Notable Quotable # 107

The second thing i thought was that I knew everything. Lettie Hempstock’s ocean flowed inside me, and it filled the entire universe, from Egg to Rose. I knew that. I knew what Egg was – where the universe began, to the sound of uncreated voices singing in the void – and i knew where Rose was – the peculiar crinkling of space on space into dimensions that fold like origami and blossom like strange orchids, and which would mark the last good time before the eventual end of everything and the next Big Bang, which would be, I knew now, nothing of the kind.

  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman, pg. 195-196


Adventures in Etymology: Gnosis



Arcane Knowledge by ~rustymermaid (DeviantART) used with artist's permission

Arcane Knowledge by ~rustymermaid (DeviantART) used with artist’s permission

Reason for Adventure

Used in Kraken by China Miéville which made me remember what a great word it is!

Dictionary.com Definitions/Origins


Knowledge of spiritual matters; mystical knowledge.
1695–1705;  < Neo-Latin  < Greek gnṓsis  a seeking to know, equivalent to gnō-,  base of gignṓskein know + -sis -sis



A combining form meaning “knowledge,” used in the formation of compound words: prognosis.
< Latin -gnōsis  < Greek;  see gnosis



gnosis. (n.d.). Dictionary.com Unabridged. Retrieved September 23, 2013, from Dictionary.com website: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/gnosis

Online Etymology Dictionary Information

gnosis (n.)
“special knowledge of spiritual mysteries,” 1703, from Greek gnosis “investigation, knowledge,” in Christian writers, “higher knowledge of spiritual things” (see gnostic (adj.)).

Gnostic (n.)
1580s, “believer in a mystical religious doctrine of spiritual knowledge,” from Late Latin Gnosticus, from Late Greek Gnostikos, noun use of adj. gnostikos “knowing, able to discern,” from gnostos “knowable,” from gignoskein “to learn, to come to know” (see know). Applied to various early Christian sects that claimed direct personal knowledge beyond the Gospel or the Church hierarchy.

gnostic (adj.)
“relating to knowledge,” 1650s, from Greek gnostikos “knowing, able to discern,” from gnostos “known, perceived, understood,” from gignoskein “to learn, to come to know” (see know).


Harper, D. (2012). Online etymology dictionary. Retrieved September 23, 2013, from http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=gnosis&allowed_in_frame=0

Harper, D. (2012). Online etymology dictionary. Retrieved September 23, 2013, from http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=gnostic&allowed_in_frame=0