One of the best methods to acquire the knowledge of a
subject is to attempt to write about it. Ideas have a sort of cohesive
and magnetic attraction or each other, and seem to flow together when
the pen is taken to express them. Many a time have we commenced to pen
a sentence, and even for an essay. Then again, when attempts to write,
it becomes necessary to acquire ideas upon the subject under consideration.
He will do this in the most expeditious, practical manner, without loading
the memory with those cumuli of particulars and demonstrations in which
pedantry is so fond of dealing. Hence, the pen teaches better than the
pedagogue, and the closet is vastly superior to the schoolroom in the
work of developing intellect and cultivating the scholar.