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Dancing is a primal urge coming to life at the first moment we need to express joy.
Absorption in things other than self is the secret of a happy life.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dancing, if done consistently and as part of a measured regimen is a form of life insurance.
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It was our fault, and our very great fault—and now we must turn it to use. We have forty million reasons for failure, but not a single excuse.
July 17, 1899
March 30, 1986
James Francis Cagney, Jr. was an American actor and dancer, both on stage and in film, though he had his greatest impact in film.
The Public Enemy (1931)
White Heat (1949)
Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)
Angels with Dirty Faces (1938)
The Roaring Twenties (1939)
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