68 Retirement Quotes and Sayings

Let these retirement quotes and sayings be ones that you share with the new retiree. Retiring from work can be one of the best times of your life. While you may retire from a job never retire from living life to the fullest!


"Planning to retire? Before you do find your hidden passion, do the thing that you have always wanted to do."
Quote of the Day  |     Passion



"Retirement is supposed to be the great escape from the stresses inherent in most jobs, a time to experience a fulfilling life derived from many enjoyable and rewarding activities."
Ernie J. Zelinski, The Joy of Not Working: A Book for the Retired, Unemployed, and Overworked
Inspirational Quotes



"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, Fatherhood: The Journey from Man to Dad
Wise



I have fulfilled my dreams and aspirations in competitive skating, and it is now time to move on to new challenges and opportunities.
Patrick Chan, Three-time Olympic medalist
Sports



Stay young at heart, kind in spirit, and enjoy retirement living. Danielle Duckery
"Stay young at heart, kind in spirit, and enjoy retirement living."
Danielle Duckery, Words For The Occasion: Sentiments and Well Wishes
Encouraging



"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, Rise and Shine!
Top Ten Retirement Quotes



"Retirement is still a perfectly good word, but we need to rein in its usage now that its original meaning is no longer all that relevant because people are living longer, healthier, more active lives."
Mike Drak, Victory Lap Retirement
Encouraging Poems



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
Knowledge



... retirement is a time for personal growth, which becomes the path to greater personal freedom.
Mark Evan Chimsky, 65 Things To Do When You Retire
Growth



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
Appreciation Poems   |     Learning



The first step to a thriving unretirement is to begin by asking yourself what it is you want to be doing. Chris Farrell
"The first step to a thriving unretirement is to begin by asking yourself what it is you want to be doing."
Chris Farrell, Unretirement
Questioning



"Early retirement is not an up-and-coming trend; it will be increasingly difficult in the years to come. The goal for most Canadians is to enjoy our working lives and our retirement in comfort and security."
Suzanne Steel
Goal



"Creating your semi-retirement can be the best thing you ever do for yourself. Start by envisioning what you'd like your life to be like, if you only had more time."
Robert Clyatt, Work Less, Live More, The Way to Semi-Retirement: The New Way to Retire Early
Inspirational Poems



"I'm not retiring. I am graduating. Today is my graduation day. Retirement means that you'll just go ahead and live on your laurels and surf all day in Oceanside. It ain't going to happen."
Junior Seau
Graduation



Voluntary early retirement gives you a chance to pursue new areas of study .... Ernie Zelinski
"Voluntary early retirement gives you a chance to pursue new areas of study .... It's a great opportunity to pursue your goals and dreams while you are still young, energetic, and healthy enough to enjoy them. In addition, retirement may be your last shot at being the person you would like to be."
Ernie Zelinski, How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free
Opportunity



Others will keep working because the "gold" in our so-called "golden years" doesn't have to come from watching sunsets.
Arianna Huffington
Work



"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, A Couple's Guide to Happy Retirement: For Better or for Worse . . . But Not for Lunch
Positive Attitude



As you embark on the exciting journey into retirement, you will experience a transition that will be both thrilling and terrifying. Olivia Greenwell
"As you embark on the exciting journey into retirement, you will experience a transition that will be both thrilling and terrifying."
Olivia Greenwell, So You've Retired: A Practical Guide For Your Happy Retirement
Experience



"No doubt excellent health is an important asset. Nonetheless, many retirees with health problems are still able to enjoy their leisure time and life in general."
Ernie J. Zelinski, The Joy of Not Working: A Book for the Retired, Unemployed, and Overworked
Health



"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, Retirement: Your New Beginning
Potential   |  



Sit back and relax and do the things you never got a chance to do. Julie Hebert
"Sit back and relax and do the things you never got a chance to do."
Julie Hebert, Retirement Wishes
Relax



"Maybe the word 'retirement' makes you think of old age, boredom and laziness, but I'd rather have you try think of it as 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, Early Retirement: How To Get There On An Average Salary
Motivational   |     Thinking



"Retired workers can now expect to live much longer than they did in earlier generations. In 1900, the average length of retirement was just one year, and it was usually accompanied by physical debility and decline."
Margaret Hovanec, Redefining Retirement
Inspirational Sayings



"I have never liked working. To me a job is an invasion of privacy."
Danny McGoorty
Funny Inspirational Quotes



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
Confidence



Retirement ....do what you want to do, when you want to do it!
"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
Positive



"The old notion of retirement is dead. It is no longer a day in the distant future when, on reaching your sixty-fifth birthday, you hang up your suit and never return to the office again."
Martin Bamford, How to Retire 10 Years Early: Your Plan for Less Work and More Life
Birthday



"Retire the word 'retirement' from your vocabulary. Look it up: it means to 'withdraw' or 'retreat.' Words can shape reality, and it's time for this one to go. Doesn't 'renaissance' or 'graduation' or 'transition' better describe your postcareer life?
Marika Stone, Too Young to Retire: An Off-The Road Map to the Rest of Your Life
Inspirational Stories



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



Best wishes on your retirement. Enjoy a rest that's overdue. Take pleasure in the finer things that are awaiting you. Judith Wibberley
"Best wishes on your retirement. Enjoy a rest that's overdue. Take pleasure in the finer things that are awaiting you."
Judith Wibberley
Hope



"Retire from work, but not from life."
M. K. Soni
Compassion



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



"Working people have alot of bad habits, but the worst of these is work."
Clarence Darrow
Attitude



"RETIREMENT - now life begins."
Catherine Pulsifer
Words of Encouragement



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



A thriving "New Beginning" can be and should be a time for amazing engagement, growth, connections, contributions and increased possibilities.
Lee M. Brower
Possibilities



"Think of retirement as the opposite but equally unhealthy extreme on the other side of being in a perpetual state of high stress and anxiety. Just as it's not healthy to overwork yourself, it's also not healthy to not work at all."
Linda Westwood, Healthy Habits Vol 3
Stress



The idea of retirement both excites and terrifies people.  Belinda Tucker
"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, Creative and Cheap Retirement Lifestyle Options
Fear



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



"You know that retirement is coming. It isn't as though it just shows up one day and takes you by surprise, so you need to get ready for it."
Batya Shevich, Warren Buffett: To Be Rich And Successful Is Easy!
Success



"Living frugally now however, can help you start your very own retirement plan for the future."
Ricky Gomez, Frugal Living
Future



No person, at any age, needs to remain on an uninspiring level of accomplishment.
Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, The Positive Principle Today
Accomplishment   |     Famous



Congratulations on making it over the all the hurdles and reaching that wonderful time of life where you get to do whatever you want. Stella Rheingold
"Congratulations on making it over the all the hurdles and reaching that wonderful time of life where you get to do whatever you want."
Stella Rheingold, 101 Fun Things to do in Retirement
Poems about Life



"About one-third of men and 12 percent of women who retire from their breadwinning occupation return to work within six months. Some by choice, others by default."
Ronald J. Manheimer, Ph.D.
Choices



"Are you ready to retire? Only one person can answer that question - YOU! Please don't leave that important decision to your spouse, your co-workers, or your family it is your choice when to retire and how to travel down that retirement path."
Wendy S. Fisher, Retirement Planning: Ready to UN-Retire?
Decision



"Make a plan of how your future is going to look like. Make a smart investment portfolio so that you won't have to worry about your retirement."
John McQuilkin, Insecurity
Smart  |     Worry



"There is so much talk about pension funds depleting and people living longer, however, putting monies away for retirement is still a good investment."
Eunice Tawney, Getting out of Debt
Good



.... retirement is not an end, but rather a new beginning .... George McHenry
... retirement is not an end, but rather a new beginning, an opportunity for growth, creativity, and the discovery of one's authentic self.
George McHenry
Being Yourself



I started soon after I retired... Having more free time and fewer things I have to do, I have more time to think about items of importance that I touched on fleetingly in my working life.
Robert Warren Cromey, Joy Years: My Retirement Memoir
Motivational Poems



A time of retirement is the realization that pleasure comes from doing what I enjoy, while meaning comes from doing what is important to me. My purpose in retirement completely shifts to that which is meaningful to others while partaking in what provides satisfaction provides its reward.
Theordore W. Higgingsworth
Helping Others   |     Meaningful



"A retirement community is best for retirees who are still able to pursue an active life."
Kathy Bishopson, Caring for Elderly Parents
Life



"Retirement is wonderful if you have two essentials -much to live on and much to live for."
Author Unknown
Purpose



The joys of retirement can be enjoyed here and now. You can pursue your passions, live your dreams and enjoy life while you are still working. Rand Bennett
"The joys of retirement can be enjoyed here and now. You can pursue your passions, live your dreams and enjoy life while you are still working."
Rand Bennett, Take a Mini-Retirement
Joy



"For many, retirement is a time for personal growth, which becomes the path to greater personal freedom."
Robert Delamontagne
Personal Development



"Our western European thought of retirement and pension has to be broken against all odds. Because it is a false myth that happiness comes from 65 years 'retires'."
Ben Friedland, How to age cool
Happiness



"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 Ph.D., Retirement: Different by Design
Challenge



All who retire discover that Time (with a capital T) can be both friend and foe. Steven D. Price
"All who retire discover that Time (with a capital T) can be both friend and foe. Your week as well as your life revolved around the job for many decades."
Steven D. Price, How to Survive Retirement
Friend



"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
Positive Thinking



"You can compare a person's retirement partly to that of an automobile's or any other device. There comes a time when you have to slow down or completely stop doing what you've been doing for the past 20 or 30 years and take a well-deserved break."
Adrian J.Williams, Retirement: The Ultimate Retirement Planning Guide!
Funny Quotes about Life



'Retirement is a concept that is in transition.... Roberta K. Taylor
"'Retirement' is a concept that is in transition. It no longer reflects what people are experiencing or means what it used to, but it has yet to be redefined."
Roberta K. Taylor, The Couple's Retirement Puzzle
Inspirational Thoughts



"Retirement security is often compared to a three-legged stool supported by Social Security, employer-provided pension funds, and private savings."
Sander Levin
Thought for the Day



To save yourself from the anguish and uncertainty that comes with the thought of retirement, you need to take a step back and define what your retirement actually means to you.
Joe Allen, Retirement: A No Fluff, Step-by-Step Guide
Vision



Retirement does not mean that you are all through.
Retirement does not mean that you are all through. It means that you have experienced a big break-through to a new freedom, with the time to do the things you've always wanted to do.
Wilfred Peterson
Good Day Quotes



I don't hear a lot of so-called experts talk about dreaming as part of a healthy retirement plan. Maybe that's why when most people hear the word retirement they usually feel a sense of dread and despair.
Dave Ramsey
Dream



The vision of people 50+ spending their retirement years gardening, golfing, and lounging on the beach is out. Meaningful work is in.
Kerry Hannon, Great Jobs for Everyone 50 +
Top Ten Work Quotes



Perhaps it is a great idea for religious leaders to retire at fifty and spend their senior years mentoring younger men and women. Perhaps there are reasons for this strange, isolated reference to retirement, since people in Bible times rarely lived to what we call "old age." They did, however, work until they died.
R. Paul Stevens, Aging Matters: Finding Your Calling for the Rest of Your Life
Age



Rather than fading into the sunset, we have time . . .
Today we are living longer and retiring earlier, allowing us twenty-five or more years to pursue lifelong goals and passions. Rather than fading into the sunset, we have time to rediscover our personal uniqueness, deepen relationships, and question the mysteries of life.
Douglas Fletcher, Life After Full Time Work: Redefining Retirement
Goals



Many people count down the days to their retirement. Generally, retirement is seen as a privilege, a luxury even...Retirement is often a more moderate transition, with ups and downs, and pros and cons, just as with other life transitions.
Pauline Johnson-Zielonka PhD, Retirement Life Plan
Change   |  



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