An Intellectual Giant Crossed the Bridge

Yesterday, an American icon crossed the bridge. He was a good baseball player but I’m not going to bore those who live elsewhere than a baseball playing area with his baseball smarts. I’m going to give you his philosophy. There was a succession, Socrates, Plato and then Aristotle. Then came the Romans and the preeminent Italian philosopher was Lawrence Peter Berra, better known as Yogi Berra.


You could do a lot worse than follow Yogi’s advice. Here is teachings-I’ve left out the North American and sports specific quotes and left everybody with his principles to leave everyone to live by.

Pair ’em up in threes.

You can see a lot by just looking.

Nobody goes there anymore. It’s too crowded.
– Yogi, on a St. Louis restaurant

It gets late early out there.
– Yogi, on the sun in left field at old Yankee stadium

Thank you for making this day necessary.
– At Yogi Berra Day in his hometown of St. Louis

If I could just make ’em up on the spot, I’d be famous.
– Yogi, when asked for a Yogi-ism

When asked whether a streaker on the baseball diamond was a man or woman, Yogi supposedly replied, “I don’t know, they had a bag over their head.”

If people don’t wanna come out to the park, how are you gonna stop ’em?

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

If you can’t imitate him, don’t copy him.

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

You can observe a lot by watching.

Little League baseball is a good thing because it keeps the parents off the streets and the kids out of the house.

I wish I had an answer to that, because I’m tired of answering that question.

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

We made too many wrong mistakes.

Anyone who is popular is bound to be disliked.

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

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

You tell the stupidest questions.

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

Baseball is 90% mental and the other half is physical.

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

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

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

You better cut the pizza into four slices, because I’m not hungry enough to eat six.

Pie a la mode, with ice cream.

It’s deja vu all over again.

I didn’t really say everything I said.

Yogi, you’ll be missed unless you’re still here.

About Kismet

I'm a 16 year old Indian Ringneck parrot curmudgeon in New River, Arizona in the wild west country. If you're a sunflower seed, you're dinner.

29 comments on “An Intellectual Giant Crossed the Bridge

  1. What a baseball giant………..and all around “nice guy”……….

    Hugs, Sammy

  2. I didn’t realize that he was still alive. Mama’s Mother always quoted him, and passed a love for him to her. Great tribute Kismet. I will be parroting some of these today. Better yet, We’re gonna print out your page.

  3. I bow my head … what a sportsman and what a wise man. “Anyone who is popular is bound to be disliked.” that’s what Mr. Z. should write on his playground, it could make a lot of things easier and we hadn’t to waste money for fartbook-laws :o(

  4. He was brilliant and he could play a mean game of baseball too.

    What a lovely tribute to a fantastic icon.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

  5. You can see a lot by just looking ~ how true. Definitely one of the greats of the game.
    Sweet William The Scot

  6. He was a hero for sure. And he loved balls.. That works for me and especially my brother Max.

  7. A true icon and great sports hero. They don’t make ’em like that anymore. As a kid, I adored #8. RIP Yogi. You will be missed. ❤

  8. We saw it on the News. SHE didn’t know he was still alive. Love his quotes. He could easily have been a politician in Oz!

  9. Such a sweet guy. He is gonna be missed like he was gone. BOL! See there…I was tryin’ one out…SO not the same…
    Goodbye to a good man, and a kind soul.
    Ruby ♥

  10. I grew up in New York city in the borough of Brooklyn. We were not Yankee fans at all. I spent a great deal of time in Ebbets Field- home of the Dodgers. When the Dodgers left, I followed the Mets. Yogi became manager after a while and I became a big fan of his wit and wisdom. RIP Yogi

  11. He will be missed and quite the interesting sayings!!


  12. Love all of these “pearls of wisdom”. He was definitely more than a great athlete. Thanks for enlightening us 🙂

  13. I didn’t realize that he was the ORIGINAL Yogi Bear. DOH!!!

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