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The Best 30 Retirement Quotes

"The trouble with retirement is you never get the day off." - Abe Lemons. Read more retirement quotes

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30 Retirement Quotes

Retirement is an important time in everyone's life. You've worked for a living, and it's time to live without working. It's a time to focus on yourself, to do what you've always wanted to do but haven't been able to. Enjoy new opportunities, discover the hobby you didn't know you liked, spend more time with your family and enjoy every moment of this new beginning. 

Think about all you have achieved in life and feel proud because all of that has brought you to where you are now. 

These retirement quotes are either to inspire you if you're in that time of your life or to celebrate the retirement of a loved one. Whatever they're for, enjoy while reading! 

1“As in all successful ventures, the foundation of a good retirement is planning.”

Earl Nightingale

2“Retire from work, but not from life.”

M.K. Soni

3“Planning to retire? Before you do, find your hidden passion. Do the thing that you have always wanted to do.”

Catherine Pulsifer

4“Don’t simply retire from something; have something to retire to.”

Harry Emerson Fosdick

5“Retirement: That’s when you return from work one day and say, “Hi, Honey, I’m home — forever.”

Gene Perret

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

Fred Rogers

7“Retirement is not the end of the road. It is the beginning of the open highway.”


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

Abe Lemons

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

Groucho Marx

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

Robert Delamontague

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

Will Rogers

12"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

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

Gene Perret

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

Gene Perret

15"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

16"Stay young at heart, kind in spirit, and enjoy retirement living."

Danielle Duckery

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

J. A. West

18"Retirement: World's longest coffee break."


19"There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want."

Bill Waterson

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

Catherine Pulsifer

21"I'm always announcing my retirement. I'm still not retired."

Dick Van Dyke

22"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

23“You have to put off being young until you can retire.”


24“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

25“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

26“A thriving new beginning can be and should be a time for amazing engagement, growth, connections, contributions, and amazing possibilities.”

Lee M. Brower

27“For retirement brings repose, and repose allows a kindly judgment of all things.”

John Sharp Williams

28"Sit back and relax and do the things you never got a chance to do."

Julie Hebert

29“You can’t retire from being great.”


30“It is better to live rich than to die rich.”

Samuel Johnson