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Born: 1918-03-09
Profession: Author
Nation: American
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Authors want their names down in history; I want to keep the smoke coming out of the chimney.

Tags: Coming, History, Keep

Stephen King. Now I'm not crazy about him, but he's a great a writer.

Tags: Crazy, Great, Him

Where I am they can smell out a hurricane. My house survived Hurricane Hazel, but it didn't get past Hugo.

Tags: House, Past, Smell

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.

Tags: Here, Old, Why

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.

Tags: Book, End, Last

Critics themselves, they used to tear me up.

Tags: Critics, Themselves, Used

I know an awful lot of Hollywood people, who are so self-important, I can't understand it.

Tags: Awful, Hollywood, Understand

I played in a movie called Ring of Fear with Clyde Beatty and Pat O'Brien.

Tags: Fear, Movie, Played

I read all the time... I read a lot of history books.

Tags: History, Read, Time

I try to stay in good physical shape, I don't smoke, I don't drink.

Tags: Drink, Good, Try

I wrote the original Mike Hammer as a comic, Mike Danger.

Tags: Comic, Danger, Original

I'm a commercial writer, not an author. Margaret Mitchell was an author. She wrote one book.

Tags: Book, She, Writer

If I need something, I'll invent it.

Tags: Invent

If the public likes you, you're good.

Tags: Good, Likes, Public

Now I'm not an author, I'm a writer, that's all I am.

Tags: Author, Writer

Victor Saville was bad news because he wanted money just to do one big picture.

Tags: Bad, Big, Money

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.

Tags: Books, Mine, Stuff

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.

Tags: High, Off, Used

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.

Tags: Country, Happen, Hate

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.

Tags: Baseball, Good, Knowledge

Imagine this guy hits Mike Hammer over the head with a wooden coathanger and knocks him out. You hit Mike Hammer over the head with a wooden coathanger, he'll beat the crap out of you.

Tags: Guy, Head, Him

My father was Catholic, my mother was Protestant, and because of that I got Christened in both churches, so I've got all these names... but my Dad always called me Mick.

Tags: Dad, Father, Mother

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.

Tags: America, Famous, Writing

See, heroes never die. John Wayne isn't dead, Elvis isn't dead. Otherwise you don't have a hero. You can't kill a hero. That's why I never let him get older.

Tags: Die, Hero, Him

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