Quotes by Yogi Berra

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I never blame myself when I'm not hitting. I just blame the bat and if it keeps up, I change bats. After all, if I know it isn't my fault that I'm not hitting, how can I get mad at myself? more...

Baseball is ninety percent mental. The other half is physical. more...

You should always go to other people's funerals; otherwise, they won't come to yours. more...

It ain't the heat, it's the humility. more...

He hits from both sides of the plate. He's amphibious. more...

You can observe a lot by watching. more...

I enjoy now doing what I do... playing golf, relaxing a little, enjoying life. more...

If you come to a fork in the road, take it. more...

I usually take a two-hour nap from one to four. more...

Almost every Monday I have a charity thing. I like that. I do. more...

I liked St. Louis, when they were in the American League, because that was going home. I had all my family and friends there. more...

If you get a guy that can play a couple positions, it helps you out a real lot. more...

All pitchers are liars or crybabies. more...

I always thought that record would stand until it was broken. more...

I liked George Weiss when he was with the Yankees. He loved the Old Timers' Day. He loved it. And he invited all these people to come, all these players to come. more...

There are some people who, if they don't already know, you can't tell 'em. more...

Nobody goes there anymore. It's too crowded. more...

Even Napoleon had his Watergate. more...

I just want to thank everyone who made this day necessary. more...

You wouldn't have won if we'd beaten you. more...

I was in the invasion of Normandy in southern France. more...

I tell the kids, somebody's gotta win, somebody's gotta lose. Just don't fight about it. Just try to get better. more...

So I'm ugly. So what? I never saw anyone hit with his face. more...

I never said half the things I said. more...

If people don't want to come to the ballpark, how are you going to stop them? more...

Slump? I ain't in no slump... I just ain't hitting. more...

Mickey Mantle was a very good golfer, but we weren't allowed to play golf during the season; only at spring training. more...

I'm lucky. Usually you're dead to get your own museum, but I'm still alive to see mine. more...

When you arrive at a fork in the road, take it. more...

It gets late early out there. more...

Pair up in threes. more...

The other teams could make trouble for us if they win. more...

If I didn't make it in baseball, I won't have made it workin'. I didn't like to work. more...

If you ask me anything I don't know, I'm not going to answer. more...

If the people don't want to come out to the ballpark, nobody's going to stop them. more...

I don't like seeing myself on television. I don't like it. more...

It's pretty far, but it doesn't seem like it. more...

If people don't want to come out to the ball park, nobody's gonna stop 'em. more...

I think Little League is wonderful. It keeps the kids out of the house. more...

It's fun; baseball's fun. more...

We made too many wrong mistakes. more...

How can you think and hit at the same time? more...

If the world were perfect, it wouldn't be. more...

In baseball, you don't know nothing. more...

I'm a lucky guy and I'm happy to be with the Yankees. And I want to thank everyone for making this night necessary. more...

I guess I've got a smart wife. more...

We have deep depth. more...

I don't blame the players today for the money. I blame the owners. They started it. They wanna give it to 'em? More power to 'em. more...

I never figured I'd go into the Hall of Fame. A kid from the Hill. more...

I'm glad I was in the Navy. more...

I always got nervous the nights we played in the World Series. First pitch, I was nervous. Then after that, forget it; I'd start playing. more...

I didn't know much about golf growing up. more...

I don't mean to be funny. more...

Anyone who understands Jazz knows that you can't understand it. It's too complicated. That's what's so simple about it. more...

The game isn't over till it's over. more...

What makes a good man? more...

Keep trying. Stay humble, Trust your instincts. Most importantly, act. When you come to a fork in the road, take it. more...

I knew I was going to take the wrong train, so I left early. more...

You can't win all the time. There are guys out there who are better than you. more...

It's not over until it's over. more...

We were over-whelming underdogs. more...

Ninety percent of putts that are short, don't go in. more...

The ballparks have gotten too crowded. That's why nobody goes to see the game anymore. more...

Why buy good luggage? You only use it when you travel. more...

You stand up for your teammates. Your loyalty is to them. You protect them through good and bad, because they'd do the same for you. more...

When asked what would he do if he found $1 million, Yogi responded, If the guy was poor, I'd give it back. more...

Losing is a learning experience. It teaches you humility. It teaches you to work harder. It's also a powerful motivator. more...

I really didn't say everything I said. more...

If you're going to cheat, it's better if you don't get caught. more...

If you're feeling good, don't worry. You'll get over it. more...

Everything should be built top-down, except the first time. more...

50% of all married people are women more...

I don't want to make the wrong mistake. more...

Half the game is 90% mental. more...

It is a disturbing conundrum that true free will cannot exist without the possibility of suicide. Then again, it ain't over 'til it's over! more...

Buy a stock, if it goes up, sell it, if it goes down, don't buy it. more...

How can a you hit and think at the same time? more...

I can see how he (Sandy Koufax) won twenty-five games. What I don't understand is how he lost five. more...

The hardest thing is to get started, but the really hardest thing is to finish. more...

80 percent of the balls that don't reach the hole, don't go in. more...

It ain't over 'till it's over. more...

It's deja vu all over again. more...

You should always go to other people's funerals, otherwise, they won't come to yours. more...

When the waitress asked if I wanted my pizza cut into four or eight slices, I said, 'Four. I don't think I can eat eight.' more...

If there's one pitch you keep swinging at and keep missing, stop swinging at it. more...

Doing the little things can make a big difference. more...

Anyone who is popular is bound to be disliked. more...

Baseball player: "What time is it?" "You mean now?" more...

That's too coincidental to be a coincidence. more...

Glen Cove. [Referring to Glenn Close on a movie review television show] more...

If my father was alive to hear that, he'd turn over in his grave. more...

Why don't you pair'em up in threes? more...

You don't need Little League. You don't even need nine kids. Four is plenty-a pitcher, a batter, and a couple of shaggers. You can play ball all day long. My kids used to try to get me out there, but I'd just say, "Go play with your brothers." If kids want to do something, they'll do it. They don't need adults to do it for them. more...

Prediction is very hard, particularly when it's about the future. more...

Man was not made to travel faster than a baseball more...

What difference does the uniform make? You don't hit with it. more...

Texas has a lot of electrical votes. [During an election campaign, after George Bush stated that Texas was important to the election] more...

Ok you guys, pair up in threes! more...

Whatever you do, you should do it with feeling. more...

I've always felt real blessed, especially to live in this country. If you dream hard and work hard, anything can happen here-I'm perfect proof. more...

Life is a learning experience, only if you learn. more...

Ninety percent of this game is half mental. more...

Third ain't so bad if nothin' is hit to you. more...

It ain't like football. You can't make up no trick plays. more...

Cut my pie into four pieces, I do' think I could eat eight. more...

If the fans do' wanna come out to the ballpark, no one can stop "em. more...

If you don't know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else. more...

You better cut the pizza in four pieces because I'm not hungry enough to eat six. more...

Baseball is ninety percent mental and the other half is physical. more...

Love is the most important thing in the world, but baseball is pretty good, too. more...

In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is. more...

You've got to be very careful if you don't know where you are going, because you might not get there. more...

You can observe a lot by just watching. more...

The future ain't what it used to be. more...

It ain't over till it's over. more...

Baseball is 90 percent mental and the other half is physical. more...

You don't have to swing hard to hit a home run. If you got the timing, it'll go. more...

When you come to a fork in the road, take it. more...

Congratulations. I knew the record would stand until it was broken. more...

It's like deja-vu, all over again. more...

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. more...

I never said most of the things I said. more...

A nickel ain't worth a dime anymore. more...

Half the lies they tell about me aren't true. more...

Always go to other people's funerals, otherwise they won't come to yours. more...

The towels were so thick there I could hardly close my suitcase. more...

Little League baseball is a very good thing because it keeps the parents off the streets. more...

It was impossible to get a conversation going, everybody was talking too much. more...

I wish I had an answer to that because I'm tired of answering that question. more...

If the world was perfect, it wouldn't be. more...

I'm not going to buy my kids an encyclopedia. Let them walk to school like I did. more...

I'd give my right arm to be ambidextrous. more...

He must have made that before he died. more...

If you can't imitate him, don't copy him. more...

The future is not what it used to be. more...

In theory, practice should work like theory. In practice, it doesn't. more...

I don't see how he lost five games during the season. more...

Yeah? For what paper? more...

Every time I see him, he's not there. more...

What the hell is wrong with him now? more...

You gotta call a blacksmith. more...

Anybody who can't hear the difference between a ball hitting wood and a ball hitting concrete must be blind. more...

What a house - nothin' but rooms! more...

The game was two hours, with the commercials. I wish they did that now. more...

I don't know. How hot is it supposed to be? more...

How come it rains every Hall of Fame weekend? They need to move it to a different weekend. more...

I hate to see it go, I'll tell you that. I played here all my life. Eighteen years I played here and I'm sorry to see it go. more...

Listen up, because I've got nothing to say and I'm only gonna to say it once. more...

We're lost, but we're making good time. more...

Nobody did nothin' to nobody. more...

It ain't over 'til it's over. more...

Nobody comes here anymore, its too crowded more...

Cut my pie into four pieces, I don't think I could eat eight. more...

If the fans don't wanna come out to the ballpark, no one can stop 'em. more...

Its getting late early more...

It's not too far; it just seems like it is. more...

It's tough to make predictions, especially about the future. more...

Pitching always beats batting - and vice-versa. more...

You have to give 100 percent in the first half of the game. If that isn't enough, in the second half, you have to give what's left. more...

I'd find the fellow who lost it, and, if he was poor, I'd return it. more...

It's never happened in the World Series competition, and it still hasn't. more...

How long have you known me, Jack? And you still don't know how to spell my name. more...

I'd say he's done more than that. more...

He can run anytime he wants. I'm giving him the red light. more...

Nobody can be all smiley all the time, but having a good positive attitude isn't something to shrug off. more...

I'm in no condition to drive...wait! I shouldn't listen to myself, I'm drunk! more...

Responding to a question about remarks attributed to him that he did not think were his: "I really didn't say everything I said." more...

On why he no longer went to Ruggeri's, a St. Louis restaurant: "Nobody goes there anymore because it's too crowded." more...

When giving directions to Joe Garagiola to his New Jersey home, which is accessible by two routes: "When you come to a fork in the road, take it." more...

Never answer anonymous letters. more...

On being the guest of honor at an awards banquet: "Thank you for making this day necessary." more...

As a general comment on baseball:"90% of the game is half mental." more...

I don't know (if they were men or women running naked across the field). They had bags over their heads. more...

Well, I used to look like this when I was young and now I still do. more...

If you don't know where you're going, when you get there you'll be lost. more...

Somethings don't always work out the way you plan. The main thing is to keep trying, do better next time, and deal with disappointment if it comes. more...

Losing's a great motivator. more...

You can't think and hit the ball at the same time. more...

If people don't want to come to the ballpark, how are you going to stop them? -Yogi Berra, The Yogi Book, to baseball commissioner Bud Selig about lagging baseball attendance Ninety percent of the game is half mental. more...

Swing at the strikes. more...

Never answer an anonymous letter. more...

Surprise me! Yogi's reply when he was asked by his wife, Carmen, where he would like to be buried more...

Yogi ordered a pizza. The waitress asked How many pieces do you want your pie cut? Yogi responded, Four. I don't think I could eat eight. more...

Yogi saw three of his players in the locker room wearing Cone Head hats. Yogi said, Those guys make a pair. more...

Referring to the bad sun conditions in left field at the stadium: It gets late out there early. more...

You can tell a lot just by looking at it. more...

Thanks, you don't look so hot yourself. more...

Failure is just another opportunity to start over. more...

Bill Dickey is learning me his experience. more...

Texas has a lot of electrical votes. more...

I wish everybody had the drive he (Joe DiMaggio) had. He never did anything wrong on the field. I'd never seen him dive for a ball, everything was a chest-high catch, and he never walked off the field. more...

I didn't really say everything I said. more...

It was hard to have a conversation with anyone, there were so many people talking. more...

A home opener is always exciting, no matter if it's home or on the road. more...

If I didn't wake up I'd still be sleeping more...

You can see a lot just by observing. more...

I don't know, I'm not in shape yet. more...

I can't concentrate when I'm thinking. more...

I couldn't tell if the streaker was a man or a woman because it had a bag on it's head. more...

The only color I don't have is navy brown. more...

I don't know if it's good for baseball, but it sure beats the hell out of rooming with Phil Rizzuto! more...

If you don't set goals, you can't regret not reaching them. more...

I didn't say the things I said. more...

Ninety percent of all mental errors are in your head. more...

You can get old pretty young if you don't take care of yourself. more...

If you don't set goals, you'll never reach them. Or like they say in golf, if you aim for nothing, you'll hit it every time. Take any player in the major leagues: I'd say just about everyone of them had a dream - a goal - to be a big-leaguer when they were kids. It wasn't an easy goal, but it was a reachable one, and that's important. more...

It was pretty good. Even the music was nice. more...

Congratulstions on breaking my record. I always thought the record would stand until it was broken. more...

A good time to hit is with men on base, because the pitcher ain't got no place to put you. He's going to get that ball around there somewhere. He don't want to walk you. more...

I really didn't say everything I said. [...] Then again, I might have said 'em, but you never know. more...

Little things are big. more...

In baseball, you don't know nothin'. more...

Laughter is the shock absorber that eases the blows of life. more...

The future isn't what is used to be. more...

Making predictions is tough. Especially for the future. more...

I take a two hour nap between 1PM and 3PM. more...

I've been with the Yankees 17 years, watching games and learning. You can see a lot by observing. more...

Bill Dickey learned me all his experience. more...

You can have everything you want as long as you don't want it badly enough. more...

Ninety percent of the game (baseball) is half mental. more...

Cut that pizza into six slices instead of eight, I ain't that hungry. more...

The game is supposed to be fun. If you had a bad day, don't worry. You can't expect to get a hit every game. more...

Make a game plan and stick to it. Unless it's not working. more...

A nickel is not worth a penny more. more...

No one goes there nowadays, it's too crowded. more...

When you're part of a team, you stand up for your teammates. Your loyalty is to them. You protect them through good and bad, because they'd do the same for you. more...

You can see a lot by just looking. more...

We're lost, but we're making good time! more...

You've got to be careful if you don't know where you're going 'cause you might not get there! more...

How can a guy think and hit at the same time? more...

You can observe a lot by watchin'. more...

Better make it four... I don't think I can eat eight. more...

He [Steve McQueen] made that picture before he died. more...

A nickel isn't worth a dime today. more...

If the fans don't come out to the ball park, you can't stop them. more...

You have to give 100 percent in the first half of the game. If that isn't enough, in the second half, you have to give what is left. more...

Always go to other people's funerals; otherwise they won't go to yours. more...

I knew the record would stand until it was broken. more...

I looked like this when I was young, and I still do. more...

I really didn't say everything I said. Then again, I might have said 'em, but you never know. more...

If people don't want to come to the ballpark how are you going to stop them? more...

If you ask me a question I don't know, I'm not going to answer. more...

If you don't know where you're going, you might not get there. more...

Ninety percent of this game is half-mental. more...

Thank you for making this day necessary. more...

Nothing is like it seems, but everything is exactly like it is. more...

You can't make anybody do anything, if they don't want to. more...

When I'm sittin' down to dinner with the family, stuff [another Yogiism] just pops out. And they'll say, 'Dad, you just said another one.' And I don't even know what the heck I said. more...

Without a plan, even the most brilliant business can get lost. You need to have goals, create milestones and have a strategy in place to set yourself up for success. more...

Every entrepreneur deals with fears of failure. However, the truly successful know how to face these fears and keep on working. more...

Records and achievements are made to be broken. more...

I love baseball, I really do. I always told my Dad, I'm not gonna make it working... I like to play ball too much. Which I did. I played hard. You gotta work at this game. You really do. And its fun doing it if you do it the right way. more...

Forecasting is very difficult, especially when it involves the future. more...

If I had to do it all over again, I would do it all over again. more...

People don't go there anymore. It's too crowded. more...

Surprise me! [Yogi's reply when he was asked by his wife, Carmen, where he would like to be buried] more...

If the people don't want to come out to the park, nobody's gonna stop them. more...

That's his style of hitting. If you can't imitate him, don't copy him. more...

Yogi met George Bush during an election campaign. Bush said Texas was important. Yogi said Texas has a lot of electrical votes. more...


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