Is it wrong to begin this sentence with on hindsight:

On hindsight, I sense I would not be what I am today if I had the same maturity and wisdom what I have now, twenty five years ago?

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    "In hindsight, I believe I would not be who I am today if twenty five years ago I had had the same maturity and wisdom that I have now" is a bit more grammatically correct.
    – 13509
    Jun 5, 2016 at 11:01
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    @JamesWirth Don't we need to hyphenate the "twenty five"? Oh, and "who" vs "what" is not entirely undisputed (example).
    – Mr Lister
    Jun 5, 2016 at 12:18
  • @MrLister technically you're supposed to hyphenate the twenty-five, but you can usually get away without it - I usually forget to ;-). Secondly, you're right about "who" and "what", I guess both of them could be used in this context. Its just that I though "who" suited the sentence a bit better (because he's describing his personality)
    – 13509
    Jun 5, 2016 at 13:11

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It's fine to begin a sentence with an adverbial phrase.

Note that the most common preposition used with hindsight is in, not on. Here is an NGram showing the difference in usage. Here is an example that shows the use of the adverbial phrase at the beginning of the sentence, with the preposition in.

In hindsight, it would have been better to wait

As for the rest of the sentence:

sense: an ability to understand, recognize, value, or react to something, especially any of the five physical abilities to see, hear, smell, taste, and feel

think: to believe something or have an opinion or idea

same is normally used together with as rather than what.

In hindsight, I think that I would not be what I am today if I had the same maturity and wisdom as I have now, twenty five years ago.

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