"I think they're the best collection of songs we've put together, there's no weak songs on that album. But it still isn't as an album...the whole isn't greater than the sum of it's parts and that fucking annoys me." - Bono on How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb in 2005
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Part of the inspiration for the lyrics of One reportedly grew out of a note Bono had sent to the Dalai Lama declining an invitation to a festival called Oneness. The note included, in part, the line, “one – but not the same,” a line which would later appear in the song’s lyrics. That idea of “oneness,” Bono would later say, was a key concept for the song.