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.
If the American family has seemed in danger of disintegration, I believe and hope it will survive, and I think America will return to old values.
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.
One thing that troubles me is that they say that my portrayals of gangsters and hoodlums led to a tolerance of the criminal element by society. Well, I certainly hope they didn't, because I'm firmly opposed to crime.
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.
The 1920s were essentially the time when I learned the business of performing. It was my initiation into the world of show business.
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.
You dirty, double-crossing rat.
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.
Above all, you must fight conceit, envy, and every kind of ill-feeling in your heart.
Be modest, humble, simple. Control your anger.
I was a great dreamer of day dreams.
If a man is tongue-tied, don't laugh at him, but, rather, feel pity for him, as you would for a man with broken legs.
If it be true that our people represent a high percentage of mental vigor, the distinction is probably due, in some measure, to the extremely important part which Talmud studies have played in the spiritual life of the race.
If you feel that you are good, don't be too proud of it.
If you study the Talmud you please God even more than you do by praying or fasting.
Life is much shorter than I imagined it to be.
Only the other world has substance and reality; only good deeds and holy learning have tangible worth.
Remember that it is not enough to abstain from lying by word of mouth; for the worst lies are often conveyed by a false look, smile, or act.
The dearest days in one's life are those that seem very far and very near at once.
The orthodox Jewish faith practically excludes woman from religious life.
What is this world? A mere curl of smoke for the wind to scatter.
What is wealth? A dream of fools.
You must never tire fighting Satan.
He said that his favorite film role was George M. Cohan in the movie "Yankee Doodle Dandy."
He is 5 feet, 7 inches tall.
He has a daughter named Casey Cagney.
He has a brother named William Cagney.
He is a diabetic.