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The Retirement Quotes Café is the ultimate webpage of retirement quotes and retirement sayings, for the retirement-party organizer, human resource specialist, professional speaker, financial writer, journalist, author, and connoisseur of great quotations. You will find appropriate retirement quotes for women, teacher retirement quotes, and inspirational quotes about life for retirement on this website. These quotations should add spice to your conversations, remind you humorously of your questionable existence, motivate you to greater accomplishments, or just plainly lighten your day.

First Top-Ten List of Retirement Quotes

Retire from work, but not from life.
— M. K. Soni

I'm kind of sorry about leaving — but not sorry enough to stay.
— Arthur Black, former radio host, upon his retirement at 58 from CBC Radio's show Basic Black

I'm not just retiring from the company, I'm also retiring from my
stress, my commute, my alarm clock, and my iron.
— Hartman Jule

I never stopped doing anything [when I retired], I stopped getting paid for it.
— Bill Chavanne

Retirement is a time to make the inner journey and come face to face with your flaws, failures, prejudices, and all the factors that generate thoughts of unhappiness. Retirement is not a time to sleep, but a time to awaken to the beauty of the world around you and the joy that comes when you cast out all the negative elements that cause confusion and turmoil in your mind and allow serenity to prevail.
— Howard Salzman

The trouble with retirement is that you never get a day off.
— Abe Lemons 

Your best retirement plan for retiring happy and prosperous — don't be a burden on others.
Ernie Zelinski

My retirement plan is to find a shopping cart with good snow tires.
— Patty Doyle

The key to retirement is to find joy in the little things.
— Susan Miller

If we wait until retirement to enjoy ourselves, there may not be enough of ourselves to enjoy it.
— Mike Hammar




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Second Top-Ten List of Retirement Quotes

The concept of freedom is never truly realized until one settles into retirement mode.
— A. Major

Retirement is like a long vacation in Las Vegas. The goal is to enjoy it the fullest, but not so fully that you run out of money.
— Jonathan Clements

Retire? I'm going to stay in show business until I'm the only one left.
— George F. Burns

Retirement is wonderful. It's doing nothing without worrying about getting caught at it.
— Gene Perret

Retirement is the beginning of life, not the end.
— from the international bestseller How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free

Age [along with retirement] appears to be best in four things — old wood best to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust, and old
authors to read.
— Francis Bacon

Retirement itself is the best gift. No gold watch could ever top it.
— Abigail Charleson

Retirement has been a discovery of beauty for me. I never had the
time before to notice the beauty of my grandkids, my wife, the tree
outside my very own front door. And, the beauty of time itself.
— Hartman Jule

I really stay busy [in retirement]. I often have to cancel my golf games on the weekends to go play in tennis tournaments.
— Richard Davies

Don't think of retiring from the world until the world will be sorry that you retire.
— Samuel Johnson


Retirement Quotes — The Right Time to Retire

Retirement will become evident to me at the time.
— Peter Brock

There's no retirement for an artist, it's your way of living so there's no end to it.
— Henry Moore

Hang in there, retirement is only thirty years away!
— Workplace graffiti

By the age of 65, most of us have accomplished whatever work-related goals we are going to reach. If you haven't done it by then, chances are you aren't going to do it. Take the retirement, take the pension, take the Social Security, and sail off into the sunset.
— Sue Lasky

Being 54, I seriously doubt I'll ever be able to fully retire. It would probably kill me anyway sitting around the house watching the grass grow. Am not saying that I plan on working 40 hours per week until I drop, however, I would rather work 25 hours per week starting at 60 and working til 65, then 20 hours until 70 and 15 per week after that. That way I can enjoy retirement earlier and longer. Besides, the government will figure out a way to wipe out my retirement accounts long before they put me in the ground .... either that or some quack doctor.
— "Catbluize" (pen name for a person commenting on a retirement article)

Most people will never be able to retire and maintain even a hotdogs for dinner standard of living
— Timothy Ferris, author of The 4-Hour Workweek

It's tough to get reallocated when you're the one who's redundant.
— MacDonald's Law

I have made enough faces.
— Greta Garbo (in 1946 refusing ever again to perform)

Don't think of retiring from the world until the world will be sorry
that you retire.
— Samuel Johnson

The question isn't at what age I want to retire, it's at what income.
— George Foreman

Some Great Retirement Quotes from Brainy Quotes

Remember, what does 'retirement' mean? It doesn't mean that you're a couch potato. Leisure is not the same thing as rest. If you're bicycling five miles a day, that's leisure, but it certainly takes a lot of effort.
— Robert Fogel

Retirement is not in my vocabulary. They aren't going to get rid of me that way.
— Betty White

Retirement is a work in progress. I try to figure out my day, and what I know about myself is that I need structure.
Pete Sampras

More from Quote Garden Retirement Quotations

The best time to start thinking about your retirement is before the boss does.
— Unknown Wise Person

Don't simply retire from something; have something to retire to.
— Harry Emerson Fosdick

Retirement Quotes — What Is Important

in Retirement

In retirement, only money and symptoms are consequential.
— Mason Cooley

But what, it may be asked, are the requisites for a life of retirement?
A man may be weary of the toils and torments of business, and yet
quite unfit for the tranquil retreat. Without literature, friendship,
and religion, retirement is in most cases found to be a dead, flat
level, a barren waste, and a blank. Neither the body nor the soul
can enjoy health and life in a vacuum.
— Richter

As much as we live in a democratically free society, we are not as free as we think. When slinging hash at the workplace, we are weighed down by time constrictions, energy limitations and much undue stress.
— A. Major

Slow down and enjoy life [in retirement]. It's not only the scenery you miss by going too fast — you also miss the sense of where you are going and why.
— Eddie Cantor

I advise you to go on living solely to enrage those who are paying your annuities. It is the only pleasure I have left.
— Voltaire (in retirement)

Retirement Quotations — Advice on How to Retire Happy

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
— Mark Twain

Stay busy [when you retire]. If you are going to sit on the couch and watch TV, you are going to die.
— Bill Chavanne

Preparation for old age should begin not later than one's teens. A life which is empty of purpose until 65 will not suddenly become filled on retirement.
— Arthur E. Morgan

Don't act your age [in retirement]. Act like the inner young person you have always been.
— J. A. West

 Advice on Whether

to Take Early Retirement

If I'd known that retirement was going to be this good I'd have done it the day after I left school !!!
— Mickey White (who lives in the United Kingdom and wrote to Ernie Zelinski about his retirement book.)

We have no porch, no rocking chair — and no time. My biggest need is a calendar because there are so many things to do. Now I encourage people to retire — the younger the better.
— Maurice Musholt

Everyone who does not work has a scheme that does.
— Munder's Law

A great pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.
— Walter Gagehot

When is the right age to retire? When you dread going to work.
— Mary Bright

 Retirement Sayings and Retirement

Quotes — Definitions of Retirement

Retirement is a one-way trip to insignificance.
— Mason Cooley

Retirement: Twice the husband, half the money!
— Unknown wise retired married person

Retirement: When you have given so much of yourself to the Company that you don't have anything left that the company can use.
— Unknown burnt-out retired person

Retirement to me does not mean nothing to do but the realization of the decisions I made in the past. That I made in my life.
— Jack Bowman

 Difficulties of Retirement

The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender.
— Vince Lombardi

Many people strive for personal freedom throughout their adult lives, and never attain it. First, they become imprisoned a good portion of their lives by their jobs. Then, after they leave the work force, they become imprisoned by retirement.
— Ernie J. Zelinski in the international best-seller How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free

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To retire is the beginning of death.
— Pablo Casals

Retirement takes all the meaning out of weekends.
— Unknown retired person

As to that leisure evening of life, I must say that I do not want it. I can conceive of no contentment of which toil is not to be the immediate parent.
— Anthony Trollope

 Humorous Retirement Sayings and

Funny Retirement Quotes

He who laughs last at the boss's jokes probably isn't far from retirement.
— Unknown wise working person

Social Security is a secure way to find great pleasure in being terribly deceived.
— Ernie Zelinski

When you see some people work you wonder what they will do in retirement.
— Unknown wise workaholic

The Republican Party is a friend of Social Security the way Colonel Sanders was a friend of chickens.
— Charles T. Manatt

I'm retired — goodbye tension, hello pension!
— Unknown wise and happy retiree

 Retirement Quotations — Early Retirement

There are some who start their retirement long before they stop working.
— Robert Half

I only work every couple of years. I go into retirement between films.
— Paul Hogan

We’ll rock till we drop. We have all agreed this won’t be the last time. Everyone’s rocking.
— Ronnie Wood, (in July 2010 at age 63, in response to rumors that the Rolling Stores were going to retire.)

People may live as much retired from the world as they like, but sooner or later they find themselves debtor or creditor to some one.
— Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

I don't really have any career goals at this point. I'm 35 and have no need or plans to ever work again [in retirement].
— Eric Kanowsky (of Santa Barbara, CA, who took early retirement from in 2000)

There's one thing I always wanted to do before I quit . . . . retire!
— Groucho Marx

There are an enormous number of managers who have retired on the job.
— Peter Drucker

 Retirement Quotations — How to Retire

Happy, Wild, and Free

In retirement, I look for days off from my days off.
— Mason Cooley

Sex is Number 1 of my Top 10 joys in retirement. Number 2 is reading How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free. I forgot the other 8.
— from Graffiti for the Enlightened Soul

The only way to avoid being miserable [in retirement] is not to have enough leisure to wonder whether you are happy or not.
— George Bernard Shaw

We've put more effort into helping folks reach retirement age than into helping them enjoy it.
— Unknown wise person

Mandatory Retirement

Age-based retirement arbitrarily severs productive persons from their livelihood, squanders their talents, scars their health, strains an already overburdened Social Security system, and drives many elderly people into poverty and despair. Ageism is as odious as racism and sexism.
— Norman Vincent Peale

The great thing about show business is that there's no mandatory retirement age.
— Scott Bakula

Retirement at sixty-five is ridiculous. When I was sixty-five, I still had pimples.
— George Burns

 Men and Women in Retirement

When men reach their sixties and retire, they go to pieces. Women go right on cooking.
— Gail Sheehy

In this country . . . men seem to live for action as long as they can and sink into apathy when they retire.
— Charles Francis Adams, Sr.

A retired husband is often a wife's full-time job.
— Ella Harris

Retirement Quotes and Retirement Sayings — People Contemplating Retirement

What will I do with myself when I retire? When I quit my job, I do not want to quit living. Can I possibly be of use when retirement day comes, or will I just be taking up space?
— J. A. West

I'm not in retirement. I just don't want to work so much, and I don't get that many offers any more.
— Max von Sydow

I'm regularly asked what my plan [for retirement] is, and I deliberately don't have much of a plan. I've had lots of plans in my life and it might be nice to have a period that is less planned.
— Malcolm Hamilton, Actuary and One of Canada's Leading Authorities on Retirement Planning and Pensions

He who laughs last at the boss's jokes probably isn't far from retirement.
— Unknown wise person

When I retire I'm going to spend my evenings by the fireplace going through those boxes. There are things in there that ought to be burned.
— Richard Milhouse Nixon   

Why Some People Give Up Retirement

For the loot, honey, for the loot.
— Ava Gardner, (On why she came out of retirement to appear on a prime time soap opera.)

It [retirement] was absolutely boring. You can't go and say, 'I'm retired now. That's it!' It won't take long and you're really gone for good and someone throws the last shovel of dirt on a coffin with your name on it. That's the moment you're really retiring — when you die.
— Ozzy Osbourne

She (my ex-wife) wanted me to stop being Evel Knievel. I am who I am. I'm not going to change. I'll settle down the day they put me in a six-foot pine box.
— Retired Stuntman Evel Knievel at 63, considering coming out of retirement

A [retirement] place belongs forever to whoever claims it hardest, remembers it most obsessively, wrenches it from itself, shapes it, renders it, loves it so radically that he remakes it in his own image.
— Joan Didionire

Inspirational Quotes about Life for Retirement 

To learn anything truly valuable that will make a remarkable difference
in your life, you must set aside the safety of your belief system.
That is not so easy, is it?
— from Look Ma, Life's Easy

Dare to live the life you have dreamed for yourself. Go forward and make your dreams come true.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you take care of the small things, the big things take care of themselves. You can gain more control over your life by paying closer attention to the little things.
— Emily Dickinson
The best part of the art of living is to know how to grow old gracefully.
— Eric Hoffer

 Quotes about Retirement and Health

It's no longer a question of staying healthy. It's a question of finding a sickness you like.
— Jackie Mason

The beginning of health is to know the disease.
— Spanish Proverb

If you want to retire happy, great health is important. The foundation for all happiness lies in health. Physical, mental, or spiritual health — you must use it or lose it!
— from How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free

After you're older, two things are possibly more important than any others: health and money.
— Helen Gurley Brown

A half-hour walk is the most beneficial thing you can do for your ailments.
— from The Joy of Not Working

A careful physician . . . before he attempts to administer a remedy to his patient, must investigate not only the malady of the man he wishes to cure, but also his habits when in health, and his physical constitution.
— Marcus Tullius Cicero

 People Enjoying Retirement

I like retirement life. It's something to do when no one wants you to work anymore.
— Unknown wise person

I used to have dreams that I died at my desk. Now that I've retired, I don't have those dreams anymore.
— Haselback (commenting on an online article about retirement.)

Retirement means that we can base important decisions on whims.
— Unknown Retiree on Online Article about Retirement

Eating's going to be a whole new ball game. I may even have to buy a new pair of trousers.
— Lester Piggott (b. 1935), British champion jockey (On his retirement)

I'm retired — I'm not dead!
— Unknown wise person

Retirement Quotes — Having a Retirement Plan

Heaven, that’s my retirement plan.
— Dwayne (Unknown last name) but Sam Smith's Father-in-Law

Planning not to retire is simply not a viable retirement strategy.
— Catherine Collinson, Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies

Welfare is not a retirement plan.
— from the international bestseller How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free

As in all successful ventures, the foundation of a good retirement is planning.
— Earl Nightingale

Denial is not a retirement plan
— Sydney Lagier

The Ideal Retirement Plan: "Marry an old rich broad and wait for her to die."
— Ivan Wilson (commenting on an online article about retirement.)

Waiting until your retirement party is too late to start planning your [retirement] portfolio.
— Richard Wastcoat in the Telegraph


Retiring is easy. Creating happiness in retirement, however — now that is the harder part of a successful retirement!

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of income required to enjoy retirement.
— Dan Richards
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