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Mickey Spillane Quotes and Sayings

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

Critics themselves, they used to tear me up.
- Mickey Spillane

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.
- Mickey Spillane

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

 

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

I read all the time...
I read a lot of history books.
- Mickey Spillane

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.
- Mickey Spillane

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Authors want their names down in history;
I want to keep the smoke coming out of the chimney.
- Mickey Spillane

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

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.
- Mickey Spillane

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.
- Mickey Spillane

If I need something, I'll invent it.
- Mickey Spillane

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

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.
- Mickey Spillane

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.
- Mickey Spillane

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

If the public likes you, you're good.
- Mickey Spillane

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

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

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

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.
- Mickey Spillane

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.
- Mickey Spillane

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.
- Mickey Spillane

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.
- Mickey Spillane

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.
- Mickey Spillane

Shareware tends to combine the worst of commercial
software with the worst of free software.
- Linus Torvalds

Of course, I did lots of what would be called graphic design now,
what used to be called commercial art.
- Leonard Baskin

I enjoy doing my more intimate and less commercial
pictures and also I enjoy directing.
- Sarah Polley

Putting out commercial pieces and promoting them and
trying to sell them to people is not necessarily what
it means to be an artist.
- Sean Lennon

In the world of commercial speech, tobacco advertising
bears the earmarks of an endangered species.
- Jef I. Richards

Uncontrolled access to data, with no audit trail of
activity and no oversight would be going too far.
This applies to both commercial and government use of data about people.
- John Poindexter

So most of my acting experience came in college when
I was living away from them.
I acted in various independent films,
and I got some commercial work and stuff like that.
- Maria Menounos

There are two kinds of success.
One is musical or artistic and the other is commercial.
- John McLaughlin

Time is money, especially when you are talking to a
lawyer or buying a commercial.
- Frank Dane

In the commercial theater, I've been pretty fortunate.
The producers that I've worked with have allowed me
to define the artistic integrity,
the artistic limits of the work.
- Trevor Nunn

Today films are made to cater to commercial markets created by multiplexes,
not for those who enjoy good cinema.
- Sunny Deol

Maoris now own over half the commercial fishing industry in New Zealand.
- Malcolm Fraser

If you review the commercial history,
you will discover anyone who controls oriental trade
will get hold of global wealth.
- James J. Hill

But I never had that commercial opportunity to be played on the radio,
so how could I be popular?
- Luther Allison

The success of Watermark surprised me.
I never thought of music as something commercial;
it was something very personal to me.
- Enya

I was very lucky.
I started my own commercial company.
- Richard Donner

We made records to document ourselves,
not to sell a lot of records.
I still feel that way.
I put out a record because I think it's beautiful,
not necessarily commercial.
- Stan Getz

Commercial music, for the most part,
is popular music and you always have to keep that in mind.
- Kenneth Edmonds

To say that an artist sells out means that an artist
is making a conscious choice to compromise his music,
to to weaken his music for the sake of commercial gain.
- Ken Burns

We are the only state that does not have a State Film
Corporation there to support the commercial industry.
- Ann Macbeth

As I say, the Animals had a particular concept of themselves as a band.
There was an anarchic spirit in it, which was being
flattened by commercial designs,
attitudes, and needs.
- Alan Price

In every commercial state, notwithstanding any pretension to equal rights,
the exaltation of a few must depress the many.
- Adam Ferguson

If you're a kid in Southern California,
somebody - whether it's you or your parents -
somebody throws your hat into the ring and I think
everyone had a commercial or two.
- Danny Bonaduce

Singing is my dream and, while it may have not been a commercial success,
critically I was thrilled with the reception my first album got.
- Minnie Driver

If you want to capitulate to what commercial needs are,
you can always be commercially valuable,
but I'm not interested in being that.
- Ken Hensley

It's a cruel, heartless world out there in commercial rock 'n' roll,
and when you take as much time off as we did,
eight years, booking agents don't know if you'll draw.
- Tina Weymouth

I suppose I'm most influenced by any good,
commercial writer.
I learn from everyone.
- Nicholas Sparks

Before the commercial ventures, Linux tended to be rather hard to set up,
because most of the developers were motivated mainly by their own interests.
- Linus Torvalds

I enjoy music that is commercial.
- Kenneth Edmonds

People would see me on a Nickelodeon commercial,
and I would hear about it the next day in school.
- Jason Biggs

People are not the only interesting organism on earth.
From the point of view of scientific or commercial value,
there are lots of interesting organisms.
- Daniel Nathans

I've heard some tunes in recent years that were pretty close to that same idea.
The idea was you turn on the radio and you want to
hear some music and up comes a commercial.
- Mose Allison

Very few editors worry about heresy -
their goals are much too commercial,
thank goodness.
- Chelsea Quinn Yarbro

Well, the stuff that has become more commercial doesn't have any edge.
- Iggy Pop

We've managed to have a long career that is still quite vibrant,
yet we've never had to kow-tow to record companies
who said we weren't commercial enough.
- Alex Lifeson

Of all the creative work produced by humans anywhere,
a tiny fraction has continuing commercial value.
For that tiny fraction, the copyright is a crucially important legal device.
- Lawrence Lessig

Generally I don't like doing remakes,
but I think that's more in the cynical world of Hollywood
where normally remakes are purely for commercial reasons.
- Gerard Butler

I never bought the commercial thing,
at any stage of the game.
- Van Morrison

I was always amazed about how much I could finally
squeeze into a thirty second commercial.
- Ridley Scott

There are many kinds of movies in Hong Kong.
Some are commercial and others are more artistic.
- Andy Lau

Yes, I am a pilot.
I am a flight instructor and a commercial pilot.
- Treat Williams

I would be humiliated if I found out that anything
I did actually became a commercial success.
- Lydia Lunch

And, we put a lot more value, or at least I personally put a lot more value,
on the creative values and creative challenges of something
than the commercial necessities.
- Rowan Atkinson

I have respect for those who make money at art and do it well and smartly,
because that commercial aspect keeps the world going and running,
in a sense.
- Tina Weymouth

God, I'd love to do a big commercial movie that made
a lot of money and whose plot was interesting too.
- Bob Balaban

Commercial distress in any great business center will
the more surely create widespread disaster.
- Josiah Strong


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