Mickey Spillane Quotes


26 Mickey Spillane quotes:



"Nobody reads a mystery to get to the middle. They read it to get to the end. If it's a letdown, they won't buy anymore. The first page sells that book. The last page sells your next book."
Author: Spillane Quotes Category: American Author Quotes Mystery Quotes
"I know an awful lot of Hollywood people, who are so self-important, I can't understand it."
"If the public likes you, you're good. Shakespeare was a common, down-to-earth writer in his day."
"I'm a commercial writer, not an author. Margaret Mitchell was an author. She wrote one book."
"If you're a singer you lose your voice. A baseball player loses his arm. A writer gets more knowledge, and if he's good, the older he gets, the better he writes."
"Authors want their names down in history; I want to keep the smoke coming out of the chimney."
"But at my age, you start to get tired."
"Critics themselves, they used to tear me up."
"Hemingway hated me. I sold 200 million books, and he didn't. Of course most of mine sold for 25 cents, but still... you look at all this stuff with a grain of salt."
"I dont like any of them, because they don't read the books. In Kiss Me Deadly my story is better than his story. Anthony Quinn played in The Lond Wait and he didn't read the book either."
"I played in a movie called Ring of Fear with Clyde Beatty and Pat O'Brien."
"I read all the time... I read a lot of history books."
"I started off at the high level, in the slick magazines, but they didn't use my name, they used house names. Anyway, then I went downhill to the pulps, then downhill further to the comics."
"I try to stay in good physical shape, I don't smoke, I don't drink."
"I wrote the original Mike Hammer as a comic, Mike Danger."
"I'm 82 years old, wherever I go everybody knows me, but here's why... I'm a merchandiser, I'm not just a writer, I stay in every avenue you can think of."
"I'm a country boy. I hate New York. But that's where things happen, so I use it as a base for stories, I know enough about it. But I have to keep going back there."
"If I need something, I'll invent it."
"If the public likes you, you're good."
"Now I'm not an author, I'm a writer, that's all I am."



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