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This webpage of retirement sayings and retirement quotations on the How to Retire Happy Website tries to cover it all: Mockery. Social commentary. Paradox. Sarcasm. Wisdom. Nonsense. Ridicule. Irony. Comedy. And Mostly Valuable insight.

Along with the retirement humor and retirement poems on this website, these inspirational and sometimes funny retirement quotes and retirement sayings should add spice to your conversations, remind you humorously of your questionable existence, motivate you to greater accomplishments, or just plainly lighten your day.

All told — you should encounter the best things anybody ever said about retirement and give you many reasons to retire early.


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The joy of retirement is one of rediscovery — new found time, new found freedom, a new routine, and renewed appreciation of what life is really about.
— A. Major


As far as I am concerned, people who can't find ways to amuse themselves other than going to work are to be pittied.
— Unknown retired person

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 retirement book.)

Early retirement is the time to pursue the dream and passion you've left in the corner while you survived the kids, marriage/divorce or going through the motions of gaining material things.
— Mona Gallagher


I used to have dreams that I died at my desk.
Now that I've retired, I don't have those dreams anymore.
— Haselback (commenting on an online article about retirment.)

I have retired, un retired, and retired again all in the past 10 years.
— Unknown retiree


I find the biggest trouble with having NOTHING to do is . . . you
can't tell when you are done.
— Unknown retired person


I retired early for health reasons — my company was sick of me and I was sick of them.
— Author unknown


I’m retired. You on the other hand have to go to work.
— Unknown retiree


The money’s no better in retirement but the hours are!
— Unknown wise person

Retirement without the love of letters is a living burial.
— Seneca
Retirement: When you quit working just before your heart does.
— Anonymous person in retirement


“We’ll rock till we drop. We have all agreed this won’t be the last time. Everyone’s rocking."
— Ronnie Wood, (in July 2010 at age 63, in response to rumors that the Rolling Stores were going to retire. At the time, lead singer Mick Jagger was 67, guitarist Keith Richards was 66, and drummer Charlie Watts was 69.)


I’m now as free as the breeze — with roughly the same income.
— Anonymous retiree


A gold watch is the most appropriate gift for retirement, as its recipients have given up so many of their golden hours in a lifetime of service.
— Harry Mahtar


You must pursue what you truly want out of retirement, and not what others want you to pursue or what other retirees are pursuing.
— from How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free


In retirement, every day is Boss Day and every day is Employee Appreciation Day.
— Unknown retired person


Retirement gives people the opportunity to think about and reconnect with themselves and their neglected dreams or the forgotten pleasure of activities that bring joy.
— Mona Gallagher


If you retire right the only thing you will worry about is when to
eat and when to sleep.
— Unknown retiree


Retirement life begins when the kids move out and the cat gets run over.
— Unknown Retiree


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No longer having to punch a time clock is my definition of retirement. That way I could do what I want — when I want — anytime I want.
— Brooky Brown


You can't cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.
— Rabindranath Tagore


The concept of freedom is never truly realized until one settles into retirement mode.
— A. Major


Retirement is merely ending one venture and beginning a new chapter of life.
— Retired unknown wise person


How one takes care of her or his health before retirement will determine health in retirement.
— Bruce C. Appleby


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The worst days of those who enjoy what they do, are better than the best days of those who don't.
— E. James Rohn

Retirement: A Time to Become Much More than You Have Ever Been
— from How to Retire Happy, Wild and Free


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For a happy day, look for something bright and beautiful in nature. Listen for a beautiful sound, speak a kind word to some person, and do something nice for someone without their knowledge.
— Unknown 85-year-old Wise Retired Person


We've entered a new age of old age. The possibility of experiencing positive, vital aging lasting into our tenth decade of life is one of the new realities of the 21st century.
— James Firman, Ed.D., president and CEO of NCOA

There are times like this moment, when I sit up all night and paint or write simply to catch up a bit on all of the paintings I want to do and things I want to write about.
— Unknown wise retired person


If anyone loves my retirement more than I do, it's probably the cats. They love having company all day and someone who will sleep in with them.
— Unknown wise retiree


Retirement is like being out of school for the summer but the summer never ends.
— Wise retired person


Retirement is being able to go with the flow of life a little more,
letting things happen naturally instead of always trying to make things happen, knowing it's always easier to ride a horse in the direction it's going.
— from How to Retire Happy, Wild and Free (COPYRIGHT ©  Used with Special Permission)


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Funny Retirement Quotes and Retirement

Sayings about Aging 

Don't waste too much time and energy worrying about getting older. The point is that if you spend a lot of time preparing for old age, old age will come a lot sooner than you would like. Most centurians don't know why they have lived so long and don't care.


For instance, in response to why she's lived so long, 100—year-old Hazel Etherington of Lynchburg, Virginia replied, "I'm not sure. I think maybe it's the pacemaker."


Here are some retirement quotations about age and aging to put retirement in proper perspective:

Am I older than dirt? I knew dirt when it was still a rock!
— Unknown wise person


Dying young is overrated.
— Unknown wise person

When the majority of people get my age, once they retire and get Social Security they lay on the couch and do nothing. The next thing you know, they're not with us any more.
— 77-year-old Retiree August Gonsoulin

Retirees have two choices: choose the couch — or choose life.
— Jane McBride

An inordinate passion for pleasure is the secret of remaining young.
— Oscar Wilde

Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It's the transition that's troublesome.
— Isaac Asimov (1920 - 1992)

Now that I'm older I thought it was great that I seemed to have more patience. Turns out I just don't give a shit.

— Unknown wise person


Serious Retirement Quotes and Retirement Sayings


Retirement without the love of letters is a living burial.
— Seneca


Retiring is easy. Staying retired — now that's the trick!
— Richard Parker, Author of Retired & Staying Retired; Enjoying the RV Lifestyle


First Law of Retirement:
Successful retirees change direction, not momentum. Those that don't orbit the couch.
— from Retirement Rocket


Second Law of Retirement: For every benefit fulfilled in the workplace, there must be an equal or opposite benefit fulfilled in retirement.
— from Retirement Rocket


Third Law of Retirement:
Partners entering retirement need to travel the same orb.
— from Retirement Rocket


Rounds of golf and hands of bridge do not a retirement make.
— from Retirement Rocket


We've entered a new age of old age. The possibility of experiencing positive, vital aging lasting into our tenth decade of life is one of the new realities of the 21st century.
— James Firman, Ed.D., President and CEO of NCOA


Tip for prospective retirees from the military: “Be prepared; it’s difficult because, like I said, the military is a way of life, a total mindset. Civilian life is totally different. And it’s going to take a while to readjust to civilian life and a lot of people never do. Believe it or not, a lot of the military guys die within the first two years of retirement. It’s either because of the stress, the unfamiliar stress of civilian employment, the unfamiliar stress of having to maintain a home with a lot less than what they give you in the military.”

— Joe Dibble, at age 65, who retired in Fort Bragg after 22 years in the military


Zen masters tell us that we become imprisoned by what we are most attached to: For instance:
Friends and lovers;
Egos and identities.
Being happily retired is giving up your attachment to these things and setting yourself free.
— from How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free (COPYRIGHT ©  Used with Special Permission)

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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


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A gold watch is the most appropriate gift for retirement, as its recipients have given up so many of their golden hours in a lifetime of service.
— Harry Mahtar

The requirements for successful retirements
are, of course, simple to map out: Begin saving earlier in life, set aside larger
percentages of your pay, invest wisely in low-cost funds, avoid debt, pay off
your mortgage, defer Social Security to boost payouts, and work past traditional
retirement age to make sure you don't run out of money. Stay healthy, too, so your medical expenses don't eat you alive.
We might as well complete this fairy tale by advising you to make sure you find a job with a traditional pension, and
to only work for employers with AAA credit
ratings and great health insurance.
— from US NEWS

Sometimes it's important to work for that
pot of gold. But other times it's essential to take time off and to make sure that your most important decision in the day simply
consists of choosing which color to slide
down on the rainbow.
— Douglas Pagels  

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Everyone needs a reason to put their shoes on in the morning [when they retire]. If you put on the slippers, you'll end up
dragging your feet all day.
— Norma Fagan


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Whatever the challenge of a new age, in the end what really counts is not the years in our lives but the life in our years. It is not about longevity, but the depth of life. Long ago I learned that age does not wither the mind if people remain positive. No one is too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. It is a mind game. As Churchill suggested, "The empires of the future are the empires of the mind."
— Singapore Retiree Jennie Chau



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