The Wit and Wisdom of Yogi Berra

If you live in America, you may have quoted a “Yogi-ism” and not even have known it. If you have ever quipped, “It’s deja vu all over again” or “it ain’t over ’til it’s over,” you quoted Yogi Berra. One of the few baseball managers to have won pennants in both the American and National Leagues and elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1972, Yogi is as well known for his sayings as his famous coaching.


Yogi was a talker. During baseball games, Yogi talked to the opposing batters in order to distract them. Although his response to his reputation for originating so many quotable sayings has been, “I never said most of the things I said,” he doesn’t seem to mind being quoted so often!

Since I travel so much, one of my favorite Yogi quotes is “Why buy good luggage? You only use it when you travel.”Yogi_Berra_1956

Yogi said, “If you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll wind up somewhere else.” He may not have intentionally been referring to eternity, but it certainly applies. After death, there are only two possible destinations – heaven or hell. Those who trust in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord can know they are going to heaven when they die. Those who don’t trust Him are going to wind up somewhere else.

And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God (1 John 5:11-13).

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