I Really Didn’t Say Everything I Said

Yogi Berra? Apocryphal?

Yogi BerraDear Quote Investigator: Thanks for working to help clear up so many incorrect quotations and attributions. I have a question about a quote that might be suitable as the motto of your website. Yogi Berra supposedly said one of the following Yogi-isms:

1. I really didn’t say everything I said.
2. I didn’t say everything I said.
3. I never said half the things I said.
4. Half the things I said, I never said them.
5. I never said most of the things I said.

Did Yogi say one of these statements?

Quote Investigator: In February 1986, there is good evidence that Yogi Berra did say the first statement above as recorded in a Long Island, New York, newspaper.


6 responses to “I Really Didn’t Say Everything I Said

  1. Berra is made the object of ridicule but if, as it is reasonable to assume, he meant by the words “everything I said” and similar wording, “everything attributed to me”, he makes perfect sense.

  2. They all sound like Trump. Except of course we have recordings.

  3. It sounds like a version of the philosophical (logical) riddle of stating that ‘everything I say is a lie’. If “this sentence is false” is true, then the sentence is false, but if the sentence states that it is false, and it is false, then it must be true, and so on. It makes faking ‘the truth’ all that much easier, does it not? By default it also offers the option of ‘plausible deniability’.

  4. Michael Gundy

    Reminds me of the song “I am my own grandpa” as follows:
    Many, many years ago when I was twenty-three
    I was married to a widow who was pretty as could be
    This widow had a grown-up daughter who had hair of red
    My father fell in love with her and soon they too were wed

    My little baby then became a brother-in-law to dad
    And so became my uncle, though it made me very sad
    For if he were my uncle, then that also made him brother
    Of the widow’s grownup daughter, who was of course my step-mother

  5. Michael Gundy

    Father’s wife then had a son who kept them on the run
    And he became my grandchild, for he was my daughter’s son
    My wife is now my mother’s mother and it makes me blue
    Because although she is my wife, she’s my grandmother too

    Now if my wife is my grandmother, then I’m her grandchild
    And every time I think of it, it nearly drives me wild
    ‘Cause now I have become the strangest ‘case you ever saw
    As husband of my grandmother, I am my own grandpa

    I’m my own grandpa, I’m my own grandpa
    It sounds funny, I know but it really is so
    I’m my own grandpa

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