Yogi Berra (1925-2015)

Baseball player Yogi Berra — whose birth name was Lawrence Peter Berra — died yesterday. Normally announcements of this sort on Daily Nous are reserved for academic philosophers, but I thought it would be appropriate to note the death of someone who is well known for sayings that have provoked the public to thoughts of puzzlement and paradox — and in such an amusing way.

A few quotes:

“I never said most of the things I said.”

“In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.”

“There are some people who, if they don’t already know, you can’t tell ’em.”

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

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

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

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

I understand he had some achievements in baseball, too. The New York Times has an obituary.

Yogi Berra

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