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1 "Our own deep truth is at one with that of all being." The Inner Reaches of Outer Space, Metaphor as Myth and as Religion (Joseph Campbell)

2 "Vishnu is one, and yet He is certainly all-pervading. By His inconceivable potency, in spite of His one form, He is present everywhere." The Vedas Bhagavad-Gita As It Is (A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada)

3 "The life of a moment and the life of thousands of years, your life and the lives of all creatures seen and unseen, is one." Leo Tolstoy, 'Esarhaddon, King of Assyria' The Alternative Gospel (John Baldock)

4 "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)

5 “All the evidence seems to tell us that all of nature does indeed function by virtue of one fundamental force.” The Secret Power of Music (David Tame)

6 "We are one with our earth at every level." Regents of the Seven Spheres (H. K. Challoner)

7 “This One Alone is no mere philosophic abstraction, but a Reality.” Call to the Heights, Guidance on the Pathway to Self-illumination (Geoffrey Hodson)

8 "'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)

9 "Joy is the realization of onenes, the oneness of our soul with the world and of the world-soul with the supreme love." Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941), Indian poet The Quotable Spirit (Peter Lorie and Manuela D Mascetti, editors)

10 "In One is all my peace." Angelus Silesius The Soul Afire, Revelations of the Mystics (H. A. Reinhold, editor)

11 "Although the Sun may shine in each of a thousand rooms of a palace, its unity is not affected; although the One Mind illuminates the innumerable myriads of finite minds, it remains inseparably a unit." The Tibetan Book of the Great Liberation (W. Y. Evans-Wentz, compiler and editor)

12 "A unity pervades and underlies all existence. This is the meaning of 'the Eternal is One' (Old Testament, Deut. 6:4)." The Hidden Face of God: How Science Reveals the Ultimate Truth (Gerald L. Schroeder, Ph.D.)

13 “The reality is that all things are contained beforehand in and are embraced by the One in its capacity as an inherent unity.” Pseudo-Dionysius, The Complete Works (John Farina, Editor-in-Chief)

14 "The One will never fail." ch. 178, v. 7b Aquarian Gospel of Jesus the Christ (Leo W. Dowling)

15 "Remember, every thought we think takes us and others around us either straight to heaven (an awareness of our oneness) or straight to hell (the ego's state of separation)." The Gift of Change, Spiritual Guidance for a Radically New Life (Marianne Williamson)

16 "One god there is hidden in every creature, the Self of all creatures, and all pervading, abiding in all." Sueta Upanishad (900-600 bce) The Quotable Spirit (Peter Lorie and Manuela D Mascetti, editors)

17 "The universe…is a unified system, a mighty organism in which the inmost nucleus and pervading Spirit and Self is the one abiding Being." J. C. Chatterji Ancient Wisdom, Modern Insight (Shirley Nicholson)

18 "The Weaver of Oneness wants us to be united with each other – neighbors with neighbors, communities with communities, religions with religions, nations with nations." Spiritual Literacy, Reading the Sacred in Everyday Life (Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat)

19 "Our unity with the world-being is the consciousness of a Self which at one and the same time cosmicises in the world and individualizes through the individual, and both in that world-being and in this individual being and in all individual beings it is aware of the same Self manifesting and experiencing its various manifestations." A Greater Psychology, An Introduction to Sri Aurobindo's Psychological Thought (Sri Aurobindo, edited by A. S. Dalal)

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

21 "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)

22 "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)

23 "God is breath. All that breathes resides in the Only Being." New Testament, John 4:24, Aramaic translation One River, Many Wells: Wisdom Springing from World Faiths (Matthew Fox)

24 "The end of Western Mysticism was the return of the many into the One." Lamps of Western Mysticism (Arthur Edward Waite)

25 "Like the Eastern traditions, it [Sufism] looks beyond appearances to the essential oneness of Being." Kabir Helminski, 'Sufism, A Path to Human Wholeness' The Inner West, An Introduction to the Hidden Wisdom of the West (Jay Kinney, editor)

26 "Beyond all conception, the universal light shines forth. It is the great One, smaller than the smallest, farther than the farthest, nearer than the nearest. The wise know It resting deep within." Mundaka Upanishad The Upanishads, selections translated by Alistair Shearer and Peter Russell (Alistair Shearer and Peter Russell, translators)

27 “Pelagios asks: ‘Why speak ye of the manifold matter? The substance of natural things is one.’” Collected Works (Carl Jung)

28 "All is one consciousness." The Visionary Window: A Quantum Physicist's Guide to Enlightenment (Amit Goswami, Ph.D.)

29 “Plato maintained that the One is All-Being.” Lectures on Ancient Philosophy (Manly P. Hall)

30 "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)

31 "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)

32 "Consciousness is One." The Visionary Window: A Quantum Physicist's Guide to Enlightenment (Amit Goswami, Ph.D.)

33 "Reality is in fact one and perfect." The World's Religions (Huston Smith)

34 "The Tree of Life is a universal symbol. To some extent it arises from the natural affection people feel for trees, but there is also something else at play. The tree is the most visible and obvious image for the essential unity of all that is. It has a single trunk yet ramifies outward in countless branches and twigs and leaves; it is the living representation of the world, which for all its multiplicity has its one life in God." Inner Christianity, A Guide to the Esoteric Tradition (Richard Smoley)

35 "God Is oneness….God is our shared heart and mind….those who see their oneness with just one other living thing cannot fail to see God." Hugh and Gayle Prather', 'God is Love' Handbook for the Heart, Original Writings on Love (Richard Carlson and Benjamin Shield, editors)

36 "There is only one Source of That Which Is, and the one Source IS That Which Is." Communion with God (Neale Donald Walsch)

37 "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)

38 "We are One Essential Whole, expressing Itself through a limitless number of forms and varieties." Soul Centered Astrology, A Key to Your Expanding Self (Alan Oken)

39 "Learn to look with an equal eye upon all beings, seeing the one Self in all." Srimad Bhagavatam The Perennial Philosophy (Aldous Huxley)

40 "The One underlies all the diversities of external nature." The Ancient Wisdom (Annie Besant)

41 "We should learn to behold the manifold in the One." The Human Adventure, Contemplation for Everyman (William McNamara, O.C.D.)

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

43 "The spiritual crisis pervading all spheres of Western industrial society can be remedied only by a change in our world view. We shall have to shift from the materialistic, dualistic belief that people and their environment are separate, toward a new consciousness of an all-encompassing reality which embraces the experiencing ego, a reality in which people feel their oneness with animate nature and all of creation." Albert Hofmann Cleansing the Doors of Perception (Huston Smith)

44 “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)

45 "The famous axiom attributed to Hermes Trismegistus is an accepted part of the teaching of the Mystery Schools: As it is above so it is below; as it is within, so it is without; as in the great so in the small; There is but one Life and one Law." Regents of the Seven Spheres (H. K. Challoner)

46 "All is one life." To Hear the Angels Sing (Dorothy Maclean)

47 "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)

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

49 "The world is single and it came into being from the center outwards." Joannes Stobaeus (5th century), Greek anthologist A Beginner's Guide to Constructing the Universe: The Mathematical Archetypes of Nature, Art & Science (Michael S. Schneider)

50 "Krishna…laid down in the 'Gita' the simple rules whereby depression and doubt can be overcome. They may be briefly summarised as follows: a. Know thyself to be the undying One. b. Control thy mind, for through that mind the undying One can be known. c. Learn that the form is but the veil which hides the splendour of Divinity. d. Realize that the One Life pervades all forms so that there is no death, no distress, no separation." A Treatise on White Magic (Alice A. Bailey)

51 "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)

52 "Matter is one, soul is one, and God is one." 'Corpus Hermeticum' Aurora Consurgens (Marie Louise vonFranz)

53 "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.)

54 "Intuitive knowledge of the One is the pinnacle of spiritual fulfillment." The Unity of Reality (Michael vonBruck)

55 "There is One Flame but many sparks of differing brightness within that Flame. Such is the glory of the great Eternal One." Discipleship in the New Age (Alice A. Bailey)

56 "It is seen that all forms are of one substance and all life of one force, and these are co-existent in the nature of the Supreme One." The Secret Teachings of All Ages (Manly P. Hall)

57 "The One existed before this tangible view of things came into finite being." The Child Within Us Lives!, A Synthesis of Science, Religion and Metaphysics (William Samuel)

58 "Mind is, by its very nature, a singulare tantum. I should say: the overall number of minds is just one." Erwin Schroedinger (1887-1961), 'The Oneness of Mind' Quantum Questions, Mystical Writings of the World's Great Physicists (Ken Wilber, editor)

59 "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)

60 "When the soul is lifted up in consciousness, by God's grace, it becomes merged….in the Oneness of God." S. Abhayananda On The Love of God (Thomas a' Kempis, edited by S. Abhayananda)

61 "Isaac Newton's profound theological occupation was with the One, with Divine Unity as revealed in nature." The Dictionary of Alchemy (Diana Fernando)

62 "Oneness is the supreme truth." Basic Theosophy (Geoffrey Hodson)

63 "The One is a sovereign that has nothing over it. It is God and parent, father of all….the One is the invisible spirit." The Secret Book of John The Gnostic Gospels of Jesus (Marvin Meyer)

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

65 "The One recreates the entire world anew each second." Eliezer Shore, 'The Heart of Ritual' Parabola, the Magazine of Myth and Tradition (various)

66 "Flow, peak experiences, and what others call mystical experiences are all…characterized by a sense of unity or oneness." The Ancestral Mind: Reclaim the Power (Gregg D. Jacobs, Ph.D.)

67 "Compassion sees the One in the many. Wisdom sees the many as One." Shadows of the Sacred: Seeing Through Spiritual Illusions (Frances Vaughan, Ph.D.)

68 "God is Love. Love is One. One is All." Mysticism and Ecumenism (Robley Edward Whitson)

69 "For what, pray, can be added to the One, what is lacking to it, or on what can it be supported? For in truth nothing exists beside that One." Gerhard Dorn, medieval Alchemist Collected Works (Carl Jung)

70 "The true Self of all selves is the Subject of all conditions, and all conditions together are literally the Body of that One." The Enlightenment of the Whole Body (Bubba Free John)

71 "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)

72 "Just as the figments of a dream derive from the life energy of one dreamer, representing only fluid splittings and complications of that single force, so do all the forms of all the worlds, whether terrestrial or divine, reflect the universal force of a single inscrutable mystery: the power that constructs the atom and controls the orbits of the stars." Hero With A Thousand Faces (Joseph Campbell)

73 "At the heart of everything is the supreme initiative of the One who acts, the One who is always there." Earthy Mysticism: Contemplation and the Life of Passionate Presence (William McNamara)

74 "'I covet nothing – but One.' You ought to have the meaning of these words in your intention and soul's habit always." Toward A Perfect Love (Walter Hilton)

75 "As we are part of the land, you too are part of the land. This earth is precious to us. It is also precious to you. One thing we know: there is only one God. No man, be he Red Man or White Man, can be apart. We are brothers after all." Chief Seattle, letter to the President of the United States, 1852 The Power of Myth (Joseph Campbell)

76 "I breathe in strength as I stand today....Witnessing the Oneness – on my way to meet You face to face." St. Patrick Living Christianity (Martin Palmer)

77 “There is in fact one substance in which everything is contained.” ‘VIII Exercitatio in Turbam’ Collected Works (Carl Jung)

78 “The supra-divine transcendentally one God dwells indivisibly in every individual.” Pseudo-Dionysius, The Complete Works (John Farina, Editor-in-Chief)

79 "Your encounters with others reveal your connection with the Oneness." Spiritual Literacy, Reading the Sacred in Everyday Life (Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat)

80 "Remember, there's only one of us here: What we give to others, we give to ourselves. What we withhold from others, we withhold from ourselves." A Return to Love, Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles (Marianne Williamson)

81 "It's all one single water from the ocean of God's holy love." Ecstatic Journey, The Transforming Power of Mystical Experience (Sophy Burnham)

82 "In reality, there is Mind-only, all inclusive, non-dual, the timeless ground of all temporal phenomena, fusion without confusion, a Reality without duality but not without relations." Spectrum of Consciousness (Ken Wilber)

83 "The mystical sense is essentially a feeling for, a presentiment of, the total and final unity of the world, beyond its present sensiby apprehended multiplicity: it is a cosmic sense of 'oneness'." Toward the Future (Pierre Teilhard deChardin)

84 "The totality of all things goes through one opening; the roots of all affairs come from one gate." Huainanzi Miraculous Living (Rabbi Shoni Labowitz)

85 "All things are One Thing, and there is nothing else. 'We Are All One' is more than a beautiful slogan. It is a precise description of the nature of Ultimate Reality." Communion with God (Neale Donald Walsch)

86 "The One-Supra-Mundane Mind, or the Universal All-Pervading Consciousness, transcendent over appearances and over every dualistic concept born of the finite or mundane aspect of mind, alone is real." The Tibetan Book of the Great Liberation (W. Y. Evans-Wentz, compiler and editor)

87 "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)

88 "Only One-mindedness can be without confusion." A Course in Miracles (Helen Schucman and William Thetford)

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

90 "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)

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

92 "The awareness that reads these words and seems to write them is God's knowing happening – and that 'happening' is confirmation of the One." The Child Within Us Lives!, A Synthesis of Science, Religion and Metaphysics (William Samuel)

93 "If God is not one, he is not God." Tertullian, Adv. Marc., 1, 3, 5 Catechism of the Catholic Church (Various)

94 "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.)

95 “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)

96 "All Form is an expression of the One Life – the Life of God." Rosicrucian Cosmo-Conception, or Christian Occult Science (Max Heindel)

97 "Two people with unlit lamps can give hope to one another as they remember together the One who is their Light." A Tree Full of Angels (Macrina Wiederkehr)

98 "The universe turns as one (which is the root meaning of the word 'universe') and we all live in one element." Virginia Hanson, 'The Other Face of Karma' Karma, The Universal Law of Harmony (Virginia Hanson and Rosemarie Stewart, editors)

99 "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)

100 "What all schools of wisdom and spirituality have taught us is true. All is one." Agartha: The Essential Guide to Personal Transformation in the New Era (Meredith L. Young)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite