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James Cagney Quotes & Sayings
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Last updated Jul 2021
James Cagney Topics
World War I
When I was younger, if someone had told me I had only two years to live, I'd have gone to an island that was really country--and just rocked it out by myself. But if someone told me the same thing today, I believe I'd probably travel...just to get away from all the noise and nonsense we are surrounded with.
The lovers of hate, born in fear. Find no release from tension. They spend their lives in a permanent state - Of miserable apprehension.
I'm sick of guns and beating up women. Movies should be entertaining, not bloodbaths.
Learn your lines, find your mark, look 'em in the eye and tell 'em the truth.
I never actually said, 'Nnng-you dirty ra-at!' What I actually said was 'Judy! Judy! Judy!'
You know, the period of World War I and the Roaring Twenties were really just about the same as today. You worked, and you made a living if you could, and you tried to make the best of things. For an actor or a dancer, it was no different then than today. It was a struggle.
I hate the word 'superstar.' I have never been able to think in those terms. They are overstatements. You don't hear them speak of William Shakespeare as a superpoet. You don't hear them call Michelangelo a superpainter. They only apply the word to this mundane market.
Once a song and dance man, always a song and dance man. Those few words tell as much about me professionally as there is to tell.
With me, a career was the simple matter of putting groceries on the table.
Where I come from, if there's a buck to be made, you don't ask questions, you go ahead and make it.
They need you. Without you, they have an empty screen. So, when you get on there, just do what you think is right and stick with it.
In this business you need enthusiasm. I don't have enthusiasm for acting anymore. Acting is not the beginning and end of everything.
My biggest concern is that doing a rough-and-tumble scene I might hurt someone accidentally.
All I try to do is to realize the man I'm playing fully, then put as much into my acting as I know how. To do it, I draw upon all that I've ever known, heard, seen or remember.
There's not much to say about acting but this. Never settle back on your heels. Never relax. If you relax, the audience relaxes. And always mean everything you say.
You know, the period of World War I and the Roaring Twenties were really just about the same as today. You worked, and you made a living if you could, and you tired to make the best of things. For an actor or a dancer, it was no different then than today. It was a struggle.
World War I quotes
You dirty, double-crossing rat.
Perhaps people, and kids especially, are spoiled today, because all the kids today have cars, it seems. When I was young you were lucky to have a bike.
My father was totally Irish, and so I went to Ireland once. I found it to be very much like New York, for it was a beautiful country, and both the women and men were good-looking.
I got a part as a chorus girl in a show called Every Sailor and I had fun doing it. Mother didn't really approve of it, through.
I Love You So Much
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