87 Good Retirement Quotes and Messages That Don’t Suck

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Retiring can be a bittersweet event for anyone; it signals the freedom from the constraints of the nine to five, of course, but it also marks a passing of time and the onset of the Golden Years, unless you’re lucky enough to retire young. Suddenly finding oneself without a routine or things with which to fill our time can be a daunting prospect, so it can help to have some words of wisdom to give to someone when they find themselves in that very situation.

Whether someone you care about is celebrating or commiserating their retirement, these retirement quotes will help you find the right things to say to help them see how wonderful their life is about to become. Showing that life doesn’t stop once you clock out for the last time, these poignant words will really give pause for thought, and help one to embrace the change with a feeling of excitement and optimism.

Take heart from the aspirational thoughts of C.S. Lewis or feel the fun in Dick Van Dyke’s musings as you make your way through this list of retirement quotes, and you will be able to turn the notion of retirement as the end on its head. And for those who refuse to see the endless possibilities in this next phase of life, there’s even a quote from the grumpy Lord Byron to keep them company while other seniors are out having a ball.

If you want to send a message that’s incredibly uplifting, take a look at these positive quotes. Or if you’re looking for something a little more introspective, see these quotes about change.

Retirement Quotes and Messages

I’ve enjoyed my retirement.

“I’ve enjoyed my retirement.” – Darrell Royal

Best wishes on your retirement. Enjoy a rest that’s overdue. Take pleasure in the finer things that are awaiting you.

“Best wishes on your retirement. Enjoy a rest that’s overdue. Take pleasure in the finer things that are awaiting you.” – Judith Wibberley

With retirement, however, comes a great chunk of free time.

“With retirement, however, comes a great chunk of free time.” – Steven D. Price

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I’m really in retirement. My career is over. I’m just playing now and having a great time. I like to keep busy, and I’m doing what’s fun for me.

“I’m really in retirement. My career is over. I’m just playing now and having a great time. I like to keep busy, and I’m doing what’s fun for me.” – Dick Van Dyke

I never had the sense that there was an end: that there was a retirement or that there was a jackpot.

“I never had the sense that there was an end: that there was a retirement or that there was a jackpot.” – Leonard Cohen

For now I’m building up stories for the retirement home!

“For now I’m building up stories for the retirement home!” – Carol Vorderman

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Retirement has been wonderful.

“Retirement has been wonderful.” – Michelle McCool

There’s no retirement for an artist,its your way of living so theres no end to it.

“There’s no retirement for an artist,its your way of living so theres no end to it.” – Bono

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.

“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

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

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

Retire? I’m going to stay in show business until I’m the only one left.

“Retire? I’m going to stay in show business until I’m the only one left.” – George Burns

Retirement is a blank sheet of paper. It is a chance to redesign your life into something new and different.

“Retirement is a blank sheet of paper. It is a chance to redesign your life into something new and different.” – Patrick Foley

Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.

“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.” – J. Lubbock

Austerity should not be a death sentence. Every person should be able to retire with the benefits they’ve earned and the dignity they deserve.

“Austerity should not be a death sentence. Every person should be able to retire with the benefits they’ve earned and the dignity they deserve.” – Fuad Alakbarov

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

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

Retirement sounds appropriate when you are ageing, fact is you aged because you have been thinking of retirement.

“Retirement sounds appropriate when you are ageing, fact is you aged because you have been thinking of retirement.” – Amit Kalantri

You can’t retire from being great.

“You can’t retire from being great.” – Unknown

Retirement life is different because there is no set routine. You are able to let the day unfold as it should. Enjoy, be happy and live each day.

“Retirement life is different because there is no set routine. You are able to let the day unfold as it should. Enjoy, be happy and live each day.” – Suzanne Steel

Retirement may be an ending, a closing, but it is also a new beginning.

“Retirement may be an ending, a closing, but it is also a new beginning.” – Catherine Pulsifer

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.

“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

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

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

In retirement, I have enjoyed it… and everyone misses the game, there’s no question, you miss lots of different parts of it.

“In retirement, I have enjoyed it… and everyone misses the game, there’s no question, you miss lots of different parts of it.” – Mike Fisher

I’m happy in retirement.

“I’m happy in retirement.” – Greg Rusedski

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.

“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

The goal of retirement is to live off your assets-not on them

“The goal of retirement is to live off your assets-not on them” – Frank Eberhart

For me, being in retirement, it was just having the opportunity to watch other stuff and do different things.

“For me, being in retirement, it was just having the opportunity to watch other stuff and do different things.” – Shawn Michaels

The rolling contract was designed to specifically take away some of that retirement talk and retirement issue.

“The rolling contract was designed to specifically take away some of that retirement talk and retirement issue.” – David Gill

A lot of our friends complain about their retirement. We tell ’em to get a life.

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

Don’t simply retire from something; have something to retire to.

“Don’t simply retire from something; have something to retire to.” – Harry Emerson Fosdick

What do gardeners do when they retire?

“What do gardeners do when they retire?” – Bob Monkhouse

Age is only a number, a cipher for the records. A man can’t retire his experience. He must use it. Experience achieves more with less energy and time.

“Age is only a number, a cipher for the records. A man can’t retire his experience. He must use it. Experience achieves more with less energy and time.” – Bernard Baruch

People may live as much retired from the world as they like, but sooner or later they find themselves debtor or creditor to someone.

“People may live as much retired from the world as they like, but sooner or later they find themselves debtor or creditor to someone.” – Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

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

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

Money isn’t everything, but it is when you start thinking about putting money away for your retirement days.

“Money isn’t everything, but it is when you start thinking about putting money away for your retirement days.” – Andre Leon Talley

I like to tell people that I finally found something I’m really good at, and that’s retirement.

“I like to tell people that I finally found something I’m really good at, and that’s retirement.” – Hank Greenwald

A retired husband is often a wife’s full-time job.

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

You have to pick what you’re going to be worried about.  Markets are volatile, but retirement is certain.

“You have to pick what you’re going to be worried about.  Markets are volatile, but retirement is certain.” – Nick Murray

I’m retired – goodbye tension!

“I’m retired – goodbye tension!” – Unknown

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

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

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

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

I have to think about the possible ramifications of an early retirement.

“I have to think about the possible ramifications of an early retirement.” – Ehud Olmert

Happy days are here at last, the days of nine to five are passed, you’ve worked your life and paid your dues, now you can do just what you choose!

“Happy days are here at last, the days of nine to five are passed, you’ve worked your life and paid your dues, now you can do just what you choose!” – Anon

Sometimes it’s hard to tell if retirement is a reward for a lifetime of hard work or a punishment.

“Sometimes it’s hard to tell if retirement is a reward for a lifetime of hard work or a punishment.” – Terri Guillemets

Retirement itself is the best gift. No gold watch could ever top it.

“Retirement itself is the best gift. No gold watch could ever top it.” – Abigail Charleson

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

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

Your retirement identity is of a successful person who creatively and efficiently manages your money and lifestyle to adapt to the ever-changing economic and personal conditions of our time.

“Your retirement identity is of a successful person who creatively and efficiently manages your money and lifestyle to adapt to the ever-changing economic and personal conditions of our time.” – Lee Johnson

What does retirement mean now that there are so many opportunities for learning, for caring, for serving? We can redefine aging.

“What does retirement mean now that there are so many opportunities for learning, for caring, for serving? We can redefine aging.” – Rachel Cowan

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.

“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

You get old faster when you think about retirement.

“You get old faster when you think about retirement.” – Toba Beta

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fear no more the heat o the sun, nor the furious winter’s rages. Thou thy worldly task hast done, home art gone and taken thy wages.

“Fear no more the heat o the sun, nor the furious winter’s rages. Thou thy worldly task hast done, home art gone and taken thy wages.” – William Shakespeare

It can take as long as three years to completely adjust to your retirement. Be patient and know that a new life is awakening within you.

“It can take as long as three years to completely adjust to your retirement. Be patient and know that a new life is awakening within you.” – Mark Evan Chimsky

Dare to live the life you have dreamed for yourself. Go forward and make your dreams come true.

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

I’m always announcing my retirement. I’m still not retired.

“I’m always announcing my retirement. I’m still not retired.” – Dick Van Dyke

Retirement means doing whatever I want to do. It means choice.

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

Younger workers should have more freedom to build their retirement nest egg.

“Younger workers should have more freedom to build their retirement nest egg.” – Gresham Barrett

You might be on the back nine of life, but it’s good to finish strong.

“You might be on the back nine of life, but it’s good to finish strong.” – Morton Shaevitz

Retire from work, but not from life.

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

Retirement is one of those consequential changes in life, it offers us a unique opportunity to start over, to move beyond the past and to once again live forward.

“Retirement is one of those consequential changes in life, it offers us a unique opportunity to start over, to move beyond the past and to once again live forward.” – Rick Steiner

There are so many other interesting ways to spend your time. I feel like early retirement is a gift, but it’s such an incredible gift. It’s a gift I need to use. – Martha Felt

“There are so many other interesting ways to spend your time. I feel like early retirement is a gift, but it’s such an incredible gift. It’s a gift I need to use. – Martha Felt” – Bardon

For it is in your power to retire into yourself whenever you choose.

“For it is in your power to retire into yourself whenever you choose.” – Marcus Aurelius

It won’t be the same around here without you. For you brightened every day. You will be missed but we wish you lots of happiness.

“It won’t be the same around here without you. For you brightened every day. You will be missed but we wish you lots of happiness.” – Julie Hebert

God has a plan for your retirement.

“God has a plan for your retirement.” – Billy Graham

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

“Sit back and relax and do the things you never got a chance to do.” – Julie Hebert

Retirement is the last opportunity for individuals to reinvent themselves, let go of the past, and find peace and happiness within.

“Retirement is the last opportunity for individuals to reinvent themselves, let go of the past, and find peace and happiness within.” – Ernie J Zelinski

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

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

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

“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.

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

I think that retirement is the first step towards the grave.

“I think that retirement is the first step towards the grave.” – Hugh Hefner

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.

“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

My formula for a treasured retirement is simple: plan, design, enjoy.

“My formula for a treasured retirement is simple: plan, design, enjoy.” – Julia Valentine

Retirement is having nothing to do and someone always keeping you from it.

“Retirement is having nothing to do and someone always keeping you from it.” – Robert Breault

Retirement accords with the tone of my mind; I will not descend to a world I despise.

“Retirement accords with the tone of my mind; I will not descend to a world I despise.” – Lord Byron

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

“For retirement brings repose, and repose allows a kindly judgment of all things.” – John Sharp Williams

Retirement is not about ‘finding’ ourselves – or losing ourselves in electronic distractions – but about creating a new life for ourselves and those around us.

“Retirement is not about ‘finding’ ourselves – or losing ourselves in electronic distractions – but about creating a new life for ourselves and those around us.” – Rick Steiner

A thriving New Beginning can be and should be a time for amazing engagement, growth, connections, contributions and increased possibilities.

“A thriving New Beginning can be and should be a time for amazing engagement, growth, connections, contributions and increased possibilities.” – Lee M. Brower

The key to retirement is to find joy in the little things.

“The key to retirement is to find joy in the little things.” – Susan Miller

As you embark on the exciting journey into retirement, you will experience a transition that will be both thrilling and terrifying.

“As you embark on the exciting journey into retirement, you will experience a transition that will be both thrilling and terrifying.” – Olivia Greenwell

I need to retire from retirement.

“I need to retire from retirement.” – Sandra Day O’Connor

To enjoy a long, comfortable retirement, save more today.

“To enjoy a long, comfortable retirement, save more today.” – Suze Orman

I always likened retirement to falling off a cliff, and then you have to kind of brush yourself off.

“I always likened retirement to falling off a cliff, and then you have to kind of brush yourself off.” – Steve Young

May your hours of reminiscence be filled with days of good cheer and weeks of pleasant memories.

“May your hours of reminiscence be filled with days of good cheer and weeks of pleasant memories.” – Author Unknown

Retirement is not a life without purpose; it is the on-going purpose that provides meaningfulless.

“Retirement is not a life without purpose; it is the on-going purpose that provides meaningfulless.” – Robert Rivers

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

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

Art is one of the few careers without a mandatory retirement age.

“Art is one of the few careers without a mandatory retirement age.” – Julia Cameron

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