quotations about hindsight
Hindsight is always twenty-twenty.
BILLY WILDER, attributed, Wit and Wisdom of the Moviemakers
Hindsight is the time machine
You will live certain perils
But the second time around
Will be more painful than the first.
DAVID JONATHAN NEWMAN, Pure Luck
There's many a forward look in a backward glance.
EVAN ESAR, 20,000 Quips & Quotes
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 provides new eyes.
WAYNE W. DYER, You'll See It When You Believe It
If I had to live my life again I'd make all the same mistakes--only sooner.
TALLULAH BANKHEAD, attributed, The Little Book of Wrinkles
I have no desire to suffer twice, in reality and then in retrospect.
SOPHOCLES, Oedipus Rex
Hindsight is always perfect, as the saying goes. However, the process that reaches that state of perfect vision is not instantaneous or in any way easy. The courage to question everything is the wheel against which the lenses of hindsight are ground. Accepting the unacceptable answers to questions you didn't know to ask is the quality which makes us human, and enables us to take the leaps of understanding, the leaps of faith, which grant wisdom.
JUSTIN E. GRIFFIN, The Holy Grail: The Legend, the History, the Evidence
We pass through the present with our eyes blindfolded. We are permitted merely to sense and guess at what we are actually experiencing. Only later when the cloth is untied can we glance at the past and find out what we have experienced and what meaning it has.
MILAN KUNDERA, Laughable Loves
To paraphrase Oedipus, Hamlet, Lear, and all those guys, "I wish I had known this some time ago."
ROGER ZELAZNY, Sign of the Unicorn
Before, you are wise; after, you are wise. In between you are otherwise.
DAVID ZINDELL, The Broken God
It might sharpen our understanding of the past, but as a path drawn in reverse, hindsight doesn't show all the false starts and the wrong turns we took in our efforts to find a path forward. Hindsight can be disingenuous; it suggests that there was a path to be followed even when we couldn't see it. The fact remains that there is never a clear path as we move through life. We fumble and struggle, and ... we find our way.
CONNIE RUBEN & KATE O'NEILL, The Stages of Grace
All that lovely hindsight doesn't mean that you should go back to what was.
TIFFANY JOHNSON, Find Your Happily Ever After
Hindsight is an exact science.
GUY BELLAMY, The Sinner's Congregation
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, attributed, Words of Wisdom
Hindsight plays tricks on our minds.
JEREMY J. SIEGEL, Stocks for the Long Run
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