"There ain't no such thing as a tough guy. What's a tough guy?"

"I don't know."

"A guy with an edge. What makes a singer sing better than me? Something in his throat. What makes it loud? A microphone. That's his edge."

"Edge?"

"A gun or a knife, a nightstick, or a razor, something the other guy ain't got. Yeah, a little extra reach on a punch, a set of brass knuckles, a stripe on the sleeve, a badge that says cop on it, a rock in your hand, or a bankroll in your pocket. That's an edge, brother.

Without an edge, there ain't no tough guy."

from Orson Welles' The Lady from Shanghai
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