35 of the Best "Yogi-isms" from Baseball Legend Yogi Berra

35 of the Best "Yogi-isms"

Back in September, the world lost baseball legend Yogi Berra who lived to the ripe olf age of 90.

Berra wasn’t only known for his amazing ability on the baseball field that lead to him winning 10 World Series titles with the Yankees, he also had an incredible sense of humor. Throughout his life, he was quoted saying what became known as “Yogi-isms”. At first glance they seem just like a little one-liner in passing, sometimes even with what seems like a misspoken word. But at second glance, you can see the wisdom in a Yogi-ism that is just under the surface. They make you think twice, and open your eyes. You will be missed, Mr. Berra.

When you come to a fork in the road, take it.
You can observe a lot by just watching.
It ain’t over till it’s over.
It’s like déjà vu all over again.
No one goes there nowadays, it’s too crowded.
Baseball is 90% mental and the other half is physical.

A nickel ain’t worth a dime anymore.
Always go to other people’s funerals, otherwise they won’t come to yours.
We made too many wrong mistakes.
Congratulations. I knew the record would stand until it was broken.
You better cut the pizza in four pieces because I’m not hungry enough to eat six.
You wouldn’t have won if we’d beaten you.


I usually take a two-hour nap from one to four.
Never answer an anonymous letter.
The future ain’t what it used to be.
I tell the kids, somebody’s gotta win, somebody’s gotta lose. Just don’t fight about it. Just try to get better.
It gets late early out here.
If the people don’t want to come out to the ballpark, nobody’s going to stop them.

Pair up in threes.
Why buy good luggage, you only use it when you travel.
You’ve got to be very careful if you don’t know where you are going, because you might not get there.
Even Napoleon had his Watergate.
It was impossible to get a conversation going, everybody was talking too much.


I’m not going to buy my kids an encyclopedia. Let them walk to school like I did.
I never said most of the things I said.
It ain’t the heat, it’s the humility.
If you ask me anything I don’t know, I’m not going to answer.
Take it with a grin of salt.

The towels were so thick there I could hardly close my suitcase.
Little League baseball is a very good thing because it keeps the parents off the streets.
You don’t have to swing hard to hit a home run. If you got the timing, it’ll go.
I’m lucky. Usually you’re dead to get your own museum, but I’m still alive to see mine.
If I didn’t make it in baseball, I won’t have made it workin’. I didn’t like to work.


If the world were perfect, it wouldn’t be.
A lot of guys go, ‘Hey, Yog, say a Yogi-ism.’ I tell ’em, ‘I don’t know any.’ They want me to make one up. I don’t make ’em up. I don’t even know when I say it. They’re the truth. And it is the truth. I don’t know.

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