I have written out excerpts from books I love for many years now. I have a couple of notebooks full of them. When I am struck by the beauty of a sentence I have to write it down so I can better remember it, and through practice recognize the same thing in my own words, if I should be so lucky.
I was reminded of this practice when I read this post by Marisa at The Unwritten Word. Not only can you savour great writing, you can also use your favorite pens and ink, and fill up your journal with inspiration.
The greats will teach us to be better writers by example. We just have to listen.