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Hindsight is always twenty-twenty.

BILLY WILDER, quoted in John Robert Colombo's Wit and Wisdom of the Moviemakers

Hindsight is an exact science.

GUY BELLAMY, The Sinner's Congregation

Hindsight is the time machine
You will live certain perils
But the second time around
Will be more painful than the first.


Hindsight is of little value in the decision-making process. It distorts our memory for events that occurred at the time of the decision so that the actual consequence seems to have been a "foregone conclusion." Thus, it may be difficult to learn from our mistakes.

DIANE F. HALPERN, Thought and Knowledge

If hindsight of some women was as good as their foresight, they wouldn't be wearing slacks.


Of all the forms of wisdom, hindsight is by general consent the least merciful, the most unforgiving.

JOHN FLETCHER, intro, Jean-Claude Favez's Holocaust

Hindsight plays tricks on our minds.

JEREMY J. SIEGEL, Stocks for the Long Run

Remembering. I am half-smiling at ridiculous situations, crazy people and strange places, all with the benefit of hindsight. I admit I am choosing my memories selectively. I am quickening time, losing years and even improving my looks. I have never included the bad side which, I know, is an integral part of one's memories. That was not for me.

JOHN KEMP, Sticky Wicket

Hindsight, or our ability to see our past clearly, is a learning function that, when damaged ... renders us unable to look at the past to guide ourselves through the present and into the future. Without this ability, we cannot learn from our mistakes. We cannot clean up the wreckage of our actions. We are locked into a cycle of repeating the same thing over and over again, expecting different results. This is commonly known as the definition of insanity.

BARBARA S. COLE, The Gifts of Sobriety

Well, as we all know by now, hindsight is twenty-twenty, but it is possible to turn your hindsight into foresight.

ELLEN MOORE, Good Books Lately

The most fertile source of insight is hindsight.

MORRIS KLINE, Mathematics: The Loss of Certainty

Hindsight is not only clearer than perception-in-the-moment but also unfair to those who actually lived through the moment.

EDWIN S. SHNEIDMAN, Autopsy of a Suicidal Mind

Hindsight is a double-edged sword. Too much of it and the past seems inevitable, With too little hindsight, a panoramic perspective is impossible.

LANCE B. KURKE, The Wisdom of Alexander the Great

Hindsight is not necessarily the best guide to understanding what really happened. The past is often as distorted by hindsight as it is clarified by it.

AMOS ELON, The Pity of It All

If hindsight really is twenty-twenty it is important to try as often as we can to analyze, embrace and employ it as we make our way through life.

JASON ARANT, So ... You Want to Be a Minister

Hindsight provides new eyes.

WAYNE W. DYER, You'll See It When You Believe It

Reality looks much more obvious in hindsight than in foresight. People who experience hindsight bias misapply current hindsight to past foresight. They perceive events that occurred to have been more predictable before the fact than was actually the case.

HERSH SHEFRIN, Finance and the Psychology of Investing

In retrospect it becomes clear that hindsight is definitely overrated!

ALFRED E. NEUMAN, Mad Magazine

Hindsight wisdom is of no use.


If I had to live my life again I'd make all the same mistakes--only sooner.

TALLULAH BANKHEAD, quoted in Evelyn Steinberg's The Little Book of Wrinkles

We will come to understand the part a difficult circumstance has played in our lives. Hindsight makes so much clear. The broken marriage, the lost job, the loneliness have all contributed to who we are becoming. The joy of the wisdom we are acquiring is that hindsight comes more quickly. We can, on occasion, begin to accept a difficult situation's contribution to our wholeness while caught in the turmoil.

KAREN CASEY, Each Day a New Beginning


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