Satchel Paige? Anonymous?
Dear Quote Investigator: The famous baseball player Satchel Paige once offered advice about staying young at heart. Here are three versions:
- Don’t look back. Something might be gaining on you.
- Don’t look back. Somebody may be gaining on you.
- Never look back. You might see someone overtaking you.
Would you please help me to find the correct phrasing and an accurate citation?
Quote Investigator: In June 1953 “Collier’s” magazine published a profile of Leroy Satchel Paige. A sidebar listed six quotations from Paige under the title “How to Stay Young” including the following 3 items: 1
If your stomach disputes you, lie down and pacify it with cool thoughts.
Go very light on the vices, such as carrying on in society. The social ramble ain’t restful.
Don’t look back. Something might be gaining on you.
Below are additional selected citations in chronological order.
- 1953 June 13, Collier’s, “Time Ain’t Gonna Mess with Me” (Concluding The Fabulous Satchel Paige) by Richard Donovan, How to Stay Young (Six quotations displayed in a sidebar box), Start Page 54, Quote Page 55, The Crowell-Collier Publishing Company, Springfield, Ohio. (Unz) ↩