ᐅ150+ Retirement Quotes That Will Resonate With Any Retiree

“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

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

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

“The story of life is quicker than the wink of an eye, the story of love is hello and goodbye, until we meet again.” - Jimi Hendrix

No distance of place or lapse of time can lessen the friendship of those who are thoroughly persuaded of each other’s worth.” -Robert Southey

Goodbyes are only for those who love with their eyes. Because for those who love with heart and soul there is no such thing as separation.” - Rumi

“Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.” - Garrison Keillor

“There is nothing to regret with a job well done.” - Joe Garcia

“You and I will meet again, When we’re least expecting it, One day in some far off place, I will recognize your face, I won’t say goodbye my friend, For you and I will meet again.” - Tom Petty

“What is that feeling when you’re driving away from people and they recede on the plain till you see their specks dispersing? – it’s the too-huge world vaulting us, and it’s good-bye. But we lean forward to the next crazy venture beneath the skies.” - Jack Kerouac

"Life is a daring adventure or nothing at all." - Helen Keller

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

“Life is a journey, not a destination.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"To me, retirement means doing what you have fun doing." - Dick Van Dyke

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

“The biggest adventure you can ever take is to live the life of your dreams.” - Oprah Winfrey

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

It’s time to say goodbye, but I think goodbyes are sad and I’d much rather say hello. Hello to a new adventure.” - Ernie Harwel

“Teaching kids to count is fine, but teaching them what counts is best.” - Bob Talbert

“When the untapped potential of a student meets the liberating art of a teacher, a miracle unfolds.” -Mary Hatwood Futrell

“The greatest use of a life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.” - William James

"What greater joy can a teacher feel than to witness a child’s success? - Michelle L. Graham

“A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.” - Henry B. Adams

“Teachers, I believe, are the most responsible and important members of society because their professional efforts affect the fate of the earth.” - Helen Caldicott

“Getting old is like climbing a mountain; you get a little out of breath, but the view is much better!” - Ingrid Bergman

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

“Gainfully unemployed, very proud of it, too.” - Charles Baxter

“We don’t grow older, we grow riper.” - Pablo Picasso

“Why are people afraid of getting older? You feel wiser. You feel more mature. You feel like you know yourself better. You would trade that for softer skin? Not me!” - Anna Kournikova

“Just living is not enough…..one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.” - Hans Christian Andersen

"Working people have a lot of bad habits, but the worst of those is work." - Clarence Darrow

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

"There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want." - Bill Waterson

“There’s one thing I always wanted to do before I quit . . . . retire!” - Groucho Marx

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

"Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter." - Mark Twain

Goodbyes make you think. They make you realize what you’ve had, what you’ve lost, and what you’ve taken for granted.” - Ritu Ghatourey

“Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.” - Dan Wilson

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

Great is the art of beginning, but greater is the art of ending.” - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“The most important thing is to enjoy your life” -Audrey Hepburn

“Retire from work, but not from life.” - M.K. Soni

“There are far better things ahead than we ever leave behind.” - C.S. Lewis

“Count your age by friends, not years.” - John Lennon

“The longer I live, the more beautiful life becomes.” - Frank Lloyd Wright

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

“Days are numbered. Use them to throw open the windows of your soul to the sun. If you do not, the sun will soon set, and you with it.” - Marcus Aurelius

“Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want…everything else is secondary.” - Steve Jobs

“A man sooner or later discovers that he is the master-gardener of his soul, the director of his life.” - James Allen

“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

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

“Do not grow old, no matter how long you live. Never cease to stand like curious children before the great mystery into which we were born.” - Albert Einstein

“You are never too old to set a new goal or dream a new dream.” - C.S. Lewis

“The first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: Decide what you want.” - Ben Stein

“In all of living, have much fun and laughter. Life is to be enjoyed, not just endured.” - Gordon B. Hinckley

“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.” - Maya Angelou

“Life was meant to be lived, and curiosity must be kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life.” - Eleanor Roosevelt

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

“It’s not the days in life we remember, rather the moments.” -Walt Disney

To appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

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

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

"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

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

"A lot of our friends complain about their retirement. We tell 'em to get a life." –Larry Laser

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

"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

"Choose a work that you love and you won't have to work another day." –Confucius

"I'm always announcing my retirement. I'm still not retired." –Dick Van Dyke

"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

"I need to retire from retirement." –Sandra Day O'Connor

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

"I find the biggest trouble with having nothing to do is you can't tell when you are done."

"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

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

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

"Retirement: World's longest coffee break."

"Say goodbye to tension and hello to your pension."

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

"The best part about being retired is never having to request time off."

"Retirement isn't the end of the road, but just a turn in the road."

"Retirement: No job, no stress, no pay!"

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

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

"How do you know it's time to retire? It's when you stop lying about your age and start bragging about it."

"Age is just a number, but retirement is one of the greatest gifts to mankind."

"Retirement at sixty-five is ridiculous. When I was sixty-five I still had pimples." –George Burns

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

"Retirement: When you stop lying about your age and start lying around the house."

"You have to put off being young until you can retire."

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

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

"My father calls acting 'a state of permanent retirement with short spurts of work.'" –Chris Pine

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

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

"Retirement: That's when you return from work one day and say, 'Hi, Honey, I'm home—forever.'" –Gene Perret

"He who laughs last at the boss's jokes probably isn't far from retirement."

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

"Retirement is wonderful. It's doing nothing without worrying about getting caught at it." –Gene Perret

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

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

"The best time to start thinking about your retirement is before the boss does."

"Retire from your job, but never retire your mind."

"Retirement is the only time in your life when time no longer equals money."

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

"Often when you think you're at the end of something, you're at the beginning of something else." –Fred Rogers

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

"Retirement is not the end of the road. It is the beginning of the open highway."

"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