You dirty, double-crossing rat.

— James Cagney

The most belligerent James Cagney quotes that will add value to your life

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.


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.


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.


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.


Absorption in things other than self is the secret of a happy life.


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.


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.


The Postman Always RingsTwice.


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.


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.


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`m sick of carrying guns and beating up women.


About James Cagney

Quotes 18 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Actor
Birthday October 16

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.


I never said, 'MMMmmm, you dirty rat!


Find your mark, look the other fellow in the eye, and tell the truth.


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.


New Orleans is 5 feet below sea level, which means that holes dug in the ground immediately fill with water. Coffins were punctured and sunk with weights, which didn't stop them from floating up out of the cemeteries and down the streets of the French Quarter on stormy nights. The solution was to bury people above ground, in what are called vaults.