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Retirement Sentiments That Can Be Used in

Retirement Speeches and Retirement Toasts


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Retirement sentiments can be used in retirement toasts, retirement speeches, and on  retirement cakes. Of course, retirement sentiments are what individuals say to the retired or the soon-to-be retired, to let these retirees know how they affected the individuals with whom the worked.

Keep in mind that a sentiment, according to one dictionary's definition, is "a thought, a view, or an attitude based on feeling or emotion instead of reason."

What's more, a retirement sentiment is the emotional part of a passage or retirement speech, susceptible to tender or nostalgic feelings.

For example, here's a retirement poem that can be used as a retirement sentiment.

Here's to Mark
A great guy to whom we say goodbye.
We will miss his charm and presence ...                               no one has to ask why.
We will miss his creativity, his humor,                                 and his smile.
But we are sure that Mark will use these traits                  
 to make his retirement worthwhile!
— Dave Erhard 
(COPYRIGHT ©  Used with Special Permission)


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In short, a retirement sentiment should be sincere and should express how the retiree was admired, what impression the retiree made on others, and how his or her colleagues wish for his or her continued growth and happiness in retirement.

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Here are the top-10 retirement sentiments according to the How to Retire Happy Website to go along with the retirement humor, various retirement quotes and retirement sayings, and funny retirement poems:

#1 of Ten Retirement Sentiments

It’s hard for me to be making this retirement toast and having to say goodbye to Robert - but at the same time I want to wish him well in his retirement. That is why I purchased a copy of Ernie Zelinski's international bestseller How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free. Because all of us have worked in the financial services industry, the subtitle of the book, which is Retirement Wisdom That You Won't Get from Your Financial Advisor is most appropriate for the occasion.

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 #2 of Ten Retirement Sentiments

Happy retirement days are here at last for Tom.
The days of toil and stress will soon be long gone.
Tom has worked almost all his life so that he can play.
Does he want to go back to work?
Absolutely, no way!
 Dave Erhard (COPYRIGHT ©  Used with Special Permission)

#3 of Ten Retirement Sentiments

Howard, we know how much you enjoyed just plain working and not having the distraction of going to meetings or having any other distractions. So you will  undoubtedly enjoy your retirement, given that you will no longer be subjected to ridiculous training programs where seminar presenters try to force you to read cheesy books such as Who Moved My Cheese? To help you adjust to retirement, however, as your retirement gift, we are giving you a copy of The Joy of Not Working.

#4 of Ten Retirement Sentiments

Someone once said, "Retiring is easy. Staying retired - now that's the hard part!" Donna, from what we have seen about your demeanor, including your love of life and leisure, we know that you enjoy your retirement. Hopefully for each and everyone of us still working here, you can write an instruction book on how to enjoy retirement to the fullest.

#5 of Ten Retirement Sentiments

Trenton has been known to take things literally. So when someone told him to "Get a Life!, Trenton promptly announced that he was taking early retirement. He also immediately purchased a copy of How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free, which features one of the most important retirement planning tools called The Get-a-Life Tree.

#6 of Ten Retirement Sentiments

You must pursue what you truly want out of retirement, and not what others want you to pursue or what other retirees are pursuing.



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#7 of Ten Retirement Sentiments 

We know that Sally will want to live The Retiree's Creed:
Early to Bed
Sleep in late
Collect your pension
Ain't life great!
— Unknown wise person

#8 of Ten Retirement Sentiments

For Harry, as for most retirees, a gold watch is the most appropriate gift for retirement, since he has given up so many of his golden hours in a lifetime of service to our organization.

#9 of Ten Retirement Sentiments

You were given three special gifts when you were born:
The gift of life, the gift of love, and the gift of laughter.
Retirement life is being able to share these gifts with the rest of
the world  and having the rest of the world play merrily with you.

#10 of Ten Retirement Sentiments

Retirement Life is:
Having some important purpose to pursue;
Someone to love;
Something to appreciate today;
Something to look forward to tomorrow.
This brings much happiness.
What more do you want?
 from How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free (COPYRIGHT ©  Used with Special Permission)



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How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free  (VIP BOOKS) by Ernie J. Zelinski provides "retirement wisdom that you won't get from your financial advisor". The advice ranges from "move to a college town" to "plant your get-a-life tree and watch it grow and grow". But the real enjoyment comes from the cartoons, and the quotes such as, "the time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time."

— The Telegraph  Calcutta, India




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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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