20 Retirement Quotes

Retirement can be a blessing or a curse. Finally getting the chance to stop working long hours and finally start enjoying all those things you have thought about while working.

But at the same time, retirement can be a confusing and frustrating time when you don’t know how to spend your new-found freedom. To offer some perspective, we collected 20 retirement quotes to get you thinking, and hopefully smiling. Enjoy!


20 Thoughts on Retirement

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

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

3. Most people perform essentially meaningless work. When they retire that truth is borne upon them. – Brendan Francis

4. 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

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

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

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

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

9. 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

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

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

12. 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

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

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

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

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

17. A lot of the money in the stock market is really our national retirement plan, for better or worse. – Ron Chernow

18. Don’t think of retiring from the world until the world will be sorry that you retire. – Samuel Johnson

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

20. 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

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