Yogi Berra was a professional baseball catcher in the United States who subsequently became a manager and coach.

He played 19 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB), all except the last for the New York Yankees.

He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1972 after being largely recognized as one of baseball’s best catchers.

We’ve curated a list of some of the best quotes and sayings by Yogi Berra for you.


Yogi Berra Quotes & Sayings to Inspire and Motivate You

1. “In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. But in practice, there is.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

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2. “If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

3. “It ain’t over till it’s over.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

4. “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.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

5. “You can observe a lot just by watching.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

6. “Doing the little things can make a big difference.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

7. “It’s like deja-vu, all over again.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

8. “It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

9. “The future ain’t what it used to be.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

10. “If the world were perfect, it wouldn’t be. ” ~ (Yogi Berra).

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11. “90% of the game is half mental.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

12. “Keep trying. Stay humble, Trust your instincts. Most importantly, act. When you come to a fork in the road, take it.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

13. “You’ve got to be very careful if you don’t know where you are going, because you might not get there.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

14. “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

15. “That’s too coincidental to be a coincidence.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

16. “Make a game plan and stick to it. Unless it’s not working.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

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17. “Cut my pie into four pieces, I don’t think I could eat eight.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

18. “If you don’t set goals, you can’t regret not reaching them.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

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19. “We made too many wrong mistakes.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

20. “Nothing is like it seems, but everything is exactly like it is.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

21. “Nobody comes here anymore, it’s too crowded.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

22. “Life is a learning experience, only if you learn.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

23. “Little League baseball is a very good thing because it keeps the parents off the streets.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

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24. “If I had to do it all over again, I would do it all over again.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

25. “I never said most of the things I said.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

26. “Always go to other people’s funerals, otherwise they won’t come to yours.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

27. “You better cut the pizza in four pieces because I’m not hungry enough to eat six.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

28. “Deja Vu All Over Again.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

29. “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.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

30. “We’re lost, but we’re making good time.” ~ (Yogi Berra). 

31. “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.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

32. “Its getting late early.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

33. “Losing is a learning experience. It teaches you humility. It teaches you to work harder. It’s also a powerful motivator.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

34. “Prediction is very hard, particularly when it’s about the future.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

35. “Laughter is the shock absorber that eases the blows of life.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

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36. “I can’t concentrate when I’m thinking.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

37. “Records and achievements are made to be broken.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

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38. “I’d give my right arm to be ambidextrous.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

39. “The hardest thing is to get started, but the really hardest thing is to finish.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

40. “You can’t think and hit the ball at the same time.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

41. “Anyone who understands Jazz knows that you can’t understand it. It’s too complicated. That’s what’s so simple about it.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

42. “I wish I had an answer to that because I’m tired of answering that question.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

43. “I knew I was going to take the wrong train, so I left early.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

44. “If you ask me anything I don’t know, I’m not going to answer.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

45. “Failure is just another opportunity to start over.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

46. “Whatever you do, you should do it with feeling.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

47. “Little things are big.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

48. “Listen up, because I’ve got nothing to say and I’m only gonna to say it once.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

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49. “I tell the kids, somebody’s gotta win, somebody’s gotta lose. Just don’t fight about it. Just try to get better.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

50. “You don’t have to swing hard to hit a home run. If you got the timing, it’ll go.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

51. “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!” ~ (Yogi Berra).

52. “I just want to thank everyone who made this day necessary.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

53. “Texas has a lot of electrical votes.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

54. “What the hell is wrong with him now?” ~ (Yogi Berra).

55. “Never answer an anonymous letter.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

 56. “A nickel ain’t worth a dime anymore.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

57. “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.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

58. “In theory, practice should work like theory. In practice, it doesn’t.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

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59. “You can’t make anybody do anything, if they don’t want to.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

60. “Losing’s a great motivator.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

61. “I’m not going to buy my kids an encyclopedia. Let them walk to school like I did.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

62. “The game was two hours, with the commercials. I wish they did that now.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

63. “Ninety percent of all mental errors are in your head.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

64. “It’s fun; baseball’s fun.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

65. “It’s not too far; it just seems like it is.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

66. “Yeah? For what paper?” ~ (Yogi Berra).

67. “If you’re going to cheat, it’s better if you don’t get caught.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

68. “Thanks, you don’t look so hot yourself.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

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69. “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?” ~ (Yogi Berra).

70. “You can’t win all the time. There are guys out there who are better than you.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

71. “Everything should be built top-down, except the first time.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

72. “What makes a good man?” ~ (Yogi Berra).

73. “In baseball, you don’t know nothing.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

74. “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.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

75. “It was hard to have a conversation with anyone, there were so many people talking.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

76. “I’m glad I was in the Navy.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

77. “The only color I don’t have is navy brown.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

78. “Every entrepreneur deals with fears of failure. However, the truly successful know how to face these fears and keep on working.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

79. “You wouldn’t have won if we’d beaten you.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

80. “The towels were so thick there I could hardly close my suitcase.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

81. “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.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

82. “I’ve been with the Yankees 17 years, watching games and learning. You can see a lot by observing.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

83. “All pitchers are liars or crybabies.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

84. “I usually take a two-hour nap from one to four.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

85. “You gotta call a blacksmith.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

86. “Anyone who is popular is bound to be disliked.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

87. “He must have made that before he died.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

88. “I was in the invasion of Normandy in southern France.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

89. “Baseball is ninety percent mental and the other half is physical.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

90. “Nobody did nothin’ to nobody.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

91. “I don’t know if it’s good for baseball, but it sure beats the hell out of rooming with Phil Rizzuto!” ~ (Yogi Berra).

92. “So I’m ugly. So what? I never saw anyone hit with his face.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

93. “Congratulstions on breaking my record. I always thought the record would stand until it was broken.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

94. “If the fans don’t wanna come out to the ballpark, no one can stop ’em.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

95. “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.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

96. “Love is the most important thing in the world, but baseball is pretty good, too.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

97. “Cut that pizza into six slices instead of eight, I ain’t that hungry.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

98. “I’d find the fellow who lost it, and, if he was poor, I’d return it.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

99. “Ninety percent of putts that are short, don’t go in.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

100. “Bill Dickey learned me all his experience.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

101. “If you’re feeling good, don’t worry. You’ll get over it.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

Inspiring Yogi Berra Quotes

102. “There are some people who, if they don’t already know, you can’t tell ’em.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

103. “He hits from both sides of the plate. He’s amphibious.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

104. “It ain’t the heat, it’s the humility.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

105. “I really didn’t say everything I said.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

106. “Anybody who can’t hear the difference between a ball hitting wood and a ball hitting concrete must be blind.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

107. “Pitching always beats batting – and vice-versa.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

108. “Swing at the strikes.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

109. “He can run anytime he wants. I’m giving him the red light.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

110. “It was impossible to get a conversation going, everybody was talking too much.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

111. “It was pretty good. Even the music was nice.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

112. “I take a two hour nap between 1PM and 3PM.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

113. “If I didn’t wake up I’d still be sleeping.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

114. “Slump? I ain’t in no slump… I just ain’t hitting.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

115. “Half the lies they tell about me aren’t true.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

116. “Every time I see him, he’s not there.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

117. “Why don’t you pair’em up in threes?” ~ (Yogi Berra).

118. “We were over-whelming underdogs.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

119. “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.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

120. “I couldn’t tell if the streaker was a man or a woman because it had a bag on it’s head.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

121. “Why buy good luggage? You only use it when you travel.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

122. “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.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

123. “I’m lucky. Usually you’re dead to get your own museum, but I’m still alive to see mine.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

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124. “The other teams could make trouble for us if they win.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

125. “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.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

126. “50% of all married people are women.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

127. “What a house – nothin’ but rooms!” ~ (Yogi Berra).

128. “Well, I used to look like this when I was young and now I still do.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

129. “If my father was alive to hear that, he’d turn over in his grave.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

130. “Almost every Monday I have a charity thing. I like that. I do.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

131. “If there’s one pitch you keep swinging at and keep missing, stop swinging at it.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

132. “A home opener is always exciting, no matter if it’s home or on the road.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

133. “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.’” ~ (Yogi Berra).

134. “It ain’t like football. You can’t make up no trick plays.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

135. “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.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

136. “I don’t mean to be funny.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

137. “Nobody can be all smiley all the time, but having a good positive attitude isn’t something to shrug off.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

138. “On why he no longer went to Ruggeri’s, a St. Louis restaurant: “Nobody goes there anymore because it’s too crowded.”” ~ (Yogi Berra).

139. “Buy a stock, if it goes up, sell it, if it goes down, don’t buy it.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

140. “I guess I’ve got a smart wife.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

141. “How long have you known me, Jack? And you still don’t know how to spell my name.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

142. “I think Little League is wonderful. It keeps the kids out of the house.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

143. “Yogi saw three of his players in the locker room wearing Cone Head hats. Yogi said, Those guys make a pair.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

144. “If you get a guy that can play a couple positions, it helps you out a real lot.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

145. “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.”” ~ (Yogi Berra).

146. “I enjoy now doing what I do… playing golf, relaxing a little, enjoying life.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

147. “The ballparks have gotten too crowded. That’s why nobody goes to see the game anymore.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

148. “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.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

149. “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.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

150. “If you can’t imitate him, don’t copy him.” ~ (Yogi Berra).

151. “Baseball player: “What time is it?” “You mean now?”” ~ (Yogi Berra).

So these are some of the best Yogi Berra quotes.


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