The idea of an all-encompassing One (whether called God, the Unified Field, or whatever else,) is present within the works of philosophers, mystics, spiritual and religious leaders, artists, poets and scientists from all over the world, as far back as the human record extends.
While creating the exhibition Windows to the Oneness, I went into deep study of this timeless philosophy: Although we all look different, and we have vastly different experiences, beneath these differences there is One Living Divinity, experiencing Itself. We are, with everything else that is, the diversity of this Self's Self-expression. (Manifold expressions of the One.)
When I realized there did not yet exist a single place to find quotes on this theme, I decided to create it.
You can read all the quotes I've curated right here, at the bottom of this page.
You can also make your own book of these quotes using the PDF template for free.
How to Make This Book:
Print the 3-page PDF (a selection of 34 of the quotes below.)
These 3 pages split into 9 strips which assemble easily into an accordion-fold book.
Checklist of materials before you begin:
thin cardboard (i.e. tea box, pasta box)
PDF printout - 3 pages
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Oneness: A Collection of Quotes
The Abrahamic (Western) Religions
Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called.
― Ephesians 4:2-4 (Bible, New Testament)
If one member suffers, all suffer together; If one member is honored, all rejoice together.
― 1 Corinthians 12:26 (Bible, New Testament)
I pray that they will be one. As you are in me and I am in you, I pray that they can also be one in us.
― Jesus’ Prayer for Unity, John 17:21 (Bible, New Testament)
I am the Lord, and there is none else. I form the light, and create darkness; I make peace, and create evil;
I, the Lord, do all these things.
― Isaiah 45:6-7 (Bible, Old Testament / The Torah)
“Love your neighbor as yourself” (Leviticus, 19:18) is the utmost commandment of Judaism. With these three words the eternal, human law of Judaism has been formed, and the entire corpus of ethics literature could not say more. The state of Israel will be worthy of its name only if its social, economic, political, and judicial structure will be based upon these three eternal words.
― from The Revolution of the Spirit by David Ben-Gurion, Prime Minister of Israel beginning with the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948 until 1963
The One is invisible, imperishable and un-nameable. It is not a god. Nothing exists above It, and nothing existed before It. It is Unity and cannot be differentiated. It is the Father of All and It exists above the All. It is the Light in which no eye can look. It is beyond perfection. It exists outside of time. It is without qualities and it contains all qualities. It is eternal, and It alone exists.
― The Apocryphon of John
God is unified oneness--one without two, inestimable... God is one, God's secret is one, all the worlds below and above are all mysteriously one. Divine existence is indivisible.
― from The Essential Kabbalah by Daniel C. Matt
"When you know yourself, your 'I-ness' vanishes and you know that you and God are one and the same.
― Ibn ‘Arabî (1165–1240), considered among the greatest of Muslim philosophers
The divine nature is one, and each Person is both One and the same One as God’s nature.
― Meister Eckhart (1260–1328), German theologian, philosopher and mystic
It is in Oneness that God is found and they who would find God must themselves become One.
― Meister Eckhart
The visible things are out of the oneness of the divine light.
Only God flows into all things… Nothing else flows into something else.
― Meister Eckhart
The Dharmic (Eastern) Religions
Recognizing the unity of all life, one sees his own Self in all other beings.
― The Buddha (c. 5th to 4th century BCE)
The sky has no east or west, nor does not make any distinctions between this and that. Distinctions arise from the human mind alone.
― The Buddha
Every single thing is just the One Mind. When you have perceived this, you will have mounted the Chariot of the Buddhas.
― Huang Po (unknown-850 AD), Chinese master of Zen Buddhism
All the Buddhas and all sentient beings are nothing but the One Mind, beside which nothing exists.
― Huang Po
Recognize that all things exist in the One, and you will become the One.
― The Bhagavad Gita
With one's heart focused on Yoga [union] and recognizing all things as equal, then you will see the Self within―and within all beings.
― The Bhagavad Gita
Oneness is the principle that underlies all things.
It is the origin of the origin, the root of the root, the cause of all causes,
It is that which reveals the essence of everything.
― Tao Te Ching, fundamental Taoist text
Oneness (the Source) is called the mystery.
The mystery will always be mysterious.
All people are at the door of this mysterious One.
― Tao Te Ching
What, then, is the Reality behind all our experiences? There is only one thing that never leaves us--pure consciousness. This alone is the constant feature of all experience. And this consciousness is the real, absolute Self. In dreamless sleep, even, the real Self persists (as we realize on waking, there being no break in essential continuity), while the ego-sense...has become temporarily merged in ignorance and has disappeared.
― Adi Shankara (788-820), Indian philosopher and theologian credited with unifying and establishing the main currents of thought in Hinduism
In oneself lies the whole world, and if you know how to look and learn, the door is there and the key is in your hand.
― Jiddu Krishnamurti (1895-1986), Indian philosopher, speaker and writer
One Nature, perfect and percading, circulates in all natures. One Reality, all-encompassing, contains within itself all realities. The one moon reflects itself wherever there is a sheet of water, and all the moons in the waters are embraced within the one moon.
― "Song of Enlightenment" by Yung-Chia Ta-Shih (665-713), Chinese; Zen and Tiantai Buddhist monk
All differences in this world are of degree, and not of kind, because oneness is the secret of everything.
― Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902), Indian Hindu monk
You are one with this universe. He who says he is different from others, even by a hair’s breadth, immediately becomes miserable. Happiness belongs to him who knows this oneness, who knows he is one with this universe.
― Swami Vivekananda
Sufis need to be soldiers of the two worlds because we have to connect the inner and outer planes, and so bring the oneness of the heart into a world of multiplicity. Once the heart knows the secret of love's oneness, it carries this like a seed wherever it goes. It sings the song of unity and is an open door through which the energy of love can flow into the world.
― LLewllyn Vuaghn-Lee (1953-present), Sufi mystic and author
In the beginning there was only Void.
Within the Void was the One.
The One is without form.
It has no features.
But within it all things exist.
― Chuang Tzu (369 BC-286 BC), Chinese philosopher and a "founding father" of Taoism
The Self is everywhere. Whoever sees all beings in the Self, and the Self in all beings, hates none. For one who sees oneness everywhere, how can there be delusion or grief?
― The Isha Upanishad
Salt exists in water, and we can taste each. The One which is without end, consisting only of Awareness, comes out of such elements, then disappears within them once again.
― The Upanishads*
When the deep mystery of one Suchness is fathomed,
All of a sudden we forget the external entanglements;
When the ten thousand things are viewed in their oneness,
We return to the origin and remain what we are.
― from Xinxin Ming (Faith in Mind), attributed to the Chinese Zen Patriarch Jianzhi Sengcan (6th c.)
One intrinsic Unity enfolds all manifestations.
― The Surangama Sutra
* This quote I could not verify, yet I find it beautiful and elect to leave it here.
Thales, the very first philosopher, saw the entire universe as a living organism. For him the archē―the originating principle of the universe―was water, which then change itself into all things through a process of self-transformation. This archē was alive and everlasting, capable of self-organization... When Thales said that "all things are full of gods," he meant that soul, or the divine power of movement and transformation, is inherent in all things.
― from Restoring the Soul of the World: Our Living Bond with Nature's Intelligence (2014) by David Fideler, Ph.D. in philosophy and the history of science and cosmology
There is a certain community uniting us not only with each other and with the gods but even with the brute creation. There is in fact one breath pervading the whole cosmos like soul, and uniting us with them.
― Sextus Empiricus (160-210 AD), whose philosophical works are the most complete surviving account of ancient Greek and Roman Pyrrhonism
There is no isolation in consciousness. There is separation, but always only as a kind of relationship and conjunction, precisely in one consciousness.
― Martin Heidegger (1889-1976), German philosopher, best known for contributions to phenomenology, hermeneutics and existentialism
If two people, who have been strangers, as all of us are, suddenly let the wall between them break down, and feel close, feel one, this moment of oneness is one of the most exhilarating, most exciting experiences in life.
― from The Art of Loving by Erich Fromm (1900-1980), social psychologist, psychoanalyst, sociologist and philosopher
The dynamic quality of love lies in this very polarity: that it springs from the need of overcoming separateness, that it leads to oneness ― and yet that individuality is not eliminated.
― Erich Fromm
Everything is interwoven, and the web is holy; none of its parts are unconnected. They are composed harmoniously, and together they compose the world. One world, made up of all things. One divinity, present in them all.
― Marcus Aurelius, Roman emperor from 161 to 180 AD; Stoic philosopher
Always think of the universe as one living organism, with a single substance and a single soul; and observe how all things are submitted to the single perceptivity of this one whole, all are moved by its single impulse, and all play their part in the causation of every event that happens. Remark the intricacy of skein, the complexity of the web.
― Marcus Aurelius
The concrete pulses of experience appear pent in by no such definite limits as our conceptual substitutes for them are confined by. They run into one another continuously and seem to interpenetrate. What in them is relation and what is matter related is hard to discern.
― William James (1842-1910), American philosopher and psychologist; the first educator to offer a psychology course in the United States
Since psyche and matter are contained in one and the same world, and moreover are in continuous contact with one another and ultimately rest on irrepresentable, transcendental factors, it is not only possible but fairly probable, even, that psyche and matter are two different aspects of one and the same thing.
― Carl Jung (1875-1961), Swiss psychiatrist and psychoanalyst who founded analytical psychology; influential in the fields of psychiatry, anthropology, archaeology, literature, philosophy, and religious studies
God's consciousness forms in its wholeness one luminously transparent conscious moment.
― Prof. Josiah Royce, American philosopher and the founder of American idealism
In the stillness of your presence, you can feel your own formless and timeless reality as the unmanifested life that animates your physical form. You can then feel the same life deep within every other human and every other creature. You look beyond the veil of form and separation. This is the realization of oneness. This is love.
― Eckhart Tolle (1948-present), spiritual teacher named in 2008 "the most popular spiritual author in the United States" by The New York Times.
The universe is an indivisible whole in which all things are interconnected, in which nothing exists in isolation.
― Eckhart Tolle
Human is form. Being is formless.
― Eckhart Tolle
Only the whole is true, but the whole cannot be spoken or thought.
― Eckhart Tolle
If I go into the place in myself that is love, and you go into the place in yourself that is love, we are together in love. Then you and I are truly in love, the state of being love. That’s the entrance to Oneness.
― Ram Dass (1931-2019), American spiritual teacher, psychologist, and author of Be Here Now
You and I are all as much continuous with the physical universe as a wave is continuous with the ocean.
― Alan Watts (1915-1973), British writer and speaker known for interpreting and popularising Buddhism, Taoism, and Hinduism for a Western audience
The world is given to me only once, not one existing and one perceived. Subject and object are only one. The barrier between them cannot be said to have broken down…for this barrier does not exist.
― Erwin Schrödinger (1887-1961), Austrian-Irish physicist who developed a number of fundamental results in quantum theory; Nobel Prize Winner 1933
Consciousness is never experienced in the plural, only in the singular.
― Erwin Schrödinger
True unity in the individual and between man and nature, as well as between man and man, can arise only in a form of action that does not attempt to fragment the whole of reality.
― from Wholeness and the Implicate Order by David Bohm (1917-1992), American scientist, theoretical physicist who contributed to quantum theory, neuropsychology and the philosophy of mind.
Science itself is demanding a new, non-fragmentary world view, in the sense that the present approach of analysis of the world into independently existent parts does not work very well in modern physics. It is shown that both in relativity theory and quantum theory, notions implying the undivided wholeness of the universe would provide a much more orderly way of considering the general nature of reality.
― David Bohm
...Subatomic particles have no meaning as isolated entities, but can only be understood as interconnections between the preparation of an experiment and the subsequent measurement. Quantum theory thus reveals a basic oneness of the universe.
― from The Tao of Physics by Fritjof Capra (1939-present), Austrian-born American physicist, systems theorist and deep ecologist
Our virtues and our failings are inseparable, like force and matter.
― Nikola Tesla (1856-1943), Serbian-American inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer
I cut myself in the finger, and it pains me; this finger is a part of me. I see a friend hurt, and it hurts me, too; my friend and I are one. And now I see stricken down an enemy, a lump of matter which, of all the lumps of matter in the universe, I care least for, and it still grieves me. Does this not prove that each of us is only part of a whole?
― Nikola Tesla
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. Barely recognizing our situation, here and now we live in a whole and beautifully harmonious wonder world. Only a self-imposed illusion of separateness keeps us from recognizing our own center of awareness and identity with the One.
― Michael S. Schneider, A Beginner's Guide to Constructing the Universe: The Mathematical Archetypes of Nature, Art, and Science
Literature & Poetry
We are so both and oneful
night cannot so sky
sky cannot so sunful
i am through you so i.
— from "i am" by e. e. cummings (1894-1962), American poet, painter, essayist, author, and playwright
Slowly blossomed, slowly ripened in Siddhartha the realization, the knowledge, what wisdom actually was, what the goal of his long search was. It was nothing but a readiness of the soul, an ability, a secret art, to think every moment, while living his life, the thought of oneness, to be able to feel and inhale the oneness.
― from Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse (1877-1962), German-born Swiss poet, novelist, and painter
I am in you and you in me, mutual in divine Love.
― William Blake (1757-1827), English poet, painter, and printmaker; seminal figure of the Romantic Age
Unearth the treasure of Unity! Simple were we and all one essence: we were knotless and pure as water. When that goodly Light took shape, it became many, like shadows cast by battlement. Demolish the dark battlement, and all the difference will vanish from amidst this multitude.
― from "Unity of Spirit" by Rumi (1207-1273), Persian poet, Islamic scholar, theologian and Sufi mystic
Hate, anger, ambition explicitly deny human unity; lust and greed do the same indirectly and by implication - by insisting exclusively on particular individual expereinces and, in the case of lust, using other people merely as a means for obtaining such experiences. Less dangerously so than malevolence and the passions for superiority, prestige, social position, lust is still incompatible with pacifism; can be made compatible only when it cases to be an end in itself and becomes a means towards the unification through love of two separate individuals. Such particular uniion, a paradigm of union in general.
― from "Eyeless in Gaza" by Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), English writer and philosopher.
In all things spiritual, there is no partition, no number, no individuals.
In God there is no duality. In that Presence "I" and "we" and "you" do not exist. "I" and "you" and "we" and "He" become one.... Since in the Unity there is no distinction, the Quest and the Way and the Seeker become one.
― Mahmoūd Shabestarī (1288–1340), Persian Sufi poet
The sense of wholeness! Does one [make art...] to give one's fellow-men a sense of wholeness: First, a oneness with all men, then a oneness with all things, then a oneness with our cosmos, and finally a oneness with the vast invisible universe? Is that it? Is that our achievement and our peace?
― D.H. Lawrence (1885-1930), English writer and poet
Men are manifold, but Wisdom and Understanding are one and universal. Men are manifold, but the Spirit, the consciousness, is one, as sunlight is one. And therefore, because the consciousness of mankind is really one and universal, therefore mankind is one and universal. Therefore each individual is a term of the Infinite.
― D.H. Lawrence
To all, the Primal Light sends down Its ray.
And every splendor into which it enters
receives that radiance in its own way.
Therefore, since the act of loving grows
from the act of recognition, the bliss of love
blazes in some of these, and in some it glows.
Consider then how lofty and how wide
is the excellence of the Eternal Worth
which in so many mirrors can divide
Its power and majesty forevermore,
Itself remaining One, as It was before.
― from The Divine Comedy (lines 136-146) by Dante Alighieri (1265-1321), Italian poet