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1 "Granted that there are countless individuals, at last is everything one, and the recognition of this unity forms the goal and end of all philosophy and natural research." Giordano Bruno, 'De la Causa', Dialogue 4 Ethics (Benedict Spinoza)

2 "And what if all of animated nature be but organic harps diversely framed, that tremble into thought, as over them sweeps plastc and vast, one intellectual breeze, at once the Soul of each, and God of All?" Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834), 'The Eolian Harp' Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 16th edition (John Bartlett)

3 "Seek practical toeholds in everyday life that can help to further define oneness." Agartha: The Essential Guide to Personal Transformation in the New Era (Meredith L. Young)

4 "When one knows Thee, then alien there is none, then no door is shut. Oh, grant me my prayer that I may never lose the touch of the one in the play of the many." Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941), 'Gitanjali' Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 16th edition (John Bartlett)

5 "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)

6 "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)

7 "The multiple faces of God that are celebrated by many of the world's religions express the sense that in the One, there are the many, while through the many is to be found the One." A Mythic Life, Learning to Live our Greater Story (Jean Houston)

8 "The Way of One – there is none other." Miraculous Living (Rabbi Shoni Labowitz)

9 "'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)

10 "One thing enters into every regimen and is found everywhere, being a stone and also not a stone; common and precious; hidden and concealed, yet known by everyone; of one name and many names….Without it nature never operates anything. Its name is one, yet we have called it by many names on account of the excellence of its nature." Turba Philosophorum Alchemy, The Art of Transformation (Jay Ramsay)

11 "The knowledge of one who sees in every living entity one undivided spiritual nature, which is divided into innumerable forms, should be understood to be in the mode of goodness." Bhagavad Gita, ch. 18, v. 20 Bhagavad-Gita As It Is (A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada)

12 "The ouroboros is an expression of the unified field of matter and mind, and the cosmic destiny that is also ours. 'Oneness'. Alchemy, The Art of Transformation (Jay Ramsay)

13 "Whoever loves something fervently and with all his strength….he will never forget what he so loves, and in all things he will see the Image of the One, and he will see it within him more clearly as his love grows deeper and deeper." Meister Eckhart (1260-1327) The Soul Afire, Revelations of the Mystics (H. A. Reinhold, editor)

14 “Everything divided and different belongs to one and the same world, which is a postulate whose probability is vouched for by the fact that until now no one has been able to discover a world in which the known laws of nature are invalid.” Collected Works (Carl Jung)

15 "The One is the perfect chord of Being, of infinite melodious concords, all turned to a single note, in which Life and Wisdom and Bliss are blended into one keynote of Existence." The Ancient Wisdom (Annie Besant)

16 "Consideration of the good of the collective whole naturally arises from recognizing one's intrinsic link with the One Life." Editors Karma, Rhythmic Return to Harmony (V. Hanson, R. Stewart & S. Nicholson, editors)

17 "There is one God who created and framed all things…into a being." The Second Book of Hermas, Command I, v. 1 The Lost Books of The Bible and The Forgotten Books of Eden (various)

18 "That which in modern phraseology is referred to as Spirit and Matter, is ONE in eternity as the perpetual cause, and it is…all that is, was, or will be, all that the imagination of man is capable of conceiving." The Secret Doctrine (Helena P. Blavatsky)

19 "I believe like every Hindu in God and His oneness." Mahatma Gandhi, Autobiography of a Yogi (Paramahansa Yogananda)

20 "One nature delights in another, one nature overcomes another, one nature overrules another, and the whole of them are One." Synesius Isis Unveiled (Helena P. Blavatsky)

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

22 "Train yourselves to see in everything an expression of the One." The Brotherhood of Angels & of Men (Geoffrey Hodson)

23 "All the Buddhas and all sentient beings are nothing but the One Mind, beside which nothing exists. This Mind, which is without beginning, is unborn and indestructible….Only awake to the One Mind." Master Huang Po, 'The Zen Teaching of Huang Po, trans. John Blofeld Spectrum of Consciousness (Ken Wilber)

24 "All form part of the One Life and there is nothing outside it." Arthur Robson, 'Infinite Continuity in Multimillionfold Diversity' Karma, The Universal Law of Harmony (Virginia Hanson and Rosemarie Stewart, editors)

25 "Without you there would be a lack in God….for what God wills is whole, and part of Him because His Will is one." A Course in Miracles (Helen Schucman and William Thetford)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite