"The action of the pen will doubtless imprint an idea on the mind as well as on the paper: but I much question whether the benefits of this laborious method are adequate to the waste of time; and I must agree with Dr. Johnson, (Idler, No. 74.) 'that what is twice read, is commonly better remembered, than what is transcribed.'"
— Gibbon, Edward (1737-1794)
See "Memoirs of My Life and Writings" in volume I of Miscellaneous Works: of Edward Gibbon, Esquire. With Memoirs of His Life and Writings, Composed by Himself: Illustrated from His Letters, With Occasional Notes and Narrative, by John Lord Sheffield. 2 vols. (London: Printed for A. Strahan, and T. Cadell Jun. and W. Davies, (successors to Mr. Cadell, 1796). <Link to ESTC><Link to ECCO-TCP>
Most text drawn from Memoirs of the Life and Writings of Edward Gibbon Ed. Oliver Farrar Emerson (London: Athenaeum Press, 1898). <Link to Google Books Edition><Link to Project Gutenberg> [text copied from PG, pagination for Google Book scan].