61 Famous and inspirational retirement quotes and sayings


Retirement is a great opportunity to become the person you have always wanted to be but have never been. – Dave Erhard


Don’t simply retire from something; have something to retire to. – Harry Emerson Fosdick


Retirement can be a great joy if you can figure out how to spend time without spending money. – Unknown


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


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


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


Retirement means doing whatever I want to do. It means choice. – Dianne Nahirny


Retirement is not the end of the road. It is the beginning of the open highway. – Unknown


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


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


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Retirement, we understand, is great if you are busy, rich and healthy. But then, under those conditions, work is great too. – Bill Vaughan


Retirement; That’s when you return from work one day and say, Hi, Honey, I’m home; forever. – Gene Perret


There is a whole new kind of life ahead, full of experiences just waiting to happen. Some call it ‘retirement.’ I call it bliss. – Betty Sullivan


If you start thinking about retirement in six months’ time, you’re already there. – Brian O’Driscoll


We spend our lives on the run: we get up by the clock, eat and sleep by the clock, get up again, go to work – and then we retire. And what do they give us? A bloody clock. – Dave Allen


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


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

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Retirement kills more people than hard work ever did. – Malcolm Forbes


Retirement’s the most wonderful thing. I get to enjoy all the things I never stopped to notice on the way up. After an extraordinary life, it’s time to enjoy my retirement. – Patrick Macnee


I’m now as free as the breeze — with roughly the same income. – Gene Perret


Retirement may be an ending, a closing, but it is also a new beginning. – Catherine Pulsifer


Retirement is the ugliest word in the language. – Ernest Hemingway Quotes


You can be young without money but you can’t be old without it. – Tennessee Williams


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


A successful retirement isn’t one without problems, but one in which you learn to overcome them – Robert Laura


Retirement isn’t so bad. Give me a tall drink, a plush sofa and a rerun of ‘Matlock,’ and you can have the rest. Matlock is my hero. He never loses. – Ken Venturi


Often when you think you’re at the end of something, you’re at the beginning of something else. – Fred Rogers


I enjoy waking up and not having to go to work. So I do it three or four times a day. – Gene Perret


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


Half our life is spent trying to find something to do with the time we have rushed through life trying to save. – Will Rogers


Retired is being twice tired, I’ve thought first tired of working, then tired of not. – Richard Armour


When you retire, you switch bosses from the one who hired you to the one who married you. – Gene Perret


Retirement at sixty five is ridiculous. When I was sixty five I still had pimples. – George Burns


Not having to worry about money is almost like not having to worry about dying. –Mario Puzo


You don’t stop laughing when you grow old, you grow old when you stop laughing. – George Bernard Shaw


A retired husband is often a wife’s full-time job. – Ella Harris


If retirement means laying on a beach and rubbing coco butter on your stomach, about 48 hours of that will be enough for most people. You’ll want something new. – Tim Ferriss


Retirement, a time to do what you want to do, when you want to do it, where you want to do it, and, how you want to do it. –  Catherine Pulsifer


Retirement is having nothing to do and someone always keeping you from it. – Robert Brault


The worst of work nowadays is what happens to people when they cease to work. – Gilbert K. Chesterton


I don’t plan to grow old gracefully. I plan to have face-lifts until my ears meet. – Rita Rudner


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You are never too old to set a new goal or dream a new dream. – C.S. Lewis


I think that retirement is the first step towards the grave. – Hugh Hefner


Don’t act your age, in retirement. Act like the inner young person you have always been. – J. A. West


Retirement is a mirror that reflects the thoughts, habits, and behaviors you bring to it. – Robert Laura


Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter. – Mark Twain


Sooner or later I’m going to die, but I’m not going to retire. – Margaret Mead


I’m very pleased to be here. Let’s face it, at my age I’m very pleased to be anywhere. – George Burns


Retirement is when you stop living at work and begin working at living. – Unknown


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


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


A lot of our friends complain about their retirement. We tell ’em to get a life. – Larry Laser


What do you call a person who is happy on a Monday? Retired. – Unknown


Living each day as if it were your last doesn’t mean your last day of retirement on a remote island. It means to live fully, authentically and spontaneously with nothing being held back. – Jack Canfield


Now that I’ve reached the ripe old age of retirement, I feel it my duty to teach you everything I’ve learnt about love, so listen closely. Love is like… That’s as far as I’ve gotten I’m afraid. – Ben Mitchell


The joy of retirement comes in those everyday pursuits that embrace the joy of life; to experience daily the freedom to invest one’s life-long knowledge for the betterment of others; and, to allocate time to pursuits that only received, in years of working, a
fleeting moment. – Byron Pulsifer


There are so many other interesting ways to spend your time. I feellike early retirement is a gift, but it’s such an incredible gift. It’s a gift I need to use. – Martha Felt-Bardon


It’s a good, quiet retirement. Most days I do nothing, but it takes me all day to do it. – Barry Wilkin


I’ve been attending lots of seminars in my retirement. They’re called naps. – Harry Emerson Fosdick


I didn’t know that painters and writers retired. They’re like soldiers, they just fade away. – Lawrence Ferlinghetti