity. I know all souls are one." Atlantean chant A Treatise on White Magic (Alice A. Bailey)

87 “All things are of one.” Senior, ‘De chemia’ Aurora Consurgens (Marie Louise vonFranz)

88 "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)

89 "Dionysius the Areopagite speaks of the One as containing all things 'in Its all-embracing Unity…combining even opposites under the form of oneness.'" The Manifold and The One (Agnes Arber)

90 "We have to come to a point when we truly feel the oneness, the unity in all the aspects of our lives." Sun Bear (Native American elder), 'The Shaman and The Medicine Wheel' Ancient Wisdom, Modern Insight (Shirley Nicholson)

91 "They [the Fathers of the Eastern Church] were aware that God is One." The Holy Fire, the Story of the Fathers of the Eastern Church (Robert Payne)

92 "All things started from one beginning." Origen The Soul of Christianity: Restoring the Great Tradition (Huston Smith)

93 "Divine Love is not a single thread that links creature and Creator; but rather a web that knits up the many with the One." The Mystic Way - A Psychological Study in Christian Origins (Evelyn Underhill)

94 "An ultimate existence pervades all the boundaries of the universe, and all people and all things are of one essence." Oneness: Great Principles Shared By All Religions (Jeffrey Moses)

95 "Direct experience of the One Reality is itself the One Teacher." The Alternative Gospel (John Baldock)

96 "We feel the Self as one in all." A Greater Psychology, An Introduction to Sri Aurobindo's Psychological Thought (Sri Aurobindo, edited by A. S. Dalal)

97 "The One Mind, the cosmic focus of consciousness, is all-in-all; there is nothing other than it, no thought other than its thought, no object or universe independent of it." The Tibetan Book of the Great Liberation (W. Y. Evans-Wentz, compiler and editor)

98 "We cannot get away from one ultimate enveloping cause, present in all causes and constituting their essential nature." The Glorious Presence (Ernest E. Wood)

99 "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)

100 "The One Life is THAT which is everywhere without limit, ever-existing without beginning or end, and – though words inevitably fail – ever-inclusive, implying that there is nowhere and no time at whch it does not exist." Call to the Heights, Guidance on the Pathway to Self-illumination (Geoffrey Hodson)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite