Yogi Berra: 'It's Deja Vu All Over Again' and His 25 Greatest Quotes

Robert Knapel@@RobertKnapel_BRCorrespondent IApril 7, 2011

Yogi Berra: 'It's Deja Vu All Over Again' and His 25 Greatest Quotes

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    TAMPA, FL - FEBRUARY 26:  Hall of Famer Yogi Berra of the New York Yankees stands in the dugout just prior to the start of the Grapefruit League Spring Training Game against the Philadelphia Phillies at George M. Steinbrenner Field on February 26, 2011 in
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    In addition to his baseball abilities, Berra is also famous for his quotes. These witticisms, known as Yogi-isms, are known and loved by many baseball fans. Some of these quotes are among the most famous of all quotes in baseball and are used over and over by announcers.

    As a fun fact, Yogi Berra also used to own a house in my hometown. There are rumors that he buried a home plate under the carpet in the basement of that house.

    All quotes come either from the Yogi Berra Museum, Yogi Berra's website, Baseball Almanac, Retro Galaxy, or Brainy Quote.

25) About His Looks

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    NEW YORK - JULY 19:  New York Yankees Hall of Famer Yogi Berra waves to the crowd during the teams 63rd Old Timers Day before the game against the Detroit Tigers on July 19, 2009 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIs
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    "So I'm ugly. I've never seen anyone hit with his face."

    It is clear that Berra can take insults. It was a brilliant move on his part to relate that there is no correlation between attractiveness and hitting ability.

24) About Records

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

    Breaking a record still remains the only way to take it off the books. Well, at least for now.

23) About Directions

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    "If you don't know where you're going, you might end up some place else."

    This is certainly true. You will most definitely end up some place different from where you are.

22) About Effort

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    LITTLE FALLS, NY - NOVEMBER 23:  Baseball Hall of Famer Yogi Berra is interviewed at the Yogi Berra Museum and and Learning Center on November 23, 2009 in Little Falls, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images for NASCAR)
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    "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."

    I'm no math major, but I'm pretty sure that if you give everything you have in the first half, you have nothing left for the second half.

21) About Funerals

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

    If people whose funerals you attended show up at yours, your guests will be in for a big surprise.

20) About Pizza

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

    Unfortunately for Yogi, it was still the same amount of pizza no matter how many slices it was cut into.

19) About Money

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

    And it never was. However, as coin collectors know, there are some nickels that are worth a lot more than a dime now.

18) About Depth

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    TAMPA, FL - FEBRUARY 26:  Hall of Famer Yogi Berra of the New York Yankees tips his hat to the crowd as he is announced just prior to the start of the Grapefruit League Spring Training Game against the Philadelphia Phillies at George M. Steinbrenner Field
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    "We have deep depth."

    This is a great problem for a baseball team to have. They will be able to replace player upon player with their depth.

17) About Switch Hitters

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    NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 28:  Former Mets manager Yogi Berra greets fans from the field in a post game ceremony after the last regular season baseball game ever played in Shea Stadium against the Florida Marlins on September 28, 2008 in the Flushing neighborh
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    "He hits from both sides of the plate. He's amphibious."

    That would be a great advantage if they ever decided to play a game of baseball while underwater.

16) About Lies

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    NEW YORK - JULY 19:  New York Yankees Hall of Famer Yogi Berra looks on during the teams 63rd Old Timers Day before the game against the Detroit Tigers on July 19, 2009 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty
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    "Half the lies they tell about me aren't true."

    Would it also be fair to believe that half of the facts about Berra aren't true either?

15) About Pitchers

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    PHOENIX, AZ - FEBRUARY 24:  Dallas Braden #51 of the Oakland Athletics poses for a portrait during media photo day at Phoenix Municipal Stadium on February 24, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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    "All pitchers are liars or crybabies."

    This is true. Pitchers think that every pitch they throw is a strike or that the batter went around. They also complain to the umps when they don't get calls.

    

14) About the Future

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

    Maybe Berra hopped in Doc Brown's time machine and saw one version of the future. However, he may have altered the space-time continuum, which would explain this quote.

13) About Mistakes

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    "We made too many wrong mistakes."

    I try using a similar excuse with my parents whenever I do poorly on an exam. It doesn't work.

12) About What He's Said

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    NEW YORK - MAY 02:  The plaque of Yogi Berra is seen in Monument Park at Yankee Stadium prior to the game between the New York Yankees and the Chicago White Sox on May 2, 2010 in the Bronx borough of New York City. The Yankees defeated the White Sox 12-3.
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    "I didn't really say everything I said."

    Then who did? Did Yogi have someone talking for him all of these years?

11) About His Nap Schedule

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    NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 06:  Former New York Yankee Yogi Berra shakes hands with a fan before the New York Yankees World Series Victory Parade on November 6, 2009 in New York, New York.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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    "I usually take a two hour nap from one to four."

    It should be becoming clear that math was not Yogi's forte.

10) About Pairing Up

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    NEW YORK - APRIL 13:  (L-R) New York Yankee's legends and Baseball Hall of Famers Yogi Berra and Whitey Ford stand on the field for the presentation of the New York Yankees with their 2009 World Series rings prior to playing against the New York Yankees o
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    "Pair up in threes."

    This one ranks right up there with the Bill Peterson "lineup alphabetically by height" quote.

9) About the Weather

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    NEW YORK - APRIL 16:  Yogi Berra smiles after throwing the ceremonial first pitch before the opening day game between the Cleveland Indians and the New York Yankees at the new Yankee Stadium on April 16, 2009 in the Bronx borough of New York City. This is
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    "It ain't the heat, it's the humility."

    This is a simple mix-up by Berra, but it is a classic.

8) About Practice

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    COOPERSTOWN, NY - JULY 26:  Baseball icon Yogi Berra looks on at Clark Sports Center during the 2009  Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony on July 26, 2009 in Cooperstown, New York.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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    "In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is."

    Theoretically speaking, this does make sense. In theory everything should work in practice based on the theory. However, reality rarely ever occurs according to theory.

7) About Little League

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    DENVER, CO - APRIL 06:  Manager Don Mattingly of the Los Angeles Dodgers signs autographs Ocea Williams and her son Jason Williams, age 3, prior to the game as the Dodgers face the Colorado Rockies host the Dodgers at Coors Field on April 6, 2011 in Denve
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    "I think little league is wonderful. It keeps the kids out of the house."

    I'd hate to be one of Berra's kids if he was that happy just to get them out of the house for a few hours.

6) About Things He Doesn't Know

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    COOPERSTOWN, NY - JULY 26:  Baseball icon Yogi Berra looks on at Clark Sports Center during the 2009  Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony on July 26, 2009 in Cooperstown, New York.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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    "If you ask me anything I don't know, I'm not going to answer."

    It would be nice if Yogi would just let people know that he didn't know.  It seems as if he's just thinking about it if he doesn't give a response.

5) About School

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    BRONX, NY - JULY 18:  Yogi Berra attends a pre-game ceremony in honor of 'Yogi Berra Day' during the MLB game between the Montreal Expos and the New York Yankees on July 18, 1999 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York. The Yankees defeated the Expos 6-0
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    "I'm not going to buy my kids an encyclopedia. Let them walk to school like I did."

    I get what Yogi's going for with this quote. However, just simply reading an encyclopedia is not a replacement for going to school. It will however make you very good at Jeopardy.

4) About Driving

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

    Some say that this statement has the most philosophical value. It is suggested that when at a difficult decision, people should make a choice and not look back.

    There actually is truth to this quote. It is based on driving directions to his home in Montclair.  Regardless of which way you go, you get to Yogi's home.

3) About Baseball

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    LITTLE FALLS, NJ - NOVEMBER 23:  Baseball Hall of Famer Yogi Berra and four-time Nascar champion Jimmie Johnson chat in the theater at the Yogi Berra Museum and and Learning Center on November 23, 2009 in Little Falls, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevans
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    "Baseball is ninety percent mental and the other half is physical."

    I feel like I've said this before, but math isn't Yogi's thing. Ninety percent plus fifty percent is one hundred forty percent.

2) About Deja Vu

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    NEW YORK - OCTOBER 29:  A fan of the New York Yankees holds up a sign which reads 'It's Deja Vu' in reference to Hall of Famer Yogi Berra against the Philadelphia Phillies in Game Two of the 2009 MLB World Series at Yankee Stadium on October 29, 2009 in t
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    "It's like déjà vu all over again."

    Since déjà vu is the feeling that one has already had the experience that they are currently having, this must mean that Berra already had the experience twice.

1) About the End

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    TAMPA, FL - FEBRUARY 26:  Hall of Famer Yogi Berra of the New York Yankees stands in the dugout just prior to the start of the Grapefruit League Spring Training Game against the Philadelphia Phillies at George M. Steinbrenner Field on February 26, 2011 in
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    "It ain't over 'til it's over."

    Unfortunately for all you readers, this slideshow is now over.