30 Retirement Quotes

Let’s take a look at some of the best retirement quotes from the heartfelt to the comedic.

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Retirement doesn’t just mean getting to leave the alarm off instead of going to work. It’s a major life-changing decision. That’s why it’s often celebrated and marked by friends and family as a special occasion.

Retirement Quotes

Retirement parties and gifts are common ways for people to recognize retirement. A special card with heartfelt words is also a gift that can be greatly treasured.

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If you’re looking for some words of inspiration beyond “congratulations,” take a look at these well-known retirement quotes to add to your card or gift. You can choose something serious or something more comical.

  1. “The trouble with retirement is that you never get a day off.” – Abe Lemons
  2. “There’s never enough time to do all the nothing you want.” – Bill Waterson, Calvin & Hobbes
  3. “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
  4. “It is better to live rich than to die rich.” – Samuel Johnson
  5. “You have to put off being young until you can retire.”-Author Unknown
  6. “Half our life is spent trying to find something to do with the time we have rushed through life trying to save.” – Will Rogers
  7. “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
  8. “The best time to start thinking about your retirement is before the boss does.” – Author Unknown
  9. “A retired husband is often a wife’s full-time job.” – Ella Harris
  10. “The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender.” – Vince Lombardi
  11. “Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.” – Mark Twain
  12. “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
  13. “You don’t stop laughing when you grow old, you grow old when you stop laughing.” – George Bernard Shaw
  14. “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
  15. “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
  16. “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
  17. “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
  18. “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
  19. “A thriving new beginning can be and should be a time for amazing engagement, growth, connections, contributions, and amazing possibilities.” – Lee M. Brower
  20. “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
  21. “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
  22. “For retirement brings repose, and repose allows a kindly judgment of all things.” – John Sharp Williams
  23. “Working people have a lot of bad habits, but the worst of these is work.” – Clarence Darrow
  24. “Retirement is wonderful if you have two essentials – much to live on and much to live for.” – Author Unknown
  25. “For many, retirement is a time for personal growth, which becomes the path to greater freedom.” – Robert Delamontague
  26. “Retire from work, but not from life.” – M.K. Soni
  27. “Retirement: That’s when you return from work one day and say, “Hi, Honey, I’m home — forever.” – Gene Perret
  28. “Often when you think you’re at the end of something, you’re at the beginning of something else.” – Fred Rogers
  29. “Retirement is not the end of the road. It is the beginning of the open highway.”  – Author Unknown
  30. “Don’t act your age in retirement. Act like the inner young person you have always been.” – J. A. West

These retirement quotes make a great addition to any card or gift you’re planning to give. The next time you’re at a loss for words, borrow one of these quotes for your favorite retiree.

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Jeff Hoyt
Editor in Chief
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