Retirement Quotes, Retirement Wishes, Retirement Sayings and
First Top-10 List of
#1 of Top-10 Sensational Retirement Quotes
It's a good, quiet retirement. Most days I do nothing, but it
takes me all day to do it.
— Barry Wilkin
#2 of Top-10 Sensational Retirement Quotes
The longer you work, the more money you'll have for
retirement. But the longer you work, the less time you'll have to enjoy that retirement.
— Wall Street Journal
#3 of Top-10 Sensational Retirement Quotes
Musicians don't retire; they stop when there's no more music
— Louis Armstrong
#4 of Top-10 Sensational Retirement Quotes
Retirement is a great opportunity
to become the person you have always wanted to be — but have never
— Dave Erhard
#5 of Top-10 Sensational Retirement Quotes
Retirement . . . is when you stop living at work and begin
working at living.
— Unknown wise person
#6 of Top-10 Sensational Retirement Quotes
find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I
want to read, and all the friends I want to see.
— John Burrough
#7 of Top-10 Sensational Retirement Quotes
I’ve been attending lots of seminars in my retirement.
They’re called naps.
— Merri Brownworth
#8 of Top-10 Sensational Retirement Quotes
The sports car and sailboat are
investments for my retirement. I'm using them to attract a woman who will support me in my old age.
— Glasbergen talking to financial consultant in cartoon
#9 of Top-10 Sensational Retirement Quotes
in retirement is knowing how to spend time without spending money.
— Author Unknown
#10 of Top-10 Sensational Retirement Quotes
If my dreams could all come
true paradise/retirement would be — in a little bungalow — somewhere by the sea.
— Author Unknown
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Second Top-Ten List of Sensational
Quotations about Retirement
#1 of Top Ten Sensational Quotes about
I have retired,
unretired, and retired again all in the past 10 years.
— Unknown wise retiree
#2 of Top Ten Sensational Quotes about
We have a manufactured vision of what retirement is, and that
doesn't necessarily correlate with reality. Unless you have a well-thought-out scenario, you're going to be
in for a shock at retirement.
— Paul Allen, 64, a self-employed software developer in Dallas
#3 of Top Ten Sensational Quotes about
Retirement: Something arrived at in haste and lived at in leisure.
— Dave Erhard
#4 of Top Ten Sensational Quotes about
There's seven things you can do with your time [in retirement]: You can work and you can play and you can sleep. You
can improve your mind or you can improve your health. You can work in civic activities or educational
activities, or you can work in some spiritual area for the church. As far as I know, there's nothing
else you can do ... And my retirement has been great. It's better than anything I ever expected it to
— Hammond Stith, Retired at 61
#5 of Top Ten Sensational Quotes about
Before deciding to take early retirement from your job, stay
home a week and watch daytime television.
— Author Unknown
#6 of Top Ten Sensational Quotes about
The new retirement reality may be a
— Alicia Munnell, director of the Center for Retirement Research at Boston
#7 of Top Ten Sensational Quotes about
I enjoy waking up and
not having to go to work. So I do it three or four times a day.
— Gene Perret
#8 of Top Ten Sensational Quotes about
Advantage of retiring at 65; Most of the people that I owe apologies to are all dead.
Disadvantages; I now have to read the newspapers on my own time.
— Mattie Lennon
#9 of Top Ten Sensational Quotes about
Retirement: The Time to Become Much More than You
Have Ever Been!
— from the International Bestseller
to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free (Over 425,000 copies sold
and published in 11 langauges)
#10 of Top Ten Sensational Quotes about
Retirement has cured many businessman's ulcers — and
given his wife one!
— Unknown wise person
Retirement for Smart Retired
Teacher's Retirement Motto: I Used to Teach. Now I Have No Class.
— Unknown wise retiree
It is seldom that an American retires from business to enjoy his
fortune in comfort. He works because he has always worked, and knows no other way.
— Thomas Nichols
People have often asked me, "What do you do now that you are
retired?" My answer is "I am fortunate to have a chemical engineering background, and one of the things I
enjoy most is turning beer, wine, Scotch, and margaritas into urine."
— Author Unknown
Up, sluggard, and waste not life; in the grave will be sleeping enough.
— Ben Franklin
A whole generation of Americans will retire in poverty instead of
prosperity, because they simply are not
preparing for retirement now.
— Scott Cook
Will Any One
of These Be Your Retirement Legacy?
- Retired at 63 and vegetated until he died
- There were no friends in my her
retirement life to help support her because all the friends she used to have when she was a
teacher were at work and these friends deserted her when she retired.
- Looked forward to early retirment, got
severely bored, instead, and then attempted to return to his old career that he hated, couldn't get it
back, found a new career that he hated even more, and had to retire again because of ill
- Retired at 62 and watched ten hours of
uninspirational TV programs every day for the rest of her boring
- Took early retirement and lost all her
retirement savings at the casino because she didn't know what else to do with her new found leisure
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to Be Any of These for You or Your Friends!
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The best retirement for workaholics is no
retirement at all.
— Unknown workaholic and sad sack
It is seldom that an American retires from business to enjoy his fortune in comfort.
He works because he has always worked, and knows no other way.
— Thomas Nichols
Money is important for retirement in that it is a means of survival, a
foundation for comfort, and a tool to accomplish some of your life’s goals. It can’t guarantee happiness or
health or love, however. And regardless of how much you have set aside, money cannot buy creative
fulfillment. The key to a happy retirement is to have enough money to live on, but not enough to worry
— from How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free
After you marry, every asset either of you acquires is jointly held. That's why you both
need to be in sync on your long-term financial goals, from paying off the mortgage to putting away for
retirement. Ideally, you should
talk about all this before you wed. If you don't, you can end up deeply frustrated and financially
— Suze Orman
I'm having too much fun! It keeps you young. (when asked if he would consider retiring)
— George H. Ross (born 6 January 1928), Executive Vice President and Senior Counsel of the Trump
Organization. He is perhaps best known as one of Donald Trump's two advisors on the NBC reality television
program The Apprentice
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Planning for retirement should start at the beginning of your
career rather than at the end. It's never too early to plan for retirement, writes Ernie J.
In his book, How to Retire Happy, Wild, and
Free, Zelinski says that the key to a happy retirement is preparation.
I would not hesitate to share this book with friends, colleagues, or
Although the ideas in the book are not new, the stories about how people are
living them is unique and refreshing. They bring out the importance of living a full life now
and not waiting until retirement.
If you don't keep busy, it's all over. I found out that from
people much older than me. "Keep moving," they say, and that's what I'm doing. When I get up in the morning
with aches and pains, I don't let it control me. When you sit down and don't do anything, you are going to
disintegrate. Well, you're going to disintegrate anyway, but you'll do it quicker.
— Adelaide Bentley (a resident of a Hometown Retired neighborhood in West Towson,
You just might be a Redneck if your retirement plan includes sleeping in your car for more
than two years at a time.
Life is full of uncertainties.
Future investment earnings and interest and inflation rates are not known to anybody. However, I can
guarantee you one thing . . . those who put an investment program in place will have a lot more money when
they come to retire than those who never get around to it.
— Noel Whittaker, Australian Finance Expert and Best-Selling Author
The other day a man asked me
what I thought was the best time of life. "Why," I answered without a thought, "now."
— David Grayson
Definitely a different approach to retirement since most
books tackle financial planning. This book covers why to stay engaged and happy ... have friends, keeping
learning, keep active, etc. A refreshing preparation for retirement no matter what age you are.
— Teena in Toronto about How
to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free on
her website (www.teenaintoronto.com)
The property boom has made us all feel wealthy, but unfortunately it has lulled many of
those nearing retirement into a false sense of security.
— Noel Whittaker
It [ my retirement plan] will involve
living on a private island, with a genius chef, cigars and fine wines. Beyonce [my wife] will be on the
island too. But I don't think she plan to get as fat as me. I'm gonna be fat. That's what I enjoy.
That's the payback for all the hard work.
— American rapper Jay-Z (talking about his "Marlon Brando retirement plan" for himself and his wife
If I'd known that retirement was going to be this good I'd
have done it the day after I left school !!!
— Mickey White (who lives in the United Kingdom and wrote to Ernie Zelinski about his
Hello Mr. Zelinski — My name is Amy Schwartz, and I work for the Navy Exchange Service
Command (NEXCOM) in Virginia Beach, VA. We are a worldwide operation serving the Military and their
families. My boss's son gave her a copy of your book, The
Joy of Not Working, and everyone who has had a chance to read it has
really enjoyed it. NEXCOM is currently preparing to present pre-retirement seminars at various locations
within the system in late June through September. In preparation of information for these seminars,
I would like to know if we could have permission to use excerpts from your book in our
presentations, especially "The Get-a-Life Tree" examples and possibly other information from your
— Thank you for your time and I look forward to hearing from you soon Amy L. Schwartz, Benefits Services
I don't believe the [American] federal government should be
involved in retirement. I think it's too important to leave it to the government.
— Peter Schiff, who forecast the U.S. housing bust and the U.S. credit meltdown
One week into retirement, you'll be so damned bored that you'll want to stick bicycle
spokes into your eyes. You'll probably opt to look for another job or start another company. Kinda defeats
the purpose of waiting [for retirement], doesn't it.
— Timothy Ferris in The 4-Hour Workweek
I have now the gloomy prospect of retiring from office loaded
with serious debts, which will materially affect the tranquility of my retirement..
— Thomas Jefferson
Let's spend all our money to buy cool stuff.
Later we can sell it all on eBay to pay for our retirement.
— from Glasbergen cartoon
If you didn't plan for retirement, you shouldn't be able to
steal from those who did.
— Comment by reader in response to USA Today article about how certain retirees will retire
on little income
I just can't stop myself; I'm addicted to making you money. I should be spending all day in
a country club or never getting out of my pajamas like Hugh Hefner.
— Jim Cramer
I've reached the pinnacle of my career. I just feel that I don't have anything else to
— Michael Jordan
You know the Social Security they keep deducting off your
paycheck. Well, my retirement plan was to retire early — which I did — and have you pay for my retirement
living for a long, long time. Thanks.
— Unknown wiser-than-normal retiree
I really wanted to retire and rest and spend more time with my children, my grandchildren
and of course with my wife. But the problems are such that for anybody with a conscience who can use
whatever influence he may have to try to bring about peace, it's difficult to say no.
— Nelson Mandela
If you have debt and you are going into retirement, I don't
think you are ready for retirement.
— Gary Gilgen, certified financial advisor & dir. of the financial planning department at Rehmann
Financial in Troy, Mich
Gotta tell you how much I have been affected by the philosophy in your book
[How to Retire Happy, Wild, and
Free]. For several years, I have been a stressed out
workaholic and my health and relationship with my wife and kids were negatively affected by it. I thought I
was doing what I needed to do but when I looked in the mirror one day, I realized it was the wrong way. I
stumbled onto your book and it was a real reality check. I have entirely changed my priorities and the
result is amazing. My wife said that I should have done this 15 years ago. I have actually been enjoying
life and work is only a way to fund my newfound lifestyle. In fact, I have eliminated much of the work and
due to the expense associated with it, have found that I am keeping more. I think you are right that we are
conditioned to function this way in our capitalistic society. And the question people ask "so what do you
do?" seems to say that people think they are what they do for work. That's really not living a worthwhile
life. And there's certainly much more to life than
work. So thanks for helping me see the light.
— Joe M. P., JR.
A great pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.
— Walter Gagehot
People may live as much retired from the world as they like,
but sooner or later they find themselves debtor or creditor to some one.
— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
I'm already worn out now — how do they expect us to work several years longer? My body
hurts so much and I start working every day at five in the morning.
— Norbert Schmittbauer, a 50-year-old construction worker in Berlin, in response to Germany's proposal to
have workers retire at 70 instead of 65
Social Security is a government program with a constituency
made up of the old, the near old and those who hope or fear to grow old. After 215 years of trying, we have
finally discovered a special interest that includes 100 percent of the population. Now we can vote
— P. J. O'Rourke
Retirement: No Job, No Stress, No Pay!
— Unknown wise person
If you don't learn to laugh at trouble, you won't have
anything to laugh at when you are old.
— Will Rogers
The Republican Party is a friend of Social Security the way Colonel Sanders was a friend of
— Charles T. Manatt
Question: I retired last year, and at
first I really enjoyed not having to work. But now I’m bored to death, and I know my wife wishes she could
get me out of the house.
Was I wrong to retire?
— Question Posed to Billy Graham by K.R.
Answer: God has a plan for your
It wasn’t necessarily wrong for you to retire, but what was wrong was failing to plan how you’d spend your
Most people look forward to not working; they have their financial plans in place; they even may have a
hobby they want to pursue. But that’s as far as they get in their planning.
God knows all about your situation, and he has a plan for these years. But God wants to use you to help
others, now that you have the time. What opportunities does your church offer?
What mission projects could you join? Live for Christ, and ask him to use you.
— Billy Graham
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