350+ Retirement Quotes – Inspirational Quotes About Retirement

(Last Updated On: January 29, 2024)

Retirement is a significant change because it marks the end of one’s working life and the beginning of the next phase of one’s existence. Retirement is leisure time for many people. When they might finally take trips and indulge in passion projects, they put them off while working. People getting close to retirement age might find it hard to leave behind the daily grind of work and start a new way of life. This is why inspiring retirement quotes are so famous as people enter this new phase of life.

Quotes about retirement can teach, make you laugh, and give you hope if you are getting ready to retire or are already there. These can help us remember the good things about retirement, like spending more time with family and friends, following our interests, and enjoying life. Quotes about retirement often help people who are worried or uncertain about the change. They can encourage them to take advantage of retirement’s freedom and time.

Whether you are just starting to think about retirement or are well into your golden years, retirement quotes can be a great way to find motivation and direction. We’ve compiled a list of some of the most inspiring retirement quotes to help you get used to this new and exciting time in your life. Here are some retirement quotes to help you enjoy your golden years.

Best Retirement Quotes

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


There’s one thing I’ve always wanted to do before I quit: Retire. – Groucho Marx


It is better to live rich than to die rich. — Samuel Johnson


A lot of our friends complain about their retirement. We tell ’emto get a life. — Larry Laser


I have put my heart and my soul into my work, and have lost my mind in the process. — Vincent Van Gogh


Few men of action have been able to make a graceful exit at the appropriate time. – Malcolm Muggeridge


Don’t confuse what you do, with who you really are. – Robert Laura


I’ve been attending lots of seminars in my retirement. They’re called naps. – Merri Brownworth


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


When a man retires and time is no longer a matter of urgent importance, his colleagues generally present him with a watch. – R.C. Sherriff


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


Age is only a number, a cipher for the records. A man can’t retire his experience. He must use it. Experience achieves more with less energy and time. – Bernard Baruch


There’s never enough time to do all the nothing you want. – Bill Waterson


Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under the trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the blue sky, is by no means waste of time. -John Lubbock


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


I’m not retiring. I’m graduating. – Junior Seau


When a man retires, his wife gets twice the husband but only half the income. – Chi Chi Rodriguez


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


The retirement is wonderful. It’s doing nothing without worrying about getting caught at it. – Gene Perret


Retirement is a blank sheet of paper. It is a chance to redesign your life into something new and different. – Patrick Foley


For me, to say I want to go to sleep and retire and prepare for my afterlife, I think that is very selfish. -Mahathir Mohamad


It was the labor movement that helped secure so much of what we take for granted today. The 40-hour workweek, the minimum wage, family leave, health insurance, Social Security, Medicare, retirement plans. The cornerstones of the middle-class security all bear the union label.  – Barack Obama


The more your money works for you, the less you have to work for money. ― Idowu Koyenika


How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard. — A. A. Milne


Men do not quit playing because they grow old; they grow old because they quit playing. – Oliver Wendell Holmes


Retirement, a time to enjoy all the things you never had time to do when you worked. — Catherine Pulsifer


My parents didn’t want to move to Florida, but they turned sixty and that’s the law. – Jerry Seinfeld


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


The funny thing about retirement, it kills more people than work ever did. – Malcolm Forbes


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


It is not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old, they grow old because they stop pursuing dreams. – Gabriel García Márquez


A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops. – Henry Adams


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


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


The brain is a wonderful organ; it starts working the moment you get up in the morning and does not stop until you get into the office. — Robert Frost


Forever, and forever, farewell, Cassius! If we do meet again, why, we shall smile; If not, why then this parting was well made. – William Shakespeare


Retirement is like an iceberg, where 90% of what’s really taking place lies below the surface, absent from traditional financial plans and conversations. – Robert Laura


I never understood retirement. What is the attraction of retirement? I go down there to Florida and look around and I said, my God, who wants this? Not me. – Andy Rooney


Nothing is more usual than the sight of old people who yearn for retirement: and nothing is so rare than those who have retired and do not regret it.  – Charles de Saint-Evremond


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 M. Nixon


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


We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give. – Winston Churchill


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


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


Another good thing about being poor is that when you are seventy your children will not have declared you legally insane in order to gain control of your estate. – Woody Allen


The boomers’ biggest impact will be on eliminating the term ‘retirement’ and inventing a new stage of life. – Rosabeth Moss Kanter


O, blest retirement! friend to life’s decline – How blest is he who crowns, in shades like these, A youth of labor with an age of ease! – Oliver Goldsmith


I will not retire while I’ve still got my legs and my make-up box. – Bette Davis


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 gives you the time literally to recreate yourself through a sport, game, or hobby that you always wanted to try or that you haven’t done in years. – Steven D. Price


I will never turn Medicare into a voucher. No American should ever have to spend their golden years at the mercy of insurance companies. They should retire with the care and dignity they have earned. -Barack Obama


Yes, we’ve still got more work to do. More work to do for every American still in need of a good job or a raise paid leave or a decent retirement; for every child who needs a sturdier ladder out of poverty or a world-class education; for everyone who has not yet felt the progress of these past seven and a half years. – Barack Obama


I wonder what the retirement age is in the novel business. The day you die. ― Yasunari Kawabata


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


If people concentrated on the really important things in life, there’d be a shortage of fishing poles. – Doug Larson


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


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


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


When some people retire, it’s going to be hard to be able to tell the difference. – Virginia Graham


Something pretty that’s just the surface. People worry so much about aging, but you look younger if you don’t worry about it. – Jeanne Moreau


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


The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires. – William Arthur Ward


I see retirement as just another of these reinventions, another chance to do new things and be a new version of myself. — Walt Mossberg


Don’t underestimate the value of Doing Nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can’t hear, and not bothering. —  A.A. Milne


The end of labor is to gain leisure. — Aristotle


When one door closes, another one opens, but we often look so long and regretfully at the closed door that we fail to see the one that has opened for us. – Alexander Graham Bell


Running out of money pales in comparison to running out of family, friends, good health, and time.  – Robert Laura


Throughout your career, you have been someone’s boss. Retirement is your chance to be your own. -Andy Atticus


A gold watch is the most appropriate gift for retirement, as its recipients have given up so many of their golden hours in a lifetime of service.  – Harry Mahtar


The hardest years in life are those between ten and seventy. – Helen Hayes


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


It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things. – Leonardo da Vinci


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


Planning to retire? Before you do, find your hidden passion, do the thing that you have always wanted to do. – Catherine Pulsifer


People are always asking me when I’m going to retire. Why should I? I’ve got it in two ways. I’m still making movies, and I’m a senior citizen, so I can see myself at half price. – George Burn


I 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


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


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


Retirement may be looked upon either as a prolonged holiday or as a rejection, a being thrown on to the scrap-heap. – Simone De Beauvoir


Retirement is a new beginning, and that means closing the book on one chapter in order to begin the next. – Sid Miramontes


I really wanted to retire and rest and spend more time with my children, my grandchildren and of course with my wife. – Nelson Mandela


Since my retirement, I’ve spent a lot of time trying to help the School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina. A society like this just can’t afford an uneducated underclass of citizens. – Charles Kuralt


But I’m really enjoying my retirement. I get to sleep in every day. I do crossword puzzles and eat cake. ― Derek Landy


People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. — Maya Angelou


Golf is played by twenty million mature American men whose wives think they are out having fun. – Jim Bishop


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


My retirement plan is to get thrown into a minimum-security prison in Hawaii. – Julius Sharpe


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


Working people have a lot of bad habits, but the worst of these is work. – Clarence Darrow


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


I wish the time hadn’t gone so fast, though. And sometimes I wish I’d enjoyed it more on the way, and worried about it less. – Neil Gaiman


You are rewarding a teacher poorly if you remain always a pupil. – Friedrich Nietzsche


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


Have you ever been out for a late autumn walk in the closing part of the afternoon, and suddenly looked up to realize that the leaves have practically all gone? And the sun has set and the day was gone before you knew it — and with that, a cold wind blows across the landscape? That’s retirement. – Stephen Leacock


I never did a day’s work in my whole life. It was all fun. — Thomas Edison


There is an enormous number of managers who have retired on the job. – Peter F. Drucker


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


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


For retirement brings repose, and repose allows a kindly judgment of all things. – John Sharp Williams


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


For many, retirement is a time for personal growth, which becomes the path to greater freedom. — Robert Delamontague


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


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


A good job is more than just a paycheck. A good job fosters independence and discipline and contributes to the health of the community. A good job is a means to provide for the health and welfare of your family, to own a home, and save for retirement. – James H. Douglas, Jr.


Stay young at heart, kind in spirit, and enjoy retirement living. – Danielle Duckery


You get old faster when you think about retirement. – Toba Beta


Don’t play too much golf. Two rounds a day are plenty.  – Harry Vardon


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


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


We work all our lives so we can retire – so we can do what we want with our time – and the way we define or spend our time defines who we are and what we value. – Bruce Linton


Why should I retire? I’m like a fighter. The bell rings, and you come out and fight. – Don Rickles


Some of the best memories are made in flip flops. — Kellie Elmore


I never had the sense that there was an end: that there was a retirement or that there was a jackpot. -Leonard Cohen


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


Our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything. – William Shakespeare


My father calls acting ‘a state of permanent retirement with short spurts of work. — Chris Pine


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


Choose work that you love and you won’t have to work another day.  – Confucius


I have never liked working. To me, a job is an invasion of privacy. – Danny McGoorty


There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age. – Sophia Loren


I am old. I should have left before. Any fool can ride the chariots of victory. It takes judgment to get off at the right time. – Richard Sapir


A master can tell you what he expects of you. A teacher though awakens your own expectations. – Patricia Neal


Best wishes for your retirement. — Serenata Flowers


No longer having to punch a time clock is my definition of retirement. That way I could do what I want — when I want — anytime I want. — Brooky Brown


Everyone has been made for some particular work, and the desire for that work has been put in every heart. — Rumi


Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end. It’s not a day when you lounge around doing nothing; it’s when you’ve had everything to do, and you’ve done it. – Lord Acton


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


We prefer to avoid men and to shun the world, in order that we may seek in retirement, the only peace that is possessing, the only happiness which is left us to enjoy. – Lord Acton


The wiser mind mourns less for what age takes away than what it leaves behind.  – William Wordsworth


To retire is to begin to die. – Pablo Casals


I found out retirement means playing golf, or I don’t know what the hell it means. But to me, retirement means doing what you have fun doing. — Dick Van Dyke


Retirement’s the most wonderful thing. I get to enjoy all the things I never stopped to notice on the way up. – Patrick Macnee


Money is something you got to make in case you don’t die. – Max Asnas


You’re off to great places Today is your day Your mountain is waiting So get on your way. – Dr. Seuss


Retirement life is different because there is no set routine. You are able to let the day unfold as it should. Enjoy, be happy and live each day. – Suzanne Steel


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


He who laughs last at the boss’s jokes probably isn’t far from retirement. – Anonymous


Retirement without the love of letters is a living burial. – Seneca


Retirement is a time to experience a fulfilling life derived from many enjoyable and rewarding activities. – Ernie J. Zelinski


You can retire from a job, but don’t ever retire from making extremely meaningful contributions in life. – Stephen Covey


I plainly felt that, had God-given me such a retirement with the companion I desired, I should have forgotten the work for which I was born and have set up my rest in this world. – John Wesley


Mentoring is Sharing Life’s Experiences and God’s Faithfulness. ― Janet Thompson


Retirement: It’s nice to get out of the rat race, but you have to learn to get along with less cheese. — Gene Perret


Fear no more the heat o the sun, nor the furious winter’s rages. Thou thy worldly task has done, Home art is gone and taken thy wages. – William Shakespeare


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


As your life changes, it takes time to recalibrate, to find your values again. You might also find that retirement is the time when you stretch out and find your potential. – Sid Miramontes


You can’t put off being young until you retire. – Philip Larkin


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


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


You might be on the back nine of life, but it’s good to finish strong. – Morton Shaevitz


The greatest sign of success for a teacher is to be able to say, The children are now working as if I did not exist. – Maria Montessori


Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations. — Zig Ziglar


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


Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing. — Theodore Roosevelt


Old age is life’s parody. – Simone de Beauvoir


Retirement’s great paradox?  It takes work. – Robert Laura


In retirement, a man may have the company of the gods. – Epimenides


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


It is time I stepped aside for a less experienced and less able man. – Professor Scott Elledge


There is an exciting world of possibilities out there that very few of us get the chance to explore during our working lives, but retirement is that time! — Stella Rheingold


To some of us, retirement gives us time to follow our dreams. – Shirley Mitchell


A thriving new beginning can be and should be a time for amazing engagement, growth, connections, contributions and amazing possibilities. – Lee M. Brower


I never stopped doing anything when I retired. I stopped getting paid for it. – Bill Chavanne


Congratulations on making it over all the hurdles and reaching that wonderful time of life where you get to do whatever you want. – Stella Rheingo


The thing to do is to make so much money that you don’t have to work after the age of twenty-seven. In case this is impracticable, stop work at the earliest possible moment, even if it is at a quarter past eleven on the morning of the day when you find you do have enough money. – Robert Benchley


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


To enjoy a long, comfortable retirement, save more today. – Suze Orman


Please remember that retirement is a different way of life, with new challenges and opportunities. You need to adapt and adjust to this new lifestyle, and that takes time, effort, and creativity. – Rick Steiner


I will never retire unless I have to. – Dolly Parton


Convent – a place of retirement for women who wish for leisure to meditate upon the sin of idleness. -Ambrose Bierce


Gainfully unemployed, very proud of it, too. ― Charles Baxte


Instead of saving for someone else’s college education, I’m currently saving for a luxury retirement community replete with golf carts and handsome young male nurses who love butterscotch. — Jen Kirkman


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


I wanted to have more time to play and reflect, but I find retirement more stressful than having a nice, steady job because I have to make decisions about where I want to be. — Walter Cronkite


One of the many pleasures of old age is giving things up. – Malcolm Muggeridge


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


When you ‘retire,’ you’re on your own. No longer is most of your life ahead. You don’t have forever to fulfill promises. But there’s also good news: Now, going forward can be the most important part of your life, when it all comes together – your experience, wisdom, and successes. – Michael Jeans


The more sand that has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it. – Jean-Paul Sartre


The test of a good teacher is not how many questions he can ask his pupils that they will answer readily, but how many questions he inspires them to ask him which he finds it hard to answer. – Alice Rollins


All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence. — Martin Luther King Jr.


People who refuse to rest honorably on their laurels when they reach “retirement” age seem very admirable to me. – Helen Hayes


The way retirement is shaping up, how will one know for sure when he or she has retired?  – Robin Fowler


He had an answer to almost everything and he retired at an early age. – Dejan Stojanovic


Retirement is not a life without purpose; it is the on-going purpose that provides meaningfulness. — Robert Rivers


The fruit of your own hard work is the sweetest. – Deepika Padukone


Don’t think of retiring from the world until the world will be sorry that you retire. I hate a fellow whom pride or cowardice or laziness drive into a corner, and who does nothing when he is there but sits and growl. Let him come out as I do, and bark. – Samuel Johnson


Plans are nothing; planning is everything. – Dwight D. Eisenhower


As you embark on the exciting journey into retirement, you will experience a transition that will be both thrilling and terrifying. – Olivia Greenwell


Sometimes it’s important to work for that pot of gold. But other times it’s essential to take time off and to make sure that your most important decision in the day simply consists of choosing which color to slide down on the rainbow.  – Douglas Pagels


An elegant sufficiency, content, retirement, rural quiet, friendship, books, Ease and alternate labor, useful life, Progressive virtue, and approving Heaven! – James Thomson


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


Retiring from your primary career is not merely an act of ending, but, more opportunistically and relevant, an act of commencement and of the promise of a meaningful future. – Alan Spector


When a man fell into his anecdotage it was a sign for him to retire from the world. – Benjamin Disraeli


There is only one ‘retirement plan’ for terrorists. – Jim Mattis


It appears history is going to keep happening, despite our hopes for retirement. ― Gregory Maguire


If you really want to annoy me, ask me when I’m going to retire from rock n’ roll. — Bruce Dickinson


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


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


Believe that your greatest contribution is always ahead of you. You might retire from a job but never retire from making contributions. Indeed, life is about contribution, not accumulation. – Hyrum W. Smith


Growing older is certain; growing wiser is harder and optional. – Debasish Mridha


A teacher is one who makes two ideas grow where only one grew before. – Elbert Hubbard


A good teacher is like a candle — it consumes itself to light the way for others. — Mustafa Kemal Ataturk


I used to dread getting older because I thought I would not be able to do all the things I wanted to do, but now that I am older I find that I don’t want to do them. – Nancy Astor


I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read, and all the friends I want to see. — John Burrough


Life is no brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got a hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.  – George Bernard Shaw


Why just work and live for a happy retirement? Why not work and live for a happy life? –  Jonathan Anthony Burkett


On the positive side, retirement can be an opportunity to enjoy life in a new way, the right to stop work and do the 1,001 things you’ve always wanted to do but never had time for, and a chance to give yourself over to new challenges and adventures. — Sara Yogev


It’s time to celebrate all the hard work that led to this joyful occasion. – Sheryl Sandberg


I actually think the whole concept of retirement is a bit stupid, so yes, I do want to do something else. There is this strange thing that just because chronologically on a Friday night you have reached a certain age … with all that experience, how can it be that on a Monday morning, you are useless? -Stuart Rose


Establishing new schedules and routines is a great way to make the transition into retirement easier and help seniors find a new path forward. – Samantha Westwood


I try to treat each evening and weekend as little slices of retirement because no one is guaranteed a lengthy one at the end of their career. – Mike Hammar


Retirement is when the living is easy and the payments are hard. – Anonymous


Retirement: Something arrived at in haste and lived at in leisure.  – Dave Erhard


After all those years of seriously doing what you had to do to make a living and raise a family, now you can be a clown, work at Disneyland helping Mickey Mouse, build new homes for Habitat for Humanity, or just be lazy in scenic surroundings. – Jaimie Hall Bruzenak


Writers don’t retire. I will always be a writer. – Andy Rooney


Retirement from work has depressed many a man and hastened his death. – Ezra Taft Benson


Every day the increasing weight of years admonishes me more and more, that the shade of retirement is as necessary to me as it will be welcome. ― George Washington


There comes a day when you realize turning the page is the best feeling in the world. Because you realize there is so much more to the book than the page you were stuck on. –  Zayn Malik


Aging seems to be the only available way to live a long life. – Kitty O’Neill Collins


Well, I didn’t grow up with that word ‘retirement’ as part of my consciousness. I didn’t grow up with professionals that retired. I thought retiring was when you are tired and go to bed. —Ruby Dee


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


Refire an attitude of embracing the years ahead with enthusiasm rather than apathy. – Morton Shaevitz


The best teacher lodges an intent not in the mind but in the heart. – Anne Michaels


It is the extreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge. — Albert Einstein


My salad days, when I was green in judgment. – Antony and Cleopatra


Except for an occasional heart attack, I feel as young as I ever did. – Robert Benchley


My NFL pension can barely pay my son’s tuition. You know, it’s very little money. – O. J. Simpson


Just because you are getting older and have retired doesn’t mean that you should have less confidence in your abilities. Think about the experience and knowledge that you have gained by all the years you have worked! — Theodore W. Higginsworth


Musicians don’t retire; they stop when there’s no more music in them. – Louis Armstrong


Once the mindless myths associated with aging are dispelled, people of traditional retirement age must learn to identify the purpose they can pursue with a passion.  – Helen L. Harkness


You are only young once, but you can stay immature indefinitely.  – Ogden Nash


Our greatest fear and insecurity for our later years should not be about the Social Security system or about being broke but rather about being without purpose and meaningful work. – Mitch Anthony


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


I am not retired…I’m way too busy for that…I’m still volunteering my time to wonderful programs and projects. I’m still trying to make a difference in this world. – Hyrum W. Smith


When I finally retire, I just want to go away so no one has to listen to me. – Steve Martin


If anything could have pulled me out of retirement, it would have been an Indiana Jones film. – Sean Connery


The goal of retirement is to live off your assets-not on them. ― Frank Eberhart


It’s paradoxical that the idea of living a long life appeals to everyone, but the idea of getting old doesn’t appeal to anyone. – Andy Rooney


I’m really in retirement. My career is over. I’m just playing now and having a great time. I like to keep busy, and I’m doing what’s fun for me. — Dick Van Dyke


The boss inspires fear; the leader inspires enthusiasm. –  John C. Maxwell


I live in that solitude which is painful in youth, but delicious in the years of maturity. – Albert Einstein


The true teacher defends his pupils against his own personal influence. He inspires self-distrust. He guides their eyes from himself to the spirit that quickens him. He will have no disciple. – Amos Bronson Alcott


He attacked everything in life with a mix of extraordinary genius and naive incompetence, and it was often difficult to tell which was which. – Douglas Adams


History shows that the majority of people that have done anything great have passed their youth in seclusion.  – Thomas Carlyle


Retire from your job but never from meaningful projects. — Stephen R. Covey


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


Happy days are here, at last, the days of nine to five are passed, you’ve worked your life and paid your dues, now you can do just what you choose! – Anon


Youth would be an ideal state if it came a little later in life. – Herbert Asquith


Lord Crawley and I have been dead these two years, but we don’t choose to have it known. – Lord Chesterfield


Retirement from Job does not mean retirement from life! It is the beginning not an end! – Ravi Samuel


What does retirement mean now that there are so many opportunities for learning, for caring, for serving? We can redefine aging. – Rachel Cowan


Why would I retire? Sit at home and watch TV? No thanks. I’d rather be out playing. – Paul McCartney


Going through chemo is like investing money in a retirement account. You feel the hit right now, but later in life, you get to reap the benefits – by still being alive. – Regina Brett


Retirement sounds appropriate when you are aging, fact is you aged because you have been thinking of retirement. ― Amit Kalantri


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


I’m always announcing my retirement. I’m still not retired. — Dick Van Dyke


A good manager is a man who isn’t worried about his own career but rather the careers of those who work for him.  – H. S. M. Burns


Your retirement identity is of a successful person who creatively and efficiently manages your money and lifestyle to adapt to the ever-changing economic and personal conditions of our time. – Lee Johnson


Teaching is the greatest act of optimism. – Colleen Wilcox


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


If you don’t want to work you have to work to earn enough money so that you won’t have to work. – Ogden Nash


I think retirement’s for old people. I’m still in the business, thank you. I have a young child of nine years old, and I want to live as long as I can to see him grow up. I’m enjoying my life and I want to stick around for as long as I can. – Harrison Ford


Wealth is not about having a lot of possessions. It’s about having a lot of options. –  Chris Rock


First, you forget names; then you forget faces; then you forget to zip up your fly, and then you forget to unzip your fly. – Branch Rickey


A successful artist of any kind has to work so hard that she is justified in refusing to lay down her scepter until she is placed on the bier. – Dame Edith Evans


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


Maybe the word ‘retirement’ makes you think of old age, boredom and laziness, but I’d rather have you try think of it as the freedom to do what you want, freedom to be as active as you’d like, and even freedom to work the job that you like – to be in a place where money doesn’t dictate your choices. – Rex Dalen


Portland is quickly becoming one of those lovely, lush Third World countries where kinda-rich people retire with their money.  – Chuck Palahniuk


Working hard to earn more money and then giving it away in higher taxes isn’t financially intelligent, even if you do put some of it into a retirement account. – Robert Kiyosaki


Death devours not only those who have been cooked by old age; it also feasts on those who are half-cooked and even those who are raw. ― Mokokoma Mokhonoana


Men and women approaching retirement age should be recycled for public service work, and their companies should foot the bill. We can no longer afford to scrap-pile people. – Maggie Kuhn


Enjoy every day and don’t forget us! unfortunately, we will be here for a while! – Kate Summers


It’s ageism, far more than the passage of time, that makes growing older harder for all of us. – Ashton Applewhite


There are three things to remember when teaching: know your stuff; know whom you are stuffing, and then stuff them elegantly. – Lola May


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


Future. That period of time in which our affairs prosper, our friends are true and our happiness is assured.  – Ambrose Bierce


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


Others will keep working because the “gold” in our so-called “golden years” doesn’t have to come from watching sunsets. – Arianna Huffington


The reason the pro tells you to keep your head down is so you can’t see him laughing. – Phyllis Diller


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


In retirement, every day is Boss Day and every day is Employee Appreciation Day. – Terri Guillemets


The idea of retirement both excites and terrifies people. After decades of working full-time, visions of throwing out the alarm clock for good are certainly provocative. – Belinda Tucker


I love scoring goals for England and playing for England. That’s one of the reasons I didn’t retire – I love playing for my country.  – David Beckham


I’m a little young for retirement. – Joni Mitchell


Life is about doing things that matter first, not last. ― Richie Norton


A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams. – John Barrymore


The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of his wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind. – Kahlil Gibran


Learn the lessons of history. Don’t let how you feel about your tenure at your organization drives you to make poor investment decisions that could potentially derail a successful retirement. – Mark Singer


A professor is one who talks in someone else’s sleep. – W.H. Auden


During retirement, many a man works harder at loafing than he used to loaf at working. – Evan Esar


I figure the faster I pedal, the faster I can retire.  – Lance Armstrong


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


Never depend on a single income. Make investments to create a second source. – Warren Buffett


If you drink, don’t drive. Don’t even putt. – Dean Martin


At retirement, switching from “I must” to “I want” leaves me puzzled and uneasy. – Mason Cooley


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


In my opinion, a successful retirement takes place when you no longer need to work for money. Rather, the work you do is motivated by higher-level goals and purposes, not income generation. – Rand Bennett


Society tells you that when you’re old you have to retire. You have to defy that. – Yoko Ono


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


Even idiots can reach old age. ― Mokokoma Mokhonoana


I don’t feel old. I don’t feel anything until noon. Then it’s time for my nap. – Bob Hope


What the teacher is, is more important than what he teaches. – Karl Menninger


Rich people don’t work for money, they are doing what they like to do; they devote themselves to a job they love and do not live to wait for a well-deserved rest or retirement, but work passionately until the end of their lives. – Sunday Adelaja


The splendid thing about education is that everyone wants it. Like influenza, you can give it away without losing any of it yourself. – Evelyn Waugh


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


The thoughtful soul to solitude retires.  – Omar Khayyam


If you are going to throw a club, it is important to throw it ahead of you, down the fairway, so you don’t have to waste energy going back to pick it up. – Tommy Bolt


I mean to retire, where nobody will have heard about my special skills. And the conversation is mainly about the weather. – Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin


Retirement to me does not mean anything to do but the realization of the decisions I made in the past. That I made in my life. – Jack Bowman


People can’t do anything about growing old because it’s one of the most natural things in the world, but one thing you can control, though, is how you’ll live your life once you’re old enough to retire. – Adrian J.Williams


When I reach the point that I write Yesterday, then I can retire. – Sheryl Crow


Countries get one chance in history of putting into place a savings retirement scheme on the scale of the Australian superannuation system.  – Paul Keating


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

Retirement signifies the end of one chapter and the start of another. It’s a moment to celebrate years of hard work, appreciates memories, and look forward with pleasure. As you begin this new path, let these retirement quotes inspire you to live your best life, enjoy the simple things, and make the most of every minute.

“Retirement is a time to savor life’s simpler pleasures that make you happy,” remarked Margaret Mead, whether you’re retiring now or planning for the future. So smell the roses, spend time with family, and enjoy this new chapter in your life. We hope this inspirational retirement quote article inspired you to want your retirement years.

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