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  • It's all one web, sir. The prosperity of the country is one web.

  • African tradition deals with life as an experience to be lived. In many respects, it is much like the Eastern philosophies in that we see ourselves as a part of a life force; we are joined, for instance, to the air, to the earth. We are part of the whole-life process. We live in accordance with, in a kind of correspondence with the rest of the world as a whole. And therefore living becomes an experience, rather than a problem, no matter how bad or how painful it may be.

    • Audre Lorde,
    • in Claudia Tate, ed., Black Women Writers at Work ()
  • The highest condition of the religious sentiment is when it has attained repose; when the worshipper not only sees God every where, but sees nothing which is not full of God.

  • Lives are only one with living. How dare we, in our egos, claim catastrophe in the rise and fall of the individual entity? There is only Life, and we are beads strung on its strong and endless thread.

  • ... you felt that your life was not an isolated thing, but existed in all other lives, as all other lives existed within yours. There wasn't anything anywhere to which you could say, 'We don't need each other.'

  • All great things are wound up with all things little.

  • We are of the earth, made of the same stuff; there is no other, no division between us and 'lower' or 'higher' forms of being.

  • All things are plotting to make us whole / All things conspire to make us one.

  • ... witches try to 'connect' with the world around them. Witchcraft, they say, is about the tactile, intuitive understanding of the turn of the seasons, the song of the birds; it is the awareness of all things as holy ...

  • Every heart is the other heart. Every soul is the other soul. Every face is the other face. The individual is the one illusion.

  • ... unless I am a part of everything I am nothing.

  • The birth and rebirth of all nature, / The passing of winter and spring, / We share with the life universal, / Rejoice in the magical ring.

  • ... you can't really separate modernity from history or spiritual concerns from mundane ones. Everything feeds into everything else.

  • Place, time, life, death, earth, heaven are divisions and distinctions we make, like the imaginary lines we trace upon the surface of the globe.

    • Fanny Kemble,
    • in Margaret Armstrong, Fanny Kemble: A Passionate Victorian ()
  • I knew without a glimmer of doubt that all things in the universe were connected by a living truth that would not relent its continuing search for wholeness until every form of life was united.

  • The more you respect and focus on the singular and the strange, the more you become aware of the universal and infinite.

    • Gail Godwin,
    • introduction, in Gail Godwin and ‎Shannon Ravenel, eds., The Best American Short Stories ()