While Yogi Berra’s role in the history of baseball is immeasurable, his ongoing legacy rests also on his enormous contributions to the American language. His so-called Yogi-isms – the unique and witty observations he became famous for – made him a major contributor to the national repository of wisdom, a source cited more often than Shakespeare.

“It ain’t over ’til it’s over.”

“It’s deja vu all over again.”

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

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

“Never answer an anonymous letter.”

“I didn’t really say everything I said.”

“I want to thank you for making this day necessary.”

“We made too many wrong mistakes.”

“You can observe a lot by watching.”

“The future ain’t what it used to be.”

“It gets late early out there.”

“If the world were perfect, it wouldn’t be.”

“If the people don’t want to come out to the ballpark,
nobody’s going to stop them.”

“Pair up in threes.”

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