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

2 "There is but one reality, like a brimming ocean, boundless as the sky, indivisible, absolute." The World's Religions (Huston Smith)

3 "It's One! The ground I was standing on, the leaf I was touching, the cloud in the sky, God that I was breathing, my own very self – were utterly, completely, ungraspably one!" Christian Meditation: Experiencing the Presence of God (James Finley)

4 "God, the Master and Maker and Encompasser of all, is both One and all things;…for the whole which is made up of all things is one." Hermetica (Walter Scott, translator)

5 "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)

6 "It is now, all at once, one, continuous….Nor is it divisible more here and less there….but it is full of what is." Heraclitus, Fragment 8 Homage to Pythagoras, Rediscovering Sacred Science (Christopher Bamford, editor)

7 "Though religion, psychology, philosophy, science and the arts all have varied languages, they all reveal related aspects of one life." Angels and Mortals, Their Co-Creative Power (Maria Parisen, compiler)

8 "'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)

9 "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)

10 "The whole Cosmos must necessarily exist in the One Source of energy from which this light emanates." The Secret Doctrine (Helena P. Blavatsky)

11 "There are millions among us who understand we are one. As we create deeper peace among any of us anywhere, the reality of peace becomes more probable everywhere. We can surround the world with a field of peace so powerful that hatred and fear will dissolve in its presence….knowing the truth of our spiritual oneness and embracing it within our hearts is the ultimate answer to all the problems of the world." Everyday Grace, Having Hope, Finding Forgiveness, and Making Miracles (Marianne Williamson)

12 "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.)

13 "All things that are ever said to be consist of a one and a many." Plato, 'Philebus' Homage to Pythagoras, Rediscovering Sacred Science (Christopher Bamford, editor)

14 "Everything belongs to one world." The Findhorn Garden: Pioneering a New Vision of Man and Nature in Cooperation (The Findhorn Community)

15 "The entire universe exists in a continual outflow from the One into created multiplicity, which is then drawn back to the One." The Passion of the Western Mind: Understanding the Ideas That Have Shaped Our World View (Richard Tarnas)

16 "All beings are synthesized to constitute one great Intelligence." Basic Theosophy (Geoffrey Hodson)

17 "There is only one force which integrates the entire universe in all the myriad forms of manifestation." The Garden of the Golden Flower, The Journey to Spiritual Fulfilment (Longfield Beatty)

18 "All is fused into one great work of art, all forms part of one living whole." The Mystic Way - A Psychological Study in Christian Origins (Evelyn Underhill)

19 "The new message is the gospel of identity. It is not an effort to unite lives in a common interest, but a recognition of the fact that all forms are but manifestations of one indivisible agent….Indissoluble unity is fundamental throughout the universe." Lectures on Ancient Philosophy (Manly P. Hall)

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

21 "Albert Einstein once remarked that the illusion that we are separate is an optical delusion of consciousness. Indeed, in holy moments we are aware that there is only One Mind in the universe, a Mind present in every thing and every one." Seven Paths to God, The Ways of the Mystic (Joan Borysenko, Ph.D.)

22 "O wonderful mystery! The Father of all things is one; the Word of all things is one; the Holy Spirit is one and the same everywhere." Clement of Alexandria (c.150-215), Theologian The Lion Christian Quotation Collection (Hannah Ward & Jennifer Wild, compilers)

23 "The need of the world is for a conscious turning to God, to know that there is one life from One Source." To Hear the Angels Sing (Dorothy Maclean)

24 "One is the Spirit of the living God, blessed be His Name, who lives forever!" 'Sepher Jezireh', the kabalistic Book of Creation Isis Unveiled (Helena P. Blavatsky)

25 "Oneness is the major characteristic of the Universal Mind." The Rays and The Initiations (Alice A. Bailey)

26 "Creation is precisely the manifestation in multitudinous form of the single superessential Nature." Richard McKeon, introduction to John Scotus Eriugena Selections From Medieval Philosophers (Richard McKeon, editor and translator)

27 "Humans are a true mirror-image of God. They project the manifold, but remain one and also know it, or at least can come to know it, because their true nature as pure consciousness is the integrating power of the One." The Unity of Reality (Michael vonBruck)

28 "Nothing is to be seen but a ground which rests upon itself, everywhere one Being, one Life." Mysticism (Evelyn Underhill)

29 "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)

30 "When a heart is illumined by true knowledge, it knows that above all these wars of sects and sectarians presides the one indivisible, eternal, all-knowing bliss." Ramakrishna The World's Religions (Huston Smith)

31 "In essence, all human beings are identical. We are all part of One; we are One." Erich Fromm, 'The Art of Loving' Handbook for the Heart, Original Writings on Love (Richard Carlson and Benjamin Shield, editors)

32 "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)

33 "That which is One projects 'otherness' as a mirror of Self-knowing." The Cosmic Womb, An Interpretation of Man's Relationship to the Infinite (Arthur W. Osborn)

34 "We can know the oneness behind all life, for such knowledge lies within us already, waiting to be actualized." Ancient Wisdom, Modern Insight (Shirley Nicholson)

35 "All experience is one – life as well as death." Dancing in the Flames, The Dark Goddess in the Transformation of Consciousness (Marion Woodman and Elinor Dickson)

36 "Question the beauty of the earth, question the beauty of the sea, question the beauty of the air diffusing itself, question the beauty of the sky….question all these realities. All respond: 'See, we are beautiful.' Their beauty is a profession. These beauties are subject to change. Who made them if not the Beautiful One who is not subject to change? St. Augustine, Sermo 241, 2 Catechism of the Catholic Church (Various)

37 "We are all really one." The Hero Within: Six Archetypes We Live By (Carol Pearson, Ph.D.)

38 "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)

39 "If we treat everything as alive, intelligent and part of the One Life, our own life is greatly enriched." The Findhorn Garden: Pioneering a New Vision of Man and Nature in Cooperation (The Findhorn Community)

40 "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)

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

42 "There is but One God." Ravidas, poet and cobbler, 'World of Illusion' The Religion Book, The Encyclopedia of Places, Prophets, Saints, and Seers (Jim Willis)

43 "In the self the one is also the many, and the many are all comprised in the one." Aurora Consurgens (Marie Louise vonFranz)

44 "I saw the One I love, with eyes that learned to see. I saw within my soul that He was waiting there." Mechtild of Magdeburg (ca. 1207-1294), German mystic The Soul Afire, Revelations of the Mystics (H. A. Reinhold, editor)

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

46 "Behind the manifested universe stands the formless One." Esoteric Psychology II (Alice A. Bailey)

47 "The consciousness of this inner unity, the recognition of the One Self dwelling equally in all, is the one sure foundation of Brotherhood." The Ancient Wisdom (Annie Besant)

48 “I rejoice that I love the One Who loves me, and I pray that I may love Him without measure and without ceasing.” Mechthild of Magdeburg Meditations from Mechthild of Magdeburg (Henry L. Carrigan, Jr., editor)

49 "You are the one God, hidden in all. You are everywhere, the inner Self of all, the seer of deeds, dwelling in all, the uninvolved witness, knowing all, pure Consciousness." Shvetashvatara Upanishad The Upanishads, selections translated by Alistair Shearer and Peter Russell (Alistair Shearer and Peter Russell, translators)

50 "Spirit, soul, and body are one, and all is of One." Zadith Senior (Zadith ben Hamuel), 'De chemia' Aurora Consurgens (Marie Louise vonFranz)

51 "Meister Eckhart, the thirteenth-century Christian mystic, noted his experience that: 'All that man has here externally in multiplicity is intrinsically One. Here all blades of grass, wood and stone, all things are One. This is the deepest depth…'. And Henry Suso, a German Dominican, wrote: 'All creatures…are the same life, the same essence, the same power, the same one and nothing less.' What these mystics seem to be saying is that 'at the deepest level of my being I am of the same essence as you and the same as the rest of the universe. We are all of this same essence, and I experience my Self as such. This is what we are…this is our deepest level of identity.'" The Global Brain, Speculations on the Evolutionary Leap to Planetary Consciousness (Peter Russell)

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

53 "The One Reality creates the diversity of the natural world without compromising its own unity." The Alternative Gospel (John Baldock)

54 "The One is the source of every blessing." Catechism of the Catholic Church (Various)

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

56 "The ever-living life in all lives appears to be many but is really one." The Masks of God (Joseph Campbell)

57 "Basically, everything is one. There is no way in which you draw a line between things. What we normally do is to make these subdivisions, but they're not real." Barbara McClintock, geneticist Turbulent Mirror (John Briggs and F. David Peat)

58 "There is thus an incessant multiplication of the inexhaustible One and unification of the indefinitely Many. Such are the beginnings and endings of worlds and of individual beings: expanded from a point without position or dimensions and a now without date or duration." Ananda K. Coomaraswamy Spectrum of Consciousness (Ken Wilber)

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

60 "Nothing is real but the one Life that we seek for and love unconsciously under its many veils." The Ancient Wisdom (Annie Besant)

61 "This whole essence is but one thing only, like the mind of a man. Even as he is in soul and body, so also is this whole essence." Jacob Boehme Collected Works (Carl Jung)

62 "In Hermeticism and Jungian psychology, the seeming destruction which the antagonist wreaks (death, swallowing, dismemberment, etc.) works to the will of the One in accomplishing the higher purpose of integration and rebirth…..personal adversity has a long-range regenerative effect." Tarot Revelations (Joseph Campbell & Richard Roberts)

63 "When the final answers are known in this world, the Divine Simplicity of the Primal One will be all there is." The Child Within Us Lives!, A Synthesis of Science, Religion and Metaphysics (William Samuel)

64 "The history of nature has to do not just with individual, finite, imminently perishable being, but with an imperishable basis of all that can be seen, which unites it all and gives it soul. It teaches a love which loves in all things, a universal soul which sets everything, even that which is most remote and apart, in a living interplay that gives to all that can be seen, from the firmament of heaven to the ephemeral insect, one rhythm of time and law of life." G. H. Schubert, 'Allgemeine Naturegeschichte', 4 Modern Esoteric Spirituality (Antoine Faivre and Jacob Needleman, editors)

65 "In one, all things are harmonized." Cleanthes (d. 232 bce) In Silence: Why We Pray (Donald Spoto, Ph.D.)

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

67 "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)

68 "All work is, indeed, performed as part of the One Work and on behalf of the One Worker." Basic Theosophy (Geoffrey Hodson)

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

70 "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)

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

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

73 "No manifested thing can be thought of except as part of a larger whole: the total aggregate being the One manifested Universe." The Secret Doctrine (Helena P. Blavatsky)

74 "All Souls are one." From the Outer Court to the Inner Sanctum (Annie Besant)

75 "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)

76 "This is one great use for memory, to recall the oneness of life." The Findhorn Garden: Pioneering a New Vision of Man and Nature in Cooperation (The Findhorn Community)

77 "The pure soul is like a lens from which all irrelevancies and excrescences, all the beams and motes of egotism and prejudice have been removed; so that it may reflect a clear image of the one Transcendent." Evelyn Underhill, 'Practical Mysticism' Divine Light and Love (Peter Roche deCoppens)

78 "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)

79 "The One created you." The Light of Love (Patricia Devlin)

80 "'Consciousness' in its true connotation is the 'One who knows'. A Treatise on Cosmic Fire (Alice A. Bailey)

81 "The I AM, the One, is the 'Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.'" The Alternative Gospel (John Baldock)

82 "God is one and wise." Thomas Aquinas, In 2 Cor, ch. 2, p. 310 Sheer Joy, Conversations with Thomas Aquinas on Creation Spirituality (Matthew Fox)

83 "We must understand that we are all truly part of one whole, that all of creation is, at the deepest level, one consciousness, one intelligence." The Path of Transformation, How Healing Ourselves Can Change The World (Shakti Gawain)

84 "Even as time is, in its essentiality, beginningless and endless duration, incapable of division into past, present, and future, so space is dimensionless, and divisionless, and non-existent apart from the One Mind." The Tibetan Book of the Great Liberation (W. Y. Evans-Wentz, compiler and editor)

85 "Whether it is Blake losing himself in a knot in a piece of wood, Wordsworth in lines of curling mist or the figures of a shepherd and his dog, Shelley in the west wind, or Rilke in the bird flying through him and the tree growing within him – each and all of them were engaged in the task of reconciling the Knower and the Field, so that the perceiver and the perception might be one." The Flame and the Light (Hugh I'anson Fausset)

86 "Fundamentally all is one, all beings are one." Wind of the Spirit (G. dePurucker)

87 "The aim of all religions is essentially the same. It is the reunion of the self-conscious with that supreme Principle of consciousness and being which is known metaphysically as the One." The Flame and the Light (Hugh I'anson Fausset)

88 "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)

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

90 "The universe, produced from the one undivided Atman by the on-rolling process of manifestation, 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, 'The Wisdom of the Vedas' The American Theosophist (various)

91 "As a spider throws out and retracts its web, as herbs spring up in the ground….so is the Universe derived from the undecaying One." Mandukya Upanishad The Secret Doctrine (Helena P. Blavatsky)

92 "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)

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

94 "We are that single, sole light which came into being." The Paraphrase of Shem (Gnostic text, ca. 1st century bce), The Other Bible (Willis Barnstone, editor)

95 "The tenets of most faiths support the statement 'I AM my brother's keeper'; and this is as it should be, seeing that in reality, all life is one." The Science of the Spoken Word (Mark L. and Elizabeth Clare Prophet)

96 “You will find nothing in the world which is not in the One….Everything owes to the One its individual existence and the process whereby it is perfected and preserved.” Pseudo-Dionysius, The Complete Works (John Farina, Editor-in-Chief)

97 "It's all the same and single thing. One ocean, one dream, 'in which all things flow and touch each other. A disturbance in one place is felt at the other end of the world,' wrote Dostoyevski." A Book of Angels (Sophy Burnham)

98 "The One is Love." The Center of the Cyclone: An Autobiography of Inner Space (John C. Lilly, M.D.)

99 "That there is a God and that God is one is the universal principle." The Spiritual Life/The Word of God (Emanuel Swedenborg)

100 "The essence of all things is one and that spirit is the source of all, the only certitude, the sole eternal reality." The Great Secret (Maurice Maeterlinck)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite