Yogi Berra

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Yogi Berra
Ninety per cent of the game is half mental.

Lawrence Peter "Yogi" Berra (born 12 May 1925) is a former American baseball player, manager and member of Major League Baseball's Hall of Fame, noted for his malapropisms.

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The origin and date of first occurrence for most Yogiisms is unknown. These quotes from his writings are listed here alphabetically.
  • Always go to other people's funerals; otherwise they won't go to yours.
    • When You Come to a Fork in the Road, Take It!: Inspiration and Wisdom from One of Baseball's Greatest Heroes, Hyperion, 2002, ISBN 0786867752, p. 163.
  • I knew the record would stand until it was broken.
    • The Yogi book: I really didn't say everything I said!, Workman Publishing, 1997, ISBN 0761110909, p. 91.
  • "I looked like this when I was young, and I still do."
    • What Time Is It? You Mean Now?: Advice for Life from the Zennest Master of Them All, Simon and Schuster, 2003, ISBN 0743237684
  • I really didn't say everything I said. [...] Then again, I might have said 'em, but you never know.
    • The Yogi book: I really didn't say everything I said!, Workman Publishing, 1997, ISBN 0761110909, p. 9.
  • If people don't want to come to the ballpark how are you going to stop them?
    • The Yogi book: I really didn't say everything I said!, Workman Publishing, 1997, ISBN 0761110909, p. 36.
  • If the world were perfect, it wouldn't be.
    • When You Come to a Fork in the Road, Take It!: Inspiration and Wisdom from One of Baseball's Greatest Heroes, Hyperion, 2002, ISBN 0786867752, p. 154
  • If you ask me a question I don't know, I'm not going to answer.
    • What Time Is It? You Mean Now?: Advice for Life from the Zennest Master of Them All, Simon and Schuster, 2003, ISBN 0743244532, p. 101.
  • If you can't imitate him, don't copy him.
    • What Time Is It? You Mean Now?: Advice for Life from the Zennest Master of Them All, Simon and Schuster, 2003, ISBN 0743244532, p. 15
If you don't know where you're going, you might not get there.
  • If you don't know where you're going, you might not get there.
    • When You Come to a Fork in the Road, Take It!: Inspiration and Wisdom from One of Baseball's Greatest Heroes, Hyperion, 2002, ISBN 0786867752, p. 53
    • Variant: You've got to be careful if you don't know where you're going because you might not get there.
      • What Time Is It? You Mean Now?: Advice for Life from the Zennest Master of Them All, Simon and Schuster, 2003, ISBN 0743244532, p. 39
    • Variant: If you don't know where you're going, you'll wind up somewhere else.[citation needed]
  • It ain't over 'till it's over.
    • The Yogi Book (1998).
  • It gets late early out there.
    • What Time Is It? You Mean Now?: Advice for Life from the Zennest Master of Them All, Simon and Schuster, 2003, ISBN 0743244532, p. 27
    • Variant: It gets late awfully early around here.[citation needed]
    • Referring to the adverse sun conditions in left field at Yankee Stadium.
  • It's déjà vu all over again.
    • What Time Is It? You Mean Now?: Advice for Life from the Zennest Master of Them All, Simon and Schuster, 2003, ISBN 0743244532, p. 137.
  • Little things are big.
    • What Time Is It? You Mean Now?: Advice for Life from the Zennest Master of Them All, Simon and Schuster, 2003, ISBN 0743244532, p. 69.
  • Never answer an anonymous letter.
    • As quoted in He Who Laughs, Lasts (2004) by Anson R. Nash, Jr., p. 108.
  • Ninety percent of this game is half-mental.
    • What Time Is It? You Mean Now?: Advice for Life from the Zennest Master of Them All, Simon and Schuster, 2003, ISBN 0743244532, p. 45. This version is also attributed to Philadelphia Philles manager Danny Ozark.
    • Variant: Ninety percent of this game is mental, and the other half is physical.[citation needed]
  • Nobody goes there anymore. It's too crowded.
    • The Yogi Book. New York: Workman Publishing. 1997. ISBN 0-7611-1090-9, p. 16
    • Variant: It's so crowded, nobody goes there.
      • What Time Is It? You Mean Now?: Advice for Life from the Zennest Master of Them All, Simon and Schuster, 2003, ISBN 0743244532, p. 81.
  • Pair up in threes.
    • What Time Is It? You Mean Now?: Advice for Life from the Zennest Master of Them All, Simon and Schuster, 2003, ISBN 0743244532, p. 123.
  • Thank you for making this day necessary.
    • The Yogi book: I really didn't say everything I said!, Workman Publishing, 1997, ISBN 0761110909, p. 10.
    • Said on Yogi Berra day in 1947 in St. Louis. By his account, he asked a teammate to write a speech, and he misspoke, saying "necessary" instead of "possible."
  • The future ain't what it used to be.
    • When You Come to a Fork in the Road, Take It!: Inspiration and Wisdom from One of Baseball's Greatest Heroes, Hyperion, 2002, ISBN 0786867752, p. 159.
  • We made too many wrong mistakes.
    • What Time Is It? You Mean Now?: Advice for Life from the Zennest Master of Them All, Simon and Schuster, 2003, ISBN 0743244532, p. 75
    • On why the Yankees lost the 1960 series to the Pittsburgh Pirates.
It ain't over 'till it's over.
  • When you come to a fork in the road, take it.
    • When You Come to a Fork in the Road, Take It!: Inspiration and Wisdom from One of Baseball's Greatest Heroes, Hyperion, 2002, ISBN 0786867752, p. 1
    • Also in What Time Is It? You Mean Now?: Advice for Life from the Zennest Master of Them All, Simon and Schuster, 2003, ISBN 0743244532, p. 33
    • Berra says this is part of driving directions to his house in Montclair, New Jersey. There is a fork in the road, and whichever way you take, you will get to his house.
  • You can observe a lot by watching.
    • You Can Observe a Lot by Watching: What I've Learned About Teamwork From the Yankees and Life, John Wiley & Sons, 2008, ISBN 9780470079928
  • [What time is it?] You mean now?
    • What Time Is It? You Mean Now?: Advice for Life from the Zennest Master of Them All, Simon and Schuster, 2003, ISBN 0743244532
    • He was on a passenger jet at the time, so he was not sure in which time zone he was.

Quotes about Berra[edit]

  • Fans have labeled Yogi Berra "Mr. Malaprop," but I don't think that's accurate. He doesn't use the wrong words. He just puts words together in ways nobody else would ever do.
  • As Yogi Berra said, " In theory there is no difference between theory and practice; in practice there is."

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