The first chapter sells the book; the last chapter sells the next book.
Inspiration is an empty bank account.
I don't like people. I don't like any kind of people. When you get them together in a big lump they all get nasty and dirty and full of trouble. So I don't like people including you. That's what a misanthropist is.
Nobody reads a book to get to the middle.
I have no fans. You know what I got? Customers. And customers are your friends.
If I need something, I'll invent it.
Stephen King. Now I'm not crazy about him, but he's a great a writer.
The most important part of a story is the ending. No one reads a book to get to the middle.
Now I'm not an author, I'm a writer, that's all I am.
Those big-shot writers could never dig the fact that there are more salted peanuts consumed than caviar.
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 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.
If the public likes you, you're good. Shakespeare was a common, down-to-earth writer in his day.
I wrote the original Mike Hammer as a comic, Mike Danger.
I played in a movie called Ring of Fear with Clyde Beatty and Pat O'Brien.
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.
Mike Hammer drinks beer because I can't spell Cognac.
No one likes my books except the public.
If the public likes you, you're good.
I try to stay in good physical shape, I don't smoke, I don't drink.
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.
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.
Victor Saville was bad news because he wanted money just to do one big picture.
I know an awful lot of Hollywood people, who are so self-important, I can't understand it.
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