James Cagney quotes

  • 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.
    -- James Cagney

    #Children #Kids #Car

  • 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.
    -- James Cagney

    #Beautiful #Country #New York

  • Learn your lines… plant your feet… look the other actor in the eye… say the words… mean them.
    -- James Cagney

    #Mean #Eye #Feet

  • Outside of my family, the prime concern of my life has been nature and its order, and how we have been savagely altering that order.
    -- James Cagney

    #Nature #Order #My Family

  • Absorption in things other than self is the secret of a happy life.
    -- James Cagney

    #Happiness #Happy Life #Self

  • You dirty, double-crossing rat.
    -- James Cagney

    #Dirty #Double Standard #Rats

  • Find your mark, look the other fellow in the eye, and tell the truth.
    -- James Cagney

    #Eye #Looks #Telling The Truth

  • 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.
    -- James Cagney

    #Song #Men #Few Words

  • You don't psych yourself up for these things, you do them... I'm acting for the audience, not for myself, and I do it as directly as I can.
    -- James Cagney

    #Psych #Acting #Audience

  • 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.
    -- James Cagney

    #War #Struggle #Tired

  • I never had the slightest difficulty with a fellow actor. Not until One, Two, Three. In that picture, Horst Buchholz tried all sorts of scene-stealing didoes. I came close to knocking him on his ass.
    -- James Cagney

    #Two #Three #Actors

  • I never said, 'MMMmmm, you dirty rat!
    -- James Cagney

    #Dirty #Rats #Said

  • 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.
    -- James Cagney

    #Mean #Never Settle #Relax

  • I`m sick of carrying guns and beating up women.
    -- James Cagney

    #Gun #Sick #Carrying Guns

  • My childhood was surrounded by trouble, illness, and my dad's alcoholism, but as I said, we just didn't have the time to be impressed by all those misfortunes. I have an idea that the Irish possess a built-in don't-give-a-damn that helps them through all the stress.
    -- James Cagney

    #Dad #Stress #Ideas

  • Though I soon became typecast in Hollywood as a gangster and hoodlum, I was originally a dancer, an Irish hoofer, trained in vaudeville tap dance. I always leapt at the opportunity to dance in films later on.
    -- James Cagney

    #Dance #Opportunity #Hollywood

  • 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.
    -- James Cagney

    #Girl #Mother #Fun

  • The Postman Always RingsTwice.
    -- James Cagney

    #Postman