Retrospect Quotes

Righteousness is easy in retrospect.

Travel is glamorous only in retrospect.

Revolutions are something you see only in retrospect.

It is the mark of a good action that it appears inevitable in retrospect.

No endeavor that is worthwhile is simple in prospect; if it is right it will be simple in retrospect.

I am a writer of books in retrospect. I talk in order to understand; I teach in order to learn.

Evil is obvious only in retrospect.

Travel is only glamorous in retrospect.

Everything looks more beautiful in retrospect.

That's the past. I don't agree with retrospect.

Destiny is a name often given in retrospect to choices that had dramatic consequences.

One day in retrospect the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful.

In retrospect all these exercises in self-gratification seem pure fantasy what Pascal called licking the earth.

In retrospect each of the steps toward this abyss seemed irrevocable and yet they had all been so small!

Everything is funnier in retrospect funnier and prettier and cooler. You can laugh at anything from far enough away.

Christian history looks glorious in retrospect; but it is made up of constant hard choices and unattractive tasks accepted under the pressure of the Will of God.

So much of our time is spent in preparation so much in routine and so much in retrospect that the amount of each person's genius is confined to a very few hours.

I might say that in retrospect looking at where the community college system is today I think we may have gone too far. The community college system is so big so broad so consuming of tax money.

The mark of a good action is that it appears inevitable in retrospect.

In retrospect I realize that the threat was about ego rather than the validity of the music.

Sure I've been a victim but in retrospect most of it has been of my own making. I allowed it to happen.

Vietnam was a palpable failure. And of course in retrospect it was even more clearly a disaster and a failure than maybe people understood at the time.

It may be that the most striking thing about members of my literary generation in retrospect will be that we were allowed to say absolutely anything without fear of punishment.

There are plenty of dead scientists I admire but I can't think of any living ones. This is probably because it is only in retrospect that one can see who made the important contributions.

Experience is retrospect knowledge.

Perspective will come in retrospect.

Self-righteousness in retrospect is easy--also cheap

People always understand everything in retrospect.

Often a retrospect delights the mind.

Often continuity is visible only in retrospect.

And there's always retrospect to light a clearer path.

There are many things we only see clearly in retrospect.

In retrospect all revolutions seem inevitable. Beforehand all revolutions seem impossible.

Of no day can the retrospect cause pain to a good man.

We write to taste life twice in the moment and in retrospect.

I am not good at noticing when I'm happy except in retrospect.

I have no desire to suffer twice in reality and then in retrospect.

Even a saint may take pleasure in retrospect in having been once desired

History is just the present in retrospect. Times change but people do not.

Innovations seem inevitable in retrospect but at the time it's an uphill battle.

A bottle of good wine like a good act shines ever in the retrospect.

Adolescence is a kind of emotional seasickness. Both are funny but only in retrospect.

It's always hard for an author to determine his own intentions especially in retrospect.

Destiny is not something that happens all at once-it's something that happens only in retrospect.

It is only in retrospect that the high points of our lives rise up flaunting banners.

In retrospect of course I regret calling them (Charlton fans) morons. Imbeciles would have been more appropriate.

People steal into one's consciousness and occupy what seems in retrospect to have been their place all along.

I think in retrospect that all those 'alternative'modes of living were little more than exercises in arrested development.

Some of the sweetest hours in life in retrospect will be found to have been spent with books.

In retrospect everything is finite but prospectively there are infinite possibilities. I guess that's what makes life hopeful.

...stupidity is one of the two things we see most clearly in retrospect. The other is missed chances.

Life is not only meant to be appreciated in retrospect ... There is something each day to embrace and cherish.

Do we always grind through the present doomed to throw a gold haze of fond retrospect over the past?

In retrospect our triumphs could as easily have happened to someone else; but our defeats are uniquely our own.

Everything in retrospect is obvious. But if everything were obvious authors of histories of financial folly would be rich . . .

The thing is I never want to be an observer it's only in retrospect that I wish I had observed.

In retrospect there were failures enough to go around. There were failures before the storm and failures after the storm.

I'm not saying that McDonald's gift certificates caused the obesity epidemic but in retrospect the timing is kind of suspicious.

And then adds with a laugh 'but in retrospect I think he may have been more sophisticated than we were.'

You can't explain success in retrospect. The moment you leap into the void that moment is impossible to negate after success.

That's why I write because life never works except in retrospect. You can't control life at least you can control your version.

How ungenerously in later life we disclaim the virtuous moods of our youth living in retrospect long summer days of unreflecting dissipation.

In retrospect I would say from Donald Duck I have learned more about life than from all the schools I ever attended.

In retrospect the most unnerving aspect of being openly gay was that it turned out to be as disappointingly normal as being straight.

Humor is a kind of emotional chaos told about calmly and quietly in retrospect.There is always a laugh in the utterly familiar.

I am grateful for all those dark years even though in retrospect they seem like a long bitter prayer that was answered finally.

The past in retrospect holds manifold disenchantments failures and even tragedies; and yet the worse may be forgotten and the best held fast.

Pasadena' erred on the side being too dark. That was probably the one thing about it in retrospect why it didn't get picked up.

When I first heard about Y Combinator it was one of those ideas that just seemed forehead-slappingly obvious. Good ideas often do in retrospect.

In retrospect Hank I don't know why I spent four years writing this book when I could have just made a hit sing-a-ma-jig album.

I can see that in retrospect but I guess I've always had such an identity crisis when it comes to other people's understanding of me.

Each person's life is dominated by a central event which shapes and distorts everything that comes after it and in retrospect everything that came before.

The current financial crisis in the US is likely to be judged in retrospect as the most wrenching since the end of the Second World War.

Those of us who have come to years of discretion and more must often take to retrospect and seek to appraise the outcome of our lives.

Eventually we will find (mostly in retrospect of course) that we can be very grateful to those people who have made life most difficult for us.

Honestly in retrospect I would wish for future generations to have the ability to have a coming out process that was less alcohol-soaked than mine was.

There is always a reason. When I look back on things that really upset me at the moment I can always see why it happened in retrospect.

Childhood is only the beautiful and happy time in contemplation and retrospect: to the child it is full of deep sorrows the meaning of which is unknown.

I knew I was going to be composing. It all makes sense in retrospect. But you don't know while you're in the process of improvising your life.

Frustration and I have become good friends. And like any friend who's a bad influence frustration sometimes makes me do things that are in retrospect stupid. - Sirensong

Generational change within a genre is hard to parse while it's happening. Only in retrospect can the passing of the baton from ancestors to progeny be clearly discerned.

A lot of things in history are timing and it's very peculiar because in retrospect things [and] people can look more brilliant or necessary than they actually were.

The importance of selecting music and sequencing songs - making one song merge into another song. In retrospect those are the most important lessons I got from DJs.

The flame of urgent coupling burned hottest against the woman no matter how romantic and high and heartsick the anguish of the man might be pitched in retrospect.

In retrospect I think it's a plus because now we've been able to go back and spend extra time on each of those episodes and make them better.

It is a characteristic of old age to find the progress of time accelerated. The less one accomplishes in a given time the shorter does the retrospect appear.

In retrospect I enjoyed the time planning the program before I start. Like I say there is more fun in the program preparation than in the program itself.

The Clinton administration cared a lot about the middle class and the poor. But it also cared a lot - too much in retrospect - about the rich.

Having an adventure shows that someone is incompetent that something has gone wrong. An adventure is interesting enough - in retrospect. Especially to the person who didn't have it.

Are there really good wars and bad wars? We thought so during World War II and in retrospect we were right. But in Vietnam and Iraq we were wrong.

In retrospect perhaps the biggest reason my mother was cared for but not helped for twenty years was the simplest: Her functioning was not that necessary to the world.

I try not to go back in retrospect and say oh I shouldn't have done this or shouldn't have done that. You make your decisions and you live by them.

The clothes chosen for me as a child had a strong element of the Pre-Raphaelite muted greens and ivories dusty rose what seems in retrospect an eccentric amount of black.

I've had a number of near misses during my travels that in retrospect seem of greater concern than they did at the time. I guess that is what happens with age.

I have written in my life many critical poems but viewed in retrospect they were merely a human harmless reflection and not a true likeness of the real society of today.

In retrospect I can see I couldn't talk to people face to face so I got on stage and started screaming and squealing and twitching about. Ha! Like that sure made sense!

In retrospect I'm really shocked at how far I put my heart out there on the line with 'Prima Donna'. I seem to have this knack for being able to accomplish that.

Well she managed to - Barbara was capable of doing practically anything if she set her mind to it. In retrospect I'm not surprised that Barbara managed to get collect calls through.

'Acting as if...' I decided ridiculously in retrospect that my experience covering women's volleyball for my college newspaper was sufficient for me to at least try to become a war correspondent.

The complicated thing about friends is that sometimes they are totally wrong about us and sometimes they are totally right and it's almost always only in retrospect that we know which is which.

Success is terrifying. Like happiness it is often appreciated in retrospect. It's only later that you place it in perspective. Years from now I'll look back and say "?God wasn't it wonderful.'

Maybe a deal was possible earlier. And maybe in retrospect looking back you could say this was a moment you could have jumped on. If so shame on us. I tend to think not.

Every age fraught with discord and danger seems to spawn a leader meant only for that age a political giant whose absence in retrospect seems inconceivable when the history of that age is written.