When you come to a fork in the road, take it.

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  1. Akasaka Senior Member

    Japanese
    Hello everyone,
    I found this quote, but don't quite understand what it wants to say.

    When you come to a fork in the road, take it.
    Yogi Berra

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. papakapp Senior Member

    English - NW US
    It's a joke, also a double entendre.

    "fork in the road" is another way to say "pivotal life decision"
    So in one sense, the sentence means "when you are faced with a watershed moment in life, be assertive in recognizing its opportunity.
    On the other hand, in the literal sense, "it" refers to the fork. Since there is not enough information given in the sentence to know whether you are supposed to take the right leg or the left leg of the fork, it is also a metaphor for the difficulty in recognizing the appropriate decision to make when one is faced with a pivotal life decision.

    ** I think Yogi Berra is the only person on earth that can condense thoughts to that extent.**
     
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    sdgraham Senior Member

    Oregon, USA
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