At brainpickings.org I stumbled over a collection of wonderful scribbles of monks, scribes and copyists who, in ancient times, sat bent over their large tomes of paper, patiently (more or less) copying large manuscripts. These scribbles were found in the margins of the large works they wrote, and there are some truly marvellous ones among them.
~ New parchment, bad ink; I say no more
~ I am very cold
~ That’s a hard page, and a weary work to read it
~ As the harbor is welcome to the sailor, so is the last line to the scribe.
If you like these examples, do click the aforementioned link and enjoy some more. Many of them made me smile, and also think of the conditions these people had to do their painstaking work.