90+ Retirement Quotes For A Wealthy & Happy Life
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90+ Retirement Quotes For A Wealthy & Happy Life

The best retirement quotes of all time will not only motivate and inspire you but help you to plan for a wealthy and happy life, even after retirement.

The retirement stage in life is the last cycle of life and yet the beginning of another page in life’s beautiful book.

Many look forward to this stage and often base all their financial earnings during their working days for it.

Others depend on government social security aid to get through, which isn’t exactly a bright idea since social security payments may not necessarily be enough.

Too often, questions that beg for answers arise.

How much should one save for retirement?

When should one start taking social security?

There are no exact or direct answers to these questions.

However, there are quotes from great thinkers, writers, and investors who give the best advice regarding planning diligently for your retirement.

These thought-provoking quotes will task your thinking faculty and guide you to make the right choice that will lead to a wealthy and happy retired life.

Read on!

Key Takeaways

  • Retirement is a new beginning.
  • Proper planning guarantees a happy retirement.
  • Retirement is an opportunity to pursue a new area of study.
  • Don’t base your retirement plans on social security.

Retirement Quotes That’ll Motivate and Inspire You

1. “Retirement means doing whatever I want to do. It means choice.”

— Dianne Nahirny

2. “Retirement from Job does not mean retirement from life! It is the beginning, not an end!”

 — Ravi Samuel

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

— Fred Rogers

4. “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

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

— Catherine Pulsifer

6. “Retirement has been a discovery of beauty for me.”

— Hartman Jule

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

— Patrick Foley

8. “Life starts at retirement.”

— Anonymous

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

— Abigail Charleson

10. “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”

— C.S. Lewis

11. “And in the end it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.”

— Abraham Lincoln

12. “In retirement, every day is Boss Day, and every day is Employee Appreciation Day.”

— Anonymous

13. “Retirement is the time when you stretch out and find your potential.”

— Sid Miramontes

14. “A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams.”

— John Barrymore

15. “Having a purpose in life is so important in Japanese culture that our idea of retirement simply doesn’t exist there.”

— Hector García

16. “If you believe that achievement ends with retirement, you will slowly fade away.”

— Byron Pulsifer

17. “Retirement is a time to enjoy what you have been working so hard for.”

— Anonymous

18. “No person, at any age, needs to remain on an uninspiring level of accomplishment.”

— Dr. Norman Vincent Peale

19. “Retirement is a new beginning, and that means closing the book on one chapter in order to begin the next.”

— Sid Miramontes

20. “Throughout your career you have been someone’s boss. Retirement is your chance to be your own.”

— Anonymous

21. “Retiring from work does not mean retiring from life! It is just the beginning not the end!”

— Anonymous

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

— Samuel Johnson

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Retirement Quotes for a Happy Life

23. “Stay young at heart, kind in spirit, and enjoy retirement living.”

— Danielle Duckery

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

— Samuel Johnson

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

— Gene Perret

26. “Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.”

— Mark Twain

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

— John Sharp Williams

28. “You can retire, but you can’t retire from being great!”

— Anonymous

29. “Retirement is when having a good time is your only job.”

— Anonymous

30. “Time spent in laughter when one is retired is well invested.” 

— Anonymous

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

— Susan Miller

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

— M.K. Soni

33. “What do you call a person who is happy on Monday? Retired.” 

— Anonymous

34. “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

35. “You don’t stop laughing when you grow old. You grow old when you stop laughing.”

— George Bernard Shaw

36. “To some of us, retirement gives us time to follow our dreams.”

— Shirley Mitchell

37. “The joy of retirement comes in those everyday pursuits that embrace the joy of life…”

— Byron Pulsifer

38. “Retirement is a mirror that reflects the thoughts, habits, and behaviors you bring to it.”

 — Robert Laura

39. “Early retirement is a gift, but it’s such an incredible gift. It’s a gift I need to use.”

— Martha Felt-Bardon

40. “The first step to a thriving unretirement is to begin by asking yourself what it is you want to be doing.”

— Chris Farrell

41. “Retirement is not an end, but rather a new beginning, an opportunity for growth, creativity, and the discovery of one’s authentic self.”

— George McHenry

42. “Retirement is a different way of life, with new challenges and opportunities. You need to adapt and adjust to this new lifestyle, and that takes time, effort, and creativity.”

— Rick Steiner

43. “Retirement is …. a time to experience a fulfilling life derived from many enjoyable and rewarding activities.”

— Ernie J. Zelinski

44. “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

45. “RETIREMENT – now life begins.”

— Catherine Pulsifer

46. “Retirement is when having a good time is your only job.”

— Anonymous

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Quotes to Prepare and Get You Through Retirement

47. “There’s never enough time to do all the nothing you want.”

 — Bill Waterson

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

— Anonymous

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

— J. A. West

50. “Retirement may be looked upon either as a prolonged holiday or as a rejection, a being thrown on to the scrap-heap.”

— Simone De Beauvoir

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

— Catherine Pulsifer

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

 — Robert Delamontague

53. “Retirement is when you switch bosses from the one who hired you to the one who married you.” 

— Gene Perret

54. “Retirement is wonderful if you have two essentials — much to live on and much to live for.”

— Anonymous

55. “Retirement is when you stop living at work and start working at living.”

— Anonymous

56. “Retirement means doing whatever I want to do. It means choice.”

— Dianne Nahirny

57. “Retirement brings the ball to your court, where you make the rules.”

— Anonymous

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

— Anonymous

59. “Retirement means doing what you have fun doing.”

— Dick Van Dyke

60. “Men do not quit playing because they grow old; they grow old because they quit playing.”

— Oliver Wendell Holmes

61. “I see retirement as just another of these reinventions, another chance to do new things and be a new version of myself.”

— Walt Mossberg

62. “Time spent in laughter when one is retired is well invested.”

— Anonymous

63. “To find joy in work is to discover the fountain of youth.”

— Pearl S. Buck

64. “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

65. “Retirement is like an iceberg, where 90% of what’s really taking place lies below the surface, absent from traditional financial plans and conversations.”

— Robert Laura

66. “A successful retirement isn’t one without problems, but one in which you learn to overcome them.”

— Robert Laura

67. “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

68. “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

69. “Retire from your job but never from meaningful projects.”

— Stephen R. Covey

70. “Retirement is not a life without purpose; it is the on-going purpose that provides meaningfulness.”

— Robert Rivers 

71. ” . . . there is an exciting world of possibilities out there that very few of us get the chance to explore during our working lives, but retirement is that time!”

— Stella Rheingold

72. “Retirement gives you the time literally to recreate yourself through a sport, game, or hobby that you always wanted to try or that you haven’t done in years.”

— Steven D. Price

73. “Retirement brings the ball to your court, where you make the rules.”

— Anonymous

74. “I guess it comes down to a simple choice, really. Get busy living, or get busy dying.”

— The Shawshank Redemption

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Quotes to Help You Plan Smartly for Retirement

75. “The best time to start thinking about your retirement is before the boss does.”

— Anonymous

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

 — Catherine Pulsifer

77. “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

78. “If you start thinking about retirement in six months’ time, you’re already there.” 

— Brian O’Driscoll

79. “Retirement: It’s nice to get out of the rat race, but you have to learn to get along with less cheese.”

 — Gene Perret

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

— George Foreman

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

 — Harry Emerson Fosdick

82. “The challenge to retirement is spending more time without spending more money.”

— Anonymous

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

— Earl Nightingale

84. “There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.” 

— Sophia Loren

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

— Patrick Foley

86. “Preparation for old age should begin not later than one’s teens. A life which is empty of purpose until 65 will not suddenly become filled on retirement.”

— Arthur E. Morgan

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

— Julia Valentine

88. “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

89. “In my opinion, a successful retirement takes place when you no longer need to work for money. Rather, the work you do is motivated by higher-level goals and purposes, not income generation.”

— Rand Bennett

90. “Voluntary early retirement gives you a chance to pursue new areas of study….”

— Ernie Zelinski

91. “Learn the lessons of history. Don’t let how you feel about your tenure at your organization drive you to make poor investment decisions that could potentially derail a successful retirement.”

— Mark Singer

92. “If you’re just starting out in the workforce, the very best thing you can do for yourself is to get started in your workplace retirement plan.”

— Jean Chatzky

Final Thoughts

Sincerely, reaching the retirement milestone is an achievement on its own.

Every retiree deserves to be celebrated.

Hopefully, these retirement quotes on living a wealthy and happy life will motivate and prove a helpful guide to those planning their retirements and those already retired.

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