"It is deja vu all over again."
Once when Yogi was managing the Mets (back when they wore the ugly orange uniforms), John Lindsey's wife (the mayor of NY) said to Yogi: "My... Mr. Berra, you look very cool in that nice bright uniform." Yogi replied, "Yeah lady you don't look so hot yourself."
Yogi Berra on the art of hitting: "Think? How the hell can you think and hit at the same time?"
Yogi Berra on Yankee stadium's notorious shadows in the outfield: "Hey it gets late early out there."
"Half the lies they tell me aren't true."
"If you can't imitate him, don't copy him."
Yogi Berra's view on fickle baseball fans: "If people don't want to come to the ballfield, how you gonna stop 'em?"
" I usually take a two hour nap from one to four"
" I didn't really say everything I said "
Yogi's response to being questioned about if he knew about curfew violations by team mates on the Yankees: "I not only don't know nothing, I don't even suspect nothing."
Yogi referred to the catcher's mask, glove and padding as "the tools of ignorance." When asked why, he told a reporter "Only someone who is ignorant would let guys throw hardballs at them."
When asked about his resemblance to his father, Yogi's son, Dale, replied "all of our similarities are different."
INTERVIEWER: "I understand you had an audience with the Pope."
YOGI BERRA: "No, but I saw him."
INTERVIEWER: "Did you get to talk to him?"
YOGI BERRA: "I sure did. We had a nice little chat."
INTERVIEWER: "What did he say?"
YOGI BERRA: "Ya know, he must read the papers a lot, because he said,'Hello, Yogi.'"
INTERVIEWER: "And what did you say?"
YOGI BERRA: "I said, 'Hello, Pope.'"
" It ain't over 'til it's over "."
"If you don't know where you're going, you'll end up someplace else".
"Nobody ever eats at that restaurant anymore. It's always too crowded."
"Ninety-nine percent of baseball is half mental."
"Right-handers go over there, left-handers go over there, the rest of you, come with me. "
"There are some people who, if they don't already know, you can't tellem."
"A nickel ain't worth a dime anymore."
"Even Napoleon had his Watergate."
Ordering sweaters: "That's the kind I want. I want one in Navy Blue and one in Navy brown."
On receiving a check made out to "Bearer": "How could you spell my name like that?"
After being asked by a waitress if he wanted his pizza cut into four slices or eight: "Better make it four. I don't think I can eat eight pieces."
"Why don't you pair 'em up in threes?"
REPORTER: "How did you like school when you were growing up, Yogi?"
YOGI BERRA: "Closed."
KEN BOSWELL: "I'm in a rut. I can't break myself of this habit. I keep swinging up at the ball."
YOGI BERRA: "Well, swing down."
"I think Little League is wonderful. It keeps the kids out of the house."
"Yeah, what paper you write for, Ernie?" (after being introduced to Ernest Hemingway)
"In baseball, you don't know nothing."
REPORTER: "What would you do if you found a million dollars?"
YOGI BERRA: "If the guy was poor, I would give it back."
"Okay, who's in it?" (when asked if he wanted to see a dirty movie).
GEORGE BUSH: "Yogi, Texas is very, very important."
YOGI BERRA: "I know, Texas has a lot of electrical votes."
"Is he living?"
"Is he living now?" (playing 20 questions).
"Why buy good luggage? You only use it when you travel."
"I'd give my right arm to be ambidextrous."
"Never answer an anonymous letter"
When asked what time is was......" you mean now?"
At Yogi Berra day in St Louis 1947 " I want to thank you for making this day necessary"
" If the world were perfect, it wouldn't be "
Yogi on the 1969 NY Mets....." overwhelming underdogs "
On why NY lost the 1960 series to Pittsburgh " We made to many wrong mistakes"
" The future ain't what it used to be "
My all time favorite Yoggi Berra quote....
"If you come to a fork in the road, take it."
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