Mickey Spillane Quotes

26 Mickey Spillane quotes:

"I'm a commercial writer, not an author. Margaret Mitchell was an author. She wrote one book."
"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 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."
"If I need something, I'll invent it."
"When I started the paperback market, there were only a few good writers, now the market's loaded... you don't know which one to take."
"Where I am they can smell out a hurricane. My house survived Hurricane Hazel, but it didn't get past Hugo."
"Where the Truth Lies ... L.A. Confidential."
"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."
"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 read all the time... I read a lot of history books."
"Now I'm not an author, I'm a writer, that's all I am."
"I know an awful lot of Hollywood people, who are so self-important, I can't understand it."
"But at my age, you start to get tired."
"Oh yeah, I was one of the first guys writing comic books, I wrote Captain America, with guys like Stan Lee, who became famous later on with Marvel Comics."
"Critics themselves, they used to tear me up."
"I played in a movie called Ring of Fear with Clyde Beatty and Pat O'Brien."
"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."
"If the public likes you, you're good."
"I try to stay in good physical shape, I don't smoke, I don't drink."

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