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(A Comprehensive Collection of Inspirational Quotes and Sayings about Life Including Famous Life Quotes That Will Help You How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free: Selections by Ernie J. Zelinski)


 Inspirational Quotes to Help You

Enjoy Each Day of Your Life

Two of the most satisfying times at work are thinking about retirement and quitting time. Once you retire, however, you need some inspirational quotes about life and quotes about retirement to keep up your spirits, to retire early, and to retire happy.

Below on this webpage you will find two top-10 lists of inspirational life quotes as well as some famous inspirational quotes.

First Top-10 List of Inspirational Quotes

about Life

 #1 Quote of First Top-10 List

Wouldn't it be powerful if you fell in love with yourself so deeply that you would do just about anything if you knew it would make you happy? This is precisely how much life loves you and wants you to nurture yourself. The deeper you love yourself, the more the universe will affirm your worth. Then you can enjoy a lifelong love affair that brings you the richest fulfillment from inside out. 
— Alan Cohen

#2 Quote of First Top-10 List

Don't take life too seriously — you will never get out of it alive.
— Elbert Hubbard

#3 Quote of First Top-10 List

If your daily life seems poor, do not blame it; blame yourself, tell yourself that you are not poet enough to call forth its riches.
— Rainer Maria Rilke

#4 Quote of First Top-10 List

Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.
— Buddha

#5 Quote of First Top-10 List of Inspirational Quotes

Live all you can; it's a mistake not to. It doesn't so much matter what you do in particular, so long as you have your life. If you haven't had that, what have you had?
— Henry James

#6 Quote of First Top-10 List

Become a possibilitarian. No matter how dark things seem to be or actually are, raise your sights and see the possibilities — always see them, for they're always there.
— Norman Vincent Peale

#7 Quote of First Top-10 List

You are never given a wish without the power to make it true. You may have to work for it, however.
— Richard Bach

#8 Quote of First Top-10 List of Inspirational Quotes

Keep your thoughts positive because your thoughts become your words.
Keep your words positive because your words become your behaviors.
Keep your behaviors positive because your behaviors become your habits.
Keep your habits positive because your habits become your values.
Keep your values positive because your values become your destiny.
— Gandhi

#9 Quote of First Top-10 List

The best and most beautiful things in life cannot be seen, not touched, but are felt in the heart.
— Helen Keller

#10 Quote of First Top-10 List

To be yourself in a world that is doing its best, day and night to make you like everybody else — is to fight the hardest battle any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.
— e. e. cummings


Second Top-Ten List of Inspirational Quotes

about Life for Retirement

 #1 Quote of Second Top-10 List

Practice being kind to yourself in small, concrete ways.
Look at your refrigerator. Are you feeding yourself nicely?
Do you have socdks? An extra set of sheets? What about a
new house plant? A thermos for the long drive to work?
Allow yourself to pitch out some of your ragged clothes.
You don't have to keep everything.
— Julia Cameron, The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity

#2 Quote of Second Top-10 List

There are certain things in which mediocrity is intolerable: poetry, music, painting, public eloquence. What torture it is to hear a frigid speech being pompously declaimed, or second-rate verse spoken with all a bad poet's bombast!
— Jean de La Bruyère

#3 Quote of Second Top-10 List

When you find yourself on the side of the majority, question yourself about what you are doing and why. It is likely wrong.
 from Look Ma, Life's Easy

#4 Quote of Second Top-10 List

If you aren’t living on the edge, you’re taking up too much space.
— Unknown wise person

#5 Quote of Second Top-10 List of Inspirational Quotations

If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant; if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.
— Anne Bradstreet

#6 Quote of Second Top-10 List

When you learn to love hell, you will be in heaven.
— Thaddesu Golas, The Lazy Man's Guide to Enlightenment

#7 Quote of Second Top-10 List

You are the storyteller of your own life, and you can create your own legend or not.
— Isabel Allende

#8 Quote of Second Top-10 List

Money, achievement, fame, and success are important, but they are bought too dearly when acquired at the cost of health.
— Unknown wise person

#9 Quote of Second Top-10 List

Before you climb over the side of the fence to where the grass appears
greener, try watering your side first!
— from How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free

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#10 Quote of Second Top-10 List of Inspirational Quotations

Life is a game.
Happy people are the players.
Unhappy people are the spectators.
Which would you like to be?
— from Life's Secret Handbook by Ernie Zelinski


For Retirement Quotes, Sayings, and See: 

  • Retirement Sayings
    Retirement Sayings on the Retirement Quotes Café: (A Comprehensive Collection of serious retirement sayings, funny retirement words, and retirement card messages for the Retired or Soon-to-Be Retired Man, Woman, Teacher, School Principal, Nurse, Pastor, Military Person Etc.)
  • Retirement Jokes
    The Retirement Jokes Café: A Comprehensive Collection of Retirement Jokes, Retirement Quotes, and Retirement Humor That You Can Use for Retirement Speeches, Retirement Parties, Retirement Cards or Retirement Letters. Laugh a little each day.
  • Funny Retirement Quotes
    Funny Retirement Quotes at The Retirement Quotes Café: A Comprehensive Collection of Funny Retirement Quotations and Funny Retirement Sayings for Women and Men That You Can Use for Retirement Speeches, Retirement Parties, and Retirement Cards; Selections by Ernie J. Zelinski, Author of How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free and Life's Secret Handbook
  • Teacher Retirement Quotes
    Teacher Retirement Quotes on The Retirement Quotes Cafe: This collection of retirement quotes for teachers can be used in a tribute to a teacher. If you are a teacher, you may want to use some of these teacher retirement quotes in your retirement letter or retirement speech.
  • Farewell Quotes
    Retirement Farewell Quotes and Sayings at The Retirement Quotes Café: Inspirational Retirement Farewell Quotes and Sayings to Help You Say "Goodbye" to Work and "Hello" to Retirement.
  • Retirement Age
    Retirement Age Quotes at The Retirement Quotes Café: A Comprehensive Collection of New Retirement Age Quotes and New Retirement Age Sayings about The New Retirement Age That You Can Use for Retirement Letters, Retirement Speeches, and Retirement Cards Selections by Ernie J. Zelinski, Author of How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free
  • Aging and Old Age
    Quotes about Aging and Old Age on The Retirement Quotes Cafe: A Comprehensive Collection of Quotations about Aging, Old Age, Healthy Aging, and Aging Gracefully
  • Famous Last Words
    Famous Last Words by the Famous and the Not-So-Famous on Their Way to Ultimate Retirement
  • Famous People Who Resisted Retirement
    Retirement Quotes and Retirement Sayings by Famous People Who Resisted Retiring: Also Retirement Quotes and Retirement Sayings by Not-So-Famous People Who Also Resisted Retirement — Found on T-Shorts
  • Dining Tips for the Retired
    Food Preparation and Dining Tips for the Retired and Semi-Retired on The Retirement Quotes Cafe: A Comprehensive Collection of Quotes and Sayings about Food Preparation and Dining Tips

More Inspirational Quotes and Sayings about Life 

From the middle of life onward, only he remains vitally alive who is ready to die with life.
— Carl Jung

And in the end it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.
— Abraham Lincoln

Elevating all your wants to your need list is another way to trick yourself into being broke in retirement.
— from The Joy of Not Working:A Book for the Retired, Unemployed, and Overworked


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Treat everyone with politeness, even those who are rude to you — not because they are nice, but because you are.
— Unknown

Life would be infinitely happier if we could only be born at the age of 80 and gradually approach 18.
— Mark Twain

May flowers always line your path
and sunshine light your day.
May songbirds serenade you every step along the way.
May a rainbow run beside you in a sky that's always blue.
And may happiness fill your heart each day your whole life through.
— Irish Blessing

Take the attitude of a student: never be too big to ask questions, never know too much to learn something new.
— Mandino

The purpose of retirement is not simply to exist, to simply survive, but to elevate onself in life, to have purpose, to achieve, and to conquer.
— Dave Erhard

Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.
— Mark Twain

The answer to having a better life is not about getting a better life, it's just about changing how we see the one we have right now.
— Angel Kyodo Williams

To lengthen thy life, lessen thy meals.
— Ben Franklin

Insecurity will always rent the space it occupies, but confidence will own the building, and any other room it steps in.
— Unknown

We cannot control the evil tongues of others; but a good life enables us to disregard them.
— Rudyard Kipling

Also See: Quotes about Retiring Happy

Famous Inspirational Quotes about Life

Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.
— Mark Twain

The secret of life is to appreciate the pleasure of being terribly, terribly deceived.
— Oscar Wilde

I will do today what others won't, so I will have tomorrow what other's don't!
— John Addison

Does thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that's the stuff life is made of.
— Benjamin Franklin

The measure of your life will not be in what you accumulate, but in what you give away.
— Dr. Wayne Dyer

There are two things to aim at in life: first, to get what you want; and after that to joy it. Only the wisest of mankind achieve the second.
— Logan Pearsall Smith

America has become so tense and nervous it has been years since I have seen anyone sleep in church — and that is a sad situation.
— Norman Vincent Peale

You are not here merely to make a living. You are here to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, and with finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world. You impoverish yourself if you forget this errand.
— Woodrow Wilson

Funny Inspirational Quotes about Life

He had decided to live forever or die in the attempt.
— Joseph Heller

No matter how rich you become, how famous or powerful, when you die the size of your funeral will still pretty much depend on the weather.
— Michael Pritchard

To some degree, most people worry about retirement. Many worry about not having enough money. Others worry about having to leave the comfort and community provided by the workplace. Still others worry about what they are going to do with their time. Of course, excessive worry about retirement can shorten your life expectancy so much that you need not be concerned about it.
— from How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free  

There was a very cautious man
Who never laughed or played
He never risked — he never tried
He never sang or prayed
And when one day he passed away
His Insurance was denied
For since he never really lived
They claim he never died.
— Anon (from the book Good Debt, Bad Debt)

No doubt God put me on Earth to make a big difference by doing many remarkable things for humanity. I have fallen so far behind schedule, however, that I will never retire. In fact, I will never die at the rate I am going.
— Dave Erhard

Be happy to retire — because you are a long time dead!
— from How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free by Ernie Zelinski

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Retirement is a double-edged sword. You either make it work for you — or it will cut your happiness in half. The more you know about the secrets to a successful retirement, the happier you will be once you retire.

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what others won't,
so I will have
tomorrow what
others don't.
— John Addison
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— Dan Richards
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