I constantly think of the universe as one living creature, embracing one being and soul; how all is absorbed into the one consciousness of this living creature; how it compasses all things with a single purpose, and how all things work together to cause all that comes to pass, and their wonderful web and texture.
Marcus Aurelius. Meditations, written between 170 and 180 AD.
Translation from Greek koiné into English by George Long
Online translation available here: http://classics.mit.edu/Antoninus/meditations.html