Quotes with rhythm
There are six essentials in painting. The first is called spirit; the second, rhythm; the third, thought; the fourth, scenery; the fifth, the brush; and the last is the ink.
Never use an adverb to modify the verb "said" ...he admonished gravely. To use an adverb this way (or almost any way) is a mortal sin. The writer is now exposing himself in earnest, using a word that distracts and can interrupt the rhythm of the exchange. I have a character in one of my books tell how she used to write historical romances "full of rape and adverbs."
From Leonard's 10 Rules of Writing, as appeared in The New York Times (July 16, 2001)
The frantic desire to Live, to live at any cost, is not a result of the life rhythm in us, but of the death rhythm.
Henry Miller on Writing (1964)
Beauty of style and harmony and grace and good rhythm depends on simplicity.
It is interesting that when you really write material from inside yourself … just how many people can relate to that. I’ve also always written stuff that’s fun to say. There are a lot of comedians who love music and rhythm. I write things in a musical way in my head.
Interview in Huffington Post (May 2013)