50 Fulfilling Retirement Quotes


For most people, retirement is not something they particularly enjoy thinking about. To them, retirement is the final confirmation that their life is slowly coming to an end. It symbolizes the unwelcome yet unavoidable milestone that sounds the bell for the final phases of life. However, retirement is a natural stage at the end of your work life. It shouldn’t be feared dreadfully. Instead, it should be welcomed as the duly deserved reward for a demanding work life. Even more so, retirement does not mean stagnation or even decay. You can still spend your time working on different projects – if you so wish. To help you celebrate your own or your coworkers retirement, we created the following collection of beautiful retirement quotes.

Retirement wishes are an excellent opportunity to prepare the transition between work and retirement. No matter if you want to express your sincere appreciation for a retiring coworker or if you want to usher in your own retirement, retirement quotes provide an excellent source of inspiration.

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

When you read through the following collection of retirement quotes, you will see that many of these words beautifully echo your own thoughts and feelings about retirement.

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Enjoy the following collection of retirement quotes!

It is quite normal that entering the stage of retirement somehow feels odd. After all, you have worked all your life long and have probably never had so much spare time in your life. Let’s have a look at the best quotes about retirement.

50 Fulfilling Retirement Quotes

When reading through the following retirement quotes, you will notice that you’re not the only one struggling with the concept of retirement. In fact, there have been many people before you who were a little concerned about retirement as well. Luckily, there is a large number of those who found creative ways to deal with their impending retirement. Many of them have taken the time to write down not only their thoughts but also their coping strategies to better deal with retirement. The result of their effort can be found in the following collection.

Many of the following retirement quotes offer practical advice on better dealing with the situation. At the same time, there are numerous quotes that are quite humorous and provide a much brighter perspective.

Here are these beautiful and funny retirement quotes


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

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

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“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

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“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

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“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

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


“I often think about dogs when I think about work and retirement. There are many breeds of dog that just need to be working, and useful, or have a job of some kind, in order to be happy. Otherwise, they are neurotically barking, scratching, or tearing up the sofa. A working dog needs to work. And I am a working dog.“
Martha Sherrill


“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.“
Terri Guillemets


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


“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


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


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


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


“This, I suppose, constitutes one of the greatest dangers of retiring, the sudden cutting off of motive power while the mechanism is still running at top speed. It would be so much better and easier, if it were possible, to cut off the motive power gradually; in other words to retire by slow and easy stages, instead of being in full production one day, crying ‘Come on! Come on!’ and turning aimlessly around the next still saying ‘Come on!’ but for no reason.“
Franklin Lushington


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


“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


“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


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


“Age is only a number, a cipher for the records. A man can’t retire his experience. He must use it.“
Bernard Baruch


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


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


“Retirement is wonderful. It’s doing nothing without worrying about getting caught at it.“
Gene Perret


“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 waiting for a well-deserved rest or retirement, but work passionately until the end of their lives“
Sunday Adelaja


“A twenty-three-year-long study in Ohio determined that people who saw growing older as something positive lived a whopping seven and a half years longer than those who didn’t. (356)“
Victoria Moran


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


“More than half of the very old now live without a spouse and we have fewer children than ever before, yet we give virtually no thought to how we will live out our later years alone.“
Atul Gawande


“On growing old, one becomes more contented than in one’s youth, which I will not, therefore, revile, for in all my dreams I hear my youth like a wonderful song which now sounds more harmonious than it did in reality, and even sweeter“
Hermann Hesse


“To be half a century plus is wonderfully exciting, because I haven’t lost any of my past, and I am free to stand on the rock of all that the past has taught me as I look to the future.“
Madeleine L’Engle


“I think people understand things different when they get older. It’s not a question of getting soft or seeing things in the gray areas instead of black and white. I really believe I’m just understanding things different. Better.“
Jeff Lindsay


“The mountain-path of action is no longer a path for me; my future hope pauses with my present happiness in the shadowed valley of repose.“
Wilkie Collins


“Retirement is like a long vacation in Vegas. The goal is to enjoy these years to the fullest, but not so fully that you run out of money.“
Jonathan Clements


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


“[About planning out-of-country retirement in exotic places] The more culturally different or remote the retirement relocation, the longer and more difficult the adjustment will be with the least likelihood of success.“
Lee Johnson


“We have a retirement crisis in America today nor from a lack of money, but from a lack of vision.“
Dave Ramsey


“I’m banking on my ERA (Eternal Retirement Account) more than my IRA! Do you have an ERA?“
Evinda Lepins


“Sadly, retirement planning, in many circumstances, has become nothing more than planned procrastination.“
Richie Norton


“Some guy said to me: Don’t you think you’re too old to sing rock n’ roll? I said: You’d better check with Mick Jagger.“


“Just ’cause there’s snow on the roof doesn’t mean there’s not a fire inside.“
Bonnie Hunt


“Growing older is a precious commodity. Only a few can endure to achieve that distinguished distinction and quality.“
Debasish Mridha


“Youth is but the painted shell within which, continually growing, lives that wondrous thing the spirit of a man, biding its moment of apparition, earlier in some than in others.“
Lew Wallace


“Day by day we increase in age. Step by step we reduce the number of our steps. When you grow old, you shall see life differently and you shall get a better understanding of the journey of life: how you lived it and how you should have lived it!“
Ernest Agyemang Yeboah


“Old is old at any age. Old is when you quit asking questions about this, that, and everything. Old is when you forget how to love – or worse, don’t care. Old is when you don’t want to dance anymore. Old is when you don’t want to learn anything new except how to be old. Old is when people tell you that you are old – and you believe them.“
Carew Papritz


“Give life long enough and it will solve all your problems, including the one of being alive.“
Colum McCann


“The important part of growing older was the growing part. Resisting change meant forever standing still, which was a sad way to live.“
Barbara Delinsky


“Silver surfers… nah, that’s old hat. Retire a gold surfer with Cosmic Ordering.“
Stephen Richards


“The best thing about retirement is not having to wear pants!“
Mark Hewer


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


“I believe that the biggest mistake that most people make when it comes to their retirement is they do not plan for it. They take the same route as Alice in the story from ‘Alice in Wonderland,’ in which the cat tells Alice that surely she will get somewhere as long as she walks long enough. It may not be exactly where you wanted to get to, but you certainly get somewhere.“
Mark Singer


“Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.“
C.S. Lewis


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

I hope you enjoyed this collection of retirement quotes. Do you dread the day when you are retiring or are you looking forward to it?

Stay victorious!


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