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Yogi Berra's background

Yogi Berra (Lawrence Peter Berra, born May 12, 1925 - died September 22, 2015) was an American baseball player, manager and member of Major League Baseball's Hall of Fame, noted for his peculiar, humorous-sounding statements. Most people have heard at least some of these statements, often without knowing the source.

In his youth Lawrence Peter Berra went to a movie with some friends associated with the neighborhood Stag Athletic Club baseball team on the Hill (in St. Louis).
We went to a movie one afternoon, and there was one of those yogi characters in the picture. Coming out of the joint, one of the kids looked at me, started laughing, and said: "Hey, Berra walks just like that yogi in the movie." I've been Yogi ever since.

As quoted in "Yogi Credits Dickey For His Climb" by Harry Grayson, in The Hendersonville Times-News (Thursday, November 22, 1951), p. 8.

Malapropism's or Yogiisms?

There is a famous "Malapropism" where, in a stage-play, a character named Mrs. Malaprop makes mention of "an allegory on the banks of the Nile".
Mrs. Malaprop's character presumably had - An Alligator - in her mind.
Or, rather, had it in her mind to say "An Alligator".

It is not really relevant to an understanding of - what 'a Malapropism' is - that "allegories" are, in point of fact, not native to Africa.

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Whilst many would suggest that Yogi Berra's diverting quotations and quotes are Malapropism's they are probably more precisely describable as being "Yogiisms".

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Yogi Barra quotations and quotes that qualify as being - Yogiisms


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

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(On the 1973 Mets) We were overwhelming underdogs.
Yogi Berra

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

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

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When You Come to a Fork in the Road, Take It!
Yogi Berra

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I knew the record would stand until it was broken.
Yogi Berra

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

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

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We're lost, but we're making good time.
Yogi Berra

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It ain't over till it's over.
Yogi Berra

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It gets late early out there.
Yogi Berra

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Little things are big.
Yogi Berra

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Pair up in threes.
Yogi Berra

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We made too many wrong mistakes.
Yogi Berra

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You can observe a lot by watching.
Yogi Berra

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

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

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

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It's like déjà vu all over again.
Yogi Berra

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The future ain't what it used to be.
Yogi Berra

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

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He must have made that before he died.
Yogi Berra

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I never said most of the things I said.
Yogi Berra

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About the quotations and quotes attributed to Yogi Berra.

Yogi Berra, christened Lawrence, is the Sam Goldwyn of the baseball industry. The late Goldwyn, a highly successful movie executive, was famous for his quaint and curious aberrations in talking:
Such Sam Goldwyn quotations and quotes include:
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"Gentlemen, include me out."
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"I can answer that in two words: im-possible!"
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"Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined."
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These lapses, known as Goldwynisms, were mainly the creations of the Goldwyn press department. And so it is with Berra - a public relations man, Jackie Farrell, of the New York Yankees, contrived most of the quips and gaffes attributed to the illustrious catcher-turned-manager.

Walter Moncrief, from "Yogi Berra's Humor - a Story With a Catch" in The Milwaukee Journal (Monday, June 17, 1974), p. 16.

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There's neither honesty, manhood, nor good fellowship in thee.
William Shakespeare

"…can we possibly refuse to admit that there exist in each of us the same generic parts and characteristics as are found in the state? For I presume the state has not received them from any other source. It would be ridiculous to imagine that the presence of the spirited element in cities is not to be traced to individuals, wherever this character is imputed to the people, as it is to the natives of Thrace, and Scythia, and generally speaking, of the northern countries; or the love of knowledge, which would be chiefly attributed to our own country; or the love of riches, which people would especially connect with the Phoenicians and the Egyptians.
From Plato's most famous work ~ The Republic ~ detailing conversations entered into by his friend, and teacher, Socrates


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Pythagoras was a prominent figure in the intellectual life of the Greek world of the sixth century B.C.
Alongside his genuine contributions to mathematics and geometry Pythogoras is also considered to have recognised that there was evidently a "Tripartite" complexity to Human Nature:-
 Pythagoras who, according to Heraclides of Pontus, the pupil of Plato and a learned man of the first rank, came, the story goes, to Philus and with a wealth of learning and words discussed certain subjects with Leon the ruler of the Philasians. And Leon after wondering at his talent and eloquence asked him to name the art in which he put most reliance. But Pythagoras said that for his part he had no acquaintance with any art, but was a philosopher. Leon was astonished at the novelty of the term and asked who philosophers were and in what they differed from the rest of the world.

 Pythagoras, the story continues, replied that the life of man seemed to him to resemble the festival which was celebrated with most magnificent games before a concourse collected from the whole of Greece. For at this festival some men whose bodies had been trained sought to win the glorious distinction of a crown, others were attracted by the prospect of making gains by buying or selling, whilst there was on the other hand a certain class, and that quite the best class of free-born men, who looked neither for applause no gain, but came for the sake of the spectacle and closely watched what was done and how it was done: So also we, as though we had come from some city to a kind of crowded festival, leaving in like fashion another life and nature of being, entered upon this life, and some were slaves of ambition, some of money; there were a special few who, counting all else as nothing, ardently contemplated the nature of things. These men he would call "lovers of wisdom" (for that is the meaning of the word philo-sopher).


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In all districts of all lands, in all the classes of communities thousands of minds are intently occupied, the merchant in his compting house, the mechanist over his plans, the statesman at his map, his treaty, & his tariff, the scholar in the skilful history & eloquence of antiquity, each stung to the quick with the desire of exalting himself to a hasty & yet unfound height above the level of his peers. Each is absorbed in the prospect of good accruing to himself but each is no less contributing to the utmost of his ability to fix & adorn human civilization.
In William H. Gilman (ed.) The Journals and Miscellaneous Notebooks of Ralph Waldo Emerson, vol II, 1822-1826, 305


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In what is perhaps Ralph Waldo Emerson's most famous essay - 'History' - we read such things as:-
… There is one mind common to all individual men. Every man is an inlet to the same and to all of the same. He that is once admitted to the right of reason is made a freeman of the whole estate. What Plato has thought, he may think; what a saint has felt, he may feel; what at any time has be-fallen any man, he can understand. Who hath access to this universal mind is a party to all that is or can be done, for this is the only and sovereign agent.

Of the works of this mind history is the record. Its genius is illustrated by the entire series of days. Man is explicable by nothing less than all his history. Without hurry, without rest, the human spirit goes forth from the beginning to embody every faculty, every thought, every emotion, which belongs to it in appropriate events. But the thought is always prior to the fact; all the facts of history preexist in the mind as laws. Each law in turn is made by circumstances predominant, and the limits of nature give power to but one at a time. …

… We are always coming up with the emphatic facts of history in our private experience, and verifying them here. All history becomes subjective; in other words, there is properly no history; only biography. Every mind must know the whole lesson for itself, -- must go over the whole ground. What it does not see, what it does not live, it will not know. …

… In old Rome the public roads beginning at the Forum proceeded north, south, east, west, to the centre of every province of the empire, making each market-town of Persia, Spain, and Britain pervious to the soldiers of the capital: so out of the human heart go, as it were, highways to the heart of every object in nature, to reduce it under the dominion of man. A man is a bundle of relations, a knot of roots, whose flower and fruitage is the world. His faculties refer to natures out of him, and predict the world he is to inhabit, as the fins of the fish foreshow that water exists, or the wings of an eagle in the egg presuppose air. He cannot live without a world. …


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"History is for human self-knowledge ... the only clue to what man can do is what man has done. The value of history, then, is that it teaches us what man has done and thus what man is."
R. G. Collingwood


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