The Yankees icon, Hall of Fame catcher, and war hero passed away last night at age 90, but his legacy lives on through his witty words, now permanent fixtures of the American lexicon.
Here are our favorites:
"It's déjà vu all over again."
"When you come to a fork in the road ... take it."
"It ain't over till it's over."
"I want to thank you for making this day necessary."
"I usually take a two-hour nap from one to four."
"It ain't the heat; it's the humility."
“Baseball is 90% mental. The other half is physical.”
"The future ain't what it used to be."
"If the people don't want to come out to the ballpark, nobody's going to stop them."
"Always go to other people's funerals, otherwise they won't come to yours."
"If the world were perfect, it wouldn't be."
"You can observe a lot by watching."
"Pair up in threes."
"It gets late early out here."
“Nobody ever goes there anymore; it’s too crowded.”
"Never answer an anonymous letter."
"A nickel ain't worth a dime anymore."
"Why buy good luggage? You only use it when you travel."
"I'm not going to buy my kids an encyclopedia. Let them walk to school like I did."
“If you don’t know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else.”
"I didn't really say everything I said." (Plot twist!)