This is the quote from Jacques Derrida
The thought of drawing, a certain pensive pose, a memory of the trait that speculates, as in a dream, about its own possibility. Its potency always develops on the brink of blindness.
Derrida, Jacques, Memoirs of the Blind, the Self Portrait and other Ruins, trans. Pascale-Anne Brault and Michael Naas (Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press, 1993).
And here is the text that refers to drawing as an ‘intransitive activity’. Hope it is useful.