For many Americans, retirement is a time to relax and do the things you have always wanted to do. It is a time to reflect, and finally, enjoy the golden years of one’s life. For many people, retirement is a time of leisure, for others, it is the time to start a new career. Whatever one’s choice is, it is understood that life after retirement will be drastically different than the life that came before it. Retirement is a vast topic, with many different facets, but the quotes below address the true nature of retirement with wisdom and wit.


Financial Quotes

Everyone knows that in order to have a pleasant retirement, it is necessary to prepare financially. Government payments rarely cover living expenses, so the overwhelming majority of the financial burden will fall on the individual. This is an important part of retirement since you will no longer be working. Here are just a few of the most thought-provoking quotes about retirement and financial preparation.


  1. “You know that retirement is coming. It isn’t as though it just shows up one day and takes you by surprise, so you need to get ready for it.”
    -Batya Shevich, Warren Buffett: To Be Rich And Successful Is Easy!


  1. As in all successful ventures,
    the foundation of a good retirement is planning.
    -Earl Nightingale


Pursuing Your Dreams

Retirement can be a time to live the life that you’ve always wanted to. Many retired individuals use this time to pursue their dream career or start their own business. Others use the time to travel or start new hobbies. The experience varies from person to person, but retirement oftentimes serves as a period of self-exploration and introspection. The following quotes encourage retired workers to use this time wisely and approach life with curiosity.


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


  1. 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


  1. Don’t simply retire from something;
    have something to retire to.
    -Harry Emerson Fosdick


  1. Don’t act your age, in retirement.
    Act like the inner young person you have always been.
    -J. A. West


  1. Retirement has been a discovery of beauty for me.
    I never had the time before
    to notice the beauty of my grandkids, my wife,
    and the tree outside my very own front door.
    And, the beauty of time itself.
    -Hartman Jule


  1. Retirement means doing whatever I want to do.
    It means choice.
    -Dianne Nahirny


  1. “Planning to retire? Before you do find your hidden passion, do the thing that you have always wanted to do.”
    -Catherine Pulsifer


  1. 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


  1. 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


Humor and Sarcasm

No quote list would be complete without some degree of humor. Retirement is definitely a time to reflect on more serious issues, but there are some elements of it that are extremely comical. For many people, retirement may seem unfavorable, but for others, it is a time to give one’s working life a proper sendoff. The following quotes make keen, yet funny observations about retirement and individuals.


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


  1. Retirement: World’s longest coffee break.


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


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


  1. I have retired, un-retired,
    and retired again all in the past 10 years.
    I find the biggest trouble with
    having NOTHING to do is,
    you can’t tell when you are done.


  1. 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


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


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


  1. Retirement: No Job, No Stress, No Pay!


A Time for Rest

After decades of working, rest is usually the first thing on any retired individual’s mind. There is no need to set alarms, fight rush hour traffic, or tightly structure one’s life anymore. This newfound sense of time can be overwhelming to many individuals, and for some, mind-numbing. However retirement is interpreted, the following quotes sum up the fact that retirement is a time to rest and relax.


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


  1. 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


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


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


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


Final Thoughts

Retirement gives individuals an uninterrupted stretch of time that can be used for a variety of activities. All of these quotes address this concept, but they also address a different idea. These quotes emphasize the aspect that retirement will inevitably mean different things to different individuals. Many people will have to continue working, in order to enjoy life and have a sense of purpose. For others, retirement is simply a time to take the vacations that could never be taken while working. In short, retirement is a multidimensional time of life that everyone seems to be looking forward to.