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



  • 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