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Mickey Spillane Quotes


Mickey Spillane Mickey Spillane was born in Brooklyn but grew up in the shadow of New York on the not so mean streets of Elizabeth, New Jersey. Nonetheless Spillane had a appetite for the written word and it was not long until he was writing for comics and magazines alike. Spillane was later quoted as saying that the comic book scene was "a great training ground for writers". Indeed his first creation was a private investigator called Mike Danger that he struggled to sell to the comic publishers. So he decided to ratchet up the sex, gore and violence a few notches and turn it into a novel with the not too subtle name change from Mike Danger to Mike Hammer and Spillanes first novel 'I, The Jury' was born in 1947. Post war America was fed up of being drip fed the old classics and was looking for something new and vibrant and the rather shady character of Hammer became the new hero of the masses. Spillane grabbed the market by its short and curlies and was soon the king of pulp fiction, he was the prince of the private investigator genre and the literary giants of the day gasped in awe as he sold his books by the millions. Literary critics queued up to denounce his work as sordid, nauseating and downright dreadful they described it in words that would make an alley cat blush. But Spillane was undaunted, a quote oft trotted out was when he stated; "If the public likes you, you're good", and the public did indeed like him, at the last count at least 220 million of them liked him by putting their money into his pockets by buying his books. The critics allowed their literary snobbery to cloud their judgement and their stance cemented itself as jealousy as their frustration grew in tandem with Spillanes book sales. This reminds me of the Frank Sinatra quote: "The best revenge is massive success" and novelists do not come much bigger than Spillane with 7 of his books in the top 25 best selling fiction list for the 20th century. Hard bitten writers are great for one liners so here is my compilation of 14 of the best Mickey Spillane quotes.
  • Mini Bio
  • Name: Frank Morrison Spillane
  • Born: 9th March 1918, Brooklyn, New York City, U.S.
  • Died: 17th July 2006, Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, U.S.
  • Occupation: Novelist and actor
  • Genres: Crime, private investigator, detective and fiction
  • Inspiration: In the unforgettable words of the man himself he stated Dollars as his biggest literary inspiration
  • Religion: He became a Jehovahs Witness in 1951 and was active in the religion for many years to come
  • Trivia: Hurricane Hugo destroyed his South Carolina home in 1989

"Inspiration is an empty bank account"

Mickey Spillane

"The first chapter sells the book; The last chapter sells the next book"

Mickey Spillane

"I have no fans. You know what I got? Customers. And customers are your friends"

Mickey Spillane

"The most important part of a story is the ending. No one reads a book to get to the middle"

Mickey Spillane

"I'm not an author, I'm a writer .... Authors want their names down in history; I want to keep the smoke coming out of the chimney"

Mickey Spillane

"No one likes my books except the public"

Mickey Spillane

"I'm the most translated writer in the world, behind Lenin, Tolstoy, Gorki and Jules Verne. And they're all dead"

Mickey Spillane

"Those big-shot writers; Could never dig the fact that there are more salted peanuts consumed than caviar"

Mickey Spillane

"The literary world is made of second rate writers writing about other second rate writers"

Mickey Spillane

"I don't care what the editor likes or dislikes, I care what the people like"

Mickey Spillane

"Hemingway hated me. I sold 200 million books, and he didn't"

Mickey Spillane

"I don't research anything. If I need something, I'll invent it"

Mickey Spillane

"If the public likes you, you're good"

Mickey Spillane

"I've been in business because I stayed alive longer than some guys who didn't want me that way"

Mickey Spillane





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