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5 Great Life Lessons From Yogi Berra

Yogi Berra finally left the game last Tuesday, Sept 22, the same day he had his Major League Baseball debut 69 years earlier. Hearing about his death led me on an Internet search for some of my favorite yogisms. I’ve always been a fan of Lawrence Peter Berra’s wit and wisdom because it reminded me so much of my father’s repeated sayings. In fact, I was surprised to learn today that it was Yogi Berra who said, “Nobody goes there anymore because it’s too crowded.” and not my Dad. My Dad was not above taking the work of others and passing it off as his own, although in this case I guess I was probably the only person who was fooled.

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However, today I’ll give Mr. Berra proper credit and honor five of his sayings I find particularly wise. That’s the cool thing about yogisms. Much like a Zen Koan, they may not seem to make that much sense on the surface, but repeated study can reveal the life lessons they contain. Mr. Berra, it seems was truly a yogi.

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

You can't think and hit at the same time. - Yogi Berra
If you don't know where you are going you will wind up somewhere else - yogi berra

If you ask me a question I don't know, I'm not going to answer - yogi berra

Always go to other perople's funerals, otherwise they won't go to yours. - yogi berra

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  1. Love this. You never knew what Yogi-isms he was going to add to his own list. Like giving directions to his home he famously said, “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.” You gotta love Yogi. And your father.

    • You probably know this but the beauty of the Yogi-ism is that they generally made sense. In the case of the fork in the road, he was giving directions to his house and it didn’t matter which road you took because both branches of the fork on the road would get you there.

  2. I have ALWAYS been a fan of Yogisms!! I can’t get enough. And it’s like you said, Katy. look for the hidden meaning!! At first glance, people probably thought he was not too bright, but just try and make up a Yogism…way more difficult than you think. Thanks for sharing!

    • Thanks Cathy! You’re so right – that’s why I included the one about blaming the bat. So often I’m so quick to think some problem must be me or something I’m doing when really I’d solve things a lot sooner if I didn’t blame myself so much. In other words – blame the bat!


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