Thursday, June 20, 2013

James Cagney on Courage

The best kind of authentic talent has a fundamental quality I can only identify as courage. Be it boxing, baseball, or acting, the ones who come up through the ranks - the Dempseys, MacFarlands, Ruths, Barrymores - all need courage in great degree, because without it, they couldn't endure those rough, tough conditions. When these champions began their life work there were no guarantees of any kind. Not like today where, to use that stupid and ridiculous word, a superstar is created overnight. When the champions I admired began their working life there was no unemployment insurance, or other aids. If they had no job, they were on the borrow, trying to patch their way from one engagement to another.

(from Cagney by Cagney). We are lucky indeed.

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